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The Breakfast, Lucid

Red Square, Friday

It’s been more than a few years since the Psychedelic Breakfast won a Jammy Award for “New Groove of the Year” and subsequently dropped the Pink Floyd reference in their name. This, however, doesn’t mean that the band’s elliptical, progressive rock has gotten any less mind-bending. Eleven years and six albums deep, the Breakfast have matured into a veteran act on the jam-band circuit, modeling a commitment to hard touring and live improvisation for up-and-comers like Plattsburgh’s Lucid, who roll six-deep in a, yes, psychedelic bus named Lucy. (Nov. 26, 8 PM, $10, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)

Tony DeSare

Tony DeSare

Charles R. Wood Theater, Friday-Sunday

North Country music fans look forward to this time of year for more than just turkey and deep- discount sales at the local Walmart. For this is when Hudson Falls native (and current New Yorker) Tony DeSare brings his Sinatra-esque croon and gleaming smile back home for a series of hometown shows. Again this year, DeSare will take up brief residence at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls; again, he’ll perform holiday classics alongside songs from his 2009 release, Radio Show. Nothing new, you say? That’s kind of the point—DeSare is as old-school and inviting a performer as they come. (Nov. 26-27 at 8 PM, Nov. 28 at 2 PM, $45, 207 Glen St., Glens Falls, 798-9663)

Rat-A-Tat Tattoo and Music Expo

Northern Lights, Saturday

So . . . where’s yours? If that’s too personal a question, you might want to avoid Northern Lights this Saturday, where some of the most ink-tastic members of Capital Region society will converge for the fifth annual Rat-A-Tat Tattoo and Music Expo. This will be your chance to get tatted by none other than Rancid guitarist Lars Frederiksen (or one of the numerous notable needleworkers on hand) while banging your head to a massive music lineup headed by party-core stalwarts Murphy’s Law. The bill also features Revelation Records quasi-legends Underdog, plus Capital Region heavy-makers Murderer’s Row, Black Tie Operation, Dangerfield, and scores more. Sounds like a match made in heaven—or hell. (Nov. 27, 1 PM, $15, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Barenaked Ladies

Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Saturday

A few weeks ago, founding Barenaked Ladies singer and songwriter Steven Page performed music from his new solo record in New York City, and while he also touched on some of his back catalog, he skillfully avoided mentioning his old band by name. Such is the state of geek-pop in 2010. Neither faction is in an enviable position: Page was the band’s Lennon and McCartney to co-founder Ed Robertson’s Vanilla Ice. So while Page is starting (relatively) from scratch, playing venues a quarter of the size he used to, the Ladies are forced to compensate for the loss of their most talented member. Expect this Saturday’s show to be heavy on the condiment jokes. (Nov. 27, 8 PM, $30, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona, 877-833-SHOW)

Kathy Mattea

Colonial Theatre, Saturday

Clearly, the holidays are special for multiple Grammy winner Kathy Mattea. Her popular Christmas albums—Good News, 1993, and Joy For Christmas Day, 2003—are contemporary classics, weaving together folk and country traditions with a strong sense of spirituality. After a one-year holiday-season hiatus, Mattea returns with a new Christmas tour, which the program notes promise “reinvents her most-loved Christmas spirituals in an earthy acoustic setting, with a few twists for good measure.” And the tour begins with this show in Pittsfield, Mass. In other news, proving that good things do happen to nice musicians, Mattea was just elected to the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. (Nov. 27, 8 PM, $35-$55, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., 413-997-4444)

Also Noted

We get an extra night of party this week thanks to what we like to call “Thanksgiving savings time,” so start working up your appetite tonight (Wednesday) with some punk rock courtesy of the Erotics, Not Yet Fallen, and Uncivil Liberties, at Bogie’s (9 PM, $5, 482-4393), or head to Valentine’s tonight for a bill featuring the chamber-pop of Eric Margan, the two-man maelstrom of the Emergency Empire, one-man band Jared Funari, and post-rockers Life Among the Trees (8 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Also tonight, Canadian singer-songwriter Ember Swift is at Caffe Lena (8 PM, $16, 583-0022). . . . Follow the sound of the croon to Great Barrington, Mass., on Saturday and catch Michael Feinstein in a big-band holiday show (8 PM, $52-$82, 413-528-0100). . . . And then it’s time to rock off those calories with two consecutive nights of CD-release shows at Valentine’s: Friday, the punk-edged Guiltless Cult celebrate a new, second album, with help from perennially Icelandic rockers Five Alpha Beatdown and local boys Tom McWatters and the Philo Beddoe Band (9 PM, $5, 432-6572); and on Saturday, Valentine’s hosts young fresh fellows of the Late Shift as they release their debut CD (7 PM, $4, 432-6752). . . . Wednesday brings Brooklyn-based, violin-flavored rock act Linfinity to Bogie’s, where they’ll be joined by Making the Stars Move (7 PM, $5, 482-4393).

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