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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Proctors Theatre, Thursday

The queen of soul herself will appear at Proctors this evening. Aretha Franklin, an enormous success, especially in the late ·60s when she had a run of hits with Columbia Records (including ·Chain of Fools· and ·(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman·), is considered by many to be one of the best vocalists in the world. Whatever you do, though, don·t consider Lady Soul a thing of the past; she·s back with a new album, So Damn Happy (sample it at Her Web site says that the album ·ensures Aretha·s status as a timeless hitmaker, always in stride and right on time.· We presume tonight·s audience will be treated to Aretha classics like ·Respect,· ·The House That Jack Built,· and, of course, songs from her new disc. (May 11, 8 PM, $19.75-$64.75, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)



Pearl Jam, My Morning Jacket

Pepsi Arena, Friday

Pearl Jam are back again, and this time they·re worth paying attention to. In fact, it·s more like they·re demanding everyone·s attention with their terrific new (self-titled) album and its single, ·World Wide Suicide.· If you saw them on Late Night With David Letterman last week, you know what we mean: They totally rocked the Ed Sullivan Theater. This Pepsi Arena show is one of the first on the tour, so you know they·ll be fresh. Reverb-loving, sort-of Southern rockers My Morning Jacket are an appropriate opening act. By the way, we·re still in shock over the Pepsi becoming the Times Union Center. We think we speak for all local media in stating that if Hearst thinks forcing us to print their name every week will make us their bitch, they·re wrong. We·ll probably refer to the place as the TUC, or the Tuckus; watch this space. (May 12, 7:30 PM, $52, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 487-2000)

Tommie Sunshine

Red Square, Friday

House-music fans have a good reason to get out of the, um, house this weekend, as Tommie Sunshine is scheduled to perform at Red Square tomorrow (Friday) night. Brought to you by Capital Region electronic-music collectives Massive Audio, Rise Fridays at Red Square have been gathering steam as a Friday-night party spot in downtown Albany, and this week·s show is expected to be particularly notable. Brooklyn-based Sunshine is considered an international superstar on the DJ circuit, counting collaborations with Felix Da Housecat and LCD Soundsystem·s James Murphy among his studio credits, and having been chosen specifically to spin at Bjork·s tour-wrap party in 2003. In addition to his featured set, Friday night·s lineup also offers an array local and regional DJ talent, including the Brothers Wheeler, Scooby Carolan, and Lodge Johnson. (May 12, 9 PM, $8, 388 Broadway, Albany, 432-8584)

The Disco Biscuits

Palace Theatre, Saturday

This weekend, the Palace Theatre will host the Disco Biscuits, who will play one of their first shows with their new drummer. The Biscuits have carved their niche in the groove scene with their trance-fusion concoctions that are often played differently at each live gig, making each show a different aural spectacle to appeal to those fans who attend on multiple nights. The group are touring in support of their new live double album, The Wind at Four to Fly, which contains ·definitive· versions of many of their songs. But don·t be fooled, they have no qualms about reinventing themselves and their music as often as possible. So, if you like improvisation, you might want to check this out even if you think you·ve seen it all before. (May 13, 8 PM, $25, 27, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663)

She Wants Revenge, OK Go, the Lashes

Northern Lights, Tuesday

Hailing from California·s San Fer-nando Valley, She Wants Revenge present a masterful exercise in how to jump the ·80s bandwagon without being too obvious. Perfectly plotted and executed, the duo·s debut release on Fred Durst·s Flawless Records imprint plucks beats and basslines from early Depeche Mode and New Order records, adding heavily processed vocals that sound like Ian Curtis reincarnate and lyrics about girls who want boys who like boys to be girls that could be lifted straight out of Pretty Hate Machine. Joining She Wants Revenge for their Tuesday-night show are OK Go, who will be making their second area appearance in just four days, and the Lashes, a Seattle-based band whose current single, ·Sometimes the Sun,· is a welcome blast from the past·three minutes of harmony-laden power pop that recalls Cheap Trick, Weezer and the Posies. (May 16, 7 PM, $12, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Also Noted

Uncle Earl

Get yer fix of old-time bluegrass tonight (Thursday) when Uncle Earl performs at the Egg (7:30 PM, $18, 473-1845). . . . Tomorrow (Friday), celebrate the 40th anniversary of the events that inspired the ·Alice·s Restaurant Massacre· with Arlo Guthrie and friends at Proctor·s Theatre (8 PM, $34.75-$14.75, 346-6204). . . . Bluesman Albert Cummings takes the stage at the newly reopened Revolution Hall on Friday (9 PM, $15, 273-2337). . . . Theme-pop group the Mathematicians will present a stripped-down take on their manic sound at Caffe Lena this Saturday (8 PM, $10, 583-0022). . . . The Sense Offenders, winners of the recent open-mic Battle of the Bands at Cheer·s, return to that venue for a show of their own on Saturday (10 PM, $5, 489-8066). . . . The one and only Neil Sedaka croons at Proctor·s on Saturday (8 PM, $45.75-$19.75, 346-6204). . . . Fresh off an appearance at the Tulip Festival, emo-poppers the Loyalty will hit the upstairs stage at Valentine·s on Saturday night, along with It·s Already Taken and the Renowned Army (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Creativity is key this Tuesday, when Texas-based improvisational musicians David Dove and Chris Cogburn join local luminaries Al Kash, Terry Plunkett, Steve Lynch, Suzanne Thorpe, and Marshall Trammell for an evening of made-up stuff at the Grand Street Community Arts Space, located in the Howe Branch of the Albany Public Library (8 PM, $5 suggested donation, 472-9485).

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