9 p.m. March 11 at Buster's Billiards & Backroom, 899 Manchester St. $8. (859) 368-8871. Bustersbb.com.
There is no denying that The Fleshtones have always been cool.
Even when making its stage debut at the New York punk haven CBGB in 1976, the band never opted for the crash-and-burn sense of revolution of its contemporaries. Its music was traditionally hipper than that. It filtered vintage garage-rock drive through thick, rhythmic layers of psychedelia.
Three and a half decades on, its music still embraces that hybrid hipness. It's just that the band's newly released album, Brooklyn Sound Solution, also seriously salutes the groove. Cut with Lenny Kaye — author, guitarist and mainstay member of the Patti Smith Group — the album is something of a psychedelic garage scrapbook.
It offers loads of unexpected covers, including a surf-style revision of Comin' Home Baby; a merry go-go take on I Wish You Would, which has been popularized by everyone from The Yardbirds to Hot Tuna, that sounds as if it shot straight out of the mid-'60s; and an instrumental version of The Beatles' immortal Day Tripper dressed with layers of jittery guitar fun.
But the highlight is Bite of My Soul, a party pièce de résistance by Fleshtones frontman Peter Zaremba. It's 2½ minutes of big-beat confection, overflowing guitar fuzz, '60 pop-soul keyboards and call-and-response vocals led by Zaremba that sound like Phil Spector crossed with the Dave Clark Five.
The Fleshtones don't make it down our way often. But Friday night marks one of the soon-to-be-cherished opportunities. The band performs at Buster's (sadly, minus Kaye), with Those Crosstown Rivals and Frank Rocket as show openers.
By now you know that the annual downtown St. Patrick's Day parade is Saturday. But that's only part of the daylong Alltech 2011 St. Patrick's Day Festival. Live Irish music and dance will presented from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the CenterPointe site between West Main and Vine Streets.
Among the many recommended highlights: McTeggart Irish Dancers (3:15 p.m.), Liam's Fancy with John Skelton (4 p.m.) and the great New York trio The Mickey Finns (6 p.m.).
For the full schedule of free fun, go to Lexingtonstpatsparade.org, and for more about the parade and festival, see Page 5.
Weekend at Charlie's
A full weekend of fine musical finds is on tap at Cosmic Charlie's, 388 Woodland Avenue. Call (859) 309-9499 or go to Cosmic-charlies.com for info on all shows. Here's the lineup.
■ Friday night brings in The Dead Kenny G's. Yes, yes, the name is a hoot. But the band is an all-star unit of progressive jam and jazz improvisers made up of saxophonist Skerik, drummer/vibraphonist Mike Dillon and bassist Brad Houser. The show will preface the Tuesday release of the band's new album, Operation Long Leash. (9 p.m. $10.)
■ Ex-Steeldrivers frontman Chris Stapleton heads to the club with his new Southern blues-savvy band, The Jompson Brothers, for an early show Saturday. The music on the band's recent self-titled EP is harder, darker and vastly more electric than the Steeldrivers' bluegrass-inspired sound. (8 p.m. $7.)
■ Guitar innovator Fareed Haque will show off the revolutionary sounds of the Moog guitar with his trio Math Games for a late-night performance Saturday. Joining Haque will be bassist Alex Austin and drummer Greg Fundis (11 p.m. $8.)
Finally, New York-turned-Argentine folk favorite Richard Shindell returns to round out the weekend at Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, on Sunday. The Sons of Summer will open. (8 p.m. $20 in advance, $22 at the door. (859) 259-2754. Beetnik.com.)