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Walter Salas-Humara, Anders Parker

Valentine’s, Thursday

To folks in the know, names like Walter Salas-Humara and Anders Parker are not to be scoffed at. Salas-Humara has been making music for 20 years, both on his own and as frontman for the Silos, the act named “Best New American Band” in 1987 by the Rolling Stone Critics Poll. While their music seemed a bit out of place when the ’90s rolled in, in retrospect it holds up as one of the founding sounds of the alt-country movement. Touring with Salas-Humara is Parker, who grew up on an old farm in the Hudson Valley, and went on to be the core of such regionally beloved bands as Varnaline and Space Needle before releasing a couple well-received solo records in the last few years. Can you say Americana, anyone? (Oct. 11, 8 PM, $8, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Loudon Wainwright III, Leon Redbone

The Egg, Saturday

Two of American music’s most recognizable anti-stars will share the Egg stage this weekend. Granted, when we say “share” we really mean “play music separately in consecutive order,” but hey, it’s a figure of speech. Anyway, you already know what you need to know about these stalwart performers: aka Frosty the Snowman, Redbone is the guy with the white suit, dark glasses and ever-present moustache, whose musical gamut runs from about 1918 to 1941; Wainwright is best known these days for his fabulously famous offspring (call us anytime, Rufus!), but his nearly 40-year career happens to include more than a few near-hits, and more recently, the soundtrack (co-written with Joe Henry) from the mega-hit film Knocked Up. We don’t hesitate to call this show the bargain of the week. (Oct. 13, 7:30 PM, $28, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Amy Grant

Glens Falls Civic Center, Saturday

Long before there was “praise” music and Christian-rock radio, Amy Grant was getting her faith-based songs to the fans. In the 1980s, she was the first Christian singer-songwriter to have a platinum-selling album; in the 1990s she crossed over with the catchy smash “Baby Baby.” (Ha ha! Now you’re going to have those 1990s synth-pop sounds in your head all day.) Before you could say “Praise the Lord,” Grant had racked up 25 million in album sales, plus six Grammy awards. More recently, Grant has released a couple of straight-up gospel albums, including the 2006 award-winner Rock of Ages . . . Hymns of Faith. For this gala performance Saturday night, Grant will be accompanied by the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, conducted by her musical director, David Hamilton. And there’s a special “meet and greet” after-show package for $150. (Oct. 13, 8 PM, $32.50-$57.50, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, 798-0202)

Carolyn Mark

Valentine’s, Saturday

If you like your singer-songwriters as dry as a martini and with twice the kick, then Carolyn Mark is the woman for you. Her songs are sharp and funny (when they need to be); her singing has the kind of old-school oomph that brings Loretta and Dolly to mind. She’s touring in support of her new disc, the just-released Nothing Is Free, and is coming to Valentine’s to grace one of those Americana nights with Albany’s own Grainbelt. Don’t take our word for how great she is; visit her Web site and have a listen. And while you’re there, check out her tasty recipes—yup, she’s written a couple of cookbooks too. Mark even suggests music appropriate for each dish: Miss Sylvia’s Salad reportedly goes well with Beck or Alice Donut, while El Toro’s Macaroni and Cheese cries out for the Village People or the Hairspray soundtrack. (Oct. 13, 9 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)


Type o Negative

Type O Negative

Northern Lights, Sunday

Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele is notorious for being in two places: jail, and the pages of Playgirl magazine. While less intimidating singers would be made fun of for such things, Steele is a gargantuan man, with guns like a body builder, a menacing black mane, and a voice like Satan’s; only crazy folks would dare make fun of him. Thankfully, Steele has a strong sense of humor, as evidenced in his Beatles-influenced goth dirges like “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend.” So Type O’s long-awaited return should be a fun—and gloomy—affair. Albany’s own resident goth kids the Clay People will open. Bring your fishnets, kiddies! (Oct. 14, 8 PM, $20, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Crosby and Nash

Proctor’s Theatre, Sunday

Yes, that Crosby and Nash; the ones who occasionally pal around with Stills and Young. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and good old-fashioned hippies David Crosby and Graham Nash have been performing together in various incarnations for nearly 40 years; and, while the rest of you sold out, cut your hair and bought SUVs, they’ve clung to the ideals of the generation they once gave voice to. Through alcoholism, infighting, a liver transplant, sperm donation, and the ’80s, Crosby and Nash remained great friends, and they’ve continued to produce songs with the strong songwriting and harmonies that defined their sound. The biodiesel minibus of love pulls into Proctor’s on Sunday. (Oct. 14, 8 PM, $20-$50, 432 State Street, Schenectady, 346-6204)


Also Noted
Red Haired Strangers

In case you missed the Zappa-related lovefest in last week’s Live section, you can hear the late composer’s music brought to life tonight (Thursday) at Revolution Hall, when Project/Object, featuring former Zappa vocalist-saxophonist Napoleon Murphy Brock, take the stage (8 PM, $20, 274-0553). . . . You’ve heard our writers rave about her; now catch evocative Iranian-American vocalist Haale for yourself at the Sanctuary for Independent Media tomorrow (Friday, 8 PM, $10, 272-2390). . . . Long-traveled folk-country duo and frequent A Prairie Home Companion guests Robin and Linda Williams play the WAMC Performing Arts Studio on Friday (8 PM, $23, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . Red Square hosts another Roots Music Festival this weekend, this time spanning two nights and featuring the likes of the Sidewind ers, Mike McCann Band, Courtney Blackwell and festival hosts the Red Haired Strangers (among others) on Friday; Palatypus, Dana Monteith, Slick Fitty, Wiley Dobbs and more on Saturday (7 PM, $7 each night, 465-0444). . . . Rub elbows with a legend when Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys make a rare small-club appearance at Club Helsinki on Saturday (9 PM, $65, 413-528-3394). . . . Actually, the weather’s about the same: Sao Paolo, Brazil-based post-punkers Debate play Valentine’s on Monday night, along with Athens, Ga., indie-rockers We vs. the Shark, plus locals Bell County Silence and Might (7 PM, $7, 432-6572).


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