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The Casualties, A Global Threat

Valentine’s, Thursday

Get ready for an overdose of spikes, Mohawks, leather jackets, torn jeans and a whole lot of oi this Thursday, because that’s what NYC’s the Casualties are gonna dump all over the floor at Valentine’s. But for the Casualties it’s not just a gimmick—they are the kind of hardworking, brotherly street punks you’ve only read about. In fact on their home page they implore fans to help out a punk who was hit by a car and a former roadie who is in “lock up.” Y’all kiddies better be careful though: This 16-plus show is for serious punks only. Poseur punks just out of Yellowcard/My Chemical Romance training need not apply. (June 28, 7:30 PM, $12, 17 New Scotland Ave, Albany, 432-6572)

Antigone Rising

Revolution Hall, Friday

Albany used to be like a second home for New York City-area girl band Antigone Rising. (Wait, they’re going to bristle at that—we meant “all-female rock group.”) Their high-energy rock shows were a staple of the Capital Region club scene for a few years around the turn of the century. They played the Lilith Fair (holy blast from the past!), got all kinds of buzz as a Band to Watch, and caught the ear of the genius record execs at Starbucks, who made the band one of their very first over-the-counter darlings. Antigone Rising have been relatively silent since the 2005 release of From the Ground Up, but that’s because they’ve been gearing up for this summer’s Tales from Wonderland, which will be available at finer coffee retailers in late July. Check out the new sounds when they play Revolution Hall tomorrow night. (June 29, 8 PM, $18, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

Detroit Cobras

Detroit Cobras

Stray Bar, Friday

The Detroit Cobras were one of the first of the Detroit garage-rock revivalists. In fact, they were ahead of the curve by a few years—their first single came out in 1996, years before Jack and Meg White took their affectedly choppy sound to the masses. But they’ve never been just another bash-and-snarl group—their strongest assets are the soulful vocals of Rachel Nagy, and their commitment to another classic Detroit sound: vintage R&B. Their new record, Tied and True (Bloodshot), expands on their lean-and-mean sound by adding layers of auxiliary instrumentation, producing what is easily their most ambitious record to date, and possibly their best. Catch the Cobras this week in the early stages of a tour that has them on the road through September. (June 29, 10 PM, $12, 521 Warren St., Hudson, 828-7303)




Sanctuary for Independent Media, Saturday

The Sanctuary for Independent Media closes its second programming season this Saturday with what should be a trance-inducing show—in a good way, of course. Hailing from the Comoros, a minuscule series of islands in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa, Nawal brings to the area a voice and a message that are steeped in Sufi tradition. Her second self-produced album, Aman, which translates to “peace of the soul,” was released this year to much acclaim from the world-music community. She’s also an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, with skills on guitar, gambusi (a Comoran banjo-like instrument) and daf (Iranian frame drum), to name a few. Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream—to Troy—for this very special performance. (June 30, 8 PM, $10, $5 students and low-income, 3361 6th Ave., Troy, 272-2390)

Steve Forbert & the Soundbenders

WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Saturday

Reveling in the essence of middle-aged folk rock are Steve Forbert and his merry legion, the Soundbenders. Forbert is certainly no stranger to the music industry, having released his first of 20-some albums in 1978. Almost 30 years later, it’s safe to say that he’s doing OK for himself—Forbert was inducted to the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame in 2006. His latest album, Strange Names and New Sensations, came out this Tuesday, and with new songs like “Strange Names (North New Jersey’s Got ’em),” and “The Baghdad Dream,” Forbert shows that his musical talent and atypical sense of humor have aged well. The Soundbenders are a collaboration of equally talented musicians, most of who have worked with Forbert in the past. They’ll play WAMC Performing Arts Studio on Saturday, with special guest Dana Monteith. (June 30, 8 PM, $22, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4)

Peter Frampton

Turning Stone Casino and Resort, Monday

Even if he hasn’t had a chart hit in 30 years, Peter Frampton is a certified rock god. Why? Because that hit—the 1976 double live album Frampton Comes Alive!—holds a career-making place in history as one of the best-selling live records of all time. Turn on any classic-rock station in the country and you’re bound to hear one of the album’s iconic tracks, and not “Baby, I Love Your Way,” but the 14-minute-plus voice-box anthem “Do You Feel Like We Do?” The guy’s still active, touring frequently and releasing albums every few years (including last year’s Grammy-winning Fingerprints), but we still love him for the oldies—and, for shredding the Decemberists’ guitar player’s ass on The Colbert Report last December. (July 2, 8 PM, $45-$60, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona, 877-833-SHOW)

Also Noted

Richard Thompson

Hear the music of a Western swing legend when Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys play the Bearsville Theatre on Saturday (7:30 PM, $30, 845-679-4406). . . . The first-ever Mountain Music Meltdown goes down at the North Country Community College soccer field in Saranac Lake on Saturday and Sunday; acts appearing on the festival’s two stages include Doc Watson, Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, and New Riders of the Purple Sage (noon each day, $45-$80, 891-1990, . . . Richard Thompson, backed by a full band and touring to support his widely praised new Sweet Warrior LP, plays the Egg on Sunday (7:30 PM). . . . Boston-based indie-poppers Hallelujah the Hills swing into Valentine’s on Sunday, with area indie-poppers Brent Gorton and the Tender Breasts and Scientific Maps (8 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Finally, in case you’ve been in a coma for the last 38 or 39 years, you can whoop it up like nothing’s changed at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Northampton, Mass.—the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary concert features sets by Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and a bunch of other relics who have no business pretending they’re even remotely similar to the bands you remember. Just remember: brown acid = bad news (11 AM, $30, 413-584-2237).

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