Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands

Among grunge aficionados, Mark Pickerel is best known as the founding drummer of Screaming Trees. (He played with the band until 1992, providing drums on the first five full-lengths). Although the music he makes now bears little resemblance to the hard rock and psychedelia of Clairvoyance, he still brings a drummer's rhythm to his new country style. "Let Me Down Easy" on Cody's Dream, his 2008 release with His Praying Hands, is a steady, blues-based track driven by a deep bongo beat and Pickerel's low, Chris Isaak-esque voice. He plays a dark kind of country music, driven by the haunting, percussive beats he's been perfecting for decades. With Lindsay Fuller & The Cheap Dates, Rusty Willoughby. PAIGE RICHMOND

Fri., July 2, 9:30 p.m., 2010

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