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Bloody Hollies, Yellowstone Driver
Valentine’s, Thursday

The Bloody Hollies want to clear one thing up: They’re not going to stand for any more of that “crybaby nonsense passing itself off as rock & roll.” To them, rock & roll is a sacred, brain- melting combination of rockabilly, surf and punk. Anything else is worthless and weak. Buffalo can be a hard town, and the long, cold winters seem to have taken their toll on these ex-art-school students. As frontman Wesley Doyle explains on the band’s Web site, the Bloody Hollies “basically formed as a retaliation against everything we hate.” As for their name, it does relate to the dead ’50s icon—though one can’t help but entertain an image of Graham Nash and Allan Clarke in full Carnaby Street gear, beaten to a pulp and lying in a gutter. Yellowstone Driver will open. (June 12, 9 PM, $5, 432-6572)


PRINCESS MABEL

Princess Mabel, Grand Habit
Changing Spaces, Friday

You’ve probably seen Martha Kronholm and Frank Moscowitz around town performing their acoustic indie-folk-rock tunes before; they’ve been doing so for a while now. But until lately, they’ve been known as simply Mabel. The pair have recently discovered that there happens to be a band in Wisconsin by the same name, so our Mabel decided to be the bigger, more polite band and change their name to Princess Mabel. As such they will continue their collective musical career, beginning with their self-titled debut album, recorded in full-band splendor, which is to be released Friday night at Changing Spaces. You can expect to see the twosome perform a set, and then the full band will take the stage. Grand Habit will open the show. (June 13, 8:30 PM, $5 433-1537)

Hazard County Girls
Club Helsinki, Friday

The Hazard County Girls made quite an impression on their first visit to the area a few months back, and Club Helsinki wasted no time in luring the young, ass-kicking Southern trio back to the Berkshires. If the word hasn’t reached you yet, the Hazards are a little bit Ozzy and a little bit Sonic Youth. (Their album, Never No More, was produced by Ramones/Misfits/White Zombie cohort Daniel Rey.) Like many bands today, their origins are already steeped in an entertaining, self-created mythology that really ought to be taken at face value. Bassist Jennifer K. was the terror of the county in her red-hot Camaro; singer-guitarist Christie Kane was a 19th- century farm lass who hit a time warp, which hurtled her (and her team of horses) into the 21st century; and drummer Sharon Heather was tending bar at the local dirt track. They shared a jug of Ruby Mae’s moonshine, and the rest is history. (June 13, 10:30 PM, $8, 413-528-6308)

The Saw Doctors
Revolution Hall, Friday

One of Ireland’s most successful acts, touted by the Boston Globe to “assume their place next to U2, the Pogues and Thin Lizzy as one of Emerald Isle’s great rock bands,” the Saw Doctors, will play Troy’s Revolution Hall on Saturday. The band from County Galway came bucking out of the gates, catching the eye of Waterboys frontman Mike Scott early on—and the newcomers opened for the Waterboys when they toured England and Ireland in 1988. Their song “I Useta Love Her,” from their ’91 debut, became the biggest-selling single in Irish history and stayed at No. 1 for nine weeks. Take that Bono. Though the Saw Doctors saw this record-industry popularity, they’ve never in their 12-year recording career—out of which came five albums (not counting their upcoming comp Play It Again Sham!)—been on a major label. But the fans have found them anyhow. Play It Again Sham!, due out in late July, is a 20-song collection of singles and B-sides, 17 of which have not appeared on studio albums—though many, such as “I’d Love to Kiss the Bangles,” have become live-concert favorites. (June 13, 8:45 PM, $22, $20 advance, 273-BEER)

Powerman 5000, Shinedown, Reach 454
Northern Lights, Saturday

Powerman 5000 are hoping to throw you for a loop with their latest release, Transform. As the title indicates, these guys are, they claim, great advocates of the positive effects of change—even to the point of chaos and confusion. So, it makes sense that when the L.A-based band roll through Northern Lights on Saturday, they’ll be sporting a new lineup, and an altered look and sound. Known for their hard techno-influenced rock, the band now do things in a slightly more traditional and organic way: “This time, we just got in a room, plugged in and played,” lead vocalist Spider One has said. “We did what we did in the old days, and it made this a better record.” Doesn’t seem so confusing, after all, does it? Shinedown and Reach 454 will open. (June 14, 7:30 PM, $14, 371-0012)

James Talley
The Larkin Restaurant & Lounge, Sunday

Called the Godfather of Americana by some, James Talley has won critical acclaim for decades. Talley released his first CD, Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got a Lot of Love, in 1975 and released his 11th, Touchstones, in 2002. Got No Bread . . . was on Rolling Stone’s 1990 list of essential albums from of ’70s. Talley is likened to Bob Dylan and his hero Woody Guthrie, and his Oklahoma roots are prevalent in his folk-country-blues music. Talley even caught the ear of President Jimmy Carter, who invited him to perform at the White House at his inaugural party. With the critics and fans behind him, the question is, Why isn’t James Talley a household name? The answer lies somewhere between bad management and his music not quite fitting into the Nashville mold. The singer-songwriter will perform on Sunday at the Larkin Restaurant & Lounge. (June 15, 7 PM, $10, 463-5225)

 also noted

RX BANDITS

Beloved area blues guitarist Ernie Williams will play a show at Hudson’s Time & Space Limited tomorrow (Friday)—a special event at the arts venue to celebrate its growing membership (9:30 PM, $7.50, $5 members, 822-8448). . . . This week’s cover band, Skinless [see Listen Here, page 26] will play their CD-release show at Saratoga Winners on Friday (8 PM, $14, $12 advance, 783-1010). . . . Prodigious Celtic fiddler Victor Gagnon will celebrate his 18th birthday with a couple of CD-release shows on Saturday at Eamonn’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Loudonville; joining him for some “red-hot, foot-stomping Celtic music” will be area favorite Frank Jaklitsch (6:30 and 9:30 PM, $5, 463-7440). . . . Orange County, Calif., ska-punk band RX Bandits will play Valentine’s on Saturday as part of their “Sell You Beautiful” tour—which is a song off their upcoming Drive-Thru Records release, The Resignation, due out later this summer. Sharing the bill are No Motiv, Fairweather, Steel Train and our own F-Timmi (8 PM, $12, $10 advance, 432-6572). . . . Area guitarslinger Mike Campese will share his shred abilities on Saturday at the Glenville Spot, as well as celebrate the release of his new CD, Vibe; progressive-metal keyboard virtuoso Derek Sherinian (formerly of NYC ’80s band Dream Theater) also will perform (doors 7:30 PM, $15, $12 advance, 382-0004). . . . It’s boating season, and with that comes music cruises on the Hudson aboard the Capt. J.P. Cruise Line (out of Troy); on Monday, the Burners U.K. and Devilish Minds will play a floating show (board at 6:30 PM, boat sails 7 to 10 PM; $19.44; 270-1901).


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