Sure. We’ll wait for you to do the inevitable double-take
. . . and triple-take. OK, now read it again. No, you haven’t
quantum-leapt back to 1997, but tomorrow (Friday) at Valentine’s,
you can get a taste of what made the late ’90s a golden age
for the Albany music scene. Super 400, of course, are among
our area’s best-loved acts, thanks to their lean, classic-tinged
rock sound. Joining them will be onetime alt-rock heroes Lughead,
back for a reunion stint after an eight-or-so-year hiatus.
We hear the Super 400 cats were instrumental in convincing
the Lugheads to give it another go, making this show something
of a mutual admiration society. Get it while you can, as we
also hear that this may be the end of Lughead’s brief second
reign. (Aug. 3, 9 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany,
Dozen Brass Band
How many horn players can you fit on the Club Helsinki stage?
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will help answer that question
on Friday when they drop by in support of last year’s critically
acclaimed What’s Going On, a song-for-song reinvention
of the socially conscious 1971 Marvin Gaye classic album.
The legendary New Orleans-based group fashioned the album
as a comment on the loss of much of their beloved hometown
to Hurricane Katrina—and as an opportunity to work with guests
like Chuck D., Bettye LaVette, G. Love, Ivan Neville and Guru.
While none of those big names will be on hand, don’t expect
the show to be without its highlights— the Dirty Dozen are
renowned for their audience-invigorating potential. (Aug.
3, 9 PM, $25, 284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-3394)
While attending a show at Red Square recently, we were accosted
by a very drunk, very earnest Rusted Root fan who implored
us to pay attention to the music playing over the house stereo.
“They’ve been my favorite band for 12 years!” she exclaimed.
We were dumbfounded by the statement—if we still had the same
favorite band as we did 12 years ago, you’d probably say “Porno
for Pyros are still around?” But she made an impression, and
so we paid attention, and damned if we didn’t hear some darn
good tunes. The guy responsible for those darn good songs,
Rusted Root nucleus Michael Glabicki, makes a solo stop at
Red Square this Saturday. (Aug. 4, 9 PM, $10, 388 Broadway,
Krauss and Union Station
Union Center, Saturday
Alison Krauss and Union Station have been blending country
crooning and bluegrass beats into their own karmic wave since
1989. An acclaimed solo artist in the industry, Krauss has
20 Grammy wins under her belt, a slew of which came from her
collaborative works with Union Station. The band’s national
tour continues into Albany on Saturday. Dobro aficionado Jerry
Douglas has been a member of the band since 1998; Krauss deemed
herself worthy of praise from us when she chose to lend her
pipes to the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack with
“Down to the River to Pray.” (August 4, 8 PM, $39.50-$59.50,
Times Union Center, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany. 800-303-8368)
the Buried and Me
wave polka grunge.” That is how members of Between the Buried
and Me describe their forthcoming fourth album, Colors.
As anyone who knows these manic metal-prog-heads can tell
you, you shouldn’t assume anything about the band’s next release
except that it will be heavy. Brutally heavy. Of course, in
the middle of all that heavy their might be some crooning,
a dance break, a nod to Frank Zappa, or the most beautiful
guitar solo you have ever heard. And those surprises are what
make this visit from BTBAM so welcome, as they are playing
only a short tour before the release of Colors this
fall. So the Capital Region should get an early peek at what
the mad scientists of metal have been brewing in their laboratory.
Along for the ride will be always-demanding and destructive
Massachusetts-based band the Red Chord, Denver’s grindmasters
Cephalic Carnage, and Canada’s dealers of dissonance the End.
(Aug.5, 7 PM, $14, 425 River Street, Troy, 274-0553)
Performing Arts Center, Tuesday
SPAC will play home to an other daylong, multi-stage music
festival this week, as the Korn-led Family Values Tour touches
down in conjunction with Channel 103.1 FM’s Big Day Out festival.
Joining the nü-metal godfathers for this go-’round are a gaggle
of single-named acts, including Flyleaf, Hellyeah, Trivium,
and the much-loved Atreyu—oh, and multiplatinum cash cow Evanescence,
who are surely the broadest draw of this tour, and the most
out-of-place act on the bill. We can think of no other reason
for their placement here than the inevitable re-creation of
that MTV Unplugged version of “Freak on a Leash,” which,
come to think of it, we actually kinda liked. We’ll see you
there. (Aug. 7, 3 PM, $15.99-$65.50, Saratoga Spa State
Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-3330)
your horns in the air! Wait, not those horns!
Beginnings, a tribute to the horn-fueled
rock-fusion first era of the band Chicago, will
headline today (Thursday) evening’s Alive at Five;
Mingo Fishtrap will open (5 PM, free, 434-2032).
. . . Iranian-born singer Haale, whose three
regional shows topped critic Paul Rapp’s Best of
2006 list, is a late addition to the Red Square
schedule; experience her “psychedelic Sufi trance
rock” tomorrow (Friday) night (9 PM, $7, 465-0444).
. . . Bluegrass and acoustic-music fans should make
a path to Freehold this weekend for the Bluegrass
in Greenville festival; among the scheduled acts
are Canadian singer and fiddle-player April Verch,
sibling-fronted traditional bluegrass group Casey
and Chris and the Two-Stringers, and North Carolina’s
Kickin Grass Band (Aug. 3-5, prices vary,
freeholdaviation.com). . . . Patty Larkin
performs at the Taconic Hills Performing Arts Center,
on Taconic Hills Central School Campus in Craryville,
on Saturday (7:30 PM, $20, $18 students, 325-0447).
. . . It’s that time again: The Allman Brothers
Band are at SPAC for their yearly jam this Sunday;
the North Mississippi All-Stars and J.J.
Grey & Mofro open (5 PM, $20-$49.50, 587-3330).
. . . Altercation magazine founder and stand-up
comic JT Habersaat will lead an evening of
punk rock and comedy this Wednesday at Valentine’s;
joining him will be fellow comic Chris Cubas,
Misfits tribute band Horror Business, and
area punkers Plastic Jesus (7 PM, $5, 432-6572).