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The Queers

Valentine’s, Thursday

February, for all its brevity, seems a long bleak month, and while we’re mopey sorts for whom 28 days of seclusion with our Morrissey collection isn’t absolute torture, even we are ready for something a little more upbeat: The Queers show should be just the thing. Legends of pop-punk for their energy and their unrepentant early-adolescent goofiness (mental-health advocates, take note, they mean “retarded” in the junior-high sense of the word), the Queers dare you to take yourself seriously. The Unloveables match their billmates for youthful exuberance, bringing a feminine perspective to songs of preteen/teen love and confusion. Speaking of confusion, locals Blasé DeBris also will be on hand to do their chimneysweep punk thing, and Hed 1st and Society High will round out the bill. (March 3, 8 PM, 17 New Scotland Ave., $8, 432-6572)

Lou Barlow

Iron Horse Music Hall, Thursday

Hey, Lou, we have a few questions. Ten years ago, you and your pal Jason (Loewenstein) were making audiences swoon with that sensitive little indie-rock outfit of yours (Sebadoh). Then you made a fun little single with your buddy John (Davis), scoring one of the coolest fluke-hits of the ’90s with “Natural One.” Last year, you reignited Sebadoh for a surprise tour, and even made peace with your old bandmate, J. Mascis. So what’s up with this new “solo” album, Emoh? All of your old friends make appearances on the record, and some of its songs rank with your best (by the way, that “Willing to Wait” song still gets us all teary-eyed), so why the star turn now? Could cocaine binges and slutty groupies be far behind? We’ll see about all that tonight (Thursday) when you play the Iron Horse with your new friend, Mark Schwaber. (Mar. 3, 10 PM, $13, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610)

Hoex Records Showcase

King’s Tavern, Saturday

Hoex Records will host a show case at King’s Tavern this Saturday boasting some of its acts: on the bill are Small Axe, the Wasted, and Pete Labonne. According to Hoex Records’ founder, Adam Lawrence, the label’s repetoire includes three CDs from Small Axe, two from the dearly departed Beef, one by the mysterious witch-rock band Kate Mosstika, one from Gay Tastee (Stephen Gaylord of Beef and The Wasted), and its most recent release, the Wasted’s We Are Already In Hell. Attention hopefuls: Hoex Records will accept demos at the show. Also, make sure you stay for the whole show—Hoex Studios will raffle off a full day of studio time during the night, but you have to be present to win. (March 5, 9 PM, $3, 21+, 241 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 581-7090)

Hot Rod Circuit, Mae, the Snake the Cross the Crown

Saratoga Winners, Sunday

Here are four reasons why we shouldn’t necessarily write bands off for being categorized as “emo,” or for playing the Warped Tour: 1) Alabama’s Hot Rod Circuit, who do something more akin to power-pop acts like Superdrag than to the whiny pap of New Found Glory or Taking Back Sunday; 2) Mae, who’s new album, The Everglow, finds the Virginia Beach group hinting at a Northwestern indie-pop sound a la Death Cab for Cutie; 3) The unwieldily named the Snake the Cross the Crown, who reference artists ranging from Coheed and Cambria to Conor Oberst on their Equal Vision release Mander Salis; 4) Long Islanders the Goodwill (the most “emo” of the bands on Sunday’s bill), who will treat this show as a release party for their new album. (Mar. 6, 4 PM, $12, Route 9, Latham, 783-1010)


breaking benjamin

Breaking Benjamin, Theory of a Deadman, the Exies

Northern Lights, Sunday

Hollywood Records artists Breaking Benjamin have been pretty busy lately riding the wave of their growing popularity. They’ll drop in at Northern Lights just a day after the debut of their new video for their song “Sooner or Later” on MTV2’s Weekend Rock Countdown. They have a new EP, which includes an acoustic version of the radio hit “So Cold,” “Blow Me Away” (featured on the popular video game Halo 2), “Ladybug” and more. Theory of a Deadman (who just finished a tour with Shinedown) and the Exies will open. (March 6, 7:30 PM, $18, $16, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Blue Floyd

Revolution Hall, Wednesday

Certainly, you’ve heard your fair share of “Wish You Were Here” covers; and chances are that—Wyclef excepted—you could give a damn if you ever hear another again. Well, what if somebody offered you the chance to hear Pink Floyd covered by, say, Willie Dixon or Howlin’ Wolf? What about Muddy Waters? Well, too bad. They’re dead, so that isn’t gonna happen. But what if somebody offered you the chance to hear ex- members of Phil Lesh’s band, the Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule and the Allman Brothers “deconstructing” Floyd tunes to “elemental” versions heavily informed by the aforementioned blues masters? No, it’s not a rhetorical question. It’s Blue Floyd, performing in honor of the Floyd’s 40th anniversary. No word on the exact setlist, but the prospect of a Mississippi Delta-style run through “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” has got some of us laying bets. (March 9, 9 PM, $20, 425 River St., Troy, 237-2337)


Also Noted
matisyahu

The best stuff is on the outskirts tomorrow (Friday) night: Merge Records artist M. Ward will take the Iron Horse stage in support of his latest CD, Transistor Radio; Neva Dinova will open (10 PM, $13, 413-584-0610); Stand, a ragtag band of Irish expatriates, will bring their high-energy live show to Club Helsinki (9 PM, $12, 413-528-3394); and closer to home, the forward-thinking pop of +/- (or, plus/minus) will be in effect at Falstaff’s (on the Skidmore campus), along with Say Hi to Your Mom; +/-’s lineup features ex-members of Versus, but we hear they’re way better (8:30 PM, $8, 580-5000). . . . Man, those college kids have it good: On Saturday, brainy Brooklynites Calla will make a stop at Bennington College’s Downstairs Café (9 PM, $5, 802-442-5401). . . . It’s a pair of twangy Texans at the Egg on Sunday: Guy Clark and Slaid Cleaves will perform as part of the American Roots and Branches series (7 PM, $22, 473-1845). . . . There are two chances to catch the shticky double-bill of the Mathematicians and Mini Band this week: Sunday, they’ll play King’s Tavern with the Sixfifteens and Parwana (5 PM, $8, 581-7090); on Monday, they’re at the Fuze Box, along with the Press (8 PM, $5, 432-4472). . . . Figure out once and for all what the hell “simmiommaweh” means on Tuesday night when Rusted Root play Northern Lights (7:30 PM, $23, 371-0012). . . . Finally, Matisyahu will do the Hasidic reggae thing at Savannah’s on Wednesday (8 PM, $10, 426-9647).


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