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Atreyu, Dragonforce

Northern lights, Thursday

There will be no luck dragons at Northern Lights this Thursday. Yes, ’tis sad, and sure, with a bill headlined by Atreyu and Dragonforce, you might think you’re in for a hack-and-slash fantasy epic, full of knights, witch queens, grotesque manbearpigs and flying beasts. Hell, even when you walk into the club you might still be thinking that, thanks to Atreyu fans’ notorious abuse of mascara, eyeliner and fishnet stockings (worn on their arms). What you are really in store for is some serious shredding. Headliners Atreyu have some chops; European sensations Dragonforce can shred like bunnies can hump. (Aug 3, 7:30PM, $18, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)


Sanctuary for Independent Media, Friday

The walls of the old church building that is now the Sanctuary for Independent Media will tremble at the mighty wail of a 10-piece jazz orchestra tomorrow (Friday) night. The Grammy-nominated Either/Orchestra—a monster of a band, with two trumpets, three saxes, trombone, piano, bass, congas and drums—will bring their highly praised afro-Latin sound to the faithful. How good are they? The Washington Post said they are “one of the jazz world’s most gifted and adventurous big bands . . . one that can embrace supple Latin jazz, sinewy blues, sly funk and slippery world-beat rhythms.” The Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald touts them as the “best kept secret in jazz.” Riding high on their latest CD release, Live in Addis, the Either/Orchestra are more than worth the trip to the northern wilds of Troy. (Aug. 4, 8 PM, $10, 3361 6th Ave., Troy, 272-2390)

Mallory O'Donnell

Mallory O’Donnell

THe Van Dyck, Friday

Mallory O’Donnell is an 18-year-old songstress who just released her debut disc, Joy. O’Donnell had some heavyweight players contributing to her CD—it was produced by Tony Markellis and Bob Warren, and it features the talents of guitarist Chuck D’Aloia, cellist Monica Roach, drummer Danny Whelchel and trumpeter and saxophonist Bill Holloman. The local media have been gushing about the album: The Times Union’s Greg Haymes, for example, says, “Celebrating the release of her very impressive debut disc, Joy, the 18-year-old singer showcases a big talent that belies her young age.” O’Donnell just played a trio of sold-out CD-release shows at Caffe Lena, but if you didn’t get in on that action, you have another chance to see the young talent this weekend. (Aug. 4, 8 PM, $15, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 381-1111)


Darren Lyons Trio

Justin’s, Saturday

Stick around after dinner at Justin’s this Saturday, or just drop in specifically to experience the sounds of New York City-based jazz cats the Darren Lyons Trio. Lyons, an accomplished drummer who’s been featured in Modern Drummer, has been a musician for nearly as long as he’s been alive, starting lessons at the age of 4. It paid off well, considering he and his group have regular gigs in New York City and through the Northeast, and they just released a new album called Evil Genius. The trio consists of Lyons, Whitney Ashe on piano and Rich Syracuse on acoustic bass. This Saturday, the trio will perform “a range of classic jazz standards with a new twist.” (Aug. 5, 9 PM, $5, 301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008)

John Fogerty, Willie Nelson

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Sunday

Former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer-songwriter and guitarist John Fogerty just came off a European tour that took up half his summer. But alas, there’s no rest for the weary: Fogerty has already started the North American part of his summer tour, and for these dates, he’s joined by the legendary stoned country rocker himself, Willie Nelson. Fogerty, as you might recall, was the talent behind some gargantuan hits in the late ’60s and early ’70s, like “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Fortunate Son.” Last year, the singer released a new album called The Long Road Home, which he followed up this year by releasing a concert DVD of the album. Catch him this weekend when he and Nelson co-headline a concert at SPAC. (Aug. 6, 7:30 PM, $15-$49.50, Saratoga Spa State Park, 584-9330)

Also Noted

Eddie Money

If you can stand the heat, Eddie Money and the Bluz House Rockers will perform at Alive at Five tonight (Thursday, 5 PM, free, 434-2032). . . . Tomorrow (Friday), enjoy an indie-pop showcase at Valentine’s with our own Brent Gorton & the Tender Breasts (come say bon voyage as they play their last gig before their summer tour!), Philadelphia-based Carter Tanton, Brooklyn trio the Besties, and Boston garage-pop outfit the Specific Heats (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Peabo Bryson, Nysa Shenay, and Ernie Williams will all perform at the Times Union African-American Family Day festivities at the Empire State Plaza on Saturday (noon, free, 877-659-4ESP). . . . If you’re in the mood for a hardcore Sunday (and really, who wouldn’t be?), head on up to Northern Lights for an afternoon of the hardest rawk with As Blood Runs Black, Overthrown, the Lost Anthology, Day of Remembrance, the Breathing Process, and Same Deep Water as You (4 PM, $10, 371-0012).

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