Mikey G's Entertainment Picks of the Week

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This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them: Monday: !!! – which we are contractually obligated to tell you is pronounced “chk-chk-chk” – are one of the few retro-dance-punk groups actually worth the hype. While nothing on their new album, Myth Takes, approaches the brilliance of their breakthrough single “Me and Giuliani Down by the Schoolyard,” it’s still pretty damn good. They’re at the Grog Shop tonight. Tuesday: Just when we were about to write off alt-country boogie band Kings of Leon for sucking big-time on their second album and dressing like a bunch of pimped-out douche-bags, they go and make Because of the Times, a terrific CD of songs about death, drugs, and knocking up your girlfriend. They play House of Blues. Wednesday: The four comedians on the S.E.L.L.O.U.T. Comedy Tour have one thing in common: They’re black. But skin color is about all they share. In fact, the stand-up show (which clumsily stands for Serious Educated Laughing Learning Outrageous Unique Talented) was formed to dispel their similarities. Louis Johnson, Billy D. Washington, the single-monikered BT, and Vince Morris bring the laughs to the Improv. Thursday: Bay Village singer-songwriter Kate Voegele recently inked a deal with MySpace Records. She unveils her new CD, Don’t Look Away (a cool collection of songs about life and love and everything that happens in between) at an album-release party and performance at House of Blues. Friday: Thirty-six years after his bloated corpse was placed in a Paris grave, Jim Morrison refuses to die. A decade after his 1971 death, he was branded a sex symbol by Rolling Stone, a bio topped the best-seller lists, and a Doors greatest-hits album sold a gazillion copies. In 1991, director Oliver Stone’s biopic The Doors and its soundtrack resurrected the L.A. rockers, who made six albums during their short five-year career. Now, hot on the heels of last fall’s boxed set, a 40th anniversary celebration, Break on Through -- The Lasting Legacy of the Doors, opens today at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. --Michael Gallucci

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