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BREAKING CAMPER

Here's one for the scrapbook.

At 8 tonight, members from two of the more interesting indie-rock acts of the past 20 years will perform in the Icon, 391 Ellicott St.

David Lowery and Johnny Hickman provided the vocal/guitar attack of Camper Van Beethoven -- the self-proclaimed proponents of "absurdist folk" -- and led the band from its formation in California circa 1985 to the heights of underground indie-rock acclaim before splitting just as grunge reared its greasy-locked head in the dawning hours of the '90s.

Following Camper's demise, the pair formed Cracker and set about making the rest of the decade safe for humor-filled, melodic roots-rock. Now the two have paired to present the Camper/Cracker acoustic tour, which finds them digging deep into the catalogs of both bands to dust down some early classics, as well as newer pieces from Camper's 2004 reunion album, "New Roman Times."

Lowery and Hickman will perform a free in-store set in New World Record, 765 Elmwood Ave., at 4 p.m. today. They'll then head over to the Icon for their 8 p.m. gig. Tickets for the show are $18. Call 842-0167 for information.