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The Villanova Junction CD release

Northern Lights, Thursday

A music-biz vet once opined, “You’re releasing your CD in December? That’s no man’s land!” True, to a point: Unless you’re Josh Groban, that kind of timing can really fuck with your Soundscan numbers. But as 2007 draws to a close, that raises the deeper philosophical question of whether there’s even a point to releasing a physical CD anymore. In any case, Clifton Park-based rockers the Villanova Junction are attempting to buck this supposed trend with the release of their new CD, which they’ll celebrate at Northern Lights this week. On their MySpace page, the band claim the following: “Music Today Has No Balls. . . .We Will Be The Balls.” Ponder on that statement as you’re on your way to the show, and do your best to be the balls. (Dec. 27, 7 PM, $10, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)


Turning Stone Resort and casino, Friday

She sings! She dances! She pees her pants! Never mind that last part, as it certainly hasn’t damaged Stacy Ferguson’s rep. The once and future Black Eyed Pea had a smashing 2007, charting three more Top 5 hits from her The Dutchess album, making her only the seventh female artist in history to score five Top 5 singles. One of those, of course, was the runaway international No. 1 smash “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” which came close to being the year’s biggest hit (Alicia Keys, you spoiler you), and damn well might be the most-played song of 2007. So there’s that. Notice that we’ve said nothing of her singing—that’s just not important in this day and age. (Dec. 28, 8 PM, $85, Verona, 877-833-SHOW)

Ghost of Hardcore Past

Valentine’s, Saturday

Can you believe this is the fifth year for the annual Ghost Of Hardcore Past show? We can’t either. And this year’s lineup is a good’un, with a wide array of local heavies paying tribute to the music that inspired them. On the bill: Outa Commission will play the Circle Jerks; Reptar will take on SSD; After the Fall play Lagwagon; Bulldog Courage suit up with Blood for Blood; We the People are Blitz; Might = Dag Nasty; Storms become Left for Dead; Sick and Tired revisit Born Agains; Orenthal James (ha) play the Germs; Acid Reflux take a stab at Wire; and Concern get all aggro with Inside Out. Also, Kitty Little, who aren’t really hardcore, play Thin Lizzy, who are definitely not hardcore. Hello, red herring! (Dec. 29, 7 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Les Savy Fav

Les Savy Fav

Pearl Street Nightclub, Saturday

These guys formed at the Rhode Island School of Design, so trying to get under their skin by calling them art-rock won’t make a dent, sorry. Les Savy Fav’s latest record, Let’s Stay Friends, has turned up on a number of critics’ year-end lists, which is a nifty accomplishment for the 12-year-old band. (Former drummer Pat Mahoney also had a good run with the critics this year, as he currently holds down the throne for LCD Soundsystem.) The band also licensed a bunch of their angular, guitar-based indie-rock tunes to sports-based video games this year, which should expose them to a whole new audience. . . . Aw, who are we kidding? We play them too. Anyway, head out to Noho to catch this surging act this weekend, with guests Hallelujah the Hills and Bunnies. (Dec. 29, 8:30 PM, $18, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-7771)

A Rocking New Year’s Eve

Valentine’s, Monday

If you’re looking for a loud, exper imental musical experience this New Year’s Eve, we humbly suggest a visit to Valentine’s. The suggestively named lineup will include Jamboyz, Spread ’Em, Beware! the Other Head of Science, Mouthole, and Lincoln Money Shot. Yes, you read correctly—Lincoln Money Shot. Nick Carpenter is returning from the Left Coast, and the band have promised that this “full-on reunion show” will be “probably the best show of 2007 and 2008.” We can’t promise this—as a matter of policy—but they can. Editor’s note: This listing came in as “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” but we changed it to guard against the wrath of Dick Clark. Also, because the Jamboyz name for the show on their MySpace page, “Jamboyz Fuck 2007,” seemed not quite appropriate. (Dec. 31, 8 PM, call for prices, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Also Noted

Fire Flies

The durable Alejandro Escovedo plays two shows at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass., tomorrow (Friday); Haunt will open both (7 and 10 PM, $25, 413-584-0610). . . . New York-based band Fire Flies, champions of this year’s international Emergenza festival, return to Valentine’s Friday with the Sense Offenders and Jared Funari opening (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Killpeoplefest—sorry, that’s Stillbornfest (we like our name better, though)—takes over Northern Lights on Saturday; scheduled to perform are Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, God Forbid, Shai Hulud and about a dozen more (4 PM, $20, 371-0012). . . . Two bygone jam acts get their reunions on this weekend: Catch Rezi and Jerkwater Ruckus Saturday at Red Square (9 PM, $8, 465-0444). . . . If you’re planning to spend New Year’s Eve in a rock club, try this: The reunited Rustic Overtones, along with their two splinter bands, Paranoid Social Club and As Fast As, play Northern Lights on Monday (8 PM, $20, 371-0012).

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