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Cougar country John Mellencamp may have been the first artist to debut a hit song as a commercial since the Hillside Singers lip-synched to "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" for Coke. The artist once known as John Cougar's Silverado-commercial song, "Our Country," is the basis of his latest tour supporting his last two albums, "Freedom Road" and "The Company We Keep."

Cougar country

John Mellencamp may have been the first artist to debut a hit song as a commercial since the Hillside Singers lip-synched to "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" for Coke. The artist once known as John Cougar's Silverado-commercial song, "Our Country," is the basis of his latest tour supporting his last two albums, "Freedom Road" and "The Company We Keep."

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, 8 tonight and tomorrow, $75-$125, 1-866-900-4849, www.theborgata.com.

Have a Malo Christmas

Another of the country acts that have become popular among the about-40 set in Atlantic City, Raul Malo was front man for the decade-ago country group the Mavericks. Now drawing musically from his Cuban heritage, and with a slew of Christmas songs from his two holiday albums, Malo will be in the Borgata's smaller venue, the 1,000-seat Music Box.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, One Borgata Way, 8 tonight, $35, 1-866-900-4849, theborgata.com.

They Faux fabulously

The Fab Faux is a Beatles tribute band with at least some sort of pedigree: Bassist Will Lee is in the "Late Show with David Letterman" band, and Jimmy Vivino is a guitarist on Conan O'Brien's show. At times, they even do non-Beatles stuff - stuff they think the Beatles might do if they were still on the road and performing at places like this. *

House of Blues at Showboat, Boardwalk and Delaware Avenue, 7 p.m. tomorrow, $40.50-$53, 609-343-5700, www.hob.com.

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