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40 Foot Ringo
Northern Lights, Friday

Two of the more maligned pop-musical forms will be chronologically telescoped and represented as one on Friday at Northern Lights: 40 Foot Ringo has drawn comparisons to recent hitmakers Blink 182 and Third Eye Blind (who themselves have drawn some pretty unkind comparisons); what’s more, this new band’s lead vocalist-guitarist and bassist both are former members of the ’80s-era hair-metal-lite band Trixter—remember them? So, if you’ve got a yen for simple pop melodies gussied up in power chords and Iron Maiden T-shirts, this is the show for you. To make it even more interesting, the show is billed as a reunion for the Shaker High class of ’89, though it’s open to the public. So, show up and pretend to know everyone: “Dude, remember that time, out at the spot, with the keg? You were a wild man!” (Aug. 20, 8 PM, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, $10, 371-0012)

No Outlet
Lark Tavern, Friday

Armed with steel guitar, tuneful bass and even a stomp board, local blues outfit No Outlet will host an evening of boot-stompin’, rootsy music at the Lark Tavern on Friday. This inordinately talented trio—Kevin Maul, Tony Markellis and Dale Haskell—turn out original tunes as well as adaptations of Beatles or even Ellington songs, as well as blues standards, with authority and affection. (Aug. 20, 10 PM, $3, 21+, 453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779)

Turbo A.C.’s
Valentine’s, Saturday

Saturday finds punk bands from all over the country playing at Valentine’s, all in the name of rock. NYC’s the Turbo A.C.’s top the bill, supported by Boston’s Street Dogs, San Diego’s Cheap Sex, and the 518’s own Plastic Jesus and Stand Up Citizen. The Turbo A.C.’s blend of surf and punk has earned them a loyal following in the cynical NYC punk scene (just check out the page on their Web site devoted to fans’ tattoos of their logo). The real event of the night, however, is the farewell gig of Albany’s Plastic Jesus, whom Metroland named “Best Punk Band” just weeks ago. After three years together, they’re throwing in the towel. Be sure to catch their last set, and flick your Bic into the air to let them know they will be missed. (Aug. 8 PM, 18+, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Fat Day
Valentine’s, Sunday

Back in the day, Boston’s hardcore punk scene was characterized by its juvenile sense of humor as much as its attitude and grit. That’s not to say that every Boston-based punk band had their minds in the gutter, but bands like GangGreen and early Lemonheads more often than not wrote and sang about greasy kid stuff. So, along that line of thinking, Fat Day is a very traditional Boston punk band, in that they are prone to wearing Viking dress and animal costumes onstage; also in that their forthcoming Unf! Unf! CD (on the band’s own Load label) features titles like “If Humans had No Poops” and “Adoration of the Crapass.” Their “Snarl of Pulchritude” tour brings them to our fair city on Sunday night; Godings Sawdoff, Friends in Need, and the Old God Is Dead will share the bill. (Aug. 22, 7 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

The Count Basie Orchestra
Iron Horse Music Hall, Tuesday

This year marks the 20th ann-iversary of Count Basie’s death, but his band swings on. Led by trombonist Grover Mitchell since 1999, this Basie band still has players who worked for the Count, including Mitchell himself. The musical emphasis is on the kind of ensemble precision that made the Basie sound so potent and commanding. While they will no doubt play classics like (and we emphasize like, not wanting to promise something the band won’t deliver) “One O’ Clock Jump,” “Lester Leaps In” and “Li’l Darlin’,” they will play newer material that fits smoothly in the Basie style. As one critic said, “Led by Grover Mitchell, the Count Basie Orchestra lives up to a monumental legacy by sticking with the swing of things.” The only question left is, how are they all going to fit on the Iron Horse stage? (Aug. 24, 7 PM, $20 advance, $23 door, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610)

Also Noted

After all these years, Huey Lewis & the News apparently still haven’t realized that they were dead wrong—it’s really not all that hip to be square. Heck, we figured that out after 10 minutes of being locked inside our gym locker back in ’89. Regardless of their obvious obliviousness to all things “hip,” the ’80s hitmakers are still out there touring the land, and they’ll do their best to prove that the heart of rock & roll is still beating tonight (Thursday) at the Turning Stone Casino Resort Showroom (8 PM, $70-$85, 877-833-SHOW). . . . On the other end of the spectrum (sort of), Testament and Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitarist Alex Skolnick will shred the strip mall tonight when he brings his trio to Northern Lights; local axeslinger Mike Campese will open (7:30 PM, $14, 371-0012). . . . On Friday, bluesman-cum-world-music-practitioner Corey Harris plays the Iron Horse Music Hall; no word on whether he’ll play ”Sunglasses at Night”—wait, that’s Corey Hart. Our bad. (7 PM, $, 413-584-0610). . . . Does she kiss her mother with that mouth? Martha Wainwright—Rufus’ sister, Loudon and Kate’s daughter—has just released a new EP entitled Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole (!), and she may just perform the title track (!) at MASS MoCA on Saturday night (8 PM, $16, 413-662-2111). . . . If you prefer to take your vulgarity with some good old-fashioned noise, head over to Valentine’s on Saturday night for a set by the duo-de-spaz Lincoln Money Shot, along with Brent Gorton, Miss Miss, and the Ajax Orchestra (8 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . The gods have spoken, and the show has been moved—Wednesday night’s show featuring Martyr AD, Haste the Day, Dead to Fall, and Beneath It All, originally scheduled for Trinity Church, has been relocated to Saratoga Winners (7 PM, $10, 783-1010).

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