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That 1 Guy, Jared Funari

Red Square, Thursday

Jared Funari and Mike Silverman (aka That 1 Guy) are singer-songwriters, but they hardly fit the image of the starving folk artist. The musicians are known on their respective coasts (That 1 Guy is based in L.A.’s Bay Area; Funari has gained popularity performing in the Capital Region) as one-man bands and for their unique shows. That 1 Guy’s solo performance revolves around one instrument: a complex rig he’s created that includes drums, a metal pipe, an electric bass, various one-stringed instruments and sound looping that allows him to play “six or seven instruments at once.” Jared Funari also has turned his love of experimentation into something refreshing: He plays the guitar, layering complicated patterns live with a Loop Station and distortion pedals; while it appears he has only an acoustic guitar onstage, the sound he creates using this technology has been described as “full, rich and explosive.” If you’re ready to bear witness to their technical innovation, head over to Red Square, where the two will join forces tonight. (Feb. 22, 9 PM, $7, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)

Red Black & Blue Festival featuring Sevendust and Killswitch Engage

Glens Falls Civic Center, Thursday

Listen, don’t worry about Sevendust and Killswitch Engage, the pair of bands who are coheadlining the Red Black & Blue fest. Yeah, you heard us right. We know you’ve seen them both a bazillion times. Killswitch, of course, are from the burly wilderness across our border to the east (also known as Massachusetts), and Sevendust. . . . Well, Sevendust will never, ever stop touring the finer venues in upstate New York. What you need to be concerned about is getting through opener Dragonforce. Seeing the crazy power-metal Brits blaze holes in their guitars and keyboards with their virtuoso playing will be, we’re thinking, worth the price of admission alone. We hear they like to drink, and we know they like to commit trashicide with their magical metal powers (and sometimes they summon firebreathing beasties). So, if you survive Dragonforce’s set, you can just consider yourself lucky. Killswitch and Sevendust will just be icing on the cake. (Feb.22, 7 PM, $30, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, 798-0366)

The Ataris, Asobi Seksu, Wax on Radio

Northern Lights, Friday

A trio of bands will bring the party-time rock fun to Clifton Park Friday night. Kristopher Roe and his shifting array of collaborators, better known as the Ataris, have been doing this rock thing for a decade. They’ve tasted their share of mainstream, major-label successes (“The Saddest Song,” a cover of “The Boys of Summer”), but are now doing their own thing, with their own label through Sanctuary Records. Brooklyn’s Asobi Seksu (Japanese slang for “playful sex”) are touring on their acclaimed second album, Citrus, a dreamscapy, quasi-psychedelic pop-rock delight. If that’s not cool enough for you, they sing in both English and Japanese. Chicago’s Wax on Radio like to highlight what they’re not: They’re not emo, nü metal, or hardcore. So, we’re guessing they play pop-inflected, traditional rock & roll. (Feb. 23, 7 PM, $12, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)


Iron Horse Music Hall, Saturday

The Iron Horse Music Hall, one of Western Massachusetts’ most popular music venues, celebrates its 28th anniversary this weekend with a show that will likely play to the room’s many strengths. Simultaneously, Northampton’s own Winterpills will celebrate the release of their second album, The Light Divides (Signature Sounds). The band, led by singer-songwriter Philip Price, tap into the same vein of moody pop as cult heroes like Elliott Smith and Aimee Mann; and on the new album’s propellant lead single, “The Broken Arm,” they’ve already improved on the promise of their 2005 debut by embracing the darkness—and dropping a few F-bombs. Nice. Now go see if you can party twice as hard at Saturday’s event. Mark Schwaber opens. (Feb. 24, 7 PM, $13, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610)



Lark Tavern, Tuesday

Like mosquitoes to a bug zapper, Capital Region live-music gleaners flocked to English rock band Mohair last fall when they made their regional debut with a pair of shows—one at the Lark Tavern and then, the next day, one at Lark Fest. We’re pretty lucky to get Mohair for this Tuesday-night performance, since the reason they’re in the states in the first place is because they’re on a mostly sold-out tour with U.K. stars Razorlight. Mohair recently were awarded a place on The Sunday Times (London) Top 40 Songs of 2006 with their single “Talk of the Town.” As Michael Krugman of Rolling Stone said, “Those boys rock.” Singer-songwriter (and Metroland scribe) John Brodeur will open the show with an acoustic set. (Feb. 27, 9 PM, $3, 453 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-9779)



Also Noted
William Elliott Whitmore

It’s a best-named-band contest at Valentine’s tonight (Thursday) when Bearrorism, Shit Fucking Ass Demons, and Beware! The Other Head of Science battle to the death—and play live music (7:30 PM, $5, 432-6572) . . . . New Riders of the Purple Sage: Neither new, nor riding sage of any color. Discuss—or, find out for yourself when the venerable country-rock band play the Egg tonight (7:30 PM, $24, 473-1845). . . . Also tonight, hear the Delta-defined tones of William Elliott Whitmore and Back Yard Tire Fire at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass.; Fancy Trash will open the show (8:30 PM, $11, 413-584-0610). . . . Rolla, featuring Fuzz from Deep Banana Blackout, will headline a Keller Williams after-party at Valentine’s tomorrow (Friday); the Cooper Union and Hot Cousin are also on the bill, and clubgoers get a $2 discount with a ticket stub from the Williams show (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Party, retro-style, with Slick Fitty at the Elbo Room this Saturday (10 PM, $5, 257-7300). . . . Too drunk to fuck? Sleep it off, because one-time Dead Kennedy and full-time windbag Jello Biafra will perform an evening of spoken word at the Iron Horse on Monday night (7 PM, $14, 413-584-0610).

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