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Murder by Death

Valentine’s, Friday

No, Valentine’s is not hosting a re-creation of the 1976 film by the same name, but rather a band described as gothic-country. And no, that isn’t a typo. Murder by Death have a predilection for the melodramatic: On Who Will Survive and What Will Become of Them?, the Indiana foursome re-create through narrative the haunting sounds of a Mexican town beseiged by the devil and the war that ensues; In Bocca al Lupo (which roughly translates to “In the mouth of the wolf”) features songs with thematic undertones of sin, punishment and redemption, with each track said to be a story of people facing their own level of hell, inspired by Dante’s Inferno. Vocalist Adam Turla describes his band’s sound as “American noir,” and the prominently featured cello backs up that claim nicely. (Oct. 26, 8 PM, Valentine’s, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Kill Henry Sugar

Muddy Cup, Friday

Drum-and-dobro duo Erik Della Penna and Dean Sharenow are musical storytellers whose music smacks you in the face with startlingly honest lyrics countering the mellow tones. It feels a bit twangy at first, even a little bit country, but the music fits the words in organic and pleasing ways. If you can’t appreciate their eclectic, innovative sound, then you can at least get a laugh out of “In Albany”: “Over time in Albany the public trust began to rust/At least it’s not Schenectady that’s gone beyond repair.” Yeah, they’re real like that. (Oct. 26, 9 PM, $5, 1038 Madison Ave., Albany, 458-6120)

Dennis DeYoung

Proctor’s Theatre, Friday

Come sail away, come sail away, come and sail away with meeeee! The most recognizable of Styx vocalists, Dennis DeYoung, will perform the music of his former band this Friday night at Proctor’s, and we’re totally tickled—not only do we get to hear such karaoke standards as “Babe” and the aforequoted “Come Sail Away,” but all promotional materials point to the fact that “Mr. Roboto” is given star treatment. Funny, because despite being the band’s most popular song, it’s also their most reviled. So, on the upside, you get the theatrical side of Styx, which is how DeYoung always liked it; on the downside, no Tommy Shaw songs. (Oct. 26, 8 PM, $30-40, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Robbie Fulks

Robbie Fulks

WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Saturday

Twenty-odd years into his career, country-music outsider Robbie Fulks has dropped his first live CD . . . sort of. Revenge! is a two-disc set, one half culled from live performances recorded in Champaign, Ill., last fall, the other half consisting of brand-new studio recordings. In typical buck-the-system fashion, Fulks integrates the studio and live recordings, but you’d never know it, as the live audience is grafted onto the end of most of the tracks. The result is a rollicking good time, with Fulks putting some of his best and brightest material in front of a kick-ass live band. This Saturday, Fulks brings his trademark wit to Central Avenue—on his Web site, he claims the night will be an “All-Star Tribute to Linda Norris.” Ha. (Oct. 27, 8 PM, $20, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4)



Monster in the Machine, the Vincent Black Shadow

Revolution Hall, Tuesday

Got 10 bucks left over after paying for that spray paint, eggs, and toilet paper? Why not toss on a costume and cavort with your fellow hooligans at Revolution Hall? Fresh off this summer’s Warped Tour, Vancouver’s Vincent Black Shadow continue to build their fan base with catchy and original pop-punk songs like “Control” and the Fuse TV favorite, Metro.” Monster in the Machine delve into many darker issues (the death of the environment, religious contradictions, etc.) on their first album, Pinned Butterfly, which was released this summer on Korn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer’s Emotional Syphon label. Their diverse sound that has been compared to David Bowie and Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles. This Halloween-themed show, presented by WEQX 102.7 FM, features all that, plus a costume contest to boot. Happy Devil’s Night. (Oct. 30, 8 PM, $10, 425 River Street, Troy, NY, 274-0553)


Northern Lights, tuesday

Not many people have ever accused Down lead singer Phil Anselmo of being a classy fella (there’s that whole white power thing), of being a clean-living sort of guy, or for even having much of a singing voice. But what Anselmo lacks in other areas, he makes up for in knowing how to surround himself with extremely talented musicians. And while Down—his Southern, swamp-soul project—has not brought him nearly as much recognition as his work with Pantera once did, the fact that the project brings together members of such metal greats as Eyehategod, Crowbar, and Corrosion of Conformity, and mixes up their musicality into one bayou-stomping brew, makes it all worthwhile. We look forward to the show tonight (Thursday) so much we think we might even shout a thank you to Phil, and that’s saying something because normally we just want to slap him. (Oct. 30, 7 PM, $20, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Also Noted

South Carolina-based hard rockers Deepfield open for alt-metal heavies Puddle of Mudd and Saliva tonight (Thursday) at Northern Lights (7 PM, $25, 371-0012). . . . Also tonight, country-music singer Clint Black sings country music at Proctor’s Theatre (8 PM, $30-$55, 346-6204). . . . At Ballinger’s in downtown Albany tomorrow (Friday), catch a free acoustic set by much-hyped San Diego act Louis XIV (9:30 PM, free, 598-1800). . . . Farmer Jason, aka Jason Ringenberg, returns to the WAMC Performing Arts Studio for another free family performance on Friday morning (11 AM, free, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . Wynton Marsalis Septet alumnus Wycliff Gordon performs Friday as part of the A Place For Jazz series at the First Unitarian Society in Schenectady (8 PM, $15, 346-8518). . . . TV/TV, an energetic, New York-based rock group with a sound reminiscent of the Killers and Jet, play the Albany College of Pharmacy on Friday (7:30 PM, free for students, 445-7221). . . . Folk-music traveler John McCutcheon plays for the Old Songs concert series at the Voorheesvile Performing Arts Center (Voorheesville High School) on Friday (8 PM, $20, $10 students, $5 children, 765-2815). . . . The Kamikaze Hearts claim that their Saturday-night stand at Red Square will be their last area performance until next spring (9 PM, $7, 465-0444). . . . Get blue when the Blue Man Group bring their How to Be a Megastar 2.1 tour to the Times Union Center Sunday night (7:30 PM, $56-$86, 800-30-EVENT). . . . This month’s installment of The Rev Records’ Revealed features sets by Matt McWatters and politically charged locals Cultural Relativity, plus, in the spirit of the season, a costume contest (8 PM, no cover, 463-9779).

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