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Black Moth Super Rainbow

Iron Horse Music Hall, Thursday

Remember how the Yippies and the Diggers were always talking about putting acid in the water source back in the ’60s? If only they’d known the psychedelic benefits of living in proximity to steel industry. This is, we’re assuming, how Pittsburgh experimental rock band Black Moth Super Rainbow got so beautifully fucked-up. Analog synthesizers, trippy projections, and mysterious pseudonyms (like Tobacco, Power Pill Fist, and the Seven Fields of Aphelion) have always been their game, but this year, with the alchemical help of Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, they scultped one hairy beast of a record, Eating Us. No—really—the album came packaged in hair. If this doesn’t give you an idea of how they sound, we don’t know what will. NYC space-rockers Soundpool open. (Aug. 27, 10 PM, $14, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686)

Dennis Most and the Instigators

Valentine’s, Friday

Indiana-born singer Dennis Most inadvertently kicked off the punk-rock movement by naming his 1972 “trippy blues/garage-rock combo” Punk. In ’76, his band AudioLove released the thunderous proto-punk semi-classic “I Can’t Control Myself.” And in 1979, he formed the first incarnation of his now-longtime band, the Instigators. Then, after one early-’80s songwriter-driven release, nearly 20 years of silence followed. These last 10 years have seen a relative flurry of activity from the would-be legend, however, including the release of a pair of new studio albums and several classic reissues, and the unearthing of a ’76 AudioLove live record that best delineates Most’s primary directive: His punk is the Troggs, not the Pistols. Friday’s show should be a walk down memory lane for some, a much-needed kick in the arse for others. Fellow would-be legends Small Axe are also on the bill. (Aug. 28, 8 PM, $8, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Slum Village

Rock the Bells Club Tour

Northern Lights, Saturday

As anyone who’s attended more than one such event can attest, live hip-hop can be a pretty tricky proposition. Shows often come strapped with long waits, short sets, and big disappointments. But why? Rap began as a live medium; dudes were rhyming over boomboxes on city playgrounds long before Grandmaster Flash started cutting hit records. The organizers of Rock the Bells know this, and they’re out to restore live hip-hop’s good name by presenting some of the best live acts the genre has to offer. No Diddy shit here: Hosted by Pete Rock, Saturday’s bill features Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek), new Joe Budden group Slaughterhouse, Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon, Supernatural, and Detroit’s Slum Village, who will pay tribute to recently passed member Baatin, and to the late Jay Dee (aka J Dilla). See if you can throw your hands in the air and pour some liquor. (Aug. 29, 8:30 PM, $25, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)


Kevin Seconds

Valentine’s, Saturday

While Northern Lights continues to deliver the old-school hip-hop, Valentine’s is serving, these days, as a key tour stop for classic punk and hardcore acts. The latest hero to come our way is Kevin Seconds, lead singer for the seminal hardcore band 7 Seconds. While he might like to shake the association, Seconds is largely responsible for the rise of straight-edge culture in the ’80s, and continues to live the lifestyle (minus the label) today. One thing that has changed is Seconds’ approach to musicmaking: The once-livid singer seems to have found a bit of peace and so has turned over a new, folky leaf. We might get drop-kicked for saying so, but his voice actually sounds a little sweet. (Aug. 29, 8 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Crüe Fest II

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Tuesday

What did your daddy tell you? That’s right: You play with fire, you’re liable to get burned. So pardon us if we chuckle a bit at the fact that Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee was recently replaced on tour when the drummer accidentally burned his hand—on a sparkler. Take a moment to enjoy the irony here: Dude spends almost 30 years in one of the world’s most legendarily pyrotechnic bands, and he hurts himself fucking around with something they put on wedding cakes. Sevendust’s Morgan Taylor has filled the gap while Lee recovers—and Lee’s still turning up to provide personality, and play piano. (He’s a legendary pianist, after all.) Joining the Crüe for the penultimate date of this year’s rock & roll circus are Godsmack, Drowning Pool, Theory of a Deadman, and Charm City Devils. (Sept. 1, 5 PM, $34.50-$106, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-3330)

Also Noted
Amanda Rogers

Some people just can’t get enough James Taylor. This week, Tanglewood will test the limits of those devoted followers with four JT concerts over four days, including a “conversations” program tonight (Thursday), two shows featuring guests Sheryl Crow and Yo-Yo Ma (Friday and Saturday), and a season-finale concert with John Williams and the Boston Pops Sunday afternoon (times and prices vary, 888-266-1200). . . . Tonight also brings the debut of the Lost Radio Rounders, the duo formerly known as the Gospel Train; they’ll play a set of Pete Seeger songs at the Linda (7 PM, free, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . Albany native and world-traveling blues-rocker Christine Santelli brings it back (close to) home at the Van Dyck on Friday (7 PM, $7, 348-7999). . . . It’s a big weekend for music at Bread and Jam Café in Cohoes: Friday, get a sneak peak of the forthcoming album from too-little-seen singer-songwriter Laura Boggs; she’ll share the bill with Krysta Dennis (8 PM, free, 326-2275). . . . Saturday at Bread and Jam, it’s the venue’s one-year anniversary, which will be celebrated with an all-day concert featuring Matt Durfee, Amanda Rogers, the Energy, and a whole lot more—including barbecue! (2 PM, $10, 326-2275). . . . The last big rock show of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center summer season might cause déjà vu for some concertgoers: Journey and Heart return to SPAC on Wednesday, just over a year after their last appearance (7:30 PM, $20-$95, 587-3330).

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