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The Perceptionists

Valentine’s, Thursday

Definitive Jux recording art- ists the Perceptionists are, in fact, the shit. Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, and DJ Fakts One have all made their marks individually over the last half-decade; with Black Dialogue, their debut album under the Perceptionists banner, they’ve taken things to a whole new level. For proof that they’ve officially transcended the “underground hiphop” tag, check out “The Razor,” which was commissioned by the New England Patriots for the 2005 NFL Playoffs. There ain’t nothing underground about pro football. But there’s still work to do, so when they come to Valentine’s tonight, expect to hear some serious beats and rhymes. Special guests, courtesy of our area’s own Pitch Control crew, include Rick Whispers and Awar. (April 14, 8 PM, $12, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Sunday Driver

New Age Cabaret, Thursday

Miami, Fla.-based Sunday Driver formed in 1995 and garnered attention through rigorous gigging in the local Miami scene. The band hate to be pigeonholed (they would like to be known for “crafting good songs and delivering a strong, live performance each and every time they play”), but we’re going to go ahead and call them punk for your sake, dear reader, so you have some sort of inkling about whether or not you would like to attend this show. They will most likely perform some songs from A Letter to Bryson City, their most-recent full-length disc; the name pays tribute to the barren town in which they holed themselves up to record the album. Check out their stuff live when they drop in on the New Age Cabaret. (April 14, 8 PM, $5, 453 N. Pearl St., Albany, 436-3465).

Rory Breaker, the Glow Double CD-Release Party

Valentine’s, Friday

Rory Breaker are set to release The Peep Show, and the Glow are ready to release The Ghosts Are Out . . . at a double CD release party at Valentine’s tomorrow night. Local punk-rock foursome Rory Breaker created their own label, Dino Rock, in 2001 to release their own music videos and albums, the first of which was 2003’s Progression Unchecked. We can’t really figure out what the Glow are all about, since the two bios on their Web site www.the are a bunch of jumbled, dreamlike phrases (“The Glow is not the past. The Glow is not now. The Glow is ten minutes from now . . . always.”), so go figure them out for yourselves as they release their new disc tomorrow night as well. Also on the bill: Pleasure to Burn and Last Call Brawl. (April 15, 9 PM, $5, 7 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Strapping Young Lad

Saratoga Winners, Saturday

We’ve got this friend who’s into some seriously weird stuff. He’s got the full CD catalog by Martian Skullfuck, who are this (absolutely fake) heavy-metal band composed entirely of midgets. Unreal. Anyway, this one time, we’re hanging out at his apartment, and he throws on this cacophonous thrash-metal record. It sounds like Exodus on a gallon of Red Bull, and is actually kind of terrible. So we’re nodding our heads, trying to, you know, grin and bear it, when the song stops cold for no apparent reason, and the singer (if you could call him that) barks, “Get down there. And suck. My buddy’s. Cock!” Then the song picks right up where it left off. That’s all we know about Strapping Young Lad—well, that, and that they’re playing Northern Lights on Saturday, along with Misery Signals, the Autumn Offering, and (mmmm!) Reflux. (April 16, 8 PM, $14, Route 9, Latham, 783-1010)

bonnie billy and matt sweeney

Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Matt Sweeney play Superwolf

Iron Horse Music Hall, Wednesday

In writing on Superwolf, the new collaboration between guitar nerd Matt Sweeney and Bonnie “Prince” Billy (aka Will Oldham, professional enigma), we’ve come to the realization that it really doesn’t matter what we say. You’re more than likely going to check with before forming your own opinion. So we’ve decided to eliminate the middleman and let you know right off the bat that the indie-music kingmakers gave Superwolf a generous rating of 8.4 (how the hell do they work out the decimals, anyway?), calling it “soft and subtle . . . the kind of record that unwinds slowly, and is best enjoyed over multiple listens and, unsurprisingly, many glasses of wine.” You’re in luck: The last we checked, the Iron Horse serves wine! Catch Oldham and Sweeney and whatever characters might tag along as they play music from the new project on Wednesday, with special guest Feathers. (April 20, 8:30 PM, $15, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610)

Also Noted
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Improvisational-trombone-and-percussion fans, take note: Dave Dove and Chris Cogburn will perform this evening (Thursday) at the Schenectady Museum and Planetarium (7:30 PM, $5, 382-7890). . . . ’90s hitmakers Collective Soul return to the area tonight for a show at Northern Lights; opening are Low Millions, a new band featuring Adam Cohen, son of Leonard. Also on the bill: North Allen (7:30 PM, $20, 371-0012). . . . Tomorrow (Friday) at King’s Tavern, catch the Kansas City-based emo-lition crew National Fire Theory with guests Charmboy (9 PM, $5, 581-7090). . . . Valentine’s will host the second annual (or kind-of-annual) all-day Slugfest this Saturday. It’s a bring-your-own-helmet affair; the hard stuff will be provided by Harley’s War (featuring Harley Flanagan of the Cro-Mags), Ringworm, Slapshot, the Promise, 100 Demons, Last Call, 25 Ta Life, Donnybrook, Colin of Arabia, Guns Up!, Swear to God, Murderer’s Row, and the Truth Hurts (1 PM, $16, 432-6572). . . . Rick Springfield plays the showroom at Turning Stone Casino Resort this Saturday. We only bring this up because it’s Rick Freaking Springfield! (8 PM, $35-$50, 877-833-SHOW). . . . Death may have killed the Grateful Dead, but former Dead noodler Bob Weir still refuses to give in; he and his band Ratdog will play Northampton’s Calvin Theatre on Tuesday (8 PM, $35, 413-584-1444). . . . Self-described “a capella humor and jazz quartet” the Bobs perform at Caffe Lena on Wednesday (7 PM, $22, 583-0022). . . . One-hit youngsters Lifehouse close out Northern Lights’ live-music week on Wednesday (7:30 PM, $17, 371-0012).

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