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Schenectady Metal Fest featuring the Sofakingz

Valentine’s, Friday

In case you missed the Sofakingz on Channel 103.1’s Big Break Sunday night, let us take this opportunity to fill you in on what the Schenectady-based metal group are doing these days. On Friday, the band have arranged for a night of Schenectady metal at Valentine’s (that’s right, Schenectady metal in Albany—we know what you’re thinking, but don’t get scared) with (rumor has it) a bit of hiphop courtesy of Pitch Control Music thrown in for good measure. The Sofakingz’s set will be filmed and recorded to produce a live video and new single, due out in January. We suspect this show, sponsored by Channel 103.1 and hosted by Jason Keller, will be the perfect place to nurse your turkey hangover. Also participating in the Schenectady Metal Fest will be Dead-Lift, In-Traction and Kingscastle. (Nov. 25, 8 PM, $5 before 9 PM; $10 after 9 PM, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Mountain Mojo Authority

Red Square, Friday

Mountain Mojo Authority were formed in Rochester just five years ago, and already they’ve jammed in places like India, Jamaica, Ghana, and now, Albany. The six-piece reggae ensemble boast a tightly arranged horn section accented by a pair of sirens, and describe themselves as “spiritual organic intensity.” So, get out of your tryptophan funk, skip the shopping and check out some original reggae. Local faves IMI will open. (Nov. 25, 9 PM, $5, 388 Broadway, Albany, 432-8584)

Gov’t Mule

Palace Theater, Saturday

We’re not suggesting he re - tire, but Warren Haynes has certainly put in enough hours. His first big gig—at the age of 20—was leading the backup band for country hellraiser David Allan Coe; his second, in the 1980s, was stepping in for the late, great Duane Allman in the reunited Allman Brothers Band. He’s also released two solo records, and spends his spare time as guitarist for the (once Grateful) Dead. His main project, the jam-circuit-endorsed Gov’t Mule, have been going for 11 years, and they show no sign of punching out anytime soon. The Bonnaroo regulars are still out there plugging last year’s Déjà Voodoo, but that doesn’t mean they won’t throw in a few new tunes and left turns at Saturday’s show. (Nov. 26, 7:30 PM, $28, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334)

Stigmata Reunion Show

Saratoga Winners, Wednesday

Stigmata will play a one-shot reunion show to satiate local hardcore fans who long for days of hardcore glory’s past. Known for their brutal live shows and their no-nonsense Troycore style, Stigmata will offer old-school hardcore-metal to balance the rest of the bill, which features radio-friendly emo-metal, sing-along bands: Scars of Tomorrow, Still Remains, Bullet for My Valentine and Syracuse’s It Dies Today. Local drum hero Jason Bittner will take advantage of time off from his mega-successful scene-leading band Shadows Fall to beat the skins. Stigmata fans are in for a special treat, as word has it their set will be made up entirely of their most popular album, Hymns to an Unknown God. (Nov. 25, 7:30 PM, $14, Route 9, Latham, 783-1010)



Revolution Hall, Wednesday

“We play completely different live, live is easier—less worries, less gray hair,” drummer Alan Evens has said, and Soulive are definitely in their element on stage, as they tour to promote their latest album, Break Out. Hailing from Woodstock, brothers Alan and Neil Evens, with their buddy Eric Krasno, came together to try and bring jazz to the dance floor (with the dancers now being described as “neo-hippies eager to strap on a pair of dancing Birks”). If you haven’t seen them in a while, you’re in for a surprise: The sharp suits and strictly jazz tunes are gone. With the new disc, Soulive delve into grittier funk-R&B material, with beat-driven instrumentals and a load of collaborations. If you’re feelin’ the need to get your groove on, check them out this Wednesday. (Nov. 30, 9 PM, $18, 425 River St., Troy, 273-2337)

Also Noted
super 400

On Friday night, settle in at the Lark Street Book Shop to listen to an evening of music by Stephen Clair and Tom Burre; the two are featured as this month’s Acoustic Artists Night Series at the shop (7 PM, free, 465-8126). . . . Super pop group Super 400 will celebrate the release of their new live album, Live 05, on Saturday at the Ale House; grab your copy ASAP—there are five unreleased originals included on the nine-song disc, and we’re guessing they’ll will go fast (10 PM, $5, 272-9740). . . . In the mood to dance? Check out the DJ Extravaganza at Red Square on Saturday, where 10 DJs will spin an eclectic mix of music all night (10 PM, $10, 432-8584). . . . On Sunday, visit Positively 4th Street in Troy for an afternoon of local talent including Mark Emanation and Folding Sky, the Tom Healy Band, Blue Hand Luke, Weaselocity, Brittany Robichaud, the Staynz, and the Lawn Sausages (2 PM, $10, 687-0064). . . . Here’s a question: How many variations of “Beatles” and “mania” can you come up with to allow every Beatles tribute band a name? The official band of Liverpool Tours 2006, Britishmania, hail from New Jersey, and they’ll play their version of selections from the Beatles canon at the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Sunday eve (8 PM, $10, 382-5564).

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