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Brevator, Lincoln Money Shot

Valentine’s, Thursday

Has it really been only two years since Brevator first unleashed their swirling, skull-cracking sound of the demonically possessed on the Capital Region? Time flies when, like Brevator, you’re busy pummeling the collective consciousness into submission. And now they’re breaking up, but not before a (tearful?) farewell performance tonight at Valentine’s. If you’ve never experienced them, by all means don’t miss this final opportunity. Sure, you’ll be physically and psychically bruised for days, but it’s a good bruising. Lincoln Money Shot, no slouches themselves in the business of making a holy racket, will open. Plus, there will be a “special appearance” by DJ Victoria. C’mon Victoria, every time you make an appearance is special. (July 27, 8 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana

Club Helsinki, Friday-Saturday

Closing in on the end of her second decade as a recording artist, Jane Bunnett has carved out a place for herself in the jazz world by incorporating vibrant Afro-Cuban rhythms into saxophone-based jazz. Bunnett recently won a Juno (the Canadian equivalent of our Grammy)—she’s picked up several along the way—for her latest release, Radio Guantánamo (Guantánamo Blues Project Vol. 1). The record is another journey to the “crossroads between Cuban music and jazz” for the Canadian soprano-saxophonist, flutist and bandleader. She’ll tap deep into those delicious rhythms and melodies when she appears at Club Helsinki this week with her Spirits of Havana group. (July 28-29, 9 PM, $25, 284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-3394)


Northern Lights, Sunday

Candlebox, baby, there’s some-thing we need to say to you. And you need to listen to us, honey pie. It’s something you’ve said to us on more than one occasion, repeatedly, in fact, when we started our twisted affair back in the ’90s. So listen here, babycakes: Now maybe I didn’t mean to treat you bad/But I did it anyway/And not maybe/Some would say your life was sad/But you lived it anyway/And now maybe. . . . In other words, we know we did you wrong and left you for younger hotter grunge bands, but you know what, dang nabbit? We were both young and stupid and you’re the only grunger left for us. So you’re back and we’re willing to give it one more go. Sure, it hurt when it ended, but we ain’t going to leave you “Far Behind.” (July 30, 7 PM, $18, 1208 Route 145, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Black Crowes

Black Crowes, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Sunday

Every once in awhile, we’ll randomly hear “Hard to Handle” or “She Talks to Angels” and wonder what the hell ever happened to Mr. Kate Hudson’s band the Black Crowes. They were on a hiatus since January 2002 until they finally reunited last year after Chris Robinson and his brother Rich decided to venture toward solo careers. Their reunion began with a tour, a decision to jump on the DVD bandwagon to release Freak N Roll Into the Fog, and an unforgettable New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden where Trey Anastasio, Phish’s front man, joined them. Now, they’re in the midst of their U.S. summer tour (which hits SPAC this Sunday) with guests Robert Randolph and Drive-By Tuckers. (July 30, 6:30 PM, $45, $15, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 584-9330)


Blue Öyster Cult, Ten Years After

Empire State Plaza, Wednesday

We are so ready for Blue Öyster Cult. If you are of, ahem, a certain age, BÖC were an essential part of your junior- and senior-high soundtrack. These Long Island-spawned dudes, who started in the late 1960s as Soft White Underbelly, dropped three solid metal albums packed with soul-destroying epics like “Harvester of Eyes,” “Dominance and Submission” and “Flaming Telepaths.” Then they made a smooth transition to metal-inflected dark pop, and offered up a string of great songs, from the sublime (“Don’t Fear the Reaper”) to the ridiculous (“Godzilla”). So our expectations are pretty high for this Plaza show. Blues rockers Ten Years After were one of the bands who blew up after a show-stopping performance at the original Woodstock. Though original guitar god Alvin Lee isn’t with the group any more, drummer Ric Lee and the boys have been touring to good notices for the last few years. Don’t fret, they’ll bring the Brit boogie. (Aug. 2, 7 PM, free, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 877-659-4377)

Also Noted
Chris Brokaw

Tomorrow (Friday), Valentine’s welcomes ex-Come guitarist Chris Brokaw, plus the Reverse, Tara Needham and Todbot, Poem Rocket, and Jason Spiro (9 PM, $8, 432-6572). . . . The annual Camp Creek festival, headlined per usual by long- running jammers Max Creek, takes place Friday through Sunday at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville; for lineup and more information, visit . . . Hatebreed will headline a very angry bill at Northern Lights on Friday; Strapping Young Lad, Bleeding Through, Recon, and Heal These Wounds will also appear (7:30 PM, $16, 371-0012). . . . On the complete opposite end of the rock spectrum, Red Square brings you Jeffrey Gaines this Saturday (9 PM, $10, 432-8584). . . . The Hold Steady are back at Valentine’s this Saturday; the group recently wrapped recording their third disc, Boys and Girls in America, which will be released on the Vagrant label this October. Reports will open (7 PM, $7, 432-6572). . . . New York City trio Kinetic will bring their shimmering pop-rock sound to the Lark Tavern on Monday, along with local boys Guiltless Cult (10 PM, $3, 463-9779). . . . You oughta know: Rocket From the Tombs—featuring David Thomas of Pere Ubu, Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys, and Richard Lloyd of Television–play Pearl Street in Northampton, Mass. this Tuesday night (8:30 PM, $15, 413-584-7771).

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