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MC Chris

Red Square, Friday

Adult Swim viewers might recognize mc chris as the diaper-clad, rapping spider MC P Pants from the network’s popular, non-sequitur-heavy Aqua Teen Hunger Force. But that was just one of Chris’ alter egos—he’s also provided voices for non-arachnids on Adult Swim programs like Sealab 2021 and Space Ghost: Coast to Coast. Chris (his real name, although he prefers to eschew capitalization and punctuation in his performing moniker) took his squeaky-voiced rap gig full-time a few years back, and has thus far released several albums of humorous, geek-friendly rhyme, including this year’s Dungeon Master of Ceremonies. Speaking of geek-friendly, mc chris will be supported on Friday’s show by our area’s own Mathematicians, as well as D.C. indie-poppers Exit Clov. (Dec. 8, 9 PM, $12, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)


Pernice Brothers

Pernice Brothers, Elvis Perkins

Iron Horse Music Hall, Saturday

Live a Little, says Joe Pernice, poet laureate of the sad-sack singer-songwriter crop. But the title of his band’s latest release doesn’t belie quite the same dichotomous undertone as it once might have. In fact, over their last two releases, Pernice has gone from a guy who reveled in the miserable (he once began an album with the phrase “I Hate My Life”) to someone who’s enamored by the subtleties of domestic life. Well, sort of—he still manages to inject an air of cynicism into even the brightest of pop nuggets. (For instance, the close of “PCH One”: “I’m not really sure we’ll be alright.”) Pernice and his band of “brothers” (which occasionally features his real brother, Bob) play the Iron Horse this Saturday; they’ll be joined by crooner Elvis Perkins, son of late Psycho actor Anthony. (Dec. 9, 10 PM, $13, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610)

The Coryell Bros. All-Stars

Van Dyck, Saturday

Murali and Julian Coryell were born into a legacy of blues and soul that their father, Larry Coryell, laid the foundation for. Some now consider that the highly acclaimed Coryell brothers as the future of blues. Each brother has his own accomplished solo career under his belt, and though they’re busy making their own albums (Julian just released Rock Star), they’re currently touring together. The lineup that will appear at the Van Dyck this weekend includes Tony Levin on bass and Kenwood Dennard on drums—this is one of only two shows that will feature these players, the other show being in Boston. So catch them while you can when they play locally this weekend. (Dec. 9, 7 PM, 237 Union St., Schen ec tady, 381-1111)

Kenny Rogers

Palace Theater, Monday

We were about to complain that fried-chicken empresario Kenny Rogers visits the Capital Region only at holiday time—meaning he just drops in to see what condition our Christmas cheer is in—when we found out that this Monday’s show is indeed a twofer, billed as Greatest Hits and Holiday Classics. We’re curious as to how the show will be divided: Will “Winter Wonderland” get slotted in between “The Gambler” and “Lucille”? Or will he actually create a mashup? We’d love to hear what “Santa, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” and “Coward of the Christmas Tree” might sound like. In any case, it’s worth making your way to the Palace for this one as, from the look of recent photographs, Rogers may soon have no face left to lift. Merry Christmas, y’all! (Dec. 11, 7:30 PM, $42-$55, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334)

The Bobs Christmas Show

Caffe Lena, Wednesday

Not one member of this a capella singing quartet is actually named Bob—in fact, their newest member is a woman named Amy (and Bob is actually an acronym for Best of Breed). The Bobs’ genesis dates back to when the original two members (only one of whom, Matthew Stull, is still with the group) were employees of a singing-telegram company called the Western Onion. Since their rather unpromising beginnings, the Bobs have reached levels of relative stardom, combining offbeat comedy with innovative lyrical and instrumental stylings. They pack a litany of songs that broach a variety of issues including lunar cattle farming (whatever the hell that is), spontaneous combustion, the many nicknames that exist for the human genitalia, and, perhaps most importantly, the imposing threat of imminent worldwide feline domination. As you can see, those Bobs aren’t afraid to tackle any and all of our hottest world issues to date. Their Christmas show Wednesday night will offer up an array of sentiments and songs typically unassociated with yuletide bliss; you probably won’t be hearing any “Jingle Bell Rock” at this particular holiday show. And with the Bobs, why would you want to? (Dec. 13, 8 PM, $15, Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)


Also Noted
Moonlighters

The Moonlighters bring their blend of island sounds and classic tunes to MASS MoCA tomorrow (Friday, 8 PM, $18, 413-662-2111). . . . Texas-based metalheads the Sword are back for another round at Valentine’s this Friday; Stinking Lizaveta and Great Day For Up open (7 PM, $10, 432-6572). . . . Comedy-rock duo the Knuckleheads are on the Brew Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase this Saturday at Tess’ Lark Tavern; the show is hosted by comic Greg Aidala and also features Clayton Fletcher (8:30 PM, $10, 463-9779). . . . It was a good Pat Benatar song: Catch the “Fire and Ice” concert at Northern Lights this Saturday, starring area cover-band heavies the Burners UK and the Refrigerators (8:30 PM, $18, 371-0012). . . . Expect a little of everything when Donna the Buffalo play Revolution Hall this Saturday (8 PM, $18, 274-0553). . . . The Irish Rovers do their holiday show at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Mass. on Saturday (8 PM, $25-$35, 413-584-1444) and at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield, Mass. on Sunday (4 PM. $20-$45, 413-997-4444). . . . Doing what he does best: Andy Williams brings his big Christmas show to the Palace on Wednesday (7:30 PM, $49-50-$59.50, 465-3334).


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