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Rock 2 Rebuild

Palace Theatre, Friday

The tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia has faded from the news, but the rebuilding process will take years. And so will the need to raise money for the victims of the tragedy. Which brings us to Rock 2 Rebuild. This is an all-star—as in local all-star—rock & roll party to raise money for tsunami relief. Headlining will be the Capital Region’s favorite par-tee band, the Burners UK. Special guest Ernie Williams will sit in with the Burners for a couple of, we presume, blues numbers. Also on the bill are such old friends as Hair of the Dog, Sirsy, Doc Scanlon’s All-Star Revue (there’s that word again), and the Brian Kaplan Band. There will also be acoustic music in the Palace’s lovely lobby, where you can also buy food and drink. All of the proceeds will go Save the Children and Habitat for Humanity. (Feb. 11, 7:30 PM, $10, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663)

Pink Hearse Paparazzi Project CD-release Party

King’s Tavern, Friday

We’re going to give you the bare-bones details of the Pink Hearse Paparazzi Project’s CD-release party; and then you’re on your own. See, PHPP are from Glens Falls, where apparently there are no rules: It’s a town where plays are mounted in old department stores, and mathematicians become pop stars, after all. And Pink Hearse are no more conventional. They proudly point out that their shows are 100-percent improv, to the point that no one’s even sure who’s going to play what instrument, nor what media will be involved. Might be a slide show, might be spoken word, might be wiretapped conversations and/or arguments. And, according to the band, it might go on for a very, very long time—they boast of uninterrupted five-hour concerts. So, bon chance. (Feb. 11, 9 PM, 241 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 581-7090)

Kings of Convenience

Iron Horse Music Hall, Saturday

Norway, we gather, is a pretty easygoing place. The bio at the Kings of Convenience Web site is about the least boastful bit of PR we’ve seen in a long time. The band describe their earlier projects in terms like “not very seriously-taken,” and themselves as “the boy with the funny glasses” (he’s also a trivia master, by the way) and the “very talented climber” (that’d be the singer, though KOC don’t make a big deal about that bit). The band’s debut, Quiet Is the New Loud, originally released stateside on Kindercore, received high praise for its “lovely” indie pop; and the latest, Riot on an Empty Street, is being well-received, as well. In between, there were a couple of projects undertaken by the duo, together and independently—a remix album, a psychology degree, a stint as an electronica DJ—and, no doubt, not just few games of Trivial Pursuit. (Feb. 12, 7 and 10 PM, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., $18, 413-584-0610)

Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Saturday

This is not a typical, modern gospel choir, at least not in the commonly accepted sense. Linda Tillery and her group (Rhonda Benin, Elouise Burrell, Melanie DeMore and Lamont Van Hook) perform traditional African-American music, including spirituals, work songs, field hollers and slave songs. Actress-singer Tillery discovered this music when she was researching a role in the early ’90s, and it had a profound effect on her. This “survival music,” Tillery has said, has “kept black people alive through slavery, night rider raids and segregation.” Also on Saturday’s Troy Music Hall bill is Grammy-nominated acoustic bluesman Eric Bibb. Bibb has been keeping busy: In 2004, he released a new CD (Friends) and played before the crowned heads of Europe—well, the king of Sweden anyway. (Feb. 12, 8 PM, $27-24, Second and State streets, Troy, 273-0038)

The 3rd Annual Hardcore Formal

Valentine’s, Saturday

Remember your high-school winter formal? The dim lights, the shitty music, the empty dance floor—of course you don’t, because it sucked! Here’s something worth going to and it’s not in the school gym, it’s in a bar (well, to be specific, a “beer joint and music hall”). Two floors, lots of bands. Murphy’s Law, Amps to Eleven, Evixxion, To Hell & Back, Some Action, the Shemps, Push Comes to Shove, Metronome, the Truth Hurts, and Sea Creature. No need to spike the punch or rent a tux, but feel free to bring a date . . . if they’re hardcore. (Feb. 12, 7 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Air Supply

Proctor’s Theatre, Monday

Valentine’s Day and Air Supply: It’s a match made in heaven . . . or Schenectady, in this case. We’ll admit that the Electric City may not be the most heavenly of locales, but once you and your date are inside the theater, expect to forget about the world outside as you’re whisked away by the smooth sounds of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock. The Australian duo produced a mighty string of chart-topping hits— “Lost in Love,” “The One That You Love,” “All Out of Love,” “Making Love out of Nothing at All,” and so on—that made them nearly inescapable through most of the early ’80s, especially if you happened to be (or know) a female. So listen up, guys—dinner and a bouquet won’t do it on their own. If you really want the sparks to fly, give her some Air Supply. (Feb. 14, 8 PM, $29.50-$39.50, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Also Noted
Kate Mcdonnell

Sure, it’s not technically a live-music performance, but there’ll be a whole lotta funny (perhaps some music, too) when the Upright Citizens Brigade bring their improv sketch comedy to Revolution Hall tomorrow (Friday, 10 PM, $12, 273-2337). . . . Local boys Tripsonic will head up the bill at Saratoga Winners on Friday; After Colony 3, Standing 8 Count, and the Method of Productive Means will also perform (8 PM, $5, 783-1010). . . . The Wasted will anchor the bill at Valentine’s on Friday; also performing are Burnt Hills, the Let Downs, and the Motel Creeps, whose press kit claims their “dark, dreamy pop” is similar to that of Echo and the Bunnymen and Joy Division (9 PM, $5, 423-6572). . . . Also on Friday, local heavies Murderer’s Row will be part of a loaded bill at the Fuze Box (8 PM, $8, 432-4472). . . . Speaking of heavy, Wasteform, Organ Harvest, Lore, and Hell on Sunday will make for some ear-bleeding at Hudson Duster on Saturday (8 PM, free, 687-2391).
. . . Hot Club of Cowtown will do the country-swing thing at the Egg on Sunday (7 PM, $20, 473-1845). . . . Veteran folksinger Kate McDonnell will celebrate the release of her new CD at Caffe Lena on Sunday; Mark Von Em opens (7 PM, $12, 583-0022). . . . The unmistakable voice of Leon Redbone will be on display at the Iron Horse on Monday (7 PM, $25, 413-584-0610). . . . And back where we began: The legendary Radiators will bring their distinct, New Orleans-
flavored sound to Revolution Hall on Tuesday night (8 PM, $18, 273-2337).

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