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At 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, once again at Sticky Fingerz, we move to round three, featuring …

Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth
  Fronted by local stalwart Andy Warr and backed by a two-man rhythm section in Chad Conder (drums) and Johnny D. (bass) of the much lamented The Global Test, the band takes the same time-tested rock strategy that worked so well for Shane McGowan, Craig Finn and the like: big chunky hooks, epic sing-along choruses and self-depreciating lyrics about drinking and girls. The testosterone logged “dudestorm” of a band recently signed on to have their upcoming album released by local labels Thick Syrup Records and Last Chance Records. Furthermore, Travis McElroy, owner of the former, now sports a freshly inked tattoo of Brother Andy's profile on his chest. — John Tarpley

Dangerous Idiots  Featuring three dudes with serious local music bona fides — Paul Bowling (Trusty, il libretina), Shayne Gray (Techno-Squid Eats Parliament) and Aaron Sarlo (Techno-Squid Eats Parliament, Slept) — this new pop-rock act's already scored plum gigs opening for The Meat Puppets and a reunited Ashtray Babyhead. With songs like “I'm Cooler Than You” (“I lead a pathetic life, but I know that I'm still / cooler than you”) and a debut album in the works, the band seems primed to become a local must-see. — Lindsey Millar

Flash LaRue  Sporting what may be the catchiest band name in town, Flash LaRue sounds like a potpourri of psych-garage influences. Its Brian Jonestown Massacre guitar licks and Vanilla Fudge grooves work alongside picturesque, CSN&Y harmonies, all the while keeping a solid rock posture with a musical spine straight from '90s guitar rock. Composed mostly of veterans from the now defunct Poeboy Society and accompanied by local singer-songwriter Brian Frazier, Flash offers an interesting twist on indie, garage, and rock sincerity. Also, it should be noted these guys have swagger and confidence by the barrelful: Once upon a time, on the band's MySpace page, they adorned their site with the claim “no matter who you are, Flash LaRue has written a song you love.” — John Tarpley

Rah hoWard  Last summer, this 23-year-old rapper bested Bobby, Mista Mayhem and a half dozen more local rappers in a hip-hop showcase that Max Farrell and Conduit Entertainment organized. He followed that up in September with the mixtape “Motivation,” hosted by King Akeem. Then, last month, he landed on Shade 45 DJ Angela Yee's “Don't Quit Your Day Job” blog, where she spotlights up-and-coming rappers. Look out for lots of energy and a versatile flow on Thursday. -Lindsey Millar

Read Rock Candy online ( for more on the Showcase, including song samples, audio, video and post-show reviews.

Feb. 18: Iron Tongue, Outstanding Red Team, Ryan Couron, Underclaire.
Feb. 25: Stella Fancy, Big Boots.
March 5: Bobby, Elise Davis.

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