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The major-label debut by local rappers Three 6 Mafia went gold last week, making them, commercially at least, the most successful group to come out of the Bluff City in quite a while. And this week, there are a couple of shots to see them live, doing their thing.

Their performance almost exactly one year ago at the New Daisy was compelling. They arrived late, left early, but in between, their short set was a welcome break from the tedious tenets of pop-music performance. They brought a party with them, one that started before they got there and surely went on after they left. It just passed across the stage for a while, with a wild energy and reckless spontaneity that was contagious, and of which rock-and-roll might no longer be capable. Opening act Saliva, on the other hand, had a roadie who retrieved cigarettes from the drummer’s mouth whenever he got tired of smoking them.

Unfortunately, live rap has all but died in Memphis. It was suicide, really, with violence and shootings putting an end to clubs like 380 Beale Street downtown. But live rap makes a comeback this week with two big shows, both headlined by Three 6. Friday, they’ll hit Six-1-Six for a show featuring Indo G and a solo set by Mafia-member Gangsta Boo. And Wednesday, check out Three 6 at K-97 night at the Mud Island Amphitheatre, with special guest Lois Lane. You can also see Lane Tuesday night at a NARAS-sponsored urban-music showcase at the Hard Rock Cafe. – Jim Hanas

Man, Dead Week just sneaked up on us this year. I’m just sitting at my desk typing blithely along, I look up at my calendar, and – wham! – next thing you know Elvis is dead again. Or is he? Anyway, after the endless hype and hoopla of last year’s 20th annual commemoration, I think the whole city needs to keep it kind of low-key. No reason to head up to the vigil or the impersonator contest unless you just have to have an E fix. Instead you might want to consider some more laid-back alternative affairs.

At the P&H Cafe Saturday, Wanda Wilson and company use the occasion of their annual Dead Elvis Ball to give a nod to the only E-related anniversary of note this year – the 30th anniversary of his triumphant 1968 television appearance. Dubbed the ’98 Comeback Special, this year’s ball will feature the ever-wacky Rhythm Hounds.

Meanwhile, at 1 a.m. Saturday (or late Friday, depending on how you look at it) at the Map Room, local camp-film auteur Mike McCarthy will screen his garage-a-billy classic The Sore Losers.

The film will be followed by a performance by Paul Woodard and the screening of Guitar Wolf videos shot in Memphis. – Mark Jordan

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