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OCTOBER 22

Long-time oddballs on Arlington’s D.I.Y. music scene, Graverobbers’ last CD, Soul Parking, was beautifully out-of-date in the age of Dischord; the title track was a hit on a lot of local stereos and car cassette decks, if not the radio. The band’s upcoming release, Toast of the Town, recalls eccentric Brit country-rockers Brinsley Schwarz, especially the inspired warbling of Karl Straub. The vocalist recently produced a session with Carolina noisemaker Eugene Chadbourne in the Nashville studio where Randy Travis and Dolly Parton record; the stars weren’t there, but 68-year-old Don Helm (Hank Williams’ former steel-guitar man) was in attendance. Helm was reportedly left speechless by Chadbourne’s nude-Jesse-Helms T-shirt. “They got along great, though,” recalls Straub. At 9 p.m. at Iota, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $3. (703) 522-8340. (Eddie Dean)