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Pearls and Brass

Valentine’s, Thursday

How’s this for a straightforward band description for Pearls and Brass, from online critic Michael Crumsho: their latest album, The Indian Tower, “is pure, classic proto-metal boogie played by guys who honestly seem to live this stuff in the best possible way.” So they’re rockin’ and sing about rockin’ and chicks and hangovers and beer and chicks and rockin’. Got it? The Lehigh Valley (Pa.)-based trio have been having at it for a decade, so when it comes to all the aforementioned topics, they must mean what they rock. Or, as Crumsho also wrote, “Pearls and Brass have your ultimate Friday afternoon ‘just got paid today’ soundtrack.” So, to sum up, tonight (Thursday) at Valentine’s is your Friday this week. Also on the bill are heavy dudes Great Day for Up. (July 13, 9 PM, call for prices, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

The Turtles, the Buckinghams

Albany Riverfront Park, Thursday

Formed in the ’60s by Howard Kaylan and Mark Voman (better known as Flo and Eddie) at the age of 15, the Turtles decided to satisfy their audience (mostly comprising college students) by adding obscenity (foul-mouthed lyrics and genital gestures with cutlery) to songs such as “Money” and “What’d I Say.” So it’s interesting that the band produced Billboard hits like the sappy “Happy Together,” “She’d Rather Be With Me” and “Elenore.” Every band has to start somewhere. The Turtles have a true oldies sound, and their Web site claims that “they were the closest America ever came to having a Beatles.” Tonight (Thursday), the Turtles will play their hits from the 1960s at Oldies Night at Alive at Five. Opening will be the Buckinghams, another group that formed as teenagers in the ’60s with music that “fuses their classic sound with a punch and rhythm for today.” (July 13, 5 PM, Albany Riverfront Park, Albany, 434-2032,

Wilco, the M’s

The Pines Theatre, Sunday

Wilco, who’ll perform at North-ampton’s Look Park this week, released their first live album, Kicking Television—Live in Chicago (Nonesuch) last November to critical acclaim. The album (and accompanying DVD) has been called a “stunning document of one of the best live bands currently in existence, recorded during homecoming shows at Chicago’s Vic Theater” by Q Magazine. Q also listed KTV in their “20 Best Live Albums of All Time” feature. Not to worry, though, if you’re already aching for fresh stuff from the alt-rock stars: According to sources close to the band, their next album is due out in the spring of 2007. The M’s, whose music has been described by The Meter’s Bob Mehr as “a charmed collision of the Kinks, T. Rex, and even some of Sabbath’s trippier tendencies,” will open the show. (July 16, 6:30 PM, $35, Look Park, Northampton, Mass., 413-584-5457)

Bowling for Soup

Saratoga Winners, Tuesday

After more than a decade in the biz, Wichita Falls, Texas-based punk band Bowling for Soup are reaping the rewards of their hard work. Though the band had built a following for themselves over the years with a heavy touring schedule and their debut full-length album Rock On Honorable Ones (not to mention earning a Grammy nom for their 2002 single “Girl All the Bad Guys Want”), Bowling for Soup finally became a household name when their ode to the year “1985” from 2004’s Hangover You Don’t Deserve burst onto the Top 40 radio stations. Check ’em out when they headline a power-punk extravaganza at Saratoga Winners this week. Also on the bill: Lucky Boy Confusion, Punchline, Army of Freshmen, the Nightlife. (July 18, 7:30 PM, $15, 1375 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-1010)

Richard Buckner

Valentine’s, Monday

Last time Richard Buckner came to town, he delivered one of the most notorious stink-bombs in Capital Region history, according to many in attendance. His 2002 performance at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio was described as “ramshackle,” “flawed” and “sprawling”—and that was by someone who actually liked it. Others simply said the opening act (the Kamikaze Hearts, at the time merely buzzworthy) blew him off the stage. Buckner hasn’t exactly been in hiding for the last four years—he’s released two more studio albums since, including the new Dents and Shells (Merge)—but his return certainly is auspicious. Sneaking in on a Monday night? Did he think we wouldn’t notice? We’re anxious to see which Buckner shows up for this one, as he’s also responsible for one of the best small-venue performances we’ve ever seen (in 2001, at the much-missed Larkin). But he best watch his back: The buzzworthy Luxury Flats are scheduled to open. (July 17, 8 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Gary Puckett, the Box Tops

Empire State Plaza, Wednesday

We sure are glad to see Big Star frontman Alex Chilton back in action, especially after that uncertain period following Hurricane Katrina. (Chilton had a home in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and was “missing” for more than a week following the disaster.) Of course, he’ll be with his first group, the Box Tops, so we don’t expect he’ll go off-course and play “The Ballad of El Goodo” or anything like that, but a few notes of “The Letter” and everything will be fine. (Anyway, we’re just hoping he’ll sign our vinyl copy of #1 Record.) With the inimitable Gary Puckett on hand to sing his oldies-radio staples like “Young Girl” and “Woman, Woman,” this Wednesday should be one of pleasant reminiscence—with beer trucks. (July 19, 7 PM, free, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 877-659-4377)

Also Noted

Jam-alicious upstaters the Heavy Pets will get their groove on at Red Square tonight (Thursday) (9 PM, $5, 432-8584). . . . It’s the battle for the scariest-sounding band name when the Sounds of the Underground tour stops at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center today in Poughkeepsie with As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Terror, the Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, the Chariot, Through the Eyes of the Dead and GWAR (2 PM, $35, 845-454-3388). . . . Rockin’ Amsterdam (N.Y.)-based group the Lone Peaches will perform at Northern Lights on Thursday; Green Hill Tribe and 2096 are also on the bill (7:30 PM, $8, 371-0012). . . . Cracker will also stop in at Northern Lights on Saturday in support of their brand-new disc, Greenland (7:30 PM, $15, 371-0012). . . . Jupiter Circle, the ensemble group whose music is described in the Saratogian as “nocturnal dreaming infused with a dose of jazz-groove,” will play at Caffe Lena on Sunday (7 PM, $14, 583-0022).

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