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.38 Special
Northern Lights, Friday

We know that Southern rockers .38 Special were named after a firearm, but we have to give ’em credit putting that decimal point in front of their name. With that, they instantly moved to the front of the line, alphabetically. Genius! However, the question remains—how in hell can you hold on loosely, and not let go? Seriously, we’ve tried. Whatever it is keeps slipping through our fingers, much like time itself. On that note, has anyone realized that .38 Special are still making records, even though their last hit came nearly 20 years ago? As it turns out, the “Wild-Eyed Southern Boys” are still going strong, and they’ll play Northern Lights this weekend. One small request to concertgoers: Please, people, for the love of God, don’t ask them to play “Free Bird.” Thank you. (Jan. 21, 7:30 PM, $20, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Asobi Seksu
King’s tavern, Friday

Here’s a band who name-drop Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and Stereolab within the first paragraph of their bio. Sounds good to us, so long as they’re referring to Emperor Tomato Ketchup Stereolab, not the recent stuff. Add to that lead singer Yuki’s combination of Japanese and English lyrics (Japlish?) and we have what could be the sleeper hit of the weekend. The New York-based quartet recently released their self-titled debut to critical raves, and their noise-addled pop stands up admirably against the bands to which they’ve compared themselves. Get to this one early, as equally highly recommended bands Grand Habit and the List Exists will also perform. (Jan. 21, 9 PM, $5, 241 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 581-7090)



The Sick Shit Fest
Valentine’s, Saturday

This musical spectacular is all about truth in advertising: The title, dear children, says it all. And just in case it doesn’t, here are the bands who will be performing at Valentine’s, upstairs and down, this Saturday afternoon: Pyrexia, Dehumanized, Disciples of Berkowitz, Circle of Dead Children, Mucopus, Organ Harvest, Scucca, Re-creation, Splatt Guts, Mortal Decay, Screaming Afterbirth, Total Fucking Destruction, Clitorture, Last Call, Brick by Brick, Hell on Sunday, Street Sweeper and El Chupacabre. Needless to say, this T. Biddy presentation is an 18-plus show—no one appreciates the musical equivalent of the stench of rotting matter more than the young. (Jan. 22, 3 PM, $15, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572.)

Walls of Jericho, Bury Your Dead, Full Blown Chaos, Premonitions of War
Saratoga Winners, Saturday

They’ve got years of touring experience, some pissed-off lyrics, scattered tattoos—and they’ve been to Europe! Hardcore band Walls of Jericho are led by vocalist Candace Kucsulain, who at a young age was led down the road to metal: “When I was younger I was an angry kid.” Now if you can’t relate to that statement, stay at home for some family programming; otherwise see Walls of Jericho headline Winners with openers Bury Your Dead, Full Blown Chaos and Premonitions of War. (Jan. 22, 8 PM, $12, 1375 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-1010)

Steve Forbert
Caffe Lena, Sunday

We know that the designa-
tion’s spoken for, but it seems only fair that Steve Forbert gets some notice as one of the two or three hardest working men in show biz. This guy’s a trooper. Since hitting New York City in the mid-’70s, the Mississippi native has been recording and touring relentlessly. His early commercial success (most notably the hit “Romeo & Juliet” from 1979’s Jackrabbit Slim), unfortunately, wasn’t sustained, and Forbert was later bounced from label to label. Common enough tale. Uncommonly, though, Forbert stuck it out, further developing both his songcraft and performance, and picking up a dedicated band of followers from among the roots- and folk-music connoisseurs. Opening for Forbert on Sunday will be newcomer Jeremy Wallace. (Jan. 23, 7 PM, $18, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0012)

Pepsi Arena, Tuesday

One of the most celebrated pianist-composers of our time will perform at the Pepsi next week during his Yanni Live 2004-2005 Tour. The Greek phenomenom with the famous dark, long-flowing mane has sold gazillions of records and DVDs of his music videos, bringing smooth jazz, world and new-age piano music into homes and cars far and wide. Yanni will perform much of his popular stuff from his extensive canon as well as selections from his newest album, Ethnicity, with his band and a full orchestra. (Jan. 25, 8 PM, $39.50 and $65, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 487-2000)

Also Noted

The nontraditional venues are where it’s at tomorrow (Friday) night. Take, for instance, the show at the Chapel + Cultural Center, which features the blight-rock of Gay Tastee, plus the newly formed Kalashnikov Choir (performing vocal versions of some of Stephen Gaylord’s gayest hits), and the Kamikaze Hearts, who apparently have a new bass player or something (8 PM, free, 274-7793). . . . Also on Friday, Eammonn’s—yes, the Loudonville tavern best known for being a watering hole for Siena students—will host a garage-rock bash with the Suck and Five Alpha Beatdown, who apparently think they’re from Iceland (9 PM, $3, 782-6261). . . . Speaking of garage-rock, the Charms, who recently had their
Little Steven-produced version of “Frosty the Snowman” placed on the Christmas With the Kranks soundtrack alongside the Ramones and the Raveonettes, will bring their brand of co-ed rock & roll to Club Caroline on Saturday, along with the Bocks and the MTVs (10 PM, $5, 580-0155).
. . . If we had a dollar for every time Portland-based rockers Paranoid Social Club came to town over the last 18 months, we’d have about 14 dollars by now—by that logic, we’ll become fifteenaires when they return to Revolution Hall on Saturday, with Townhall and Rana opening (8 PM, $10, 273-2337). . . . Also on Saturday, Oneonta-based jammies Rezi will play the Lark Tavern (10 PM, $3, 463-9779). . . . On Sunday, it’s another hardcore matinee at the Hudson Duster, with Death Before Dishonor, Inhuman, H8 Inc., Beneath it All, and the Truth Hurts (3 PM, $5, 272-5453). . . . Finally, the Fuze Box will host another interesting show on Monday; this time, it’s the Louisville, Ky. 11-piece(!) Parlour, along with one-man Matto band Anaconda, and them Sixfifteens, who we still think are a darn good band (9 PM, $3, 432-4472).

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