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Looking Alive' release

When Brian Wheat celebrates the release of his second full-length CD tonight in the Elmwood Lounge (522 Elmwood Ave.), it might be a bit of a sentimental evening. The show, it turns out, is also a send-off for Wheat who will be moving to Minneapolis.

In a statement about the new disc, "Looking Alive," Wheat says it's "about waking up a bit. Enjoying self." On his debut disc, "On Where You Have Been," he was "struggling with being disconnected -- from family, from friends, and exploring my roots both physically and spiritually and the process of connection. 'Looking Alive' describes the process of making those connections."

The show starts at 8 tonight. Joining Wheat are Pete Gerace, Jim Whitford and Rob Lynch. Cassi Meyerhoffer will open. See www.brianwheatmusic.com.

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BBS returns

Ten years ago this week, Blue Bullet Skater shocked the local scene by disbanding right after playing a huge show opening for Pat Benatar at Thursday at the Square.

The group -- Tim Patterson, Erin Roberts, Blaine Toney and Jeff Schaller -- had formed a year earlier and almost immediately released its first EP to strong reviews. Patterson soon left to join the Pavers, and though BBS released another EP, the musicians decided to quit on a high note after the Benatar concert.

Since then, the musicians have stayed tight -- Schaller and Toney have never stopped playing together (Here Come the Comets, Last Days of Radio) and Patterson and Roberts have long been a couple. So a decade later, it seemed like a good time to play again.

"It was pretty easy to knock the rust off after 10 years and it was fun to do," says Schaller, the band's drummer. "It's a good time in our lives to revisit a cool little band and enjoy playing a set of good songs that people haven't heard in a long time.

"We were all a bit nervous [at] that first rehearsal but after one run-through we were pleasantly surprised at how it sounded. This week is the 10-year anniversary of the last show we played so it made sense."

Join Blue Bullet Skater, the Pillagers, Hunger Anthem and Eric Tuberdyke at 8 p.m. Saturday in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). Admission is $5.

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