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OCTOBER 29

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The sultan of basement sulk, Smog’s Bill Callahan usually flogs himself as an object of satire and pity, but Wild Love‘s “Prince Alone in the Studio” takes a wry poke at the Artist Formerly Known As: “It’s 3 a.m….Prince hasn’t eaten in 18 hours…Dinner’s burnt on the stove…Prince doesn’t even know…It’s 4 a.m., and he finally gets that guitar track right…It’s better than anything any girl could ever give him.” Smog (pictured) opens for Palace, Will Oldham’s ongoing attempt to resurrect the weary soul of Alton Delmore; Palace’s latest, Viva Last Blues, sounds like an Appalachian string band going electric on a dying generator. At 9:15 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (Eddie Dean)