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One of the most appealing traits of local band One Man Gone is their complete lack of sleaze and irresponsibility. Acting like a spoiled rock star is cute when you are one, but so many local bands build a wall between themselves and their fans by being a bit haughtier than they have a right to.

One Man Gone is just the opposite. Formed six years ago with ex-drummer Jeff Mangone (hence the name), the four-man band worked their way into the downtown music scene, playing at various clubs before fixating on the Ritz Grill. While they draw huge, good-natured, rowdy crowds that fill the house to overflowing at each appearance, the members of One Man Gone keep it simple by playing only one three-night stand at the Ritz per month.

The band's extensive repertoire of cover tunes -- mostly modern stuff like Blink 182, Green Day, and Everclear -- keeps everyone happy, but soon fans get up and dance to the band's original pop numbers. The demand for more new music has increased, resulting in One Man Gone's debut CD, The View From Here. Each of the 13 tracks has been "road-tested" at the Ritz, where the CD will be released this weekend. There is no cover charge. Call 635-8484 for details.

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