Between them Sue Garner, Rick Brown, Alan Licht, and David Newgarden have played ingratiating pop, howling free improvisation, off-kilter rock, and down-home country with Fish & Roses, the Blue Humans, the Mad Scene, the Shams, and half a dozen other groups. In the NYC-based quartet Run On they confine themselves to structured, accessible rock songs. All four are gifted players who use their technical facility to color their melodies with ear-catching textures but never flash their chops. Effortlessly traversing the range from languid crooning to earthy belting, Garner’s enchanting voice commands special attention, as does the low-key confidence of her charming onstage demeanor. The group’s records–a single released on Chicago’s Ajax imprint and a new EP, On/Off, on Matador–are both good, but they don’t impart the unpredictability that the band conveys live. Mercy Rule, Blacktop, and Demolition Dollrods also perform. Saturday, 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 276-3600.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo/Ted Barron.