by John Tarpley
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.
After spending years providing vocals for Hot Water Music, one of the acts that defined post-hardcore and pre-eyeliner emo-core, Chuck Ragan is back, peddling hard-edged Americana folk. It's become borderline commonplace for old punkers to make the transition to anthemic, acoustic rally songs, but Ragan's innate skills with rhythm and his ability to mesh punk syllabics with plain-stated folk help him sound like an actual folkie, opposed to a punk dude in the midst of a flirtation with an acoustic guitar. It's a natural progression that's lent itself to three solo albums and a fistful of live recordings. His last visit to town was a 2008 show at Juanita's, doing acoustic sets alongside Tim Barry (of Avail) and Ben Nichols (you know) in front of a capacity crowd. Even if the show at Sticky's doesn't reach that type of elbow-to-elbow standing space, you can be assured it'll be full of passionate fans.