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Pinback, sBach

Pearl Street Nightclub, Friday

It seems like every time Spencer Seim gets behind the kit with Nintendo cover band the Advantage, fans complain that he’s really a better guitarist, and everytime he’s lacerating eardrums with spazz duo Hella, fans long for an Advantage reunion. This time, though, Seim’s decided to compromise with sBach. Self-described as “what Vulcan classical music sounds like,” the band squeeze 8-bit synth melodies into one big math-rock conniption fit. If dancing, to you, is a little more like convulsing, then this one isn’t to be missed. If not, check out indie-rockers Pinback on the very same bill. (Oct. 3, 9 PM, $15, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-7771)

John Conlee

Saratoga Music Hall, Sunday

To squeak out one hit in the country-music business is quite a feat; to have a string of hits that spans 10 years is something else entirely. For John Conlee, it all started with the fail-safe country & western classic “Rose Colored Glasses.” Conlee’s streak dried up around 1987, but not before the singer-songwriter turned out 26 Top 20 singles, including “Friday Night Blues,” “I Don’t Remember Loving You,” and “Busted.” Like many of his generation, Conlee has found that people still want to hear the classics, and the onetime radio DJ continues to bring his big voice and personality to the fans at dozens of concerts every year. He’ll perform this Sunday at the Saratoga Music Hall; don’t forget to wear your rose-colored glasses. (Oct. 4, 2:30 PM, $33-$43, City Hall, Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 506-4809)

The Ragbirds

Red Square, Saturday

Have you ever heard music that transcends your tastes, that quiets even your most elite music-geek friends, that makes you think “this is just good”? We have with Michigan-based folk-benders the Ragbirds. Frontwoman and songwriter Erin Zindle leads the diverse group on violin (plus about a million other instruments) in a rich blend of Americana, Celtic, and Latin influences. Underneath it all is a toe-tapping mix of African polyrhythms, Afro-Cuban kinetics, and international percussion (can you say “tablas”?). Joining the Ragbirds this Saturday at Red Square are everyone’s favorite deadheads, the Deadbeats. Come out and twirl. (Oct. 4, 8 PM, $10, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)

Noel Paul Stookey

Caffe Lena, Sunday

We think you might know Noel Stookey a little better by his middle name, Paul—as in one-third of the folk trinity Peter, Paul and Mary. That’s right, one of the minds behind “Puff the Magic Dragon” will bring his brand of folk to the Capital Region this weekend. And we think it’s quite a brand indeed, considering his credentials (his group’s first album was in the Top 10 for nearly a year, after all). Stookey will be appearing solo and playing favorites from his 2007 release, Facets; we expect he’ll dip into his old group’s catalog as well. (Oct. 5, 7 PM, $30, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams and Buick 6

The Egg, Tuesday

Lucinda Williams is one of those few musicians who truly needs no introduction. She’s been doing what she does for so long that she could sing Gregorian chant and still sound like herself. Thankfully, her forthcoming album Little Honey doesn’t deviate quite so far, but it is rumored to shake up a sit-down crowd. Much of this has to do with backing band Buick 6, who rock hard enough to make Lucinda’s purr sound more like a growl. They even cover AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll).” Tuesday night, the climb shouldn’t be so steep. Buick 6 will open the show with a set of their own material. (Oct. 7, 7:30 PM, $39.50, Empire Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Also Noted

The one and only Buckethead will return to Northern Lights tonight (Thursday), with special guest That 1 Guy (7:30 PM, $16, 371-0012). . . . Speaking of one guy, tomorrow’s (Friday) post-1st Friday show at Tess’ Lark Tavern is a “one-man band” event featuring Mike Thomas, Jared Funari, and Rich Ortiz (10 PM, $5, 463-9779). . . . Friday is also the first night of the 2nd Annual Root-A-Rama Weekend at Valentine’s: On Friday, catch sets from Yarn, Coma, and A Troop of Echoes; Saturday, it’s Ohio ass-kickers Two Cow Garage, Grainbelt, Roger Bryan and the Orphans, and Crooked Toe (8 PM, $6 each night, 432-6572). . . . Proctors Theatre presents their annual Golden Oldies Spectacular this Saturday, with music from Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, the Duprees, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, the Orlons, and Kathy Young (7:30 PM, call for prices, 346-6204 or 274-0316). . . . Jazz pianist Cody Michaels will perform Saturday evening at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (7 PM, $15, $10 members, 352-7715). . . . Eric Margan and the Red Lions will help break in the College of Saint Rose’s new Massry Center for the Arts this Sunday with a concert in the Picotte Recital Hall called “Chamber Music Now and Then”; the group will play their original tunes for the first half of the show, then they’ll be joined by additional string players for a performance of Franz Schubert’s Quintet in A Major (7:30 PM, $10, 337-4871). . . . Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Michael Rothberg left the Berkshires for Boston last year, but he’ll return to his former digs this Sunday to celebrate the release of his second solo disc, Another Spin, at Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, Mass. (8 PM, $15, 413-528-3394).

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