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Rose Hill Drive, Gosling

Red Square, Thursday

Fans of area rock-superpower Super 400 might recognize Rose Hill Drive from their much-buzzed-about set at the Lark Tavern early this year. At that show, the young (they’re barely out of high school) trio threw down an outstanding opening set, then jammed ferociously with their host band on a handful of classic Zeppelin tunes to close the night. Tonight, the Boulder, Co., rockers return to Albany to plug their self-titled Megaforce debut, and to show why acts from Wilco to Eddie Van Halen have requested them as openers. Also appearing are Gosling (formerly known as cut-out-bound DreamWorks act Loudermilk), whose string-enhanced pomp-rock is in full effect on their new album Here Is . . . (Sept. 7, 9 PM, $10, 388 Broadway, Albany, 432-8584)


Northern Lights, Thursday

Peter Steele is getting the band back together. No, not Type O Negative, the bread-and-butter goth-metal band he fronts (they are undoubtedly in a very dark room somewhere in Brooklyn with candles, incense and a gaggle of latex-wearing harlots, mixing their new album). No, Steele isn’t feeling his regular Vlad the Impaler-self these days. He’s feeling a bit thrashy. Joined by Joey Z. from Life of Agony, Steele plans to re-form his late-’80s thrash-band Carnivore and remind the metal world of their old-school credentials. Along with that cred will come some of Steele’s more regrettable song titles, such as “Ground Zero Brooklyn,” “Jesus Hitler” and “Race War.” (Sept 7, 7:30 PM, $17, Route 146, North Country Commons, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

The Fixx

Revolution Hall, Thursday

For almost two and a half decades, the Fixx have been a fade-in, fade-out musical entity. Getting their start in London, the Fixx joined the new-wave scene in the early ’80s with their debut album, Shuttered Room. Now, with at least a dozen more albums under their belts, the band are touring again after their early 2006 double-disc release on Rainman Records. The band have kept up with the touring times, too: Following the Fixx’s live shows, the band have on sale a USB stick that will carry the audio of the show you just saw, complete with a backing card that you can get autographed by the band at the merch table. Special guests Byrds of Prey will open the show. (Sept. 7, 9 PM, $20, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

David Grier

WAMC Performing Arts studio, saturday

having played his instrument of choice since he was 5 years old, bluegrass guitarist David Grier is included in the book 1,000 Greatest Guitarists. In other words, the guy knows what he’s doing. His dad (renowned banjo player Lamar Grier) suggested that Grier pick up the guitar at that tender age, and though he’s never had any formal training and doesn’t read music notation, he plays with “notable fluidity and effortlessness.” Grier will perform at the Linda this weekend—and we certainly think his picking stylings are not to miss. (Sept. 9, 8 PM, $15, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233, ext. 4)

Nadine Zahr

College of Saint Rose, Saturday

In support of her independently produced debut album, Underneath the Everyday, Nadine Zahr will perform at the College of St. Rose this weekend. The Palestinian-American singer-songwriter describes her music as a “pop-acoustic-soul-rock thing.” Southern California Weekly has gushed, “You don’t hear background conversation when Zahr is performing. . . . Audiences are invariably spellbound.” She has been said to perform with a “vulnerable intensity,” and her guitar playing has been compared to Dave Matthews’. Critics have called Zahr’s four-octave voice “expressive” and “simply captivating.” (Sept. 9, 10 PM, call for prices, College of St. Rose, Commuter Lounge, 432 Western Ave., Albany, 800-637-8556)

Also Noted
Metal Hearts
In case you missed the Flaming Lips in their event-of-the-year performance at the New York State Fair in Syracuse last weekend, you have two more chances to catch their powerful, life-affirming (seriously) live show this week, if you’re willing to travel: Tonight (Thursday), they’re in Burlington, Vt. at the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium; Sunday, the band will take their circus act to Boston’s Bank of America pavilion. As of press time, tickets were still available for both; check TicketMaster for availability. . . . Rock the fuck on! Catch Canadian garage-metal act Priestess tonight (Thursday) at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass., with special guests Melodram (8:30 PM, $13, 413-584-0610). . . . Also tonight, a little-known area quintet called the Kamikaze Hearts will play Falstaff’s at Skidmore College; we think these kids are going places! (8 PM, free, 580-5000). . . . Wait a minute here, this can’t be right: the Highwaymen are scheduled to play Caffe Lena on Sunday—no, not the Willie and Waylon Highwaymen (that’d be a tough one to pull off), but the popular early-’60s folk group (7 PM, $15, 583-0022). . . . The Metal Hearts, a Baltimore-area experimental-folk group who recently released their Suicide Squeeze debut Socialize, will play Valentine’s on Monday, with Philly-based math-rockers Pattern is Movement and Albany popsmiths Brent Gorton and the Tender Breasts (8 PM, $5, 432-6572).

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