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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Times Union Center, Thursday

There’s some big show happen-ing tonight (Thursday) in downtown Albany. Perhaps you’ve already have noticed the traffic? And all the New Jersey license plates? Turns out this Springsteen guy is pretty popular. We hear his latest album, Magic, is actually his 15th studio record, and that he had a whole bunch of hits back in the 1980s. So who, exactly, is Bruce Springsteen, and if he’s so darn talented, what is he doing playing with a bunch of dudes he found on the street? OK, we’re being facetious—that great drummer from Late Night With Conan O’Brien is in the band, so this guy must be good! Unfortunately we’ll all have to judge from the parking garage, as tickets have long since evaporated. (Nov. 15, 7:30 PM, sold out, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 800-30-EVENT)



Club Helsinki, Friday

When he passed away during a performance in Paris on July 3, 1999, Mark Sandman took with him a fine and considerable body of work, most notably that of the trio with whom he was performing that night: Morphine. They were known for a slinky, sleazy sound, an unusual mix of two-string slide bass guitar, baritone sax and drums; and their music was simply cool as shit. Morphine’s patented “low rock” sound is again called to mind with A.K.A.C.O.D. (or, A.K.A. Colley, Ortiz and Dersch), as the trio find Morphine/Twinemen saxophonist Dana Colley hanging with the vocals and (no shit!) slide bass guitar of Monique Ortiz and drummer Larry Dersch to produce a slinky, sleazy sound, with a touch of Sabbath-y stiomp. A.K.A.C.O.D., too, are cool as shit. (Nov. 16, 9 PM, $12, 284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-3394)

Jim Gaudet CD Release

WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Saturday

Jim Gaudet is back—and we didn’t even realize he left! But the Albany-based songwriter and storyteller has a habit of disappearing: Gaudet first disappeared after the disbanding of the Lost Country Rounders, an old-timey band with which he used to sling a mandolin and guitar. Gaudet disappeared again after a stint as a singer-songwriter on New York City-based folk label 1-800 Prime CD, that started in the late ’80s and produced several albums including It’s a Colorful Life and the critically acclaimed 1999 release Give Up the Ghost. Now, Gaudet has resurfaced yet again with an anticipated and aptly named new release, Recalling It Quits. The album combines Gaudet’s folk background with his wry humor, wordcraft, and storytelling abilities to create a new and original slice of classic Americana. Check him out before he disappears again. (Nov. 17, 8 PM, $10, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4)

Dark Star Orchestra

The Egg, Tuesday

They’re not a cover band. They don’t like the ‘tribute band’ label either. See, Dark Star Orchestra strive to honor the Grateful Dead and deadheads by actually reincarnating entire set lists of original Dead shows. They perform not with the stress on formulaic precision, but instead seek to recapture the look, spirit and context of the original show. DSO recently released a three-CD live recording of their re-creation of the historic Dead show at Cornell University on May 8, 1977, performed in Ithaca on the show’s 30th anniversary. Currently in the midst of a 10th Anniversary tour, Dark Star Orchestra have played more than 1,500 shows in a decade of raising the dead and have even shared the stage with five original members of the Grateful Dead. Said Bob Weir to Rolling Stone in 2002: “[It’s] kind of like looking in a mirror, but not really.” (Nov. 20, 8 PM, $28, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Tegan and Sara

Calvin Theatre, Tuesday

Well that seals it. The Con, the la test disc from Tegan and Sara, completes the Canadian identical-twin- sisters-and-oh-hey-they’re-also- lesbians-but-not-with-each-other-that-would-be-sick act’s transformation into a mighty indie-pop force. The album gracefully weaves the acoustic guitars and burbling synthesizers that helped them break big (and get covered by the White Stripes) with last album, So Jealous, with stronger songwriting chops than the Quin sisters have put to disc up until now. They’re playing to packed houses all over the place with this current tour, so if you’re down to bop around to some quirky pop tunes, and enjoy some of the signature Tegan and Sara good humor, get thee to Northampton this Tuesday. Northern State will open the show. (Nov. 20, 8 PM, $25, 19 King St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-1444)

Also Noted

Because he can: Ernie Williams and His Band will perform at the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center at the University at Albany tonight (Thursday, 7 PM, $8, $4 students, 442-3997). . . . Because they got high: Kottonmouth Kings will break off a piece of their stash at Northern Lights tonight, with Big B and the Dirtball opening (7 PM, $17, 371-0012). . . . It’s a big folking Friday, folks: “Old dog” Bill Staines plays Mother’s Coffeehouse at RPI (8 PM, 276-8585); Arlo Guthrie stages his Solo Reunion Tour at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. (8 PM, $25-$55, 413-997-4444); and the Visitors kicks off at Old Songs—it’s a production that showcases the history and music of the Adirondacks, with performances by Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn and many others, and it continues through Saturday (8 PM, $20, $5 children 12 and under, 765-2815). . . . Another special program on Saturday, this one at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall: Songs of the Spirit, a “musical celebration of unity among diverse faiths and cultures,” features Hugh Masekela, Odetta, Craig Harris, Haale and more (8 PM, $20-$40, 273-0038). . . . Ska-punkers Streetlight Manifesto hit Revolution Hall Saturday in support of their new Somewhere in the Between disc; Suburban Legends and the Stitch Up open (7:30 PM, $15, 274-0553). . . . The Cringe, a band being oh-so-subtly marketed as featuring Rachael Ray’s husband (if you’ve got it, flaunt it?), will head up a bill at Northern Lights Sunday that includes the Sense Offenders, Sirsy, and Phoebe Henry (7 PM, $10, 371-0012). . . . Snicker, snicker: Baltimore’s DJ Tittsworth wrecks the decks at Revolution Hall on Monday, with a support staff that includes a whole bunch of area DJs and video performance artists (8 PM, $8, $5 with college ID, 274-0553).

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