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George Winston

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Saturday

The Windham Hill main-stay will bring his Grammy-winning tunes to Troy this weekend. George Winston is known for his introspective approach to the piano, creating seasonal images of impressionist, musical paintings. His holiday performance will include compositions from his newest album, Montana—A Love Story, and also selections from his winter-themed albums. Winston is asking concertgoers to bring a donation of nonperishable food items to the show in support of the Regional Food Bank, and a portion of merchandise proceeds will be donated as well. (Dec. 10, 8 PM, $26, $29, 30 2nd St., Troy, 273-0038)

Jane’s Gang

Van Dyck, Saturday

Niskayuna-based fiddler and banjo player Jane Rothfield will celebrate the release of her new CD In the Moment with her new band, Jane’s Gang. Jane’s “gang” features Matt Brown on fiddle and banjo, Allan Carr on guitar, Paul Sidlick on mandlin and Banjo, and Bob Taylor on double bass. The group will perform a mix of Celtic, bluegrass and country tunes with what they call a “high-energy Southern twist.” Check out Jane’s Gang this weekend at their afternoon performance at the Van Dyck. (Dec. 10, 2 PM, $6, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 381-1111)

The Hanslick Rebellion

Valentine’s, Saturday

Clubgoers of a certain age should perk up in recognition upon reading this name. Hell, we did. The Hanslick Rebellion—keyboardist Jed Davis, bassist Mike Keaney, guitarist Alex Dubovoy, and drummer Mike Kearns—played a lot of shows and won a lot of fans in their short spell as an Albany band, but before reuniting for a one-off anniversary gig this fall, they hadn’t played a note together since 1997. (All four members are involved in other successful projects.) With the reunion comes good news for fans of the band’s cerebral, challenging rock music: The group have released a new live disc, The Rebellion Is Here, to replace their identically titled cassette release from ’96. You can get it for free through their Web site, even. Check ’em out before they’re gone again. (Dec. 10, 7:30 PM, $8, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Reverend Horton Heat, Supersuckers

Revolution Hall, Monday

Reverend Horton Heat—aka Jim Heath, with bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla—and the Supersuckers are the perfect pair of Southwestern musical shitkickers to warm up a cold Troy evening. Heat is touring because, hell, that’s what he does; plus, he has an album of Christmas music, We Three Kings, newly available for your seasonal enjoyment. Expect the usual “outlandish antics” as he and the guys deliver their “country-flavored punkabilly.” The Supersuckers are much beloved around here, and why not? According to themselves, they’re “the greatest rock-n-roll band in the world.” According our own Bill Ketzer, “their muscular, riff-swollen assault and gunslinging bluster evokes, from anywhere on the planet, the barren badlands of the Southwest, like some satanic sermon on the mount.” And wait, that’s not all: Split Lip Rayfield, purveyors of cow-punk bluegrass on crank, will open the evening. The congregation will now come to disorder. (Dec. 12, 8 PM, $20, 421-425 River St., Troy, 273-2337)

Wheatus

Valentine’s, Tuesday

The same Wheatus of “Teenage Dirtbag” fame, that is. Briefly beloved on the legs of that unintentional novelty, Wheatus seemingly faded from view as quickly as they first reared their greasy li’l heads. Which is a shame, because their cover of Erasure’s “A Little Respect” could have been the disco smash of 2001. What happened next? The usual: Big record label loses interest in little band, sits on album for a few years while band sweats, eventually stops caring enough even to screw band anymore and gives album back to band . . . who release it under the title Suck Fony. No hard feelings, eh? That’s all behind them now; in fact, they’re supporting a brand-new release titled TooSoonMonsoon, which is chock full of the same geeky pop that made them stars, briefly. (Dec. 13, 7 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)


bon jovi

Bon Jovi

Pepsi Arena, Monday

Whether you want them dead or alive, Bon Jovi are coming to Albany, brandishing their 20-year career like a new pair of Velcro sneakers, circa 1984. That isn’t to say that the band and their iconic lead singer (Jon, in case you haven’t heard) don’t appeal to the masses of hit-thirsty teeny-boppers like they do to the infinite ’80s power-pop loyalists—Bon Jovi’s new album, Have a Nice Day, is going strong at No. 56 on the Billboard Top 200. And if that weren’t bragworthy enough, overall the band have sold more than 100 million records to date. Also, you can hear a song of theirs played in nearly any bar, anywhere in the United States, on any given night—and don’t lie, you know you’ve sung along at least once. (Dec. 12, 7:30 PM, $89.50 and $49.50, 51 South Pearl St., Albany, 487-2000)


Also Noted
pattern is movement

Wow, we almost forgot about Clay Aiken. Sorry, Clay! The miraculously popular American Idol “sweetheart” croons the holiday hits tonight (Thursday) at the Palace Theatre (8 PM, $67-$47, 465-4663). . . . Their words, not ours: “Afro-cowboy-ninja-surf” band Toubab Krewe will play Red Square tomorrow (Friday, 10 PM, $5, 432-8584). . . . Philly math-pop act Pattern Is Movement will hit the lower Valentine’s stage on Friday, with help from Struction and last week’s cover models, the Wasted (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . We know some of you like ’em: Rusted Root return for a show at Northern Lights on Friday (7 PM, $23, 371-0012). . . . Their résumés are astounding: Francis Dunnery and David Sancious are at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio Friday night (8 PM, $15, 465-5233). . . . Tarantula A.D. call their latest record, Book of Sand, an “epic beyond words”; see how that works out on Friday at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. (10 PM, $10, 413-584-0610). . . . It’s a quintuple threat at Saratoga Winners on Saturday: All That Remains, Crimson Mask, Heal These Wounds, Son of Mourning, and Israfel are scheduled to perform (7:30 PM, $12, 783-1010). . . . Last, but far from least, legendary Los Angeles band X are at Pearl Street in Northampton on Sunday; sharing the bill is the one and only Juliana Hatfield (8:30 PM, $23, 413-584-1444).


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