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FRIDAY

NINE DAYS. The Deer Park quintet has wrapped up "So Happily Unsatisfied,"

its long-awaited follow-up to "The Madding Crowd" with producer Ron Aniello, in

Los Angeles and is now gearing up for a spring release. In the meantime, the

guys are home showing off some new work, featuring some rockier sounds that

manage to keep the strong melodies that made "Absolutely" a No. 1 hit and "If I

Am" sound so promising. Nine Days' irreverence is also on display on the

upcoming soundtrack to the Eddie Griffin comedy "The New Guy," covering the

Climax Blues Band chestnut "I Love You." With Long Island up- and-comers Stage,

which will soon debut on Maverick, and Forward. (7:30 p.m., The Downtown, 190

Main St., Farmingdale, 516-293-7700. $18.)

RICHARD SHINDELL. On his new live album "Courier," the sharp

singer-songwriter, who teams up with the great Lucy Kaplansky on the record,

shows he can still weave a good tale and sing a passionate song like his pals

John Gorka and Dar Williams. Long marked as one of folk rock's best-kept

secrets, the strength of Richard Shindell's live show may finally change that.

(9 p.m. Inter-Media Art Center, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-549-9666.

$30.)

GREG BROWN. The lyrics in Greg Brown's songs are as deep as his voice and

as surprising as his guitarwork. He's one of those rare performers who can lull

you into calm with beautiful music and prods you with his ideas on his new

"Milk of the Moon" album. (8 p.m., Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, Manhattan,

212-777-6800. $25.)

PAUL McCARTNEY. The Cute One's two-week run in and around New York City

ends this weekend, as Paul McCartney begins to segue from the "Driving Rain"

tour to driving home for his wedding to activist Heather Mills and his 60th

birthday in June. His 150-minute show is a wonderful walk down memory lane,

opening with "Hello Goodbye" and closing with "In the End." McCartney tackles

such Beatles' songs as "Gettin' Better," which he has never played live before,

as well as the best of his days in Wings and his solo material. Also Saturday.

(8 p.m. Madison Square Garden, 2 Penn Plaza, Manhattan, 212-465-6741.

$54.50-$254.50.)

SATURDAY

JOE. With his sultry single "What If a Woman" climbing the charts, the R&B

singer is picking up where he left off with his quiet storm ballad "I Wanna

Know" and the infectious "Stutter." Opening for Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

(8 p.m. Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, Manhattan, 212-496-7070. $65.50-$70.50.)

DAVE DAVIES. The Kinks' guitarist is out laying the groundwork for "Bug,"

his first solo album in 20 years. Dave Davies says "Bug" is based on the idea

of "an alien implant ... that could be triggered any moment by outside forces."

Um, OK. Hopefully, he'll play "You Really Got Me," too. (9 p.m., The Downtown,

190 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-293-7700. $15.)

THE CRANES. Shoegazers no more, The Cranes bond with the audience these

days, as the British band's music lightens up as well. The new "Future Songs"

album, led by the dreamy single "Submarine," shows a poppier side. Also Sunday.

(9 p.m., Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St., Manhattan, 212-219-3006. $15.)

SUNDAY

PAUL WESTERBERG. The underappreciated alt-rock pioneer breaks out of his

five-year hiatus by playing acoustic solo sets for the first time in his

storied career. Part of the sets will include material from his cool new

"Stereo" album, as well as songs from his solo albums and his time leading the

Replacements. The show is free, but fans must buy an album to get a ticket for

admission. (6 p.m., Virgin Megastore, 52 E. 14th St., Manhattan, 212-598-4666.

Free.)

TUESDAY

FLICKERSTICK. Now that the VH1 cameras aren't following them around any

more, the guys from Flickerstick are back to the business of building a

following for the power-pop songs from their debut, "Welcome Home the

Astronauts." Also Wednesday. (9 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St.,

Manhattan, 212- 533-2111. $18.)

MOTORHEAD. The speed-metal monsters are back with a new collection of

songs, "Hammered," and loads of hip appearances on "The Drew Carey Show" and

even Tony Hawk's new game on PlayStation2. (6 p.m. The World, 1501 Broadway,

Manhattan, 212- 398-2563. $27.50.)

WEDNESDAY

DOWN. Pantera's Phil Anselmo once again leads the heaviest of heavy metal

supergroups for the second installment of Down, along with Corrosion of

Conformity's guitarist Pepper Keenan and drummer Jimmy Bower, Pantera's bassist

Rex Brown and Crowbar guitarist Kirk Windstein. Still held together by a love

of Black Sabbath, Down wrote and recorded the "Down II" album in only 28 days.

(8:30 p.m., Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St., 212-247-0200, Manhattan. $20.)

THURSDAY

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS. If Ozzy Osbourne is the "Prince of --

Darkness," then Nick Cave is Darkness' poet laureate, with its booming baritone

and his dark imagery that is matched only by the Gothic mix of blues, rock and

gospel. His latest album, "No More Shall We Part," gathers all those elements

to build one of his most compelling musical journeys since leaving The Birthday

Party. Neko Case & Her Boyfriends, one of the liveliest alt-country acts

around, will open, crafting a great one-two punch. (8 p.m. Beacon Theatre, 2124

Broadway, Manhattan, 212- 496-7070. $27.50-$42.50.)

Contact Glenn Gamboa at 631- 843-3434 or glenn.gamboa@ newsday.com.

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