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Eddie Angel Guitar Party with the Neanderthals

Riverfront Park, Thursday

Hmmm . . . Eddie Angel. Not ringing a bell. Let’s go to the World Wide Web and see what we can dig up. Oh, we found some pictures of a guitar player in a Mexican wrestling mask. Seems intriguing. This one site uses all kinds of superlatives to describe Angel, from “legendary” to “awesome.” Interesting. Wait, it’s starting to come to us . . . Oh, that Eddie Angel! The Los Straitjackets guy. He’s pretty darn good. Sorry about the momentary memory lapse, folks. The guitarist will head up tonight’s Alive at Five show, fronting both the garage-y Guitar Party band, and his ’50s-style rock & roll combo, the Neanderthals. The “legendary,” “awesome” Rocky Velvet will open. (June 16, 5 PM, free, Riverfront Park, Corning Preserve, Albany, 434-2032)

Rascal Flatts

Saratoga Performing Arts Center , Friday

Coming off a just-set record of the most tickets ever sold at Cleveland’s Blossom Music Center earlier this week, the Rascal Flatts are obliged to headline their third sold-out tour. Looking more like members of the Backstreet Boys than a country-music group, it’s no wonder that they have the largest fan-club membership in country music. The Flatts picked up wins at both the Country Music Television Awards and the American Country Music Awards, occupied the No. 1 slot on the country charts for six consecutive weeks, and saw their newest album go double-platinum. Perhaps their true sign of stardom was performing on American Idol’s two-hour season finale with winner Carrie Underwood. The Rascal Flatts will perform at SPAC on Friday at 8 PM. Also on the bill: Blake Shelton and Shelly Fairchild. (June 17, 8 PM, $45, $28, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 476-1000)

Five Alpha Beatdown, Five Dollar Shakes

Lark Tavern, Friday

Don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back there, all you sharp-eyed junior ombudsmen. We know a conflict of interest when we see one—hell, back when we were still just cubs learning our craft at the Watkins Glen Intelligencer & Fabulist we virtually specialized in it. So, here’s the disclaimer: One of the Five Alpha Beatdown guys—we’re not sure which, all the Icelandish look alike to us—does some odd jobs here at Metroland from time to time (really odd jobs, in fact). Still, their upcoming shared bill with gloriously Vegas-lite likes of the Five Dollar Shakes is getting our plug. Rumor has it that it’s the Shakes’ final show, so if you’ve got as deep a love for Wayne Newton, Tom Jones, skinny Elvis and pre-ET Neil Diamond as we have, you’re gonna want to get out and say danke schöen for the memories. (June 17, 9:30 PM, $5, 453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-7875)


Valentine’s, Friday

The Asheville, N.C.-based Ah leuchatistas are serious about their politically edgy, musically ambitious rock & roll. Yes, they play a noisy kind of “agit-punk” that makes the kids all crazy and shit, but their composition style is surprisingly academic. Or, as one of the guys in the band told Pitchfork: “There are moments of block-form improvisation on the records. These are brief and thematic, and they are intended to be a part of the whole composition.” (Somewhere, Johnny Ramone is muttering “asshole.”) The critics love ’em, too. Splendid said the Ahleuchatistas’ “mixture of structure and improvisation is so flawlessly honed that it seems more like compulsion than experimentation.” Also on the bill at ye olde Valentine’s beer-and-guitar-noise emporium will be Grain & the Gestalt and—with or without stocking caps—Struction. Like the Ahleuchatistas, local favorites Struction are quite musically tight-knit, and make the music blow up real good. (June 17, 9 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

The List Exists

King’s Tavern, Saturday

We’ve been having so much fun with this name that we want to share the wealth: Quick, say it five times fast. Ha! Tricked you! That wasn’t fun at all, was it? Thankfully, the music justifies the means: The List Exists do an experimental, ethereal pop thing that’s influenced by, but not beholden to, groups like Sigur Ros, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Radiohead. The foursome is currently in the midst of a month-long tour that will take them down the eastern seaboard and through the Midwest; this Saturday, they’ll make a return appearance at King’s Tavern. Now say that five times fast—all of it. That should keep you busy until the show. (June 18, 9 PM, $5, 241 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 581-7090)

Music for Miracles

Washington Park, Saturday

Pop tart Aaron Carter, blond baby brother to blond Backstreet Boy Nick, will make all the teenage girls swoon when he croons for a good cause on Saturday at Washington Park. Tyler Hilton, whose voice can be heard all over the WB’s One Tree Hill, will also perform. Music for Miracles, now in its second year, is a free music festival to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center’s medical care and research. In addition to these national acts, a plethora of our own talented local bands will perform: Sirsy, the John Savage Band, White Lotus, Gary Tash, Sensemaya, Importante and the Refrigerators are all on the bill. The Refrigerators will also premiere three songs from three different songwriters who won this year’s original song-writing contest (the winners are Mark Calkins, Joel Rubin and Steve Candlen). So get out there and brave the heat to help support children in need and to see a whole lot of great music, for free! (June 18, 8 PM, free, Washington Park Lakehouse, Washington Park, Albany, 387-6284)

Also Noted
modest mouse

Local faves the Kamikaze Hearts will preview material from their forthcoming album (we expect it sometime before ’07) this Friday at King’s Tavern; sharing the bill are the spaztastic Complicated Shirt and the banjoriffic Idatel (9 PM, $5, 581-7090). . . . Troubadour Steve Forbert takes the stage at Club Helsinki on Friday; New York-based songwriter Amy Speace opens (9 PM, $20, 413-528-3394). . . . The Soundtrack of Our Lives (T.S.O.O.L.)—that’s the proper way to write the name, by the way, thanks to Dick Clark—will make a stop at Pearl Street in Northampton on Saturday. The Swedes are currently touring in support of their new release, Origin, Vol.1. Roughed Up Folk open (8:30 PM, $17, 413-584-7771). . . . If you’re in Northampton early for the T.S.O.O.L. show, you can catch Chris Whitley, who will deliver one of his unpredictable solo performances in an early show at the Iron Horse Music Hall (7 PM, $15, 413-584-0610). . . . Floridians Copeland are currently on tour with Rainer Maria and Denison Merritt; they’ll pay our area a visit this Monday at Saratoga Winners (7:30 PM, $12, 783-1010). . . . Tuesday finds ska legends the Toasters at Valentine’s; Public Access and Honeycreeper open (7 PM, $10, 432-6572). . . . Good news for people who love good news: Modest Mouse will play the Pines Theater at Look Park in Northampton on Wednesday night, with special guests Triumph of Lethargy; the good news is that, as of press time, tickets were still available (7 PM, $27.50, 413-586-8686).

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