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La Cocina, Friday

To “jounce” is to “move or cause to move with bumps and jolts.” The band Jounce incorporate some funky jazz and rock with modern-beat music into their sound, hoping to prompt the aforementioned standards of movement in audiences. In addition to jamming out tunes, Jounce are known for integrating lyrical storytelling into their sets—which we hear can last as long as six hours(!). Although they are local to New York City—with no major label backing them—they’ve managed to achieve some status by opening for bands like Particle and playing at well-attended festivals such as the Great Bamboozle in New Jersey. They’ll be doing their thing at La Cocina in Pittsfield this weekend. (May 19, 9 PM, $5, 140 Wahconah St., Pittsfield, Mass., 413-499-6363)

DJ Toast Retirement Party

Northern Lights, Saturday

For 17 years, RPI’s DJ Toast has intro duced the Capital Region to the finest hiphop any DJ could find, and he plans to do the same thing during his retirement party Saturday night. Except the hiphop he’s bringing is going to be a bit more up-close and personal than usual. Tip your hat to Toast while Guru of old-school gangsters Gang Starr brings the noise; Smif N Wessun and DJ Eclipse also will pay tribute to DJ Toast. (May 20, 8 PM, $20, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park)

Concert for Clean Energy

Saratoga Winners, Saturday

Musicians often make great activists, and here’s another: New York City-based, philanthropic and environmentally friendly pop-rock band Mike Sandwich. They’ve worked with (or played to benefit) Boston’s Walk for Hunger, the Capital District’s Regional Food Bank, and New York City’s City Harvest. Their new cause? Renewable energy. To help spread the word about the concept, Mike Sandwich will headline a local show, all the proceeds from which will be donated to the Environmental Advocates of New York. The concert will also be the launch for a project called AMP, a touring music festival and awareness campaign for renewable energy. Also on the bill: Broadcast Live, Melodrome and Lost on Lift Off. For more information about AMP, e-mail (May 20, 7 PM, $10, 1375 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-1010)

Michael Hurley, Tara Jane O’Neil, Samara Lubelski

Sanctuary for Independent Media, Saturday

Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media has presented some excellent events this year, but this weekend’s concert may set a high-water mark for the relatively new venue, as nomadic singer-songwriter Michael Hurley performs a rare area show along with equally notable indie-folkstresses Tara Jane O’Neil and Samara Lubelski. Hurley is the kind of troubadour we could blah blah blah about all day—from his aspirin-smoking days in late-’60s Greenwich Village to his infrequent but heralded solo releases, he’s something of an underground folk guru. We’re not sure what O’Neil (whose three solo records have provided us with some of the best music to zone-out to ever) will bring to the table—her last record was 2004’s You Sound, Reflect—but it’s that very unpredictability that makes her live performances captivating. Lubelski likely will mine that spontaneous vibe for all it’s worth, as her music is largely born of improvisation. (May 20, 8:30 PM, $10, 3361 6th Ave., Troy, 272-2390)

Loudon Wainwright III

The Egg, Sunday

Loudon Wainwright III, the patri-arch of a very musical (and very dysfunctional) family, once again will bring his satirical songs about love, life and politics to the Egg’s stage on Sunday. It’s been just over a year since Wainwright released Here Come the Choppers, a four-day-long recording project that mostly drew from four or five years of writing. He wrote some of the songs while on sets of movies in which he was acting (like Big Fish and Elizabethtown). You can expect to hear songs off this album, as well as songs from the scores of other albums in his catalog, during this weekend’s appearance. It looks like the Egg will be the last tour stop Wainwright will make before heading off to UCLA to participate in Leftover Stories to Tell: A Tribute to Spalding Gray in June. Michael Clem of Eddie from Ohio will open the show with selections from his new solo album 1st & 40. (May 21, 7 PM, $24, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)



The Upwelling, Crystal Lake

Valentine’s, Monday

The Upwelling call themselves a “New York City-based rock trio influenced by Pink Floyd and the Police.” We’d guess that 75 percent or more of today’s rock acts would list both those bands as influences, so the question is, how does it translate in the band’s music? Answer: Judging by the sound of their self-titled debut release, the two references blend rather nicely, creating an ethereal mix of rhythm and melody, similar to modern-rock acts like Muse and the Killers. A finalist in the Underground bracket of Spin’s Band of the Year contest (you can still vote, by the way), the band will roll into town with special guests Crystal Lake. Our vast search for information on Crystal Lake turned up practically zilch, with the exception of a Japanese hardcore-punk band, and we’re pretty sure that ain’t them. Stop by Valentine’s on Monday and watch the mystery unfold. (May 22, 8 PM, $4, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Also Noted


“Powerhouse drummer” Stanton Moore—you may know him from Galactic and Garage A’Trois—hits the skins tonight (Thursday) at Red Square (9 PM, $12, 432-8584). . . . Michael Eck brings his “maximum solo acoustic” show to Caffe Lena tomorrow (Friday); Brooklyn-based songwriter Milton opens (8 PM, $12, 583-0022). . . . Also on Friday, the downstairs stage at Valentine’s will be alight with three of the best and brightest pop-rock bands our area has to offer: Scientific Maps, Kitty Little, and the Luxury Flats (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . A slew of artists, including Betty and the Baby Boomers, John Flynn, Kim and Reggie Harris, Magpie, and Greg Greenway, will pay tribute to protest-folk legend Phil Ochs at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio on Saturday (8 PM, $15, 465-5233). . . . The Clay People headline an all-ages benefit show at Saratoga Winners on Sunday; Torn Asunder, End Time Illusion, and several others also will perform (3 PM, $10, 783-1010). . . . The show scheduled for this Monday at Northern Lights, featuring Blue October and People in Planes, has been postponed; the show has been rescheduled for July 21 (371-0012). . . . On the road again, and again, and again: Willie Nelson—who, as rumor would have it, has a SPAC date with John Fogerty on the horizon—plays at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Wednesday (8 PM, $29.50-$44.50, 798-0366).

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