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PUTTIN' ON THE BRITS <br> OGDEN STREET WELCOMES THE CHARLATANS UK

PICK HIT
The Charlatans UK combined pop, psychedelic and dance sounds when the band started in the early 1990s. In the early days the Charlatans sounded like the Stone Roses, but the band quickly developed its own personality and style. Lead singer Tim Burgess offers a calm and seductive vocal style that fits in with the band's guitar-driven sound. The Charlatans UK perform Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Ogden Street Concert Hall, 652 S. Ogden St. Opening is the modern-rock act the Dandy Warhols.

SCENE'S BIG FIVE
1. Ron Hawkins: Saturday at 10:30 p.m. in the Star Bar, 414 Pearl St. Hawkins, formerly with Lowest of the Low, comes to town with his new band, the Rusty Nails. Hawkins will soon release an album with the new band. Rocketship 7 opens.

2. Duke Robillard: Tonight at 10 in the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St. Robillard, a blues guitarist formerly with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, plays numbers from his current album, "Dangerous Place."

3. Plaster Sandals, Buffalo Trax Concert Showcase: Tonight at 7 in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, UB North Campus. The Sandals head a regional alternative showcase that includes Oui-73, Cottonmouth and 50 Diamond Rocks.

4. McCarthyizm, Son of Slam: Saturday at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Alternative sounds from McCarthyizm and the Cleveland band Son of Slam.

5. Gamalon: Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Tralf, 100 Theater Place. Jazz-fusion band gets together for some hot sounds downtown. Lotus Flower opens.

BIG BEAT STORY OF THE WEEK
It's official: Talas will reunite for one local performance on Nov. 29, Thanksgiving weekend, at Kleinhans Music Hall. The legendary local band, which dominated Buffalo music during the '70s and early '80s, featured Billy Sheehan, Paul Varga and Dave Constantino. The performance will be the first time the trio has played together in more than a dozen years. Sheehan is flying in from L.A. for the event, and a live recording is expected to be made from the concert.

AROUND AND ABOUT
It has been a happy week for the Buffalo Bills with the team's comeback victory, and now the Bills' defensive backs are ready for some music action. Jeff Burris, Henry Jones and Ray Jackson are among the eight players who will cut a track for a Christmas charity album for Hot Wings Records. The DBs will offer their hip-hop version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," and there is talk that rapmaster Ray Jackson and his fellow defensive backs will also release a single about the team. Proceeds from the Christmas album, which may also feature the Goo Goo Dolls and local acts, will benefit Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse. . . . Michael Civisca brings his smooth singing style to a 7 p.m. Sunday concert at Club 652, 652 S. Ogden St. . . . The Vinnie Barbarino Experience offers sounds of the '70s tonight at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's. . . . Billboard No. 1, Sept. 26, 1985: "Money for Nothing," by Dire Straits.

Here they come again (maybe): The Counting Crows are scheduled to play Oct. 24 at the International Agri-Center on the Erie County Fairgrounds. The Crows have canceled their last three shows in Buffalo, and every time lead singer Adam Duritz gets near Western New York his vocal chords develop problems. Let's see if Adam makes it this time. . . . Win, Lose or Draw and Wild in Blue play the blues Sunday starting at 2 p.m. in Orsini's Grove, 11275 Springville-Boston Road, East Concord. . . . Scene quiz: Who said, "I'm not a Jacko; Wacko-Jacko, where did that come from?" Was it Jackie Jocko, Ray Jackson or Michael Jackson? Answer: Michael. . . . Paul Mark and the Van Dorens play blues Saturday at 10 p.m. in the Lafayette Tap Room. . . . Billboard No. 1, Sept. 26, 1974: "Rock Me Gently," by Andy Kim.

Looks like Elvis Costello and the Artist Formerly Known as Prince are ticked at each other. Prince got riled when Elvis reportedly cut a version of Prince's song "Pop Life." Prince reportedly refused to allow the song to be released. . . . U2 is schedule to play Toronto late in October. . . . Geoff Hewitt performs folk songs tonight at 8 in Solid Grounds, 431 Elmwood Ave. . . . Happy birthday to Bryan Ferry, who turns 52 today. Randy Bachman is 54 on Saturday, the same day Meat Loaf hits the big 5-0.. . . . Billboard No. 1, Sept. 26, 1964: "Oh Pretty Woman," by Roy Orbison. . . . This week's words to live by, courtesy Trio: "Da da da."

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