For the last several years "Wicked Hawt" magazine has been churning out "music and rhetoric" seasonally for North Shore music fans. Each issue includes CD reviews, informational profiles and a good amount of humor in the style of its founder and publisher, Spike Emerson, a local musician.

The periodical will celebrate its fourth anniversary at Dodge Street Bar and Grill in Salem on Saturday, Aug. 30. The crowd will be treated to performances by local bands such as El Rancho, My Guilty Pleasure UK and the Spike Emerson Society, all bands featured on a special "4th Anniversary Collector's CD," which will be given to the crowd.

Emerson often says the magazine belongs to the community, and he's quick to point out that there are a lot of hands putting each issue together.

The North Shore music community is also a large part of Wicked Hawt's success, and in each issue the publishing team includes a compilation CD featuring local and regional bands, from all genres of music. These CDs have stayed in my car stereo long after the magazine has been read.

The latest collector's CD also includes tracks from the above-mentioned bands as well as The Boston Horns featuring Barrence Whitfield, Jackelope, Audible Crayons, Glenn Michael, The Vogon Poets, Katet, Vein, Chocolate Milk, Someday Rome, Aramis, Regressing to Apes and more.

The anniversary will begin with a "meet-and-greet" at 9 p.m., followed by live music till closing.

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Features editor Larry Claflin Jr. writes his "Music Notes" column regularly. He can be reached at

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