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Dinosaur Jr.

Pearl Street, Thursday

We heartily endorse this evening’s appearance by indie-rock godfathers Dinosaur Jr., as they could probably use a hand in this, their time of need. See, rock bands have been losing their shit right and left this year—in Philadelphia, no less than eight bands have had their gear ripped off since March (that’s one per month, for you math types); and in August, the Dinosaur boys lost their shirts (and everything else) after a gig in Brooklyn. Sure, they played Lollapalooza 10 years ago, but today they’re just another mid-level touring act—albeit a pretty freaking awesome one—and these things hurt. So we ask you, open your hearts and wallets, and help J. Mascis buy a new guitar. Is that too much to ask? Here’s some extra incentive: The incomparable Thalia Zedek will open the show. (Nov. 30, 8:30 PM, $28, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-7771)


Chicago Afrobeat Project

Chicago Afrobeat Project

Club Helsinki, Saturday

Chicago world-music collective the Chicago Afrobeat Project bill themselves as “traditional Afrobeat meets ’70s funk,” celebrating the genres of music that became super popular in both Nigeria and in the United States in the ’60s and ’70s. The ever-morphing seven-to-14-piece lineup comprises a percussion section, guitars, keys, bass, and at some shows, even African dancers. Their self-titled debut disc was released last year to rave reviews; The Chicago Reader said, “In its tightly wound grooves, the group displays strong jazz sensibility a la electric Miles Davis.” This activist band lend their talents to events like World AIDS Day, when they recently played in tribute to Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti to benefit the foundation Journalists Against AIDS Nigeria. (Dec. 2, 9 PM, $10, 284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-3394)

 

 

Tech N9ne

Northern Lights, Saturday

Tech N9ne’s ’bout ta bubble, baby! (For our less-urban readership, “bubble” is defined in urbandictionary.com as the process of icing hash, or a way to turn cocaine into crack. Or he could mean it the nice way, the way we hope he means it, as in: He’s about to hit it big time! You decide.) Either way, though, he claims that he’s “smoking, drinking and humping and liking it!” And apparently a lot of hip-hop fans are liking Mr. Tech N9ne, as he has been cultivating an audience in the underground rap scene for years now. His latest album, Everready: The Religion, debuted at No. 50 on the Billboard charts, and was the No. 2 independent album in the country during its first week of release. This is quite an achievement for a rapper once labeled too dark to cut into the mainstream (i.e., he used to chill with the Insane Clown Posse and sing about being sick in the head). But those days are behind him, and Tech is ready for the mainstream, talking ’bout his chicks and money and um . . . how he’s ’bout to bubble, baby! (Dec. 2, 7:30 PM, $15, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

android Lust, Psyclon Nine

Valentine’s, Saturday

Devour, Rise, and Take Flight is the title of the new CD from Bangladeshi recording artist Shikhee, aka Android Lust. If you have any doubt as to her intent to carry out the titular mission, take one listen to her music—it’s abrasive, disorienting, and strangely compelling. Beats convulse and synths burble, as Shikhee’s voice swoops from melody to menace on a moment’s notice. This could only come from the Projekt label. Android Lust shares tonight’s bill with California-based industrial troupe Psyclon Nine, who are pimping their new, “o”-deprived Metropolis Records release Crwn Thy Frnicatr. Also performing: Doomsday Virus, the Flying Buttresses, and Massdirge. This show is for people who dress in black and mean it. (Dec. 2, 7 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Hot Tuna

The Egg, Sunday

This show doesn’t need much explanation, does it? After all, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have been doing the Hot Tuna thing on and off since 1969. It’s an old rock & roll story: The side project (in this case, Hot Tuna) displaces and outlasts the original band (in this case, Jefferson Airplane). Except that Kaukonen and Casady, while never straying too far from a blues-based structure, have stretched the Tuna to create a variety of tasty musical dishes over the decades. From their original acoustic-duo approach through the heavy sound of the mid-to-late ’70s—their 1974 album Yellow Fever is a sludgy, guilty-pleasure 8-track classic—to the wildly eclectic lineups they’ve toured with over the last dozen years, Hot Tuna have kept things diverse. On Sunday night, Casady and Kaukonen will be joined by drummer Eric Diaz and mandolin player Barry Mitterhoff; don’t forget to holler for the “Hesitation Blues.” (Dec. 3, 7 PM, $26, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)


Also Noted
Jen Chapin

Burlington, Vt.-based “high performance rock” outfit RAQ play Revolution Hall tonight (Thursday); the show comes near the end of a long tour to support the band’s new release, Ton These (8 PM, $15, 274-0553). . . . Upstart rock-promoters Albany Amped present the Crayons and Big Nixon at Tess’ Lark Tavern tomorrow (Friday) night; the show is also tied in with the 1st Friday art openings (see Night and Day, page 35, for more info; 10 PM, $5, 463-9779). . . . We don’t see this word applied to the fairer sex too often, but we’re going for it: Boston-based troubadour Jess Klein performs songs from her latest album City Gardens at Caffe Lena this Saturday; local boy done good Stephen Clair opens the show (8 PM, $12, 583-0022). . . . Jen Chapin—yes, of the Harry Chapin Chapins—plays her jazzy folk tunes at Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, Mass., on Sunday (8 PM, $15, 413-528-3394). . . . Since his complete recovery from a near-fatal bout with Hepatitis C, Alejandro Escovedo has been plenty busy—this Wednesday, he’ll perform with a string quintet(!) at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass., in support of his 2006 record The Boxing Mirror; another legendary singer-songwriter shares the bill: Mark Mulcahy (7 PM, $25, 413-584-0610).


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