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Another era, another war for Country Joe's Band.

Byline: POP NOTES By Carolyn Lamberson The Register-Guard

Some musicologists will tell you that the `I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag' by Country Joe & the Fish is one of the most important songs to emerge from the 1960s.

With its pointed antiwar chorus - `And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for/ Don't ask me I don't give a damn/ Next stop is Vietnam' - the case can be made. And the men who made it famous - the reunited and renamed Country Joe Band - are likely to make that case when they stop by the WOW Hall for a show Thursday night.

The band is marking its 40th anniversary with a tour of original members, minus Barry Melton.

Joe McDonald, Bruce Barthol, David Bennett Cohen and Gary "Chicken" Hirsh (who lives in Ashland) are all aboard the reunion express. The group got back together last summer, and Barthol already has penned another war-themed song, this one the single "Cakewalk to Baghdad."

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the hall, 291 W. Eighth Ave. Tickets are $13 in advance, available at the WOW Hall, CD & Game Exchange, CD World, House of Records, Taco Loco and the Erb Memorial Union ticket office.

At the door, admission will be $15.

Independents

Today, John Henry's

Back in the '90s, two guys - Evil Presly and Willy B. - wanted to find a way to mix their love of music with their love of sci-fi and horror movies. What they did was create the Independents.

The Independents ended up making some very important friends, namely the late Joey Ramone, who served as the group's manager and producer.

The hard-rockin' group is hitting Eugene on its Make Mine a Double North American tour with a stop today at John Henry's, 77 W. Broadway. Showtime is 9 p.m., and the cover is $5.

Also on the bill are Satin Fury, the Anxieties and 800 Octane.

Oslo

Today

Diablo's/Downtown Lounge

There are, it seems, a lot of bands that are diving back into the era of glasnost, Ronald Rea- gan and "The Cosby Show."

Take, for instance, Oslo. The Los Angeles-based trio is said to evoke Bjork, Blur, Massive Attack, Pink Floyd, U2, My Bloody Valentine, Joy Division and the Cure.

Want to know what that sounds like?

Check out Oslo tonight at Diablo's, 959 Pearl St.

Also on the bill are Android Ethic and headliner Launch- pad. The cover charge is $5.

Gutbucket

Sunday, Sam Bond's

Call it jazz-thrash-rock-Latin-noise. Call it punk/free jazz-nouveau. Call it Gutbucket, and call it a reason to be at Sam Bond's Garage on Sunday.

Back when Gutbucket was more jazz and less thrash-rock- Latin-noise, the group had a weekly gig at New York City's famed Knitting Factory. But the band has expanded its horizons on this tour.

The show begins at 8:30 p.m. The cover is $8. Sam Bond's is at 407 Blair Blvd.

DMBQ

Monday, John Henry's

DMBQ stands for the Dynamite Master Blues Quartet. But think less blues and more psycho garage mayhem.

Oh, and the band formed in 1988 and hails from Tokyo. Interest piqued yet?

Check 'em out with Scott H. Biram and Dark Skies beginning at 9 p.m. Monday at John Henry's. The cover is $3.

Crooked Fingers

Monday, WOW Hall

When Eric Bachmann was with his previous band, Archers of Loaf, he made music that's often described as an- gular.

Now that he's with his new band, Crooked Finger, he's making music that's describes a sumptuous and melancholic.

The Seattle five-piece is coming to town Monday for a show at the WOW Hall. Crooked Finger is touring in support of its new album, "Dignity and Shame."

Dolorean, the Portland alt-folk band, will open the show.

The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10, available in advance at the WOW Hall and its outlets.

Split Lip Rayfield

Tuesday, WOW Hall

Mix bluegrass with a bit of garage rock and you get Split Lip Rayfield, the Wichita, Kan., quartet that's busting into the WOW Hall on Tuesday.

The folks at the Community Center for the Performing Arts are excited, as evidenced by this news release: "Combining expert musicianship with a happily primitive aesthetic, cogent observations of modern middle America with a goofball wit and white trash gusto, Split Lip Rayfield is a category unto itself."

The Koozies will lend their able support. The music begins at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance, available at the WOW Hall and its outlets. At the door, a tenner will get ya in.

Mem Shannon

Wednesday, Cafe Paradiso

When Mem Shannon takes the stage at Cafe Paradiso on Wednesday, his fifth CD, "I'm From Phunkville," will have been on the shelves for one whole day.

The New Orleans-based W.C. Handy Award nominee puts his blues-funk-jazz touches on songs such as "Swing Tiger Swing," "Perfect World" and, yes, "Eleanor Rigby."

The show begins at 8 p.m., and the cover is $7. Cafe P is at 110 W. Broadway.

High Street Singers

Wednesday, the Shedd

The local folk quintet the High Street Singers will bring its brand of high-spirited music to the stage at the Shedd, 285 E. Broadway, on Wednesday night.

The group features David Gross, David Bersch, Kriss Crowley, Kathy Burleson and Jim Dotson. It has described itself as "the Weavers meet Dan Hicks, with Bill Monroe over- tones."

The music will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $10, and are available at the Shedd ticket office, 434-7000 or (800) 248-1615.

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Four original members of Country Joe & the Fish - (from left) Joe McDonald, David Bennett Cohen, Bruce Barthol, and Gary "Chicken" Hirsh - comprise the Country Joe Band. Split Lip Rayfield is described as having "a goofball wit and white trash gusto." The band plays Tuesday at WOW Hall. POP NOTES
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