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Last Call 10th Anniversary Show

Northern Lights, Thursday

Last Call, among the last remnants of the ’90s Troycore revolution, have been pounding out workingman hardcore for 10 years, and with recent successes and props from national hardcore legends such as Agnostic Front, it is unlikely they will be stopping anytime soon. While frontman Ralph Renna’s legendary mouth has kept his band at the center of attention of the local hardcore scene, it has also done wonders in promoting other local bands and keeping the scene strong in general. The strength of Last Call’s bond with other scene heavyweights will be on display; the bill also features hardcore Dyin ta’ Live and metallic goremasters Wasteform. (Jan. 13, 7 PM, $10, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Curtis Stigers

WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Saturday

Curtis Stigers had a brief-but-spectacular encounter with pop-star fame early in his career; as he remembered in a recent interview, it “was pretty amazing for a 24-year-old to go from riding subways in New York City and surviving on pizza, to opening for Elton John and Eric Clapton at Wembley Stadium.” Pop stardom wasn’t something Stigers was particularly interested in, however, and the saxophonist-singer-songwriter has done a good job of reinventing himself as a jazz guy in the years since his 15 minutes ended. His most recent album, I Think It’s Going to Rain Today, finds him turning his R&B- influenced jazz vocal style loose on songs by Willie Nelson, Mose Allison, Tom Waits, Sting and Randy Newman (the evocative title tune). Stigers is a repeat fave at WAMC’s “The Linda,” so you probably should make reservations. (Jan. 14, 8 PM, $20, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4)

Danny Kalb

Caffe Lena, Saturday

A protégé of the late Dave Van Ronk, Danny Kalb has been playing his distinctive style of blues on-and-off for four decades. In addition to cofounding seminal ’60s combo Blues Project with Al Kooper, Kalb has played on albums by Judy Collins, Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs. In recent years, the Brooklynite has become very active again, having released a series of albums (produced at Silver Streak Studio in Ballston Lake) including All Together, Now, Live in Brooklyn and the upcoming two-disc “authorized bootleg,” Live at Princeton. A Dirty Linen critic called All Together, Now, his first album in 30 years, a “textbook of six-string wizardry.” So, if you want to dig on the wizardry, head on over to Caffe Lena on Saturday night. (Jan. 14, 8 PM, $15, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

sarah borges

Sarah Borges Band

Club Helsinki, Saturday

Boston-based Sarah Borges is riding high and touring tirelessly on the critical acclaim of her debut album, Silver City, produced by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Hole). Her Americana roots rock has made her Boston’s new musical sweetheart: Silver City was recently awarded the 2005 Boston Music Award for Best Local Debut Album. Don’t let her small presence fool you: Hollywood Reporter’s Chris Morris writes about the 27-year-old, “Los Angeles-based Sin City Marketing was throwing a show at the Exit Inn during the Americana Music Assn. conference. During the company’s all-hands-on-deck affair, a slip of a girl named Sarah Borges took the stage, plugged in her guitar for a few numbers, uncorked a wall-rattling wail and blew everybody’s head off.” Check her out at Club Helsinki this weekend. (Jan. 14, 9 PM, $10, 284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-3394)

Benefit for Will Burger

The Ale House, Saturday

Six-year-old Will Burger has had a rough holiday season. On Thanksgiving, he woke up with a headache that turned out to be caused by a malignant brian tumor called an anaplastic ependymona. Will went to NYU for surgery, and doctors there were able to remove the entire tumor, but now Will has to undergo a very expensive six-and-a-half week treatment in Boston. In order to help out with the ballooning medical bills, a benefit concert has been arranged at the Ale House this weekend. The event will be referred to as the Ale House Winter Party so young Will won’t feel like the focus and reason for the event is his illness. Lending their talent to this cause will be Kevin Maul, Hayseed, Leigh Gibson, knotworking, and Lucky 57. Children are invited to this event, too—entertainment will be provided for them in the way of magic by Brisky. If you can’t make it to this event, but would still like to contribute, you can mail checks to the Ale House. (Jan. 14, noon, $10, 680 River St., Troy, 272-9740)

Morello, Distant by Design

Valentine’s, Sunday

Ireland-based Morello are a five-piece band whom Hot Press Magazine (Ireland) call “an unholy racket of a band” who “kick serious ass.” The band are in the middle of an all-out tour of the United States to spread their Irish gospel. And no, they are sure to point out on their Web site, they are not like U2. Albany-based Distant by Design call themselves a “hard-rock phenomenom” who have overcome “addictions, rejection, band fights, bad blood, and mind-numbing line-up changes.” Quite a lot of band drama in a few short years, we’d say. Anyhoo, here are the other bands on this loaded bill: Sunday Girl, Idols Never Die, Lost on Liftoff, and Grey Sky Sunday. (Jan. 15, 7 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Also Noted

At Valentine’s tomorrow (Friday), it’s “Bad Luck Friday” (there’s a reason for that title; do the math) with Brent Gorton and the Tender Breasts, Reports, and a solo turn from Brevator and Complicated Shirt bassist Jason Jette (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . The Churchills will play an afternoon set at FYE in Crossgates on Saturday afternoon (2 PM, free, 464-0199). . . . At Northern Lights on Saturday night, catch Epic recording artists the Twenty-Twos, along with the Loyalty; the Twenty-Twos’ single “Another Day” is currently featured on the soundtrack for the Adam Sandler- produced laugh-fest Grandma’s Boy (7:30 PM, $8, 371-0012). . . . On Sunday, at Mahoney’s Pub in North Troy, a benefit will be held for the Zachary Chirico Cancer Fund, featuring the talents of Frank Jaklitsch, Jim Owen, the Girl, Sean Rowe and the Acoustic Lawn Sausages Catastrophe (4 PM, $10, 238-1760). . . . On Tuesday eve, Canadian blues/world fusion artist Harry Manx will make a stop at the Middleburgh Public Library, of all places (7 PM, $10, 827-4953).

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