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Nightlife Highlights: Heavy Trash 

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Heavy Trash

October 9. It was no surprise when Heavy Trash's Jon Spencer (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Pussy Galore) and Matt Verta-Ray (Speedball Baby, Madder Rose) ended up in the same band. The two Lower East Side stalwarts had been musical soul mates for years beforehand, plainly sharing a love for classic rockabilly sounds. Most of today's rockabilly acts are either overly respectful, playing it too safe and clean, or have lunkheaded roots that stretch no farther than the length of the chain securing their Social Distortion wallet to their Hot Topic jeans. Such is not the case for Heavy Trash. With three storming albums to their name, the band balances a reverence for the rockabilly forebears that inspire them with a serving of raw, smashed-up punk energy soaked in absurd layers of extra-swampy, post-Cramps/Suicide slap-back vocal reverb. A rhythmic riot will surely be had when the outfit makes their Club Helsinki debut at this show. With Bloodshot Bill. (Shemekia Copeland sings October 3; John Sebastian and Happy Traum pick October 23.) $19, $23. 8pm. Hudson. (518) 828-4800; Helsinkihudson.com.

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