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Pere Ubu

Iron Horse Music Hall, thursday

Avant garage. That is the term Pere Ubu coined to help journalists desperately looking to label the band. Since their inception in the mid-’70s following the breakup of Cleveland’s Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu have art-rocked the socks off of generations of goateed tastemakers—all without the help of genre labels, or even a consistent lineup. While the band has existed in an amorphous state in a lot of ways, their influence is palpable in the works of bands like R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails and the Pixies. Want to understand Pere Ubu? Take a tip from Joe Cushly of Mojo, who wrote, “Ubu are generally considered the missing link between the Velvets and punk.”

(April 5, 8:30 PM, $15, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610)

War Sucks! Let’s Party! Tour

Northern Lights, Thursday

With a name borrowed from a song title by headliners Anti-Flag, the War Sucks! Let’s Party! Tour rolls into Clifton Park tonight (Thursday) with more of a message than its exclamatory banner would suggest. Proceeds from the punk-rocking package benefit the African Well Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds to build and maintain wells in Africa. And with the politipunk of Anti-Flag heading things up, the audience should expect to think whilst they party down. It’s edumacational, yo. Also on tonight’s packed bill: Alexisonfire, Big D and the Kids Table, and Set Your Goals. (April 5, 7 PM, $14, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Brasil Guitar Duo

Caffe Lena, Friday

João Luiz and Douglas Lora make up the guitar duo who will take the stage at Caffe Lena tomorrow (Friday). The pair hail from São Paulo, Brasil, and have been performing together for more than a decade, bringing the sounds of their native land—like samba, maxixe and choro—to classical guitar duets. They have won top honors at international competitions and are currently gaining exposure in the United States. Accomplished Brazilian guitarist Paulo Bellinati says of the Brasil Guitar Duo: “Moving with versatility through the classical and popular universes, they show maturity, talent, and perfect technique . . . unmatched in their execution of intricate Brazilian rhythms.” (April 6, 8 PM, $15, $14, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

The Orange Reunion Show

Valentine’s, Friday

It was with heavy hearts that the Capital Region bid farewell to the Orange several years back. In a few short years, the foursome forged a bond with their audience through their clever power-pop tuneage and book-smart lyrics. And then, just like that, they were gone. Singer-guitarist Ben Karis jetted off to California to join Jupiter Sunrise (he’s since returned to the area); drummer Dan Sorensen and guitarist Frank Moscowitz turned up in a variety of local projects; and bassist Bob Buckley grew out the rest of his beard and joined the Kamikaze Hearts. But rejoice, geek-rock fans, for your time has come! The four original members of the Orange will stage a one-off reunion show tomorrow (Friday) night, with help from special guests Five Alpha Beatdown from Iceland and Brent Gorton and the Tender Breasts. (April 6, 7 PM, $7, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)


Donna the Buffalo

Donna the Buffalo

Revolution Hall, Saturday

They started out in the sticks of Tompkins County, N.Y., and after 15 years, the straw-cowboy-hat-wearing members of Donna the Buffalo still haven’t let go of their upstate (grass)roots. Their fusion of zydeco, folk, reggae, and bluegrass has made them an ultimate Americana jam band and has attracted a surprisingly huge group of fans who call themselves “the herd.” With their six studio albums and countless festival performances, the band have managed to make some fans frenzied enough to follow entire tours and to form a Donna listserv that shoots out 150 to 300 e-mails a day. Before they hit the annual cross- country festival circuit in the coming weeks, the folks in Donna the Buffalo will bring a stampede of washboards, fiddles, guitars, and accordion to Revolution Hall this Saturday. Now don’t get trampled, ya hear? (April 7, 8 PM, $18, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

 

Alex Skolnick Trio

Red Square, Tuesday

A band of rockers who grew up loving Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath and Kiss: With this musical education, the Alex Skolnick Trio would have a hard time standing out in today’s sea of clones—if it weren’t for their inventive approach to music. They took the giant drum sets, souped-up guitars, and electric bass of their heavy-metal childhood and substituted them with the less-flamboyant instruments of jazz: an archtop guitar, upright bass, and (comparatively) teeny-weeny drum set. The Alex Skolnick Trio translate metal and hard -rock hits into jazz compositions that have earned rave reviews: Downbeat magazine praised them for their “stunning reconfigurations” of rock classics and “beefy swing sets.” When they let loose, expect “occasional moments of sheer metal/avant garde intensity.” Tuesday night, the Alex Skolnick Trio will perform at Red Square. (April 10, 8 PM, $10, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)


Also Noted

Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

Your inner voyeur will thank you: Get your freak on with the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players tonight (Thursday) when they perform a free show at the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College (9 PM, free, 580-5532). . . . Tomorrow (Friday) night, downstairs at Valentine’s, it’s the 2nd Annual Pancake-a-Thon with Kitty Little, Scientific Maps, Bell County Silence, Nervous Wrecks, Zahnarzt (who will release a new record at the show), the Jury, and, for a few bucks extra, pancakes—the kind you can eat (8 PM, $4, $6, 432-6572). . . . Get in car go drive: Talking Heads-biting indie heroes Clap Your Hands Say Yeah play Pearl Street in Northampton, Mass., this Wednesday, in support of their recent, self-released second album Some Loud Thunder; Elvis Perkins in Dearland will open (8:30 PM, $22, 413-584-7771). . . . Also Wednesday, the return of Casiotone for the Pain fully Alone at Valentine’s along with Boston band Drug Rug and the Capital Region’s own Gay Tastee (8 PM, $5, 432-6572).

 


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