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Earth, Wind and Fire, Chris Botti

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Monday

It’s pretty obvious that the era of romantic R&B male singing groups is over. Or at least we thought. This Monday at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Earth, Wind and Fire (do you remember?) will perform tracks from their recently released album, Illumination, which is their 23rd album over the course of their 35-year history. It’s been a while, but their timeless sound has remained just that, timeless, with romantic and upbeat lyrics. Their ideas for their album (and accompanying DVD), as lead singer Philip Bailey said, is to exude something that is romantic, vibrant and positive. Although the majority of their songs will be from Illumination, expect to hear some of their classic hits, including “September,” “Shining Star” and “Reasons.” Chris Botti, a jazz trumpeter who also just recently released an album, To Love Again, will open. (July 23, 7:30 PM, $65, $45, $15, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-9330)



Valentine’s, Tuesday

When Vetiver came to Albany last spring, the San Fran-based freak-folkers had everyone’s favorite filthy hippie, Devendra Banhart, in the band. While we’re fairly sure the Hairy Fairy himself won’t show, Vetiver nucleus Andy Cabic prefers to keep that kind of information vague—the band hasn’t had a permanent starting lineup in three-plus years. Ex-Pernice Brothers bassist Thom Monahan produced the latest Vetiver album, To Find Me Gone; it’s less hippie-dippy than its predecessor, a step inward for Cabic and company. And, for those of you who haven’t heard, Devendra Banhart is in the band sometimes . . . although he probably won’t be there on Tuesday. Guess you’ll have to show up and see. Also on the bill are Gay Tastee and Gun Christmas. (July 25, 7 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Iron Horse music hall, Tuesday; Bearsville Theater, Wednesday

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians will appear at two places in our region this week as part of their current tour in anticipation of a new disc by the group, Stranger Things (Fantasy), due in stores July 25. This is the group’s first disc in 16 years, and New Bohemains are the first new group signed to Fantasy in 25 years. So it seems this all was a long time comin’. The album was produced by Bryce Goggin (Phish, Pavement), and was recorded with everyone in one room, playing live. Brickell calls Stranger Things “a true beginning for the band.” (Iron Horse Music Hall: July 25, $30, 7 PM, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610; Bearsville Theater: July 26, $15, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, 845-679-4406)

Charlie Daniels Band

empire state plaza,wednesday

Yeeeehaw! That’s the way a lowbrow paper would start a preview piece for country night at the plaza featuring the Charlie Daniels Band. But this is Metroland, and Metroland would handle a preview piece for the Charlie Daniels band like this: Yeeeeee-fricking-haw grab Daisy May cause its gonna be a boot-shakin’, straw-quakin’, foot-stompin’, tobacco-spittin’, beard-strokin’, hay-rollin’ good time at the plaza. But seriously, we can think of nothing better to do on a Wednesday night than have a couple drinks and head down to the plaza for a little hooting and hollering. We’ll see you there. (July 26, 6 PM, free, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 434-2032)

Urban Legends, Suburban Hymns Tour

Red Square, Wednesday

It’s a night of rawk at Red Square on Wednesday when the Urban Legends, Suburban Hymns Tour comes through town featuring Action Action, New London Fire, the Matches and Rediscover. Action Action (formed from the remains of the Reunion Show, local punk group Count the Stars, and Diffuser) recently released their sophomore album on Victory, called An Army of Shapes Between Wars. The follow-up to their first effort, Don’t Cut Your Fabric to This Year’s Fashion (which sold 50,000 records, by the way), An Army. . ., according to singer Mark Kluepfel, “is like waking up after an intense dream knowing all the secrets, only to fall asleep and let your world of answers end.” New London Fire will release their new disc, I Sing the Body Holographic, in early August. Catch them and the rest of the bands this Wednesday as they rock Broadway. (July 26, 7 PM, $12, 388 Broadway, Albany, 432-8584)

Also Noted

Gimme indie rock—and lots of it: Kitty Little, Shumai, Bell County Silence, Li’l Hospital, and Aficionado are all at Valentine’s tomorrow (Friday, 9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Gimme death metal—and lots of it: Cryptopsy and Skinless co-headline a show at Saratoga Winners on Saturday; Held Under, Organ Harvest, and Son of Mourning round out the bill (7:30 PM, $15, 783-1010). . . . Gimme a little of everything: The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform at the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA this Saturday; the show is part of the Bang on a Can Marathon, which runs through July 29 (7 PM, $22, 413-662-2111). . . . You know you totally want to go: Chicago and Huey Lewis and the News bring the hits of the ’70s and ’80s to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday (7:30 PM, $15-$55, 587-3330). . . . Speaking of the hits of yesteryear, the Pat Travers Band will play Revolution Hall on Sunday (8 PM, $20, 274-0553). . . . On Monday, Catapult Villa, Start from Scratch, and Monotonix from Tel Aviv, Israel (good time to get out of town, eh?), pile into Valentine’s for an evening of punkified indie rock (7 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Also on Monday, catch Harry Manx at the Music Haven stage at Schenectady’s Central Park (7 PM, free, 382-5152).

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