Nippertown Goes Hollywood

First, Angelina Jolie rides around downtown Albany on top of a truck. Then, Kevin Costner rides into Clifton Park.

Yup, but Mr. Dances With Wolves won’t be shooting a new movie. Instead he’ll be standing in the spotlight with his band Modern West at Northern Lights, churning their way through an evening of such country-rock tunes as “5 Minutes from America” and “90 Miles an Hour,” from their recently released CD, “Untold Truths.”

The band’s Myspace page lists some unexpected influences (Daniel Lanois, Beck, Beth Orton, Nirvana, Modest Mouse) as well as the usual suspects (Dylan, Beatles, Springsteen). But mostly it kinda sounds like the meat ‘n’ potatoes heartland rock of Mellencamp. The two-time Oscar winner’s latest movie was last year’s “Swing Vote,” which featured several songs that he wrote.

Costner and Modern West are slated to arrive at Northern Lights on Tuesday, July 21. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 am Saturday, May 16, priced at $20.

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