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The Musical Box present The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

Palace Theatre, Thursday

Where were you on Dec. 11, 1974? Whatever you were doing, chances are you weren’t at the Palace Theatre catching Genesis’ performance of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. And perhaps you lamented your decision to pass up that opportunity when original singer and lyricist Peter Gabriel broke from the band shortly thereafter. Turns out you might finally have another chance—sort of. The fine folks of the Musical Box have dedicated their careers to re-creating classic Gabriel-era Genesis albums and shows, from the arrangements to the instrumentations, the costumes to the props. Word has it the band even examined the original multitrack studio masters of those albums to achieve maximum accuracy. And tonight, almost 30 years to the day since Genesis brought their surrealist prog-rock opus to town, you can catch The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway in all its theatrical glory, as the Musical Box kick off their east-coast tour on the Palace stage. (Dec. 9, 7:30 PM, $33-49, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334)

Virtual Sinatra

The Egg, Saturday

Ol’ Blue Eyes rises from the dead this Saturday when Virtual Sinatra, starring Gary Willner, comes to the Egg. Hosted by WABY radio DJs, Willner and his 10-piece swinging band will present an evening of the songs that made Sinatra great. This is one Sinatra impersonator with street cred, though—Willner is an alumnus of both the Sammy Kaye and Tommy Dorsey orchestras. Comedian Dick Lord opens, but, being as this is Virtual Sinatra, we’d much prefer Virtual Don Rickles. (Dec. 11, 4 and 7:30 PM, $50-25, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845.)

The Walkmen

Pearl Street Nightclub, Saturday

Formed from the ashes of Jonathan Fire Eater and the Recoys, the Walkmen are made up of Walter Martin, Paul Maroon, Matt Barrick, Hamilton Leithauser and Peter Bauer, all of whom grew up together in Washington, D.C., and played in bands together since the fifth grade. The Walkmen are currently touring in support of their new album, Bows and Arrows. The Mobius Band, who describe themselves as “a trio working the line between rock/electronic, pop/experimental, and electro/acoustic modes,” will open. (Dec. 11, 8:30 PM, $15, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-7771)


Tone Loc

Nick’s Sneaky Pete’s, Saturday

Tone Loc. Yes, that Tone Loc. The man who brought us “Wild Thing” and the irresistible “Funky Cold Medina,” which is quite possibly the coolest rap song ever to reference Spuds McKenzie. Tone does have his place in history, however—his album “Loc-ed After Dark” was the second rap album to ever top the pop charts. We haven’t been hearing much from ol’ Loc lately, but that’s all about to change. To the delight of rump-shakers everywhere, the legend himself will be performing at Nick’s Sneaky Pete’s Saturday night. That’s right, a whole night of rocking, rolling, and Tone Loc. What are you waiting for? Get thee to Sneaky Pete’s, and shake what your mother gave you. Tone wouldn’t want it any other way. (Dec. 11, 10 PM, 18+, 711 Central Ave., Albany, 489-0000)

The Early Muses

Chapel + Cultural Center, Sunday

Troy’s Chapel + Cultural Center will wrap up its 2004 fall season with an evening of medieval and early renaissance sacred holiday music works, performed by the Early Muses. The Early Muses (the C+CC folks call them a “broken consort”) will perform these songs on period instruments while they sing, so ideally, you’ll hear them as they were first performed. Some of the instruments that will be featured are shawm, bowed psaltry, rebec, hurdy gurdy, cithern, violin, pipes, bassoon, recorders, boram, tambours and cymbals. Although admission is free to this event, the Chapel + Cultural Center welcomes donations (and all donations are tax-deductible) to help keep their programming (which is mostly free) going. (Dec. 12, 7:30 PM, free, 2125 Burdett Ave., Troy, 274-7793)

Murder Junkies, Complicated Shirt

Valentine’s, Wednesday

It’s been 11 years since the drug-related death of scum-rock diety G.G. Allin, and we suppose it’s possible that someone out there still misses him—it’s weird and kind of gross, but it is possible. So, here’s good news for the all the clubgoing coprophiles and abuse addicts out there: G.G.’s last backing band, the Murder Junkies, are touring. Led by Allin’s little brother, the Murder Junkies seem to be working in the same general vein as the late great scuzzball. Their one 7-song release, Feed My Sleaze, features ditties like “Stiff Cold Fuck” and—oh, man, do we really have to do this?—well, “Jism on the Cross.” Don’t say you weren’t warned. Also on the bill, Albany’s own Complicated Shirt. (Dec. 15, 7:30 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., 432-6572)

Also Noted

With Christmas right around the corner (and Hanukkah already in full swing—L’Chaim!), the holiday-themed concerts are picking up in frequency. The Wild Wiser Women will present a holiday cabaret show titled “We Weren’t Always Christmas Divas” at Saratoga Music Hall this weekend, with one show scheduled nightly from tomorrow (Friday) through Sunday (8 PM, $25, 664-5244). . . . Those rowdy roots-rockers the Coal Palace Kings will offer up their holiday best at the Ale House on Saturday; the Lonesome Brothers also will perform (10 PM, $5, 272-9740). . . . If a-carolin’ is your thing, try the Mid-Winter Pageant of Carols presented by Nowell We Sing Clear this Saturday afternoon at St John’s Lutheran Church in Altamont (3 PM, $5-15, 765-2815). . . . New-age practitioners the Paul Winter Consort will perform at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday—it’s not technically a holiday show, but he does have the name Winter (8 PM, $25-28, 273-0038). . . . We hear this one is sold out, but it’s worth a shot: Cake and the Riddlin’ Kids will headline Channel 103.1’s Yule Rock show at Northern Lights on Saturday (7:30 PM, $25, 371-0012). . . . Also on Saturday, Valentine’s will host the Not Quite New Years show; 10 bands are scheduled, including the Wait, Five ’til Midnight, and Acoustic Trauma (7 PM, $8, 432-6572). . . . In the spirit of giving, a number of bands will team up to benefit Gilda’s Club of the Capital Region this Sunday: Shallow End, Tripsonic, Second Hand Smoke, and Mike Campese are among the acts that will hit the Saratoga Winners stage (4 PM, $10, 783-1010). . . . The McKrells present their annual Christmas show at the Spa Little Theater (in Saratoga Spa State Park) this Sunday (7:30 PM, $15, 587-4227). . . . Finally, Evan Dando returns to the Iron Horse Music Hall on Monday night .We don’t know that the show will be specifically holiday-themed, but we’re pretty sure we once heard him sing “Hava Nagila” (8:30 PM, $15, 413-584-0610).

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