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This Weekend’s Concert Picks: Teenage Fanclub, Ra Ra Riot, The Vaselines, Rarebirds, Born Ruffians

The Vaselines
The Vaselines (Sunday at First Unitarian Church)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
Tonight’s Fun show at World Cafe Live is sold out, but there are plenty of other options for anyone who slept on getting tickets. Local indie-pop ensemble Oh! Pears—which we highlighted earlier this week—performs with Missing Palmer West and Jac at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m./21+/$10); we’re pretty sure there should be some room left for the audience once the band packs all 13 members of its ever-growing lineup into the venue. Meanwhile, anyone willing to drop $42 to see the B-52’s at Electric Factory (8 p.m./all-ages) should get there early enough to see the opening performance by local electronic rock quartet Gang. All of that, of course, assumes that you haven’t already made plans to see Teenage Fanclub at The Trocadero performing as part of Philebrity’s Sixth Anniversary Party (8 p.m./all ages/$21)—which you probably have.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
Saturday night’s !!! and Les Savy Fav show at Electric Factory has been postponed (no word on the reschedule date). Which means you’ll have to cry in your beers at either the Ra Ra Riot show at The Trocadero (8 p.m./all ages/$16), the “Automatic Amnesia: New Works By Joe Castro” after-party featuring The Sky Drops at the M Room (9 p.m./21+/$8), or The Clean Equations vinyl-release show at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m./21+/$10).

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
Make sure to save some energy for Sunday night, because it’s a big one. Scottish indie-pop band The Vaselines are doing the reunion-tour thing, complete with a new record, Sex With An X (released last month by Sub Pop); the band performs with Jeffrey Lewis at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church (all ages/$18). Canadian indie-rock trio Born Ruffians is also touring behind a new album, Say It (released earlier this summer by Warp); the band performs with Winter Gloves and Toy Soldiers at 8 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s (21+/$10-$12). And it’s also your last chance to see local indie-pop band Rarebirds—which we highlighted yesterday—perform before they call it quits; the show begins at 8 p.m at M Room (21+/$8).

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Clean Equations release new album tomorrow and give you some free music

Clean Equations is a Philadelphia / New York City / Melbourne, AU based music collective fronted by singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Mike Nyhan. Tomorrow they release their first full length album, Peoples/Variables, digitally and on vinyl State Capital Records. Clean Equations’ have a dreamy pop sound that falls into a musical continuum of smart pop bands we just love including Freelance Whales, Broken Social Scene and Granddaddy.

They’re officially celebrating the release of their record on October 2nd at Johnny Brenda’s and if you can’t wait to see them you’ll have a chance before when they open for Wooden Birds on September 4th at the North Star Bar.