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Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem

WAMC Performing Arts Center, Friday

Rani Arbo and her band daisy mayhem are happy to welcome to the group their new manager, Quinn Ettwein Kessel. Kessel has limited management experience, and rumor has it that nepetism played a big role in him being favored over other candidates. The 2-foot-long, 15-pound bouncing baby is the son of bandleader Arbo and drummer Scott Kessel. Rounding out the roots-rock band are guitarist Anand Nayak and upright-bassist Andrew Kinsey. Called “the Greta Garbo of folk music” by Acoustic Guitar, Arbo is also the fiddler and founder of daisy mayhem. The Boston Globe says, “Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem’s sweeping, timeless melodiesfloat above ingenious arrangements. The band has a grand knack for pumping new blood into old music.” Locally grown singer-songwriter Rosanne Raneri will open the show. (March 3, 8 PM, $15, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233)

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Rosanne Cash

The Egg, Friday

Although she has scored a dozen or so No. 1 songs on the country charts, Rosanne Cash doesn’t consider her music country-bound. Her newest release, Black Cadillac, was written and recorded before, during and after the deaths of her mother, stepmother and father. It incorporates lyrical elements touching upon the richness of life and what is left after death. Her 25-plus year career has given her country cred beyond the fact that she’s the daughter of the late Johnny Cash; she’s a renowned artist with a catalog that is widely recognized in the country and folk worlds. According to, her new album is “one of the most meaningful and musically significant works of her career.” At the Egg, she’ll perform songs from Cadillac and more. (March 3, 8 PM, $24, the Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)




Northern Lights, Sunday

Prong lead singer Tommy Victor is something of an industrial-music vulture: When industrial bands fronted by ornery lead singers lose their guitarists, Victor moves in for the spoils. His grinding, sludgerfic riffage has been employed by Danzig and Rob Zombie in recent years. In 2004, Victor decided to resurrect his own industrial band, and they released Scorpio Rising, Prong’s first album since 1996’s Rude Awakening. Rising was criticized as a bland exercise in nu-metal by the numbers, lacking any of Prong’s metal or industrial influence. If any of Prong’s recent shows or MP3 previews are an indication, Victor has remembered what brought him to the dance. Perhaps it’s his day job as guitarist for the revived and rabid Ministry, but either way Prong are back to collect Victor his paycheck for carrying the metal torch during the dark ages of grunge. (March 5, 7:30 PM, $12, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

James Carter

The Egg, Sunday

James Carter and his quintet are bringing their tribute to Billie Holiday, based on his album Gardenias for Lady Day, to town this weekend, and we’re, frankly, delighted. Mostly because Carter does the tribute thing right. Folks have been trying to “pay tribute” to Holiday (who died at age 44 in 1959) for decades, including a spectacularly awful film bio in the ’70s starring Diana Ross. Saxophonist Carter’s sound is in synch, however, with the aching, minimalist style of Lady Day. The program will feature some of the best-remembered tunes from Holiday’s songbook; likely candidates include “More Than You Know,” “Body and Soul,” and “Them There Eyes.” It’s certain that Carter will include some of his own critically praised work, too. Special guest vocalist Miche Braden has, according to Carter, “the essence of an ever-evolving Billie.” Some praise. (March 5, 7 PM, $24, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1064)

Hothouse Flowers

Iron Horse Music Hall, Wednesday

Not necessarily jumping the bandwagon, but not exactly bucking the trend of reanimated late ’80s bands, are these Irish rockers. Saddled early on with the expectation that they’d be the “next big thing,” Hothouse Flowers never quite aspired to the level of superstardom enjoyed by their fellow countrymen in U2, but they did turn out a steady stream of competent blue-eyed soul, including a few bona fide hits (“Don’t Go,” “Give It Up”). Into Your Heart is Hothouse Flowers’ first release since 1998’s Born, which was widely thought to be the band’s swan song. (Their subsequent output—a live album, a best-of disc, and a collection of B-sides—did little to argue that point.) Vocalist Liam O’Maonlai still has that overcaffeinated Van Morrison thing going on, and they sound pretty much the same as ever. So, Hothouse Flowers fans, this one’s for you. (March 8, 7 PM, $18, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610)

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Folding Sky will celebrate the release of their new CD at Albany’s Garden Grill tomorrow (Friday) night (8 PM, $2, 462-0571). . . . Also tomorrow night, catch Powerman 5000 at Northern Lights; the full bill also includes the Sofa Kingz (happy birthday to lead singer Judd), Dead-Lift and Savior Hate (7:30 PM, $15, 371-0012). . . . The Ramblin’ Jug Stompers—a jugless jug band (you’ll have to figure that one out yourselves) featuring Bowtie Blotto, Wild Bill (of Wiley Dobbs), Michael Eck, Steven Clyde, and Ryder Cooley—make their debut this Saturday at Caffe Lena (8 PM, $12, 583-0022). . . . Saturday at Red Square, catch a fine triple bill featuring Boston’s Apollo Sunshine, the Slip, and Sam Champion (8 PM, $12, 432-8584). . . . The Deadstring Brothers, a Detroit foursome who recently released their Bloodshot Records debut Starving Winter Report, play Valentine’s on Sunday evening; the Sidewinders and Miloh open (7 PM, $6, 432-6572). . . . Rising prog-metal band Between the Buried and Me are part of a stacked bill at Saratoga Winners on Wednesday night that also features Bleeding Through, Every Time I Die, and Haste the Day (7:30 PM, $17, 783-1010). . . . A sign of what’s to come: Celtic rockers Enter the Haggis return to the area for a show at the Parting Glass this Wednesday (8 PM, $15, 583-1916). . . . OK, we know this ain’t pop music, but thought you might give a crap: Composer Philip Glass will deliver a lecture and perform works from Etudes for Piano at Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theater and Dance (in Williamstown, Mass.) on Wednesday (8 PM, free, 413-597-2425).

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