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Gringo Star

9 p.m. Friday, November 3. The Tin Ceiling (3159 Cherokee Street).

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A Fir-Ju Well was a horrible band name. What did it mean? How was it spelled? How did you even pronounce it? Well, forget it, because A Fir-Ju Well has recently changed its name to the equally confusing (but easily spelled) Gringo Star (www.myspace.com/thegringostars). These Atlanta boys make frequent stops in our section of the Big Muddy, and those who have seen them play haven't forgotten them: The mop-headed rockers draw a bigger crowd every time they hit town. Gringo Star describe their sound as "big beat psychedelic Southern rock & roll," and their deep, trippy style has indeed drawn favorable comparisons to the Flaming Lips and the Beatles — but their thick sound and liberal use of the cowbell pushes them far into the rock & roll category.

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