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Chubby is champ

Blues-rock wunderkind Popa Chubby knows a good pun when he sees one. From his stage name on down through album titles like "Electric Chubbyland," (a tribute to Jimi Hendrix, naturally) and "Sweet Goddess of Love and Beer," the man born in New York City as Ted Horowitz knows that humor does indeed belong in music. More important, Chubby's got the chops, a pirate's treasure worth of skills with which to pay the bills.

Chubby's latest magnum opus, courtesy of San Francisco's rightly revered Blind Pig Records, has been christened "The Fight Is On," and it's a killer. From the four-on-the-floor powerhouse rock of the title tune to a blisteringly irony-free take on Motorhead's evergreen "Ace of Spades," "Fight" comes out swinging and doesn't stop until the final bell has ceased reverberating.

Chubby has rocked the Tralf Music Hall on several past occasions. He'll continue the tradition tonight at 8 p.m. Wanted By the FBI will open. Tickets, $14.50 ($17 day of show) are available through Ticketmaster and the Tralf box office.

-- Jeff Miers

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