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Fall Arts Preview: Got live if you want it -- and you do
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Estelle The British soul femme gets a chance to sing to the subjects of "American Boy." Independent, 628 Divisadero, SF. (415) 771-1421,

SEPT. 8–9

Built to Spill Pulling off Perfect from Now On (Warner Bros., 1997) from start to finish. Slim's, 333 11th St., SF. (415) 522-0333,

SEPT. 10

Robert Forster Two years on from Grant McLennan's unexpected death, the dandified half of the Go-Betweens' now-fabled songwriting duo returns to the stage with an album that includes three songs cowritten with his old bandmate. Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell, SF. (415) 885-0750,

SEPT. 19–20

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Mellow with age? No way, say the Grinderman and crew. Warfield, 982 Market, SF. (415) 421-8497,

SEPT. 19

Al Green and Gladys Knight The Reverend is riding high on the acclaim for his latest recording, Lay It Down (Blue Knight), while Aaliyah's aunt has kept her voice healthy and powerful in a manner that certain other divas must envy. Sleep Train Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord. Also Oct. 7, Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce, Saratoga. (415) 421-8497,

SEPT. 19

My Morning Jacket Southern men channel their Evil Urges (Ato). Greek Theatre, UC Berkeley, Berk. (510) 809-0100,

SEPT. 20

Herbie Hancock Loved the fusion maestro's bon mot to Joni Mitchell. Nob Hill Masonic Center, SF. (415) 421-8497,

This Land Is Your Land Songsmiths and word slingers Sheryl Crow, Cat Power, Henry Rollins, Mike Ness, and Son Volt pay homage to John Steinbeck, who's been dubbed "the Woody Guthrie of American authors," and Woody Guthrie, who has been described as "the soundtrack to Steinbeck." Guthrie's granddaughter Sarah Lee and husband (and Steinbeck nephew) Johnny Irion round out the bill of this event — a portion of the proceeds go to the Steinbeck and Guthrie family foundations. Sleep Train Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd., Concord. (415) 421-8497,

SEPT. 20–21

Treasure Island Musical Festival Stunning views, equally awesome sounds — who could ask for anything more? Try a full day of dance beats (Justice, TV on the Radio, Goldfrapp, Hot Chip, et al.) followed by another of all-out indie rock (the Raconteurs, Tegan and Sara, Vampire Weekend, and the gang). Treasure Island, SF.

SEPT. 22–24

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