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The Roches

The Egg, Friday

It’s been 27 years since the Roches made their eponymous debut on Warner Bros., and the harmonious sisters Maggie, Terre and Suzzy Roche just keep on doing. Influenced by everything from pop-rock and contemporary folk to traditional Irish music and church choir music, the Roches continue to delight their fans with their idiosyncratic songwriting and arrangements and, well, those harmonies: sometimes resplendent, sometimes choirlike, sometimes giddy, always distinctively Roche. The sisters each have their own side projects in addition to being members of the Roches; however, the trio are on tour together right now, and will bring their unique sound to the Egg tomorrow night. (May 5, 8 PM, $24, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Alycia Ercums CD-release party

Van Dyck, Friday

Local singer-songwriter Alycia Ercums has been a regular on the open-mic circuit over the past few years, and she apparently has made quite an impression on the local scene. The Times Union’s David Malachowski wrote that Alycia is “a true artist whose deep emotional impact is magnified by her mesmerizing charm, charisma and presence.” Artist aside, Ercums is also an activist, and she wears her altruistic side on her sleeve: She’s donating all proceeds from her CD sales on CDbaby.com to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Tomorrow (Friday) night, she will release her new EP, called Matches in Gasoline, at the Van Dyck. For added incentive to get to the CD release show, Ercums’ Web site promises “guest performers, free giveaways, and more.” (May 5, 7 PM, $5, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 381-1111)

Buck Owens Tribute Night

WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Friday

Local musical luminaries will pay tribute to late country-music star Buck Owens (who died in March at age 76) tomorrow night at WAMC. Owens, who pioneered the Bakersfield sound (in reference to his town of Bakersfield, Calif.), was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. Performers include the Bob Bates Band, Kevin Maul, Leigh Gibson, MotherJudge and Hayseed. Also on the bill are the Ramblin’ Jug Stompers, “the Capital Region’s newest honest-to-goodness jug band.” (May 5, 8 PM, $10, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4)


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Linda Eder

Proctors Theatre, Saturday

“I am not at all by myself,” says Linda Eder, referring to the title of her latest LP, By Myself: Songs of Judy Garland. “I have had a lot of great people helping me and Judy on my shoulder.” The CD, a tribute to her idol, has been said to “capture the contrasting strength and fragility of Judy’s voice.” Eder’s big break came in 1988 when she held the winning title on Star Search for a record of 13 consecutive weeks. Shortly thereafter, she discovered her flair for Broadway when she nabbed a lead role in the musical Jekyll & Hyde. “She has a captivating presence and a Streisand-esque singing voice that elevates everything it touches,” says USA Today. Eder has always attributed Streisand, Garland, and Eileen Farrell as her “teachers.” This Saturday, she is back by popular demand, at Proctors Theatre, to sing Broadway tunes and popular songs from her records. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to meet her after the show. (May 5, 8 PM, $19.75-$39.75, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204).




The Books

MASS MoCA, Saturday-Sunday

Whispery pseudo-folk and crude sampling share equal closet space on the three releases by North Adams, Mass.-based duo the Books. Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong have been making music together for six years, since meeting as neighbors in Inwood, a small neighborhood in northern Manhattan. (They relocated to the Berkshires in 2002.) Song titles like “Vogt Dig for Kloppervok,” “A Dead Fish Gains the Power of Observation” and “The Lemon of Pink” suggest a certain abstract quality; fittingly, the Books’ music is just that: a mix of found sounds, soft vocals, and string play (de Jong is reportedly a monster cellist) that is wholly original and entirely their own (they proudly compose, record, fund and release their own recordings). This weekend will offer hometown fans a rare glimpse at the process, as the Books take their beautiful and confounding music to the MASS MoCA stage. (May 6-7, 7 PM, May 6 sold out, May 7 tickets $17, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass., 413-662-2111)

Chiodos, The Number 12 Looks Like You

Saratoga Winners, Wednesday

If Peter Pan had a band, it would probably sound something like Chiodos. High-pitched, pre-pubescent, epic, soaring, progressive, and . . . well . . . a little bit creepy. Chiodos are similar in some ways to labelmates Coheed and Cambria with their classic-rock Queen/Rush fetish, however, they can get onstage with prog-core luminaries Between the Buried and Me, and sound metal—and schizophrenic enough—to hang. While it is easy to dismiss Chiodos as Myspace screamo, their compositions simply add up to much more than that. They also have sense enough to tour with screeching-blasphe-belching-creepverts the Number 12 Looks Like You, who do a nasty-ass cover of the Knack’s “My Sharona.” They are also known for “Don’t Get Blood on My Prada Shoes,” which functions as both a song title and important life lesson. (May 10, 7 PM, $10, 1375 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-1010)


Also Noted

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The Little Willies are at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. tonight (Thursday); you may not know the band, but Norah Jones just so happens to be the piano player, so there’s that (7 PM, $23, 413-584-0610). . . . Closer to home (unless you live in Massachusetts), Fugazi-biting dance-punk act Measles Mumps Rubella plays Ground Zero on the RPI campus this evening, along with Evolution/Revolution and Hot Gurl Party (8 PM, $5, www.gzbasement.net). . . . Tomorrow (Friday), catch the punk-rock sounds of Rhode Island’s Midnight Creeps, along with the Sleezies, Scag Rotter, and Neon Maniacs at Valentine’s (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Also on Friday, Albany expat Stephen Clair plays Caffe Lena, in support of his acclaimed third album Under The Bed; Clair will perform as special guest of Buddy Mondlock, an Illinois-based songwriter who’s had his songs recorded by Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, and Janis Ian (8 PM, $12, 583-0022). . . . “Fake Icelandic band” Five Alpha Beatdown will play their last show until 2007 at the Lark Tavern this Saturday night; Guiltless Cult will open (10 PM, $5, 463-9779). . . . Experience the power of three—guitars, that is—when Southern rockers .38 Special return to Northern Lights on Sunday; Eb Jeb and Rocking Horse open (7:30 PM, $22, 371-0012).


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