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Check It Out: February 1, 2013

Various Artists – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 (Rhino) A musical Rosetta Stone for latter-day punk and garage rock scenes, Nuggets was originally compiled by a pre-Patti Smith Group Lenny Kaye. Pitched to then-Elektra Records president Jac Holzman, Kaye’s project eventually became a double-album with singles culled from across the rock and roll spectrum. Most of these groups qualify as one-hit wonders and a number of their hits will be recognizable to oldies fans—The Standells’ Boston sports franchise anthem “Dirty Water,” the Knickerbockers’ Fab Four ripoff “Lies” and the Castaways’ Farfisa-soaked gem “Liar, Liar.” To Kaye’s credit, he didn’t always go for a group’s biggest hit—The Amboy Dukes are represented by their reading of the blues standard “Baby Please Don’t Go” versus “Journey to the Center of the Mind.”  Likewise the Strangeloves bypassed the better-known “I Want Candy” for the raucous stomper “Night Time.” Then there are artists whose earliest forays into recording music are represented. Garage rock legend Roky Erickson’s Thirteenth Floor Elevators are here with the jittery “You’re Gonna Miss Me” and Todd Rundgren’s Nazz flat-out steals the opening riff from The Who’s “Can’t Explain” for the irresistible earworm “Open My Eyes.” Best of all is a pre-Mountain Leslie West fronting The Vagrants, who had the misfortune of cutting a paint-peeling cover of Otis Redding’s “Respect” that was released a month before Aretha Franklin’s defining version.

Fri. 2.1 — Westbury

Tribute to John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert @ NYCB Theatre @ Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., 8 p.m. $39.50. 877-598-8497 www.livenation.com

For this particular event, the late New Mexico native gets to posthumously perform by using previously recorded footage of Denver singing while being backed by a present-day band of live performers, many of whom played with him while he was alive. Like other entertainers whose likenesses have been used to similar effect (Tupac Shakur, Elvis Presley), it’s the closest attendees will get to attending a John Denver concert.

Sat. 2.2  — Huntington

Kansas @ The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., 8 p.m. $65, $50, $49.50, $39.50, $32.50, $29.50. 631-673-7300 www.paramountny.com

A titan of classic rock radio, Kansas maintained its role as American prog-rock giants by churning out a string of classic rock hits—“Carry On My Wayward Son,” “Point of Know Return,” “Fight Fire With Fire.”The band’s greatest moment was arguably founding member Kerry Livgren’s “Dust In the Wind,” the band’s seminal 1977 hit about mortality and death that’s been covered by a wide array of artists including Sarah Brightman, Snow, The Scorpions and rather awfully by Will Ferrell in the 2003 film Old School.

Wed. 2.6 — Huntington

New Order’s Peter Hook @ Book Revue, 313 New York Ave. 7 p.m. Free. 631-271-1442  www.bookrevue.com

The musical patron saints for goth kids everywhere, Joy Division’s darkly melancholy oeuvre was only made that much more morose when lead singer Ian Curtis hung himself in 1980. Bandmate Peter Hook, who saw his old band morph into New Order, had a front-row seat for all of this, much of which is recounted in his new book, Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division. For this book signing, black clothing and eyeliner are purely optional.

Important note: All books signed at Book Revue events must be purchased at Book Revue. If you purchased the book prior to the event please save your receipt. If you purchased the book from somewhere else, you can still get it signed, Book Revue just asks that you make a purchase in the store of equal or greater value to that book.