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David Allan Coe

Northern Lights, Thursday

We can already feel the Redneck Pride emanating from Clifton Park. Outlaw country legend David Allan Coe, as legendary for his, um, politics as his music (he recorded a few inarguably racist songs in the 1980s whose titles we couldn’t possibly bring ourselves to reproduce here), rolls his long-haired ass into town tonight to share the glory with his brethren. He’s recorded with and had songs covered by dozens of country greats, and found haven with a new generation of dirtbags by recording with Kid Rock and the late “Dimebag” Darrell. Speaking of dirtbags, did you read that racism thing a few sentences back? Use your judgment, people. (Aug. 23, 7:30 PM, $22, 1208 Route 146, 371-0012)

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

Washington Avenue Armory, Friday

Hip-hop entrepreneur Lil Wayne brings the party to town on Friday. This is your chance to catch one of the hardest- working guys in the biz—in addition to being a Grammy-nominated rapper, president of Cash Money Records, and CEO of Young Money entertainment, he has a burgeoning acting career (well, he appears as himself in the Big Boi vehicle Who’s Your Caddy? for what that’s worth) and a stint on the upcoming season of The Boondocks animated series as the voice of Huey and Riley’s cousin. He’s a busy man. Kia Shine opens Friday’s show, and other special guests are expected. (Aug. 24, 8 PM, $47-$75, 195 Washington Ave., Albany, 694-7160)


Rustic Overtones

Revolution Hall, Friday

We’ve all heard the myriad drummer jokes that circulate among the music community. (Q: How do you know if the stage is level? A: The drummer drools out of both sides of his mouth. Pa-rum-pum.) Which makes the reunion of Maine-based rock-funk septet Rustic Overtones all the more unlikely; as the story goes, drool-free drummer Tony McNaboe spurred the get-together by calling each band member individually, claiming that everyone else in the band had already agreed to it. It worked: The Overtones put aside their individual projects (which include As Fast As and Paranoid Social Club) for the summer, and put together a new disc, Light at the End, which will be available when they make their triumphant return to the area this week. Local pop combo Hector on Stilts will open the 16-and-over show. (Aug. 24, 9 PM, $20, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

Coffinberry, the Luxury Flats

Stray Bar, Sunday

Cleveland’s Coffinberry are heirs apparent to that city’s tradition of postpunk goodness, smartly employing the standard two-electric-guitar lineup on their new God Dam Dogs disc. There’s nary a strum in earshot, save for the barely-two-minute “Earthworms in the Sun”; elsewhere, on the poignant “Welcome to Hell,” they pack more good ideas into 140 seconds than some bands do into a 75-minute set. As with the best indie-garage rock, it’s all charmingly homemade-sounding. They’ll share the stage at the Stray Bar this Sunday with hometown heroes the Luxury Flats, who recently returned from their first national tour supporting their excellent debut disc Wrong Side of the Cap Stand. (Aug. 26, 9 PM, $10, 521 Warren St., Hudson, 828-7303)


Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Sunday

You have a choice, Capital Region: This Sunday, you can stay home and watch Rock of Love like you always do, or you can hoof it up to Saratoga and see the star of the show, Bret Michaels, with the band who made him the B-list rocker he is today. Poison currently are touring to promote Poison’d, a collection of cover versions, new and old (their hit version of “Your Mama Don’t Dance” is included), of songs that were made in the 1970s. (The one modern song they tackled—Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback”—didn’t make the cut; check out that abomination on YouTube.) Joining them for this jaunt are fellow ’80s hair-metal heroes Ratt, and Swedish throwers-back Vains of Jenna. And don’t miss the afterparty at the Grotto Nightclub, where Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille reportedly will drop by for some post-show revelry. (Aug. 26, 7 PM, $30-$42.50, $16 lawn, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-3330)

Also Noted
In case you missed the real thing last week, you can make up for it tonight (Thursday) at Red Square, when the Dave Matthews Tribute Band take the stage (9 PM, $10, 465-0444). . . . Indie-bluegrass duo Uncle Monk—featuring the one and only Tommy Ramone—play the Bearsville Theater tonight (9 PM, $15, 845-679-4406). . . . Summer’s almost over, but you’ll have one more chance to wear sandals to a concert when James Taylor makes his yearly pilgrimage to Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass., tomorrow (Friday)—but you might have to sell your Birkenstocks for a ticket, as the show’s sold out (8 PM, 617-931-2000). . . . The Erotics unveil their smartly titled new CD 30 Seconds Over You with a CD-release show at Valentine’s on Friday; also on the bill are Horror Business, Society High, and Tobiaz, and admission includes a free copy of the new disc (8 PM, $10, 432-6572). . . . Also on Friday, on the downstairs stage at Valentine’s, catch the Luxury Flats, along with the New Dumb and Devices (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Bygone hardcore act Straight Jacket will stage a reunion at Northern Lights on Saturday; Dead and Dying, 357 Justice, Lore, and Brawler are also on the bill (7:30 PM, $12, 371-0012). . . . Abra Moore—a Texas-based songwriter who has released all of one album since her Grammy-nominated 1995 disc—is back in action with a new record, and a show at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Mass., on Sunday (7 PM, $13, 413-584-0610). . . . Two words: Merle Haggard. A few more words: Turning Stone, Monday night (8 PM, $65-$75, 877-833-SHOW). . . . Also on Monday, rock trio Vesper will unveil their long-in-the-making debut disc, With Autumn I Fell, with a release party at Saratoga City Tavern (8:30 PM, $10, 581-3230).

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