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Hank Williams Jr. at the State Fair

His name is Bocephus. He's a son of a gun. There's a tear in his beer. All his rowdy friends are coming over tonight. Like his father before him, he's lonesome blue. His son's embraced that old punk rock. Oh, and he does the Monday Night Football theme song. Have you figured out which Williams he is yet? Come on! The one with the beard! He plays the Classic Amphitheater with James Otto, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$40 plus fair admission. 569-3200.



The Alexander Paley Festival

In case you keep waking up at night screaming that no one listens to Mozart anymore, rest easy, friend. The Eighth Annual Alexander Paley Chamber Music Festival brings you three days of classical goodness by or inspired by Mozart, from piano quartets to Bach sonatas to variations on Mozart's "Magic Flute." And lest you wonder who Alexander Paley is, he's the guy on the piano, easing your dreams. The festival starts Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. and runs through Sept. 25 at First English Lutheran Church. Donations are requested. 475-1743.



Minus the Bear and Criteria at Alley Katz

That Criteria is so cheery, in a way. Or maybe it's just in comparison to other bands that roll with that bursting, brooding indie-rock sound. Criteria doesn't seem to wallow so much as letting a churn of guitars do the talking. Lead singer Stephen Pedersen has a kind of big arena-rock voice: He's always singing for 50,000 fans. Minus the Bear, with its cleverly bilingual album title, "Menos el Oso," goes a little further out there with a spastic surf-rock thing. It's trippy and unpredictable and keeps you guessing — unless you've heard the album, in which case you probably just like listening to it. They play Alley Katz Sept. 27 along with These Arms Are Snakes and The New Truth, 7-11 p.m. $10. 643-2816.

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