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Richard Thompson, The Webb Sisters 

When: Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m. and Tue., Nov. 1, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $35
I can't think of many artists less Halloweeny than English-born songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson—to my knowledge he has written zero songs about candy—but the man has been known to do a Britney Spears cover or two. Thompson probably won't be doing too many covers (the musical equivalent of putting on a costume) during his two-night stint at the Aladdin; rather, on this solo acoustic tour, he's revisiting his own back catalog, doing a mini-set of three or four songs from a randomly selected album from his immense discography. Considering how many records the man has put out since leaving Fairport Convention in 1971, that's a lot of ground, and the chances are good for him to play something quite rare—and considering how consistent a songwriter he is, the chances are equally good that it'll be something great. Plus, there will be costumes: Look for an alarming number of middle-aged male disciples wearing Thompson's trademark beret. NED LANNAMANN

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