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Bleeding Through
Saratoga Winners, thursday

Prepare yourselves and your eardrums for Bleeding Through’s performance tonight at Saratoga Winners. The band came together in 1999 in response to what they perceived as the lack of a true hardcore scene, and to express what they say are the “true issues that people in the scene struggled with everyday, such as depression and worthlessness.” Their newest CD, This Is Love, This Is Murderous, barrages listeners with laments of love, hardcore style. Vocalist Brandan Schieppati sings (actually screams) of the torment love puts all humans through. “You are the fucking disease” opens the first track of and sets the general mood of the rest of the disc. Track 12, “Revenge I Seek,” really sums up Bleeding Through’s basic message: Life blows and you just need to suck it up—and screaming about it sometimes helps. The CD lives up to the band’s disdain for the pop and not-so-hardcore scene: It’s loud and disregards the feelings of anyone listening. Also on the bill: Walls of Jericho, Martyrad, and It Dies Today. (Oct. 21, 7 PM, $12, 1375 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-1010)

Proctors Theater, Thursday

Turning 40 does wacky things to people. Some people buy Porsches, some people take up a new hobby, some people desperately try to fit in with the younger, hipper crowd. If you’re Wynonna Judd, however, you launch a confessional, career-retrospective tour. Inspired by the revelations she had as a guest on Oprah, (don’t ask), Her Story: Scenes From a Lifetime finds Judd reminiscing about the ups and downs of her 20-year career. Singing both her own songs and those that have inspired her, Judd onstage is part concert, part comedy routine, and part therapy session. Forty never looked this good. (Oct. 21, 8 PM, $42.50-$29.50, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Arc CD-release party
Lark Tavern, Friday

They just don’t make ’em like Jack Nemier anymore. As a songwriter, he knows the importance of craft and nuance. As a performer, he’s a feather-boa-wearing, rump-shaking whirling dervish. Nemier and his longtime band Arc play to both of these strengths in their third release, Name the Day. Recorded by ex-Queer for Astroboy member Arthur Scott Verner, the album captures Nemier’s subtle eccentricities and rootsy, Neil Young-influenced songwriting, as well as the band’s performance-hardened solidarity. Arc will celebrate the release of Name the Day this Friday night at the Lark Tavern; John Brodeur (of the Suggestions and Metroland) will open. (Oct. 22, 10 PM, $5, 453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-7875)

The Charms
Artie’s River Street Stage, Friday

Not merely just another band out of Boston, the Charms have been spreading their disease far and wide since hitting the scene two years ago. The quartet regularly play more than 100 shows a year, and on the strength of their latest EP So Pretty, they’ve taken their sassy, sexy, garage-rocky sound to the airwaves (the CD charted high on the CMJ airplay charts with little promotion), and to bigger and bigger stages. Undoubtedly a high point of their short career was a rollicking turn at Little Steven’s Underground Garage Festival in August. Their early-afternoon set was considered by many to be a high point of the daylong show. Not bad, considering the lineup also included the New York Dolls and the (Detroit) Stooges. (Oct. 22, 9 PM, $5, 194 River St., Troy, 687-0064)

sondre lerche

Sondre Lerche, the Golden Republic
The iron horse music hall, Saturday

Quick, anyone: What’s Norwegian for wunderkind? Those of you who answered “Sondre Lerche,” move to the front of the class for a handful of lutefisk. The precocious Lerche’s major label debut hit the shelves when he was just 19 years old, and by that time he had already scored successes on the Norwegian charts with two EPs, and earned the praise of the critics and that invaluable thing known as “buzz.” Combining the lilting melodicism of ’80s pop acts, such as Lerche fave A-ha, with canonical classics like the Beach Boys, and spicing it with traces of ’60s psychedelia (North and South American variants), Lerche’s work offers the connoisseur of sophisticated pop a full banquet. Also on the bill, the Golden Republic, who ply the pop sleaze you so love. (Oct. 23, 10 PM, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610)


Mitch Elrod
CD-release party

Valentine’s, Saturday

We’ve waited patiently all summer and here it is: the new Mitch Elrod album, Meltdown. The disc was recorded with Bob Buckley, Steve Candlen and Mike Hotter, and features a guest appearance by MotherJudge herself. One may suppose that many of the same folks will be on hand for Elrod’s Spellrod Mothership/CountrySoulHouse and “special guests” CD-release party on Saturday. Elrod, deemed “Albany’s Adrian Belew” by one wag and the best singer in the Capital Region according to us not too long ago, will no doubt lay his blues-soul-country (as in the place, not the music) groove on in his inimitable style. (Oct. 23, 9 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Also Noted
laurs boggs

We noticed that we haven’t used the word skank in quite some time, so if you’re in the mood for a good skankin’, check out this evening’s (Thursday) show at Valentine’s, featuring the Slackers, Hed 1st, Zox and Public Access (7:30 PM, $10, 432-6572). . . . Also tonight, the Saratoga City Tavern presents its weekly Original Music Showcase; tonight’s lineup includes Chicago trio Tres Femmes
(8 PM, free, 581-3230). . . . Tomorrow (Friday) night at Club Caroline, get your rocks off with our old homeboys the Figgs, along with the Wasted and Sugar Eater (9 PM, $8, 580-0155). . . . The Erotics will play their last area show until next year this Friday at Valentine’s; also on the jam-packed bill are Vainglorious, Science Fiction Idols, Arrow Down, and Knife Blade Called Now (8:30 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . On Saturday, catch Grammy-winning songwriter Jesse Harris and the Fernandinos in a performance at Club Helsinki; Harris is the guy who penned, among others, Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why,” and we still get all tingly every time we hear that one
(9 PM, $18, 413-528-3394). . . . Renaissance man David Greenberger will perform Legibly Speaking, his collaboration with quirky quintet 3 Leg Torso, twice this weekend at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge: an 8 PM show on Saturday, and a 3 PM show on Sunday ($10-$15, 677-2495). . . . Party like it’s 1829 with the Musicans of Ma’alwyck this Sunday afternoon at the Pruyn House in Newtonville (3 PM, $15, 783-1435). . . . Folk legend Joan Baez will play the Egg on Sunday, along with opener Thea Gilmore (7 PM, $28, 473-1845). . . .
This month’s Acoustic Artists night on Tuesday at the Lark Street Bookshop features Kamikaze Heart Matthew Loiacono and folk chanteuse Laura Boggs (7 PM, free, 465-8126).

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