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OCTOBER 22

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The only cover on Jack Logan’s 42-song Bulk is a charred rendition of Neil Young’s “On the Beach” that manages to sound more burned-out than the original—which is saying a lot. Logan is a cranky, middle-age townie whose college town happens to be Athens, Ga.; this home-recorded material (whittled from 600 songs that represent more than a decade’s work) is haunting and powerful stuff. The disc’s best tracks (“Shrunken Head,” “Female Jesus,” and “15 Years in Indiana,” among a dozen) are deft sketches of small-time America. Logan’s drinking buddies provide fittingly loose backup, though some of the tunes should have never left his kitchen studio. Flannery O’Connor is thanked in the liner notes, and most of Bulk does her memory justice. The Sundowners open at 11 p.m. at 15 Minutes, 1030 15th St. NW. $10. (202) 408-1855. (Eddie Dean)