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Inspectah Deck, U-God

Hudson Duster, Thursday

“Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothing to eff wit.” Or so we’ve been told multiple times since high school. And since that time we have had absolutely no reason to question those words of wisdom. We’ve been told the same thing about the Hudson Duster. So tonight, when Inspectah Deck and U-God—members of the illustrious Clan—roll in to the Duster we ain’t going to be effing with anyone or anything. No how, no way. We’re just going to be bobbing our heads to the beat-watching Inspectah as he “puts the needle to the groove, gets rude” and is “forced to fuck it up.” (Nov. 10, 8 PM, $20, 40 Third St., Troy, 687-2391)

North Mississippi All Stars

Revolution Hall, Thursday

“It’s sort of like the Allman Brothers Band jamming with the P-Funk All Stars, with LL Cool J guesting,” says Entertainment Weekly of this Southern-rockin’, honky-tonkin’ trio. They’re said to pack enough funk, soul, drawl, and smoky-throated blues into their songs to rival Warren Haynes, and their shows attract a motley group of country lovers, jam fanatics, blues hipsters and funky cats. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson and their buddy Chris Chew have melded together a musical genre reliant on close-knit friendship, ultra-cultured experimentation, and family values. Says Luther, “Through the filter of generations, their blues becomes our rock & roll. Youth culture reinventing what inspired it. If the traditions are passed down and kept alive, they can’t help but mutate and change.” We expect that these guys’ll go down smooth like a swig of warm Southern moonshine. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will open the show. (Nov. 10, 8 PM, $18, 417-425 River St., Troy, 273-2337)

Underground Railroad History Project Benefit

Red Square, Sunday

Colaberayshen, featuring Az zaam Hameed, Ron Mayfield, Carl West, and Sha’ron, will perform this Sunday afternoon to benefit the Underground Railroad Project of the Capital Region, a group whose mission is to focus on researching the story of the Underground Railroad in the Capital Region, retelling that story and preserving it, with a special emphasis on abolitionists and freedom seekers. Go check out the smooth-jazz and R&B stylings of this local supergroup and support this great cause. (Nov. 13, 4 PM, $30, $24 advance, 388 Broadway, Albany, 436-0562, 347-1554)

John & Bucky Pizzarelli

WAMC’s Linda Norris Auditorium, Sunday

This father-and-son jazz duo are set to hit the stage at WAMC on Sunday, molding their individual styles together for two shows of smooth guitar playing. Bucky, who popularized the seven-string guitar, began his career in the ’50s; these days he’s known for playing in the Tonight Show band. He was also just given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions as mentor and performer. John followed in his father’s footsteps with his first release (1983’s I’m Hip—Please Don’t Tell My Father). He formed the John Pizzarelli Trio, compared by many to the Nat King Cole trio, and became the well-known voice behind the Foxwoods Casino commercial, “The Wonder of it All.” Sunday’s two performances promise to be full of old-school and swinging jazz, with perhaps a jingle or two thrown in. (Nov. 13, 3 and 7 PM, $25, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233)

ashlee simpson

Ashlee Simpson

Palace Theatre, Monday

The story of Ashlee Simpson is a true testament to how one person can beat the odds and fight through hard times and . . . well, actually, it’s a story about an expert team of handlers and publicists, and the lengths to which they will go to polish the proverbial turd. See, there was a time when being exposed as a dirty, rotten, no-talent, lip-synching phony (as Ms. Simpson was in a “performance” last fall on Saturday Night Live) would spell the end of a music career. But Ms. Simpson would bounce back to even greater popularity, and a return performance on the very show where she shit the bed a year earlier. (The “guide track” was sorely missed.) How? We don’t know either, but at least the whole thing brought acid reflux disease into the spotlight. Ashlee Simpson will perform live in concert this Monday night. Go cheer her on. (Nov. 14, 7:30 PM, $32.50-$37.50, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334)


Neil Rolnick & Guests

iEar, West Hall, Wednesday

“Why do babies drool? Can men be affected by the menstrual cycle? Do blind people see in their dreams?” These are just a few of the questions Neil Rolnick integrates into his piece Body Work, using a mix of his dry sense of humor and clips from Harper’s. While bodily functions may not be discussed in Wednesday night’s performance, Rolnick’s resourcefulness with computers will be evidenced in his songs. As a composer-synthesist virtuoso, Rolnick has been continually searching for the edge of progressive, experimental and electronic music—many say he has found it on his latest album, Shadow Quartet. Rolnick describes his original concept as using “a computer to make aural shadows of the players,” creating unexpected and unusual combinations of materials and media. Joining him will be Todd Reynolds, Kathleen Supové and Peter Eldridge. (Nov. 16, 7:30 PM, $5, free to RPI students, 110 8th St., Troy, 276-4829)

Also Noted
jeff tweedy

At the Pepsi Arena tonight (Thursday), catch scruffy pop-country dude Keith Urban (7:30 PM, $29.50-$39.50, 476-1000). . . . Also this evening, diminutive, hair-product-dependent pop heartthrob Ryan Cabrera plays Northern Lights; Berklee-boy band the Click Five and Australian twin-chick act the Veronicas open (6:30 PM, $25, 371-0012). . . . Modern blues mainstays the Robert Cray Band make it cry at the Egg on Friday (8:15 PM, $28, 473-1845). . . . An alternative: Sad Panda, Gay Tastee (née Stephen Gaylord, often of the Wasted), and Naked play the Lark Tavern on Friday (10 PM, $5, 463-9779). . . . We’re sorry, but the number you dialed had been disconnected: The Coheed and Cambria show at Northern Lights on Saturday is very much sold out (7:30 PM, 371-0012). . . . While you’re crying over that, we should add that Monday’s solo performance by Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy at the Egg is almost sold out, so get a move on; Glenn Kotche—current Wilco drummer and solo artist, whose debut record for Nonesuch is expected in January—will open (7:30 PM, $26, 473-1845). . . . His new album is called The Mysterious Production of Eggs: Andrew Bird performs at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Monday; Head of Femur opens (7 PM, $16, 413-584-0610). . . . ’Net-savvy young rock trio Daphne Loves Derby headlines a multi-act bill at Valentine’s on Tuesday night; Socratic, Quietdrive, Importante, and New Atlantic are also scheduled to perform (7 PM, $7, 432-6572).

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