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Revolution Hall, Tonight

Pardon us for being lazy, but if you wouldn’t mind helping us out by singing a line or two, our voices are still a bit hoarse from some belated New Year’s revelry. Now, on the count of three goes: “Mississippi Quee-een! You know what I mean!” Yeah, that was all right. Anyway, Leslie West, leader of classic-rock touchstones Mountain, is celebrating his band’s 30th anniversary with a big ol’ rock & roll tour, and the current incarnation (featuring West, Corky Laing, and Richie Scarlet) will perform at Revolution Hall this evening. Odds of hearing a 10-minute-plus version of “Mississippi Queen”? About 95 percent. (Jan. 13, 7 PM, $25, 425 River St., Troy, 273-2337)

Dead Cat Bounce

Van Dyck, Friday

A Boston Phoenix readers’ poll found Dead Cat Bounce the Best Local Jazz Act in 2001, 2002, and 2004. The group, composed of four saxophones, a standup bass and drums, are described by their profile as implementing an eclectic array of styles. They’ve composed music with sounds from the Caribbean, deep South, Brazil, West Africa, Eastern Europe and Detroit, with their own individual solos and improvisation. Their worldliness and originality has earned them airtime at scattered stations, and they’ve bounced to venues around the Northeast. They’re landing at the Van Dyck tomorrow night. (Jan. 14, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 381-1111)

The Dears,
Apollo Sunshine

Northern Lights, Friday

You may have seen an article about WEQX in the Times Union a few weeks back, but as you might recall, we got to ‘em first (check the Dec. 16 issue), and that’s got to be worth something, right? We certainly hope so, as our favorite little independent radio station will continue its 20th anniversary celebration with a show this weekend, featuring two of the under-the-radar-type acts who make their playlist so darn interesting. Murray Blackburn and the Dears have been getting a bunch of airplay as of late with the Morrissey-meets-Blur paean “Lost in the Plot,” while Boston’s Apollo Sunshine have been enjoying oodles of positive listener response for their Ben Folds via Elephant 6 pop sound. If the variety weren’t enough, the tickets are cheap, too—a mere eight bucks will get you through the door. Also on the bill: By Divine Right and Horse in a Box. (Jan. 14, 7:30 PM, $8, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Joan as Police Woman

MASS MoCA, North Adams,
Mass., Saturday

Joan Wasser, the frontwoman and titular Joan of Joan as Police Woman, is someone you’ve likely heard before—whether you were aware of it or not. It’s possible you heard her old outfit, buzz band the Dambuilders, in the middle ’90s; but even if that doesn’t ring any bells, it’s a decent bet her studio work with the likes of Lou Reed, Sheryl Crow, Rufus Wainwright, Juliana Hatfield, Shudder to Think, Sparklehorse, Varnaline, and so on, may very well have taken up space in your carousel. Critics, however, are quick to praise Wasser on her own merits. The Village Voice says she sounds like “Deborah Harry singing Nina Simone,” and the New York Press calls her “powerful and commanding.” Oh, and at her Web site, Wasser helpfully points out that she’s a superfoxxx. So, she’s got that going for her, which is nice. (Jan. 15, 8 PM, $16, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass., 413-662-2111)

francesca tanksley

Billy Harper, Francesca Tanksley

North Pointe Cultural Arts Center,

Jazz lovers all over the Capital Region will be delighted to know that the North Pointe Cultural Arts Center will host a couple of great longtime jazz performers Saturday night. Billy Harper, who got an early start on the stage when he first began performing in choral groups and solo singing events at age 5, will perform on saxophone; Francesca Tanksley, an Italian-born internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, will accompany him on piano. Peter Keepnews of The Village Voice says of Harper, “He is one of the most original and inventive composers I’ve encountered.” The two musicians have performed all over together, and they stop in Kinderhook on Saturday night to treat a Capital Region audience. (Jan. 15, 8 PM, $10-20, Route 9, Kinderhook, 758-9234)

XYZ, Every Mother’s Nightmare

Northern Lights, Sunday

Every hair-metal band’s nightmare: You work, and you slave, and you hone your chops, your licks, your riffs and whatnot; you bust your ass in the Hollywood clubs of the mid- to late-’80s until you finally score an audition with Clive-freaking-Davis, of the Arista Davises. On the night he comes to see you, a jealous headliner denies you use of their lights and sound system—but does that stop you? Hell, no. You relocate to a nearby warehouse, and you rock Davis’ ass off, bro. And you land the major-label contract. Wicked. Then grunge comes along and blows you off the map. Sad, but true. This is Every Mother’s Nightmare’s story, and with a few variations the basic plot for XYZ (and every other long-haired glam/sleaze rock band of that era), as well. But, you do wake from nightmares, and now that grunge is gone it looks as if there may be some room on local stages for resurrected bands of the pre-Cobain years. (Jan. 16, 7:30 PM, $10, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Also Noted
david crowder band

Ultra-hooky singer-songwriter Mike Uva, who just released his album Where Have You Been, will play King’s Tavern tonight (Thursday); Amazing Plaid and K Sonin Knife will open (9 PM, $2, 581-7090). . . . Also tonight, catch local artists like Sirsy, Sean Rowe, the Velmas, the Shameless Saints and Transfer at a benefit concert for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at Northern Lights (7:30 PM, $8, 371-0012). . . . If you can appreciate the grand irony of throwing up the devil horns at a Christian-rock show, then make your way over to the Grace Fellowship in Latham tomorrow (Friday), where the David Crowder Band will hold a CD-release (7 PM, $15, 785-4959) . . . . Frog Holler and Jackinany will provide the roots-rock at the Ale House on Saturday (9 PM, $8, 272-9740). . . . Watch two highly regarded acoustic string musicians, Darol Anger and Mike Marshall, when they perform as a duo at the Egg on Saturday; the Winnipeg-based Duhks will open (8 PM, $22, 473-1061). . . . Saturday’s show at the Lark Tavern features the barroom rock of Arc, plus D.C.-based singer-songwriter Andy Zipf; Zipf’s I Stole the Morning Sun is one of our favorite accidental finds in recent memory (10 PM, $3, 463-9779). . . . Also on Saturday, African-American folk duo Kim and Reggie Harris will hold a CD-release party at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio (8 PM, $18, 465-5233, ext. 4). . . . Monday night’s Fuze Box show will feature local fave Jason Martin “performing new material involving shamanistic, lycanthropic historical accounts of S&M and alchemy channeled through guitar and reel2reel.” What this means, no one really knows. Albany boys Brevator and Seth Faergolzia of DUFUS open (8 PM, $3, 432-4472).

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