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Continuous Peasant

Valentine’s, Thursday

Continuous Peasant are trying to turn “indie rock” back into a happy phrase, as opposed to a couple of dirty words that scare away music lovers. Thoughtful and rocking, rocking and thoughtful, CP, as Splendid describes them, are “innocent, fresh and free” of trendiness. So there. The new CP disc is called Intentional Grounding. Or, as the Dylanesque liner notes explain: “But if they shut our running game down, Intentional Grounding is the more prudent and virtuous move. . . . It is peace with true honor.” All right then. The Happy Endings open—which is ass backwards, come to think of it. (June 9, 9 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Rik Emmett, Mike Campese

Northern Lights, Friday

Weaving jazz, swing, and clas-sical guitar into a blanket of hard-rock anthems, Rik Emmett has been heavy on the music scene since the late ’70s. Performing solo (after his involvement with Triumph) since 1988, this guitar fusionist released his best-of collection in 2002, followed by his newer album, Handiwork, which was released last year. Proud (yes, proud) to receive the Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Guitarist of the Year in April, Emmett devotes his upcoming shows to premoting his two new DVDs and the tentitive release of two albums this year. The award-winning Toronto native will perform at Northern Lights on Friday. Also on the bill is Mike Campese. (June 10, 7:30 PM, $16, Route 146, North Country Commons, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Killing the Day CD-release party

Hudson Duster, Friday

Killing the Day, a local outfit hailing from Cohoes, will release their debut album tomorrow night at Troy’s metal hub, the Hudson Duster. The self-titled effort’s album cover, displaying a guy who has taken a handsaw to his own neck, says all you need to know about the type of music these cats produce. If death-metal and hardcore are your thing, get thee to the Duster to hear this up-and-coming band. But be prepared: Apparently, the Duster is expecting quite a crowd for this show—their Web site advertises that the first 200 people who pay to get in will receive a free Killing the Day CD. Joining in the CD-release celebration will be Dying Ta’ Live, Brick by Brick, Without Regret and State of Disgrace. (June 10, 8 PM, $8, 40 Third St., Troy, 687-2391)

Girlyman, Lindsay Mac, Jules Piper

First Unitarian Universalist Society, Saturday

Girlyman, who describe their sound as “delicious acoustic harmony-driven gender pop,” will perform on Saturday as part of Capital Pride, presented by the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council. Fresh off the release of their new album, Little Star, this Brooklyn-based trio has been on the rise ever since their formation in 2001, most notably winning an Independent Music Award for their single “Viola,” and touring with the Indigo Girls, both in 2004. Seating is limited, so those interested in attending should buy tickets early for this genre-bending group, which mixes the motifs of folk, bluegrass, country, and pop, and which compare themselves to a diversity of other bands, including Paul Simon, Nickle Creek, the B-52s, the Indigo Girls, and Peter, Paul, and Mary. Folk artists Lindsay Mac and Jules Piper are also on the bill. (June 11, 8 PM, $12, 405 Washington Ave., Albany, 462-6138)


Iron and Wine, Band of Horses

Pearl Street, Northampton, Mass., Wednesday

Sam Beam’s music, to put it mildly, is a little pensive. Hence the smart-alecky pronunciation of his outfit Iron and Wine as “I run and whine.” But, melancholy though it may be, Beam’s spare, understated Americana-inflected work possesses a simple beauty that makes forlorn fun. On Wednesday, Beam will share the stage with Band of Horses, a slightly more orchestrated version of wistful hill music. Come on out and getcher sad on. (June 15, 8:30 PM, $18, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-7771)


Jump 5 with Chubby Checker

Palace Theatre, Wednesday

You remember the song: Come on baby, let’s do the twist, Chubby Checker and the Fat Boys, we’re doin’ the twist! Ahh, that sure does bring back memories, don’t it? We fondly recall throwing down $2.99 for a screening of Disorderlies at the old Cine 10 back in the day. An American classic, we say. So when the Fat Boys play the Palace Theater this week, we’ll be camped out in . . . wait, what’s that? Oh, it’s actually Chubby Checker who’s coming to town? And he’s only making a special appearance with a group whose four members’ ages combined don’t add up to Checker’s 63? Dang. Well, at least the Radio Disney crowd should be pleased with the show, as Jump 5 are one of the hottest youth-pop acts around. They’ll perform as part of the CDPHP-sponsored Move It! event. Now excuse us while we pour some liquor for the late Human Beat-Box, Darren Robinson. (June 15, 7 PM, $20, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334)

Also Noted

The Alive at Five concert series continues this (Thursday) afternoon with a Celtic party, featuring music by Blackthorn and the McKrells; shows take place at Albany Riverfront Park on the Corning Preserve (5 PM, free, 434-2032). . . . Barely breathing? Then check out singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik at the Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, Mass.) on Friday, with special guest Jim Boggia (7 PM, $18, 413-584-0610). . . . Albert Cummings will play the blues at Revolution Hall on Friday night (8 PM, $13, 273-2337). . . . The professionally enigmatic (Ed) Hamell on Trial plays upstairs at Valentine’s on Saturday; the Vacaros open (8 PM, $10, 432-6572); simultaneously, Brian Bassett and his new band, which is either called the Hit Men or the Usuals (depending on his mood, we assume), play the downstairs stage; Five Star Outlaw will also make their debut appearance (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Funnyman Steven Wright does that thing he does at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Saturday (8 PM, $20-$29.50, 413-584-1444). . . . Also on Saturday, the Wood Brothers (featuring bassist Chris Wood of Medeski Martin & Wood, and his older brother Oliver) play Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, Mass. (10:30 PM, $10, 413-528-3394). . . . One more for Saturday night: Singer-songwriter and former Schenectadoid Terra Naomi makes a stop at the Van Dyck; she’ll hit the road as opening act for budding pop (and WB) star Tyler Hilton later this week (8 PM, $10, 381-1111). . . . And all this time, we thought they were the same dude: Über-earnest pop-rockers Edwin McCain and Jeffrey Gaines team up for a tearjerker at the Iron Horse on Tuesday (7 PM, $23, 413-584-0610).

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