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Like the auteurs behind, say, Pleased to Meet Me and Darkness on the Edge of Town, Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey is a rock ‘n’ roll zealot, a true believer, someone you can’t imagine doing anything else but fronting a band. Unlike Messrs. Westerberg and Springsteen, however, he never takes himself too seriously, nor, in my experience, has he ever had an off night. McCaughey skips barefoot through almost any musical genre you’d care to name; the latest YFF record, This One’s for the Ladies, dances lightly from heavy metal (the title song) to C and W (“Deep Down and Inbetween”) and almost all the way back again. Besides that, you get three instant Fellows classics: “Middleman of Time,” about liking the Beatles and getting older; “Carrothead,” a mysterious love song; and a running assault on the Kinks’ “Picture Book.” Live, the band is almost unbelievable, punch drunk and funny in its headlong pursuit of the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll moment; and it’s backed by Tad Hutchison, the greatest drummer you’ll ever see, a man who wears a football helmet onstage–and needs it. Saturday, Lounge Ax, 2438 N. Lincoln; 525-6620.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marty Perez.