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Musica Elettronica Viva

West Hall Auditorium, RPI, Thursday

EMPAC and iEar have joined forces to present an evening of electronic music pioneers on the (where else?) campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the cutting-edge music-and-arts capital of the Capital Region. The featured band will be Musica Elettronica Viva, aka MEV, a group who have come together “intermittently through the years” to deliver their own “peculiar style of live acoustic/electronic improvisation” (They said it; we didn’t.) The three original members—Alvin Curran (piano, sampler), Frederic Rzewski (piano) and Richard Teitelbaum (electronic keyboards)—have worked together since 1966, when were involved in assorted European musical uprisings and carried the banner for experimental, “free” jazz. And yes, the name is Italian. (March 30, 7:30 PM, $5, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, 276-4829)

Cordero

College of St. Rose, Saturday

Cordero, self-described as “bilingual indie New York dance rock,” first were formed in Tucson, Ariz., in early 1999 by frontwoman Ani Cordero, who borrowed members of Calexico and Giant Sand for the outfit. Cordero are now based in New York City, and they have released three successful albums on Indigo Girl Amy Ray’s label, Daemon Records. (The group’s most recent album, En Este Momento, however, was released on Bloodshot Records.) The New York Times has described Cordero’s music as giving “urban brashness some borderline mystery.” Check them out when they play St. Rose’s campus center this weekend; Importante and the Peeps are also on the bill. (April 1, 6 PM, $5, free for students, 432 Western Ave., Albany, 454-5195)

Anna Borges Group

Justin’s, Saturday

Justin’s, the Lark Street establishment known in these parts for its oft-rotating, ever-popular cast of jazz performers, will present a show with a different flavor this weekend: An Evening of Brazilian Song with artist Anna Borges. Borges is a Brazilian native who relocated to Boston in 2004, where she has performed all over the city with a number of different artists, like Sergio Brandao Group, Alfredo Cardim and Anita Coelho. The Anna Borges Group lineup features Jason Ennis on guitar, Jon Suters on bass, and Eric Nebbia on drums. Together, they perform samba, bossa nova, forró, and other Brazilian styles. (April 1, 9:30 PM, $5, 301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008)


KITTIE

Kittie

saratoga winners, saturday

Kittie are the most respected metal band in the world. Yes, that was a sad attempt at April Fool’s Day humor, but seriously, Kittie have taken their knocks as a teenage, all-girl metal band. The Landers sisters are the only original members of the band left. Perhaps the other members just couldn’t take the pressure. The Landers’ first foray into nu-metal, Spit, was released when they were just 15 and 17 years of age. Back in the day, Kittie were the beat-up-your-brother alternative to Lilith Fair. They played to crowds who shouted all sorts of obscenities over their Kornesque riffage. Over time, Kittie’s music has gotten harder, and Morgan Landers’ vocals have gone from Jonathan Davis-like hissy fits to Cannibal Corpse-in spired bellowing. Today at a Kittie show, you can barely hear the catcalls over the savage-doom guitars. (April 1, 7:30 PM, $15, 1375 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-1010)

 

Glenn Tilbrook

WAMC Performing arts studio, Sunday

Glenn Tilbrook inadvertently laid the groundwork for his solo career when he toured alone beginning in 1994 in the shadow of his band Squeeze’s success. Back in those days, they had the pleasure of playing to large crowds, opening for acts like Duran Duran, Sting, David Bowie and even having U2 open for them in 1980. Now, Squeeze live on through Tilbrook, who enjoys playing to more intimate crowds. The spontaneity of the live set he performs with his band, the Fluffers, engages the audience by allowing requests for old Squeeze songs, covers and his own material instead of a conventional set list. Tilbrook has been known to leave the stage during his energetic and unorthodox performances, leading the audience on a walkabout or standing on top of his car in the parking lot while performing. (April 2, 7 PM, $20,

339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233)


Also Noted

R. KELLY

Indie girl Scout Niblett plays the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass., this evening (Thursday); Mike Wexler opens (10 PM, $10, 413-584-0610). . . . At Valentine’s on Saturday, catch the shape-shifting avant-rock of Jackie-O Motherfucker, plus guitarist Sir Richard Bishop and Burnt Hills—the band, not the ’burb (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams will perform music from their latest album, Flapjacks From the Sky, at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., this Saturday (8 PM, $18, $12 for members, 413-458-2303). . . . Music’s most famous fifth wheel, Pete Best, returns to the Van Dyck with his band this Monday for two shows of old-school pub rock (7 and 9:30 PM, $24, 381-1111). . . . Also on Monday, ace songwriters Jules Shear and Jess Klein share a bill at the Iron Horse (7 PM, $15, 413-584-0610). . . . For the umpteenth time, ska’s not dead: Catch 22 will headline the Frostbite Ska Tour at Saratoga Winners this Tuesday, along with Big D & the Kids Table, Mustard Plug, the Flatliners, and Hollywood Funeral (7 PM, $14, 783-1010). . . . Break out your raincoats, young ladies, because R&B-crooning lothario R. Kelly is coming to the Palace Theatre this Wednesday night; no word on whether or not he’ll attempt to re-create any of the 12 chapters of his Trapped in the Closet saga, but as long as he sings the remix to “Ignition,” we’ll be more than satisfied (8 PM, $39.50-$72, 465-4663).


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