Thursday is here again, and that means another scintillating installment of this column. Hopefully in the midst of pages about comics and whatever the hell Coulter is talking about this week (probably something about being old), you’ll read this and decide to check out some live music.

Tonight, Larry Gates, scourge of the seven seas (I told you, this guy does it all), will make a long-awaited return to Aroma CafÇ’s weekly music series. He’ll share the night with Decatur band One Room Apartment. After the show, Larry will hop on a late flight to Hong Kong to fight in the kumite. No word on whether Forest Whitaker will make an appearance, but the two will collaborate together on Fast Times 2: The Gates Years.

Pimps and hos will apparently do battle on Friday night at Cowboy Monkey, with tasty background tunes from some Brothers (not racist!) Embassy and Noompsi. Nate Jones has to be thrilled at the idea of playing with a band named from an Eddie Murphy movie from that time period when his movies weren’t awful. The show is free, and Lovers In Arms will also play. Pimp/ho garb is completely optional, but think of how classy you’ll look. 10 p.m.

Right across downtown and a tad earlier (8:30 p.m.) you can find elsinore and Darling Disarm playing at Mike ‘n Molly’s with a mystery guest (Columbia, Missouri band Caulfield and the Magic had to cancel). The show is $5 and you can take advantage of the excellent beer selection that Mike ‘n Molly’s offers while sitting in the beer garden.

On Saturday, Cowboy Monkey will host the farewell show for local band Watery Domestic. Singers/songwriters/married couple Seth and Rachel Hubbard will depart shortly after for San Francisco where Seth will continue working for Polyvinyl Records, and Rachel will go back to school. The band will have one last go-round, though, with bands Shipwreck, Spiller Whale, and Hypno Music Corp supporting. The Watery Domestic EP will be available for sale, as well, and the show is free! 10 p.m.

Paul will be grilling up some steaks and chops on Sunday evening for “steak out” at the Iron Post, where Backyard BBQ Band will play at 7 p.m.

On Monday, Darrin Drda will play WEFT Sessions from 10 to 11 p.m. (90.1 FM), and then he’ll head over to Cowboy Monkey to play the third theme night at open mic night. The theme is local music – play a song by another local artist during your set for a chance to win gift certificates! The show will double as a going away party for Drda, who will head back to San Francisco that week.

Mike Ingram can be reached at forgottenwords@gmail.com

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