Artist: Nick Tolford and Company Song: "Running in Circles"

Usually the name Nick Tolford and Company conjures images of elated rock 'n' roll dance parties, but on this dreary autumn day, why not spotlight one of the big man's slow jams? "Running in Circles" is a minor-key meditation on the frustrations of romantic discord, and its pent-up energy is just as compelling as Tolford's more explosive soul tracks. He and the band will be at Carabar, 115 Parsons Ave., Saturday alongside blues rockers Mount Carmel. 11 p.m. showtime, and it's free for all.