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St. Vincent

The Defibulators, the Blue Ribbon Boys

Jason’s Upstairs Bar, Thursday

“City-billy” is how The New Yorker classified this Brooklyn band of merrimakers, and it’s as close to justice as one word could do them. But we have to admit, we prefer the band’s own choice, “whackabilly,” as it better illustrates the anything-goes nature of the Defibulators. With a lineup that includes upright bass, banjo, fiddle, backhills harp, Telecaster, and junkyard percussion (read: washboard) the Defibulators are finding the through line from bluegrass to bar band. They’ll share the stage in Hudson tonight with the Blue Ribbon Boys, whose throwback sound—to the music of the 1930s and ’40s—is one of the area’s best clubgoing bets. Check out their Nirvana cover. (Aug. 6, 8 PM, $10, 521 Warren St., Hudson, 828-7303)


St. Vincent

Pearl Street Nightclub, Thursday

Dylan Thomas would dig Annie Clark. Under her stage name, St. Vincent, taken from the hospital where Thomas died, Clark makes music that is fully aware of the ironies, both cruel and quirky, that constitute the everyday. Death, in a miraculous process, creates new growth; the old give way to the young, the fall leaf to the spring bud; in death we find a mirror for life, a reason that makes it valuable. To contain that contradiction and to celebrate it was Thomas’ aim, yielding work that saw life from the perspective of multiple generations all living and dying together. This, too, is Clark’s project, revealing all of the simultaneous emotions that shape a feeling like love. Of course, she also fucking rocks. (Aug. 6, 8:30 PM, $15, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686)

10 for $10 Tour

Northern Lights, Friday

Here’s a lesson in how to maximize the bang-for-buck ratio for concertgoers, one that even the least economically minded among us can grasp. Headlined by Poison the Well, the 10 for $10 Tour does exactly what it claims to: Each date on the tour features sets by 10 different hardcore acts, with all tickets priced at just $10. Literally, a bang—er, band per buck. The tour is sponsored by, whose aim is to give money-stressed fans an affordable live-music option, and revive the era of the hardcore matinee. (And also make some of us really miss the QE2.) Besides the headliners, the Clifton Park edition of this all-day show will feature Vision of Disorder, Bane, Terror, War of Ages, the Ghost Inside, the Mongoloids, Trapped Under Ice, Crime in Stereo, and This Is Hell. (Aug. 7, 3 PM, $10, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Ryan Montbleau Band

Putnam Den, Friday

Boston soul man Ryan Montbleau is what you’d call a self-starter. Dude worked his way up from a day gig substitute teaching and nights in coffeehouses and open mics, to a national tour circuit, in a couple of years, without outside funding. He measured enough success in his solo travels to eventually assemble a touring band bearing his name. The group now rack up more than 200 gigs every year, and their name frequently pops up on Bands to Watch lists in major music magazines. But as self-supported ventures go, sometimes hard work is not enough—for their next album, Montbleau and his band are calling on their considerable amount of fans to donate what they can. You can pitch in by checking them tomorrow (Friday) night at Saratoga’s newest concert venue. (Aug. 7, 9 PM, $12, 63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066)


Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Tuesday

Remember all those times we said we’d move to Canada if G.W. Bush got in for a second term? We made similar promises with regard to a Creed reunion, though it was more like “If Creed get back together, I’ll quit listening to music.” Of course we didn’t keep the first promise either, so we’re not compelled to follow through. And we may not need to anyway: Just as the rise of Creed marked the ascension of Jesus-rock to the multi-platinum-selling heights reserved for such worldwide megastars as Vanilla Ice and Hootie and the Blowfish, the band’s second coming is sure to signal something far more fearsome—perhaps the initial stages of the apocalypse! Or maybe there’s a simpler explanation for the reformation: Given Scott Stapp’s habit of striking a Jesus Christ pose, it’s only logical for him to go the resurrection route. (Aug. 4, 7:30 PM, $25-$85, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-3330)

Also Noted
Pumped for Dumplin

Summer’s almost over, already—we’re down to the last two Alive at Fives. Tonight (Thursday), it’s the Neville Brothers with guests Mingo Fishtrap (5 PM, free, 434-2032). . . . John Mayer-endorsed trumpeter Chris Botti blows into Tanglewood tomorrow (Friday), where he’ll perform with the Boston Pops Orchestra (8:30 PM, $21-$115, 888-266-1200). . . . Friday at Valentine’s, it’s the reunion of Pumped for Dumplin, the short-lived “supergroup” featuring Frank Moscowitz and Martha Kronholm of Princess Mabel, plus Katie Haverly and Nick Matulis; Mission Control Of and Restys open (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Red Square has a triple bill on Friday, with the Bryan Brundige Collective, Ikebe Shakedown, and Duchess and the Afro-Dub Rebels (8 PM, $10, 465-0444). . . . Speaking of reunions, the Rolling Stone Pub and Grill in Burnt Hills hosts its version of a Summer of Love flashback on Saturday with an all-day show that reunites some of the area’s favorite acts of the ’60s and ’70s, including Ruff Francis, Chicken Fingers, Bits and Pieces, and more (noon, $3, 384-2511). . . . Living in the Light may be an ironic title for a blues record, but that’s what Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters have called their latest; they’re at the Linda Saturday night (8 PM, $25, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . This ought to be something: Saturday at Mass MoCA, Julia Greenberg performs the songs of Dory Previn (7:30 PM, $18, 413-662-2111). . . . Woodstock is hopping on Saturday: Singer-songwriter-violinist Tracy Bonham is at Alchemy (845-684-5068), while the Bearsville Theater hosts the Woodstock Reggae Festival, featuring Innervisions and the Big Takeover, among others (8 PM, $20, 845-679-4406). . . . It’s Canalfest weekend, and Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park will celebrate with live music from the NRBQ offshoot Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet, plus Medrock and the Barefoot Boys on Saturday, and the Joey Thomas Big Band on Sunday (2 PM, free,

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