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The Wait, Rob Beaulieu and Raisinhead

Lark Tavern, Thursday

Tess’ Lark Tavern and WEQX have teamed up to present this, the second “Road to Larkfest” show (the first took place last month), featuring two of the local acts performing on Saturday’s big stage. (For complete Larkfest lineup, see the pull-out section in this issue.) Rob Beaulieu recently released his first solo disc, Evoking the Sun, which features the members of his band, Raisinhead, which includes several former members of Ominous Seapods. (Follow?) Meanwhile, the Wait have slowly but surely been returning to the scene following a bit of time off. Word on the street is that they’re back in the studio and hard at work on a new (gulp) double album, which begs the question: Will this be the band’s Exile on Lark Street? Only time will tell. (Sept. 15, 9 PM, free, 463 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779)

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Lesley Gore

The Iron Horse Music Hall, Friday

Though better known for later work with “funkier” collaborators, one of Quincy Jones’s earliest hitmaking protégés was the lily-white suburbanite Lesley Gore, whose version of “It’s My Party” hit No. 1 in 1963. (Rumor has it that the song was a rush job to beat a Phil Spector- produced rendition by the Crystals to market.) Before moving on to other projects later in the decade, Jones helped Gore to significant commercial success with girl-group winners like “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and the proto-feminist “You Don’t Own Me.” Since then, according to Gore’s Web site, she’s been spending her time “practicing.” So, her new album, Ever Since, should be, if nothing else, well-rehearsed. (Sept. 16, 7 PM, $25, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686)


Michael Louis-Smith Trio

Stockade Inn, Friday

As a 12-year-old, Michael Louis-Smith taught himself some guitar basics, inspired by his older brother’s musical tendencies. He then began a path toward a career in jazz when he got his first taste of Miles Davis, and he’s been traveling that path ever since. The jazz guitarist, originally from the Capital Region, now resides in New York City, where he leads the Hot House Jazz group with cofounder Diallo House on bass, Ismail Lawall on drums and Stacey Dillard on saxophone; Louis-Smith is the chief composer of material for the group. Louis-Smith has played all sorts of venues around the Northeast with various musicians—see him and his trio perform their brand of straight-ahead jazz when they come to the Stockade Inn in Schenectady tomorrow evening. (Sept. 16, 7 PM, free, 1 N. Church St., Schenectady, 346-3400)

Cappadonna, Killah Priest

Hudson Duster, Friday

It is true: Two tangentially associated members of the Wu-Tang Clan will grace the Collar City with their presence and infinite Wu-wisdom. You can thank your friends from Pitch Control Music, many of whom will be on hand to warm things up. Cappadonna, the unofficial 10th member of the Wu-Tang who first appeared as a guest on Raekwon’s “Ice Cream” in 1995, reportedly has been living in Baltimore and working as a cab driver in the few years since the release of his last record (The Struggle). On the other hand, Killah Priest has kept busy with a new group, Black Market Militia, who released their self-titled debut this year. Expect them both to harness the power of Wu when they visit the Hudson Duster this weekend. (Sept. 16, 8 PM, $18, 40 3rd St., Troy, 687-2391)

Life of Agony

Northern Lights, Saturday

“LOA faithful let these kids know who the fuck we are!” shouted Life of Agony singer Keith Caputo in response to a mohawked Dillinger Escape Plan fan who continually flipped him the bird at a recent stop on the Gigantour. A giant circle pit opened up, and then Caputo climbed off stage and jumped the barrier to beat the kid’s ass. It’s ironic that most of today’s metal teens don’t know Life of Agony. In 1993 the band released their debut CD, River Runs Red, on Roadrunner Records. Little did LOA know that five years later, Alice in Chains-worshipping goth metal from Roadrunner Records would reign over the charts. If they had, they probably wouldn’t have parted ways with singer Caputo and replaced him with that guy from Ugly Kid Joe. Now with Caputo back in the fold and touring behind the Velvet Revolver-aping Broken Valley, LOA seem primed to seize the moment. (Sept. 17, 7:30 PM, $13, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Also Noted
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Tonight (Thursday), The Stand and Have a Go Heroes play the downstairs stage at Valentine’s (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Guitarist extraordinaire Brooks Williams will perform at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio tomorrow (Friday, 8 PM, $15, 465-5233). . . . Ever wondered what it would be like if your grandfather was in a rock band? Why? In any case, the Rolling Stones will play a completely sold-out show (even the $350 tickets!) at the Pepsi Arena on Saturday. Opening acts in other cities have included Pearl Jam, Beck, and Metallica; Albany gets Alanis Morissette. Short end of the stick, anyone? (7:30 PM, 476-1000). . . . The Lark Tavern hosts three of the area’s finest new groups—Sense Offenders, Hong Kong Darts, and Spitfire Pilot—on Saturday night (9:30 PM, $3, 463-9779). . . . Have your ears been ringing lately? Been to a few too many loud rock shows? Well, put off that trip to the audiologist for another week, because noise-rock kings Struction play Valentine’s on Saturday; PSI and Bunny Brains are also on the bill (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . At King’s Tavern on Saturday, Small Axe will rock out with Kelly Murphy of the Wasted and Empire State Troopers; Buzzard and Boston’s the Dirty Whites are also on the bill (9 PM, $5, 581-7090). . . . Also on Saturday, Kamikaze Heart Matthew Loiacono opens for the Winterpills’ CD-release show at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. (7 PM, $10, 413-584-0610). . . . On Monday, catch Complicated Shirt, Fatal Flying Guilloteens, Brent Gorton & the Tender Breasts, the Mayflower Descendents at the Fuze Box (8:30 PM, $6, 432-4472). . . . Ill Niño will bring the songs from their upcoming One Nation Underground album to Northern Lights on Tuesday; Wetwerks and Perfect Silence open (7:30 PM, $, 371-0012). . . . Back east, Clarence Greenwood, aka Citizen Cope, does his thing at Iron Horse on Tuesday, with special guest Courtney Dowe (7 PM, $17, 413-584-0610).

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