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Big Bang Cirkus, Brevator

King’s Tavern, Thursday

The Big Bang Cirkus—a real circus, we’re told, more along the lines of Jim Rose than Ringling Bros.—will roll into King’s Tavern tonight for one presumably wacky performance. To get an idea of what type of thrills they might have in store, consider the items requested by their performance rider: three cinder blocks; five pounds of Jell-O or raw salad; a PA for the MC; two cases of beer; a bottle of whiskey; two hairbrushes or combs; two dancing midget hermaphrodites; a burnt-out lightbulb; 10 worms; 20 crickets; filet mignon; towels and towelettes; bucket of water and/or sand; four Methodist coloring books and a box of 64 wax marking sticks; access to a bike pump; one pound of sea salt; a party sub that’s half-meat, half-vegetarian; many condoms; and a gross of bottle rockets. The band Brevator will be on hand to terrorize tympanic membranes, and, perhaps, to add levity. (June 23, 9 PM, $5, 241 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 581-7090)

Killith Fair

Saratoga Winners, Friday

As the name of this package tour suggests, don’t expect anything sensitive or girly from the bands on this bill. This is all about the hating. The hating, and the aural ass-kicking. M.O.D. will headline—Billy Milano, their legendary trash-mouthed frontman, organized the tour—with special guests Crisis and Texas-based Jacknife rounding out the evening. According to M.O.D.’s Web site, Killith Fair is their first full U.S. tour in 10 years. So there’s that. And, for you M.O.D.-ettes, Milano is looking forward to reconnecting with you: “We hope to meet everyone on the road so don’t be afraid to come up and say hello.” Crisis are old friends in this area—otherworldly screeching-voice-of-doom Karyn Crisis was on our cover back in 1994. Finally, there are the newcomers, Jacknife. To hear musical samples, check out the tour Web site at www.killithfair.com. (June 24, 7:30 PM, $14, Route 9, Latham, 783-1010)

Ted Leo + Pharmacists

Valentine’s, Friday

OK, they’re not really pharmacists, but if they were, the prescription doled out from this group would be a whopping dose of political indie rock. Infusing elements of both pop and punk into his songs, Ted Leo uses his music as a means of exploring both societal and personal issues, which is neither as preachy nor as boring as it may sound. Nor should one associate the band with the elitism that sometimes accompanies such heady rock: On his Web site, Leo sings the praises of mainstream pop stars like former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson. The band have achieved enormous critical success, toured in the U.S. five times, and appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. The similar postpunk band Radio 4 and the Saratoga-based Sixfifteens also grace the bill. (June 24, 7:30 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

 

Maurizio CD release

Caffe Lena, Saturday

Fifteen years. That’s a damn long time to wait before recording a debut CD, but that’s exactly how long Maurizio—a singer-songwriter who will celebrate the release of his very first album this weekend at Caffe Lena—has been performing ’round these parts. Heck, one of our staffers even recalls seeing the guy at area open-mic nights back in high school. (That was quite a while ago, by the way; we’re not nearly as young as we look.) So this new CD is a statement of purpose, if you will. The 11-track collection highlights the performance style he’s honed over the years—that is, solo acoustic guitar and vocal. Simple. No frills. Just like it oughta be . . . and just the way it will be when Maurizio takes the stage on Saturday night. (June 25, 8 PM, $12, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

The Rumdummies CD-release party

WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Saturday

The Rumdummies will cele- brate the release of their new disc, Too Dum to Quit, with a concert at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio this weekend. The guys from the Rumdummies (Pat Conover, Todd Nelson, Steven Clyde and Al Kash) are established musicians; individually, they have been members of Fear of Strangers, the Boneshakers and Commander Cody, and they have worked with artists like Aimee Mann, Marshall Crenshaw and Savoy Brown, just to name a few. The Rumdummies’ sound has been described as “swamp jangle rhythm and blues”—but before you get discouraged, consider this: They say that their CD-release concert will be a ton-o-fun, so check it out and see if they’re telling the truth. You can sample their new CD (in the form of “Boil That Turpentine”) on the Rumdummies Web site at www.rumdummies.com. (June 25, 8 PM, $8, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233, ext. 4)

Laundryroom Squelchers

The Flywheel, Easthampton, Mass., Tuesday

The jury’s out on the Laundryroom Squelchers: According to their press, they’re either an invigoratingly disorienting noise-rock collective/happening, or a small band of affected hacks retreading the grating experimental inaccessibility of Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music and Neil Young’s Trans. But here’s what we do know conclusively: Members of the Squelchers come via Scraping Teeth, which Spin magazine named the worst band in America for their punishing and completely unlistenable compositions, such as “Blow Me While I Shit” and “Mary Had a Fucking Goat.” Yep, we think so too: invigorating. (June 28, 7 PM, 2 Holyoke St., Easthampton, Mass., 413-527-9800)


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Tryst, a New York band with roots in the Capital Region, will play Valentine’s tonight (Thursday) in celebration of their new release Hotel Two-Way, which was recorded at Albany’s own Hoex Studios; new band Dean’s Change Jar are also on the bill (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Also celebrating a new release are Scotians Monkey Gone Mad; they’ll hold a CD-release party at Northern Lights tonight, with the Late Night Show opening (7 PM, $7, 371-0012). . . . And another: John Hiatt and the North Mississippi All-Stars will play songs from their recent collaboration Master of Disaster at the Egg tonight (7:30 PM, $29.50, 473-1845) and again at Northampton’s Calvin Theater tomorrow (Friday, 8 PM, $32.50-$42.50, 413-584-1444). . . . E. O’Dwyer’s will host two nights of jazz as a kickoff to the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival at SPAC. Thurday’s show will feature Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Oshe; Friday’s show is Club d’Elf with John Medeski of the famed Medeski Martin and Wood. As a special treat, E. O’Dwyer’s now boasts a brand-new sound system, which is sure to make the concertgoing experience an even better one than before at this venue (9 PM, $10 Thursday; 10 PM, $20 for Friday, 583-6476). . . . In Northampton this Friday: Ja Rule will perform at Pearl Street, sans Ashanti, unfortunately; Strife & Imack and Heiruspecs will open (8:30 PM, $28, 413-584-7771). . . . The Wasted, Mike Hotter, and Power Take Off rock Valentine’s on Saturday (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Simultaneously, the Erotics and Black Jack Blades rock the Lark Tavern (10 PM, $5, 463-7875). . . . Renowned jazz vocalist Andrea Wolper will perform at the North Pointe Cultural Arts Center on Saturday (8 PM, $20-$25, 758-9234). . . . Don’t forget about the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival on Saturday and Sunday at SPAC—for a complete list of performers and prices, visit www.spac.org. (noon, 584-9330). . . . With the rash of fires around Albany in recent weeks, someone in our circle was bound to get screwed: Joe and Gina Ulrich, newlyweds and longtime supporters of the local-music scene, lost most of their possessions and one of their cats in a fire on June 5; this Sunday afternoon, local acts the Wait, the Day Jobs, Five Alpha Beatdown, Brian Bassett, and Call It Quits will team up at Artie’s River Street Stage to raise money for the couple. This also happens to be the last show ever at Artie’s; proprietor Art Fredette will open a new joint later this summer (5 PM, $5, 687-0064). . . . Finally, the New Pornographers will preview tracks from their forthcoming Twin Cinema LP at Pearl Street on Sunday; Mates of State open (8:30 PM, $18, 413-584-7771).


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