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Folk music and fat bellies

I can't think of a better place to hear Malcolm Holcombe lay down a set of his warm, bluesy folk music than at Opelika's Eighth & Rail — a brick-walled martini bar that, on its own, is worth the 30-mile drive.

OK, The Loft would be as good a place to hear the North Carolina singer, probably. But he's not at The Loft. He's at The Eight & Rail on Friday. Shows typically start about 11 p.m. Eastern, but I'd recommend calling for a reservation, since seats fill up fast. Details: 334-745-5456.

Saturday, I'll hunker down with a bunch of new CDs that came out on Tuesday. Namely, Interpol's "Our Love to Admire," Spoon's "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga," former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell's "Sirens of the Ditch," and the Smashing Pumpkins' "Zeitgeist." I've given them all at least one spin, but they'll each get at least two more this weekend.

Sunday I'll get out of the house and head to Brusters for a treat. I'll head to the Schomberg Road store around 3 p.m. so I can witness the kids' ice cream eating contest (which is almost filled up, so to speak. Still, call 706-507-1501 to see if there's still a slot for your little Takeru Kobayashi). For some reason, I feel less guilty about eating my waffle cone when I'm watching other people really gorge.

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