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Steve Eck and the Midnight Still with the Dirt Daubers

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Steve Eck (pictured) wants you to steal his new album. He's practically daring you. It's sitting right there, unattended, at the top of the "recent releases" list at www.rockproper.com: Drag It Out, Burn It Down, eight tracks of boozy, bleary-eyed singer/songwriter brilliance, free for the taking just like the rest of Rock Proper's online catalog. But be forewarned: There's more than a twinge of guilt that comes in lifting something as inspired as this. The feeling starts with "Drag It Out" — a baritonal warning-shot blues piece that's part Nick Cave spelunking, part Harlan T. Bobo commiserating — and becomes full-on pangs with "Just Let Us Rest," on which the former Amerigo bassist unleashes caterwauling pleas for inner peace to a deaf-eared Jesus. At this rare Circle Bar appearance, all freeloading downloaders owe him a drink. The Dirt Daubers, country/family band of Legendary Shack Shaker Colonel J.D. Wilkes, headlines. Tickets $5. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

March 3

Steve Eck and the Midnight Still with the Dirt Daubers

10 p.m. Wednesday

Circle Bar, 1032 St. Charles Ave., 588-2616

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