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The Kingston Trio, the Brothers Four

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Thursday

Ask your roots- and Americana-loving friends to name a spiritual forefather: From the youngsters you may get Jay Farrar, while from the oldsters you can expect Dylan, or maybe Gram Parsons. You will likely not get the Kingston Trio—but if it weren’t for the huge financial success of this pop-folk trio, Dylan might never have been signed, and it’s worth noting that Parsons’ first band, the harmony-heavy Shilos, were heavily indebted to the men famous for “Tom Dooley.” Though these self-taught musicians banded together primarily to get chicks while in college in the late ’50s, the massive success of their records (the “Tom Dooley” single alone sold three million copies) paved the way for the signing of folk acts like Peter, Paul and Mary, the Mamas and Papas—and the artist formerly known as Bobby Zimmerman. Now, as it happens, none of the founding members of this pioneering group are in the current incarnation, but, honestly, would you have even known if we didn’t tell you? Opening will be the Brothers Four. (April 7, 7:30 PM, 7 State Street, Troy, $29, $32, 273-0038)


Mindless Self Indulgence CD release

Saratoga Winners, Friday

The last time Mindless Self In dulgence came through these parts, their show ended with lead, um, “singer” Little Jimmy Urine (short for Euringer) perched precariously atop the drum kit, his pasty white ass facing the audience, for a full five minutes. Of silence. It was a fitting end to a show that also featured guitarist Steve, Righ? pulling out his own little jimmy and urinating on a guitar . . . or something like that. They’re kinda like an electroclash version of G.G. Allin, but without the cutting. (Actually, if you ever had a chance to hear the band’s goth-influenced early material, you might want to leave the cutting in.) Friday night’s show doubles as a CD-release party for the new MSI record You’ll Rebel to Anything, which hits stores on Tuesday. (April 8, 8 PM, $15, $18, Route 9, Latham, 783-1010)

Bowling for Soup

Northern Lights, Saturday

We were poking through the press materials for this Bowling For Soup band, and it was all pretty much run-of-the-mill stuff. You know, they formed in Texas in 1994; band members have previously held jobs as housepainters, construction workers, and bartenders; their single “1985” was a huge hit last year at radio and MTV; they were nominated for a Grammy in 2003; they have a shrine on their tour bus to . . . waitaminute—what was that? A Grammy Grammy? Is there a category for Best Pop-Punk for Mallrats Who Think Blink-182 Are Too Serious? Well, no. They actually got the nod in the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group category, but were smote by the mighty hand of Gwen Stefani. Heck, it could have been worse—they were up against N*Sync, Bon Jovi, and Dave Matthews. Anyway, we’ll do their bidding: The Grammy-nominated Bowling for Soup will play Northern Lights this weekend, along with American Hi-Fi, Riddlin’ Kids, and MC Lars. (April 9, 7 PM, $15, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Jeffrey Gaines

Valentine’s, Saturday

He’s baaaack! There was a time when the name Jeffrey Gaines immediately conjured images of trampled flower beds, 19-year-old kids drunk on malt liquor, overpriced commemorative drink cups, and fried dough from a vending truck. See, back about a decade ago, Gaines was a perennial performer at Albany’s annual Tulip Festival. He must have played the dang thing five or 10 times. Then he all but dropped off the radar. Where’d he go? Nowhere, really. He’s continued to play 150 shows (give or take) every year, and his sixth release—the obviously titled Jeffrey Gaines Live—recently hit shelves. It’s just that he didn’t play here for a while. These things happen. Show him you won’t hold that against him when he plays Valentine’s on Saturday with special guests the Pony in the Pancake. (April 9, 7:30 PM, $12, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Of Montreal, St. Thomas

The Iron Horse Music Hall, Wednesday

For a while it seemed that a handful of loosely affiliated musicians in Athens, Ga., and a couple of other scattered communities had a lock on indie-pop: The Elephant 6 collective—comprising Of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power and a few others—had both the indie-rock and the perfect-pop crowds all a-twitter for their blend of Brian Wilson-esque orchestral grandeur and art-school quirk. With the folding of Kindercore records, the movement, such as it was, decentralized a bit (though the cohesiveness of this group of gypsies, bandhoppers and oddballs was always mostly illusory), but Of Montreal have kept on. We’ve yet to hear the band’s newest, The Sunlandic Twins, but the previous, Satanic Panic in the Attic, matched the Beach Boys and ’60s psychedelia flavors with influences as diverse as Belle and Sebastian and Queen, throwing in a danceable beat for good measure. (April 13, 8:30 PM, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., $10, 413-584-0610)

Agnostic Front CD-release

Saratoga Winners, Wednesday

Remember when the Agnostic Front CD-release show for their new album, Another Voice, was canceled a couple of months back? You chilled. You told yourself, “They’ll be back, after their European tour.” Well, their European tour of fun places like Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Greece and Germany just ended. And what’s their first stop gonna be? Saratoga Winners, right here in the Capital Region. AF’s video “So Pure to Me” is being featured on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball, and their album, Another Voice, is available for your purchasing convenience. Agnostic Front have always been about what they’ve been about, and they still are. Also on the bill: Madball, Murderer’s Row and After the Fall. (April 13, 7:30 PM, $14, Route 9, Latham, 783-1010)

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Catch 22 will take the stage at Saratoga Winners tonight (Thursday); Don’t Look Down, Liars Academy, Whole Wheat Bread, and Kicking Sicily also will perform (7 PM, $12, 783-1010). . . Tonight at Valentine’s, it’s a one-two punch of fun band names: Judo for Japan and Happy Endings. Will Japan have a happy ending and get its long-awaited judo? Tune in and find out! (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Hard-touring pop guy Gavin DeGraw heads up a heavy-on-the-WB bill on Friday with Michael Tolcher and Welsh songstress Jem (7:30 PM, $20, $8 students, 580-5733). . . . What’s this? Live music at the Fuze Box—on a Friday? Get it while the getting’s good: The long-dormant Glitter of Cohoes will rock the Box’s roundish stage tomorrow night, along with K. Sonin & Catacomb Gypsy Vagina and the Friendly Bears (9 PM, $5, 432-4472). . . . Local guitar marvel Mike Campese will celebrate the release of his new CD conveniently called The New on Saturday night at Saratoga Winners; Chase and the Canal Street Band will open (10 PM, $10, 783-1010). . . . Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys perform at the Egg on Sunday night, with special guest Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (7 PM, $24, 473-1845). . . . Nutty pop guy Joseph Arthur plays the Iron Horse Music Hall on Sunday; songwriter and Arthur protégé Tara Angell opens (7 PM, $15, 413-584-0610). . . . More goodies from the Fuze Box: Boston-based noisemaker Jessica Rylan will perform there with her band Can’t, which is really just her, on Monday night. Sorry to ruin the surprise (9 PM, $5, 432-4472). . . . On Wednesday, Brent Gorton and the Tender Breasts and Chris Blackwell will turn their amps up to 1 at Caffe Lena. Word has it Gorton’s been working on a new album; if it’s even half as good as his last one, it should be pretty darn good (7 PM, 583-0022).

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