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Northern Lights, Thursday

Beatlemania is in full effect this week, as John Lennon’s 70th birthday would have been this Saturday. But unlike the parade of tribute bands aping the exact machinations of the Fab Four, jazzy funk trio Soulive will give those classic songs their own brand of facelift. For their latest disc, Rubber Soulive, the Brooklyn-based band recorded 11 interpretations of Beatles favorites at their own studio, and released the album on their own label after a series of major-label efforts—marking a return to roots in both style and function. The whole thing, we think, is a vehicle for their excellent take on “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” which should also be a live highlight. (Oct. 7, 8 PM, $20, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Gordon Lightfoot

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Friday

Just because a guy hasn’t re leased a hit record since the 1970s, it doesn’t mean he’s dead. Just ask Gordon Lightfoot, who was the subject of a Twitter- oriented death hoax this February. The 71-year-old Lightfoot heard about the rumor while driving home from a dental appointment, and called a local DJ to assert his among-the-livingness. We expect this experience has had little or no bearing on ol’ Gordo—regardless of the unexpected attention, the journeyman performer still enjoys a healthy touring career in the United States and Canada. His last album surfaced in 2004, so we expect this week’s show should draw from throughout his (gulp) forty-five-year career. (Oct. 8, 8 PM, $40-$50, 2nd and State streets, Troy, 273-0038)

Capital Area Indie Fest

The Egg, Saturday

The only thing cooler than coining a genre is declaring one dead, and there’s been much talk of late about what “indie rock” actually means anymore. Has it finally gone the way of “alternative” rock? This is, of course, a matter of hair-splitting, and dead as indie rock may be as a genre, independent music is in the middle of a growth spurt, especially on the local level. The Capital Area Indie Fest is a celebration of this trend. The bill pairs local up-and-comers like Charlie Phillips, Vinnie Velez, and Capital Zen with area mainstays like Sandy McKnight, Michael Eck, John Powhida (who will reunite his ‘90s band, the Staziaks), and John Brodeur. (We’ve heard of that last guy, somewhere.) Also included is Catskill native Tom Raider, performing a John Lennon tribute in honor of the late Beatle’s 70th birthday. (Oct. 9, 7:30 PM, $20, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Heaven Below

Bogie’s, Saturday

According to L.A. hard-rock meta physics, when heaven is below you, you’re either flying high with synthetic angels or standing on your head in hell. Either experience is properly evoked with flashy guitar tapping and a double kick drum. Culled from session musicians and Texas transplants, Heaven Below invoke Alice in Chains and Pat Benatar when they talk about their music, but at its core is the kind of sleazy Sunset Strip excess that put bands like Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake and Rätt on the map. With a new EP out in August, the band are on what they’re calling the Horns and Halos Tour. (Oct. 9, 9 PM, call for prices, 297 Ontario St., Albany, 482-4393)

We Are Scientists

Valentine’s, Wednesday

In the modern, niche-based indie landscape, where every band is its own industry, it’s not unusual to read about an act you have never hear of, only to find that they’ve released several albums and sold hundreds of thousands of units. And that’s possible because you’re not always keeping your eye on the indie-rock/comedy world. We Are Scientists have thrived in that fairly unpopulated realm, plying an energetic blend of pop and punk that’s both fun and funny. Their shows are reportedly all-out laugh riots, which makes this hump-night bill—also featuring the decidedly less comical Rewards and Alta Mira—a sure thing. That is, if two dudes being lewd is what you’re into. (Oct. 13, 8 PM, $14, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Also Noted
Super 400

One of the busiest concert seasons in a while continues tonight (Thursday) at Valentine’s with one of the week’s many Lennon tributes, this one featuring Matt Durfee and M.R. Poulopoulos (both of Palatypus), Ashley Pond, and more (7 PM, call for prices, 432-6572). . . . Albany Sonic Arts Collective hosts an evening of film and music at Upstate Artists Guild tomorrow (Friday), featuring Parashi and a solo peformance from Robert Millis of the Climax Golden Twins, who will also present a Sublime Frequencies film titled This World is Unreal Like a Snake in a Rope (8 PM, call for prices, 426-3501). . . . At Red Square on Saturday, it’s spaced-out New York jam band Consider the Source with special guests the McLovins (9 PM, $12, 465-0444). . . . The lads and lass of Super 400 have officially conquered Europe, having played 19 shows in five countries in September. They’ll celebrate with a pair of shows at their “home” bars this weekend: Saturday at the new “Lark Tavern” at McGeary’s (10 PM, $7, 463-1455) and Sunday at the Ale House in Troy (9 PM, $7, 272-9740). . . . Deoro, a cello-bass-drums trio whose repertoire is as varied as that instrumentation might suggest, will perform at Hubbard Hall on Saturday (7:30 PM, $8-$12, 677-2495). . . . Former University at Albany Music Department chair Albin Zak steps up to the mic as singer-songwriter this Wednesday for a program titled the Texas Songwriter Project; backed by the Upstate Texas Band, Zak will play songs from writers like Lyle Lovett and Roky Erickson, as well as some of his own, similarly rooted tunes (7 PM, $8, $4 students, 442-3997).

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