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Valentine’s, Friday

Timing! Who would have thought, when California dance-rock troupe !!! started performing back in the 1990s, that they would one day have the distinction of bearing the only literally un-Googleable band name? Not unGoogleable like a band called, say, Real Estate; to enter “!!!” into the search engine brings back nothing. This anomaly certainly hasn’t hurt their career, though—the band, who have more or less added (chk-chk-chk) to their name at this point, released the very good Myth Takes album in 2007. They share the bill with our area’s own exclamatory rockers, Beware! the Other Head of Science. (May 1, 8 PM, $12, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Joel Mabus

Old Songs, Friday

Well, we certainly can’t say anything nicer about Joel Mabus than these words from the Twin Cities (Minnesota) Reader: “Mabus is everything a modern string player ought to be. . . . He has the good taste of a four-star sauce maker, and a superior musical strength on fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin to match his clever sensibility and often subtle sense of humor.” Mabus has been on the folk circuit for 30 years, with 19 albums to his credit; his repertoire is diverse, ranging from traditional folk to Celtic to hot jazz to sea chanteys (OK, we’re not sure about the sea chanteys). He sings his own witty, observational tunes; he sings covers. In other words, he’s a full-service acoustic performer who knows how to deliver an entertaining show. See for yourself tomorrow (Friday) night. (May 1, 8 PM, $17, 37 S. Main St., Vorheesville, 765-2815)

Hollywood Undead

Hollywood Undead

Northern Lights, Saturday

Sure, boss, we’ll write a preview. What’s the topic? A band called Hollywood Undead—alright, let’s hit the Web. Oh good, they have a Wikipedia page: “Hollywood Undead is a rap rock band from Hollywood California, formed in 2005. The band members perform in individual masks in order to maintain an air of mystery. This originated from the members’ MySpace profile which they filled with pictures of themselves in hockey masks.” While we can see about five things wrong with just that first sentence, we’re clearly not calling the shots because Hollywood Undead is big business—we don’t know what means what anymore but the band’s MySpace page has been viewed almost 30 million times, and we know that’s a freaking lot. And there you have it. (May 2, 7:30 PM, $15, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Hands and Knees

Valentine’s, Tuesday

Proof that hipsters prefer missionary: Boston jangle-pop outfit Hands and Knees, who make their area debut this Tuesday, making it unlikely that we’ll get to stay in at all this week. With their second full-length release—titled Et tu, Fluffy? and released this week on Midriff Records—the coed group hope to bring quirky indie-pop back into vogue, and we wish them godspeed on their mission. When they hit Valentine’s they’ll have some strong backup in one-man army Disposable Rocket Band, and the team of Stephen Gaylord and Complicated Shirt’s Drew Benton called Gay Tastee and the Destroying Angel. (May 5, 8:30 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Allan Holdsworth Trio

Proctors Theatre, Tuesday

There hasn’t been an Allan Holds-worth solo album since the 2001 release of Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie, but this English guitarist has a 40-year career in jazz-fusion from which to draw material for his performances. From his early years as part of ’70s prog band Tempest, Holdsworth has built an impressive catalogue of instrumental music combining a variety of musical styles. He is known for a unique style of guitar playing that incorporates sweeping arpeggios, pull-offs, and heavy use of effects pedals. Even Eddie Van Halen described Holdsworth as “the best, in my book”—and recommendations don’t come much higher than that. Holdsworth’s current trio includes bassist Jimmy Johnson and drummer Chad Wackerman. (May 5, 7:30 PM, $30, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Also Noted

Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned

Pour your tender heart in a blender, whip it into a tasty protein shake and chug that shit down: Eve 6 will play Northern Lights tonight (Thursday); Young and Divine and Last Minute Letter open (7 PM, $15, 371-0012). . . . We know this is going to spark some debate, or at least a partially obliterated walk down memory lane, so we’ll just say: There’s live music at Bogie’s again. Tonight (Thursday), it’s a five-band hardcore bill with High Five and Blood War among others; a hip-hop showcase on Saturday features iCON the Mic King and Shyste, for starters. Try calling ahead for more info, though we’re not certain their phone is working. You may just have to trust us (482-4393). . . . Blue Hand Luke kick off a month of Fridays at Revolution Hall on, yes, Friday; the Refrigerators are also on the bill (8 PM, $10, 274-0553). . . . Saturday, the Eighth Step at Proctors presents singer-songwriter and clothing entrepreneur Tret Fure (7:30 PM, $24, 346-6204). . . . Tom McWatters and the Realside are at Bread and Jam Café in Cohoes Saturday night (8 PM, free, 326-2275). . . . Sunday at Revolution Hall, Mayor Tutunjian hosts a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with music from the always-appealing Lawn Sausages, plus Stuck On Stupid, Sumac, and more (2 PM, $15, 274-0553). . . . Sunday evening, Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned ride into Valentine’s, where they’re on a bill with former Varnaline guy Anders Parker plus Dust From 1000 Years and Desperately Obvious (7 PM, $6, 432-6572).

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