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The Casual Fiasco

Valentine’s, Thursday

The Burlington, Vt., rock quartet known as the Casual Fiasco comprise vocalist-bassist Josh Cleaver, drummer Josh Pfiel, and vocalist-guitarists Will Read and James Reilly. These four guys have made a name for themselves making music by “blending elements of roots-rock, groove, backbeat and Americana.” Their sound makes them a bit difficult to categorize, but their influences include the Police, the Allman Brothers, Paul Simon and Talking Heads. Check ’em out when they hit up Valentine’s tonight. (Dec. 28, 9 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

For the Worst, Sgt. Slaughter, the Jury

Valentine’s, Friday

We aren’t so sure about For the Worst. According to our intrepid MySpace research, they could be a quirky young punk band from England or a gritty metal-hardcore-death-metal band from Pennsylvania. We’ll go out on a limb here and say that judging by their company, For the Worst are likely the latter, but we should note that MySpace has led us wrong before. Sgt. Slaughter, however, are much easier to pigeonhole, since their genre description on MySpace reads “Hardcore/Hardcore/Hardcore” (and, this may be unrelated, but they also have a friend named Get Fucked). Local hardcore punksters the Jury will showcase tracks off their I Hate The Future EP. Or at least we think they will, because according to MySpace, they could be the Jury from Australia, who are labeled “Hardcore/ Punk/Reggae,” or the “Rock/Indie/Punk Rock” Jury from San Diego, who describe themselves as “Hip: What grandmothers break.” (Dec. 29, 7 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Priscilla Herdman

Priscilla Herdman

Caffe Lena, Friday

Folk songstress Priscilla Herdman is a legend in folk, her debut The Water Lily marking the beginning of what’s become a 30-year-long career in music. Since Lily, she’s released family albums, children’s albums, live and collaborative albums and more. Known for her “exceptionally lush” voice, Herdman originally wanted to be a fashion designer, and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. When she graduated, she began working in fashion—and playing her guitar in coffeehouses in Greenwich Village. Guess which career stuck. Herdman and her luxurious voice will be seen and heard tomorrow night at the folk capital of the world, Caffe Lena. (Dec. 29, 8 PM, $15, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)


Trey Anastasio

Palace Theater, Friday

That former Phish frontman Trey Anastasio’s current tour and album are titled Bar 19 seems most unfortunate in light of his recent arrest in Whitehall. At the very least, it must have provided some late-night-talk-show-monologue fodder. (“Bar 19? That must be where he was hanging out before he got into the car! Ba-dum bum!”) But seriously, the dude’s in some big shit—he’s facing a bunch of charges, including DWI-drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance. We’re guessing he’ll be on his best behavior when he brings his act to the Palace this weekend; fans, please be on yours: No throwing drugs on the stage! (Dec. 29, 7 PM, sold out, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334)

The Unband

Pearl Street Nightclub, Sunday

The Unband are one of the most infamous bands to come out of western Massachusetts, and they’ve just exhumed their rip-roaring rock act after a four-year hiatus. To speculate on which portions of their biography are historically accurate is moot; the fact remains that the trio were probably banned from just about every club in Massachusetts, no small feat there, and they most definitely released the hilariously perfect Retarder (allegedly recorded in 1976) on the TVT label in 2000. The Unband are the subject of the new documentary film We Like to Drink, We Like to Play Rock and Roll, which succinctly summarizes the band’s M.O. We don’t know what exactly brought them back; we’re just happy to hear our old faves “(Sure Do Feel Like a) Piece of Shit” and “Cocaine Whore” one more time. The Stone Coyotes and Hot Black open. (Dec. 31, 8:30 PM, $10, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-7771)

Also Noted
Slick Fitty

Roll into another holiday weekend with the classic rockabilly sounds of Slick Fitty, tomorrow (Friday) at Tess’ Lark Tavern (10 PM, $5, 463-9779). . . . Classic-rock radio station the Bone presents its holiday party at Northern Lights on Saturday; among the acts scheduled to perform are the Lone Peaches, Erin Harkes and the Rebound, and Green Hill Tribe (7:30 PM, $12, 371-0012). . . . Area comedy- rocker Brother T is holding his own holiday party—the holiday, of course, being his birthday—at Valentine’s on Saturday, with performances by PhillipsHead, Corn Bred, Feff, Society High and Rastorum (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . What are you doing New Year’s Eve? If you’re in the mood for something a bit less family-oriented than the major celebrations—meaning, if you want alcohol—try these: party-rock act Skadee will hold court at Red Square on Sunday (10 PM, call for price, 274-0553); Wreckloose jam their way into the new year at Valentine’s, with Brandan Hackett and Jerry Carefello opening (432-6572); and former Frank Zappa sideman Ike Fisher and his band Project/Object play the music of Zappa in the clubroom at Pearl Street in Northampton, Mass. (8:30 PM, $30, 413-584-7771).

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