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Aquabats, Epoxies, Phenomenauts

Saratoga Winners, Thursday

The Aquabats, the Epoxies and the Phenomenauts are currently touring around the States under the Teenage Pajamas From Outer Space Tour rubric, which is enough to earn a look-see right there. What’s more is that the Aquabats’ onstage outfits are boosted from the closets of old Batman villains, and the group have been staffed by musicians such as the Prince of Karate, Jaime the Robot, the Baron Von Tito (who has since left for Blink 182), Ultra Kyu and Catboy. These days, the lineup consists of MC Bat Commander, Jimmy the Robot and Ricky Fitness, but they’re still working the costumed surf’n’ska punk-rock lunacy. The Epoxies, too, got themselves some early-’80s-style noms du punk: Roxy Epoxy, Shock Diode, Viz Spectrum, Dr. Grip and Moxie Static, which has got to warm the hearts of all you nostalgic Germs fans. And new-wave garage rockers the Phenomenauts have promised a galactic defense of “rocket roll,” provided by Cmmdr. Angel Nova, Cprl. Joe Bot, Maj. Jimmy Bloom, Capt. Chreehos and Prof. Greg Arias. (June 30, 7:30 PM, $10 adv., $12 door, Route 9, Latham, 783-1010)

Motown Party with Mary Wilson

Albany Riverfront Park, Thursday

In case you missed the recent Supremes exhibition at the Albany Institute of History and Art, here’s your chance to catch a member of the legendary singing group live and in-person. Mary Wilson was the only member of the Supremes to perform with the group for their entire 18-year career—a career that produced 33 Top 40 hits, including 12 No. 1s. Although the group dissolved in 1977, Wilson still tours regularly and, in recent years, she’s taken to musical theater, syndicated radio, and even academics, completing an associate’s degree in liberal arts in 2001. We knew she was a smart cookie when she told the organizers of a Supremes reunion tour to take a hike. (They offered crazy lady Diana Ross five times as much money, after all.) Wilson will perform at this evening’s Motown party (part of the Alive at Five concert series). Tammy Fletcher and the Disciples will open. (June 30, 5 PM, free, Corning Preserve, Albany, 434-2032)

The Dirty Projectors perform The Getty Address

Flywheel, Thursday

The Dirty Projectors’ presumably out-of-date Web site offers little information about who they are, where they’re from, or what exactly their name means. Is their lens in need of cleaning? Are they into snuff films? Perhaps it’s a psychological thing. After listening to a few tracks from the Projectors’ various releases, we still can’t box them in: One song sounds like Devendra Banhart performing God Ween Satan, another reminds us of what might happen if you put a few deep gouges in the playing surface of Bjork’s most recent CD. One thing we know for sure is that the band (they are a band, right?) will perform their latest album in its entirety this evening. The Flywheel’s own site gives us this much more: “The album is about post-9/11 America, the destruction of our natural wilderness, the confrontation between Hernan Cortes and the Aztecs in the early 16th century, and a protagonist named after Don Henley.” Alrighty, then. (June 30, 8 PM, $6, 2 Holyoke St., Easthampton, Mass., 413-527-9800)


Hudson Duster, Thursday

L.A. rapper 2Mex is a busy guy. A video for his song “The Return of Fernandomania” was recently added into rotation at the MTV2 network. He has appeared on nearly 50 releases in the last eight-or-so years, under his own name or with the groups the Visionaries, Of Mexican Descent, Afterlife, and the Shapeshifters. (2Mex rivals Kool Keith and ODB in the alter-ego department: His latest album was released under the name SunGodSuns.) But what’s most striking is the invitation on his Web site to join him for “Monday Movie Nights.” No joke. He invites two or more “underground female hiphoppers” into his apartment every Monday to watch a DVD with him. Talk about fan appreciation! We’re fairly sure he’ll stick to the hiphop this evening, but feel free to invite him by to catch some tube after the show. 2Mex will share tonight’s bill with Sev Statik, Ace the Grappler, and Da Official. (June 30, 8 PM, $5, 40 3rd St., Troy, 687-2391)

Asia, Fear of Flying

Northern Lights, Saturday

Thought they were dead? Think again. Eighties British rock band Asia still exist outside the world of VH1 specials, though not quite in the form you may remember. With only one original band member left—keyboardist and former Yes member Geoff Downes—the re-formed group look to promote their recent album, “Silent Nation.” However, those nostalgic for leg warmers and acid jeans should not despair: the band still perform their oldest songs, including their best-known hit, “Heat of the Moment.” New York rockers Fear of Flying will share the bill. (July 2, 7:30 PM, $15 in advance, $17 at the door, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Dirty on Purpose

Valentine’s, Saturday

Dream-pop Brooklynites Dirty on Purpose are stopping in Albany while on tour in support of their debut release. We just love the name of the disc—Sleep Late for a Better Tomorrow (North Street Records)—as it fits with their whole dream theme. The quintet feature three singers who all take turns as lead on the disc—including candy-voiced keyboardist Erika Forster, whose vocals come through loud and clear, piercing the disc’s dreamlike elements. The Boston Globe uses Yo La Tengo as a reference point when describing DOP’s sound. For those of you have already experienced Sleep Late, beware: According to Metro NY, DOP’s live show is “more spin cycle than soak,” so don’t necessarily expected the same sound you get with the very produced melodic tunes on the disc. Also on the bill: the loveable Brent Gorton and his Tender Breasts, and Advance Cassette. (July 2, 9 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Also Noted
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Commander Cody and His Rockabilly Stew will play two shows at the Van Dyck tonight (Thursday) with George Frayne, John and Graham Tichy (7 & 9:30 PM, $15, 381-1111). . . .The cousins Colwell, otherwise known as pop group Hector on Stilts, will release their long-awaited CD, Same Height Relation, tonight at La Cocina in Pittsfield, Mass.; Melodrome will open (9:30 PM, $5, 413-499-6363). . . . Dave Matthews makes his annual trip to SPAC this weekend: He’ll perform a concert with his band both tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday nights (7 PM, $58, $40.50, 476-1000). . . . The music series at the Great Escape in Lake George will begin this Saturday with the Joe Nacco Band; fireworks will follow the performance (7:30 PM, free with paid admission to the park, 792-3500). . . . Happy Traum, Woodstock singer-songwriter and former editor of Sing Out!, will celebrate the release of his new CD at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild on Saturday. (8 PM, $20, 845-679-2079). . . . Also at SPAC on Sunday, spend an evening with the Moody Blues (8 PM, $60, $42.50, 476-1000). . . . On Wednesday, New Jersey bad boys Bedlight for Blue Eyes will take the upstairs stage at Valentine’s; they are touring in anitcipation of their new release The Dawn, which will be out Aug. 16. Also on the bill: Secret Lives, My Epi phany, Cruiserweight, This Time Tomorrow (7 PM, $10, 432-6572).

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