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George Thorogood and the Destroyers

The Egg, Friday

For more than 30 years, this former semi-pro baseball player and blues slide guitarist has asked for only three things: one bourbon, one scotch and one beer. Turn on just about any classic-rock radio station in the country and you’ll hear his pleading. That is, if the station isn’t already playing “Bad to the Bone.” Or “Move It on Over.” Or “Who Do You Love?” Thorogood has spent his career squeezing the pulp out of blues rock, and his latest (23rd), The Dirty Dozen, is no different. Last year it hit No. 1 on the Billboard blues charts. And yet, the man remains thirsty. (Aug. 6, 8 PM, $42.50-$50, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Interpol

Northern Lights, Friday

Interpol, the forthcoming fourth release from the New York rock band of the same name, marks both a return to roots and a reinvention of sorts. It’s their first record since the departure of infamous founding bassist Carlos “D.” Dengler, and also their return to Matador Records after one album for major label Capitol. Newton’s Law must be at play, however, because despite all the commotion, it ended up sounding a lot like Interpol. Indie-rock fans will be doubly pleased to find Slint’s David Pajo has replaced Dengler on bass for the tour that brings Interpol to Northern Lights this week. (Aug. 6, 8 PM, $30, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

The Figgs

The Linda, Friday; Putnam Den, Saturday

Saratoga’s favorite rock & roll sons return to the nest this weekend to celebrate another addition to their already stunning catalog. The Man Who Fights Himself is another short but sweet blast—10 songs in 32 minutes (actually a bit on the long side by Figgs standards) with a cover photo shot at Caffe Lena. Expect these shows to include not only music from the new record but from any of their myriad LP and single releases. The Charlie Watts Riots, our pick for Best Pop Band (Guitars) in last week’s issue, will open the Saratoga show. (Aug. 6, 8 PM, $12, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4; Aug. 7, 10 PM, $10, 63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066)

Slayer

Slayer, Megadeth, Testament

Glens Falls Civic Center, Wednesday

The American Carnage Tour rolls on . . . finally! We were already stoked for this mighty threesome to come our way last November when they hit a roadblock—namely, back surgery for Slayer guitarist Tom Araya. Now that everything’s, er, back on track, there’s nothing stopping three of thrash metal’s greatest bands from laying waste to Glens Falls. Slayer’s World Painted Blood and Megadeth’s Endgame were two of 2009’s best metal records, high marks for the careers of both bands. But if you’re showing up out of pure nostalgia, Megadeth have been performing the entire Rust in Peace album on recent dates. (Aug. 11, 7 PM, $29.50-$49.50, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, 798-0366)

MGMT

Mountain Park, Wednesday

When MGMT first penned the lyric “Let’s make some music, make some money, find some models for wives” for the single “Time to Pretend,” it was a send-up of the kind of rock-star success the band would eventually find with their debut Oracular Spectacular, widely regarded as one of the best records of 2008. Since then, the duo have been jumping from one high-profile project to the next, working with the Flaming Lips, Kid Cudi, Beck and Devendra Banhart, not to mention recording their follow-up Congratulations. The best indication of how big these guys have gotten, though, might be the fact they had to sue French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2009 for illegally using their song “Kids” for political purposes. Needless to say, these guys are done pretending. (Aug. 11, 7 PM, $30, Route 5, Holyoke, Mass., 413-586-8686)


Also Noted

Pete Seeger

Play hooky and fill your Thursday with music, starting at Schenectady’s Jazz on Jay this noontime with Keith Pray (noon, free, 382-3884). . . . Next, touch base in Albany for the final Alive at Five of the summer season, with music from former Boston vocalist (from 1994 on) Fran Cosmo and local act Crossfire (5 PM, free, 434-2032). . . . After Alive at Five, shred your way to Saratoga Springs where guitar whiz Mike Campese will celebrate the release of his new CD, Electric City, at Putnam Den (9 PM, $5, 584-8066). . . . At Putnam Den tomorrow (Friday), it’s a CD release from one of our Best Of picks, Saratoga’s own Skeletons in the Piano (10 PM, $10, 584-8066). . . . The legendary force of nature that is Pete Seeger will play a special afternoon show this Sunday at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock; Princess Wow and Roland open (1 PM, $15, 845-679-4409). . . . If you can honestly stand to hear “Hey, Soul Sister” ever again, get to SPAC early on Sunday night where Train will open for the un-shut-uppable John Mayer (7 PM, $36-$69.50, 587-3330). . . . On the other hand, you could do the honorable thing and spend Sunday evening with Willie Nelson and Family at Mountain Park in Holyoke, Mass. (7 PM, $35-$75, 413-586-8686). . . . Since we’re being all “old dudes rule,” here’s a few more: Jazz legend Herbie Hancock plays Tanglewood on Monday (7:30 PM, $21-$71, 888-266-1200), and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers team up with Savoy Brown man Kim Simmonds at the Egg on Wednesday (8 PM, $34.50, 473-1845).


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