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Jadakiss

Sneaky Pete’s, Friday

Jadakiss just got signed to Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella record label, and he’s celebrating with a signing party at the recently reopened Sneaky Pete’s. We’re not sure if he’ll actually perform—DJ Iroc also will be on hand to bring the tuneage—but we figure there’s a reasonable chance the rapper will grab the mic for a few tracks. The Yonkers native started his career as a battle rapper with Bad Boy Entertainment act the LOX; since then, Jadakiss’ career has been punctuated by controversy, rap feuds, and numerous label hops. Over the years, Jada has been at odds with the likes of Beanie Siegel, Ras Kaas, 50 Cent, that Puffy-Daddy-Diddy guy, new boss Jay-Z—even high-rollin’ MC Bill O’Reilly, who condemned him for claiming that President Bush “knocked down the towers” in the single, “Why?” In other words, don’t piss off Jadakiss or you’re getting a diss track. (Nov 23, 10 PM, $10, 711 Central Ave., Albany, 489-0000)

Roomful of Blues, Ernie Williams

Colonial Theater, Friday

Roomful of Blues were formed in 1967, and Ernie Williams picked up his first six-string back in the 1930s, so if our math is right, this is your chance to experience a collective century’s worth of experience on one stage. Although Roomful of Blues have gone through some 40-plus members since their inception, the ebb-and-flow of this octet has produced a legacy rich in horns and specializing in jump blues, yet still knowing when to play it cool. Meanwhile, the charismatic Williams is a fixture of the Albany blues community; the 80-something bluesman has released six albums to date and continues to be a favorite regionally and nationally, having played the House of Blues in Boston and Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. (Nov. 23, 8 PM, $25-$35, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., 413-997-4444)

The Felice Brothers

Bearsville Theater, Friday

Hudson Valley-based quartet the Felice Brothers have been described as “dirtbags capturing lightning and spinning it into harvest gold.” “Dirtbag” is, of course, used here in a loving sense, as the group’s whole aesthetic is more or less centered on their being a ragtag bunch of woods-town misfits. The brothers—Ian, Simone and James (plus bassist Christmas, whom they supposedly adopted in as “blood brother”)—permanently look as if they’ve just woken up, travel together in a 1987 “short bus,” and play music that is at once old-timey and absolutely modern. Think of it as music for the next big depression. They recently released their vinyl (the kind you play music on) debut Tonight at the Arizona, and just wrapped a U.S. tour with Bright Eyes, and now they’re coming home to Woodstock. Give ’em a hug for us, and maybe lend them your shower, too. (Nov. 23, 8 PM, $15, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, 845-679-4406)


Eilen Jewell

Eilen Jewell

Club Helsinki, Saturday

First, we should point out that it’s not a typo up there—her name is pronounced EE-len. Second, we gotta give a shout out to the current strain of straight-faced western-swing revivalists: Y’all are making it hard for us to figure out what year it is, not to mention making it tough just to leave the bar. This weekend, those who enjoy of the sound of a well-played fiddle and a sultry female vocalist singing about drinking and hard times should find their way to Great Barrington for a set from Boston-based singer Eilen Jewell and her band. With her new album, Letters From Sinners and Strangers, Jewell has taken on a rigorous international touring schedule, and appears poised to join the upper echelon of the Americana circuit. Now would be a good time to catch her in the relatively small confines of Club Helsinki. (Nov. 24, 9 PM, $12, 284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-3394)

 

Pulling Teeth

Valentine’s, Wednesday

We’re all for truth in advertising, so Baltimore-based metallurgists Pulling Teeth are our kind of band. Their very name is indicative of their style of hardcore thrash, although it’s an old-school kind of thrash—if we were to apply a similar brand name to many of the current bands in the hardcore and metal genres, it would be something more like “Having Gnads Crushed.” Pulling Teeth also have a song called “Dead Is Dead,” which appeals to our matter-of-fact worldview. We’re a little disappointed, as we first thought it was a reworking of “Bad Is Bad,” our favorite Huey Lewis and the News song, but it rocks pretty hard in its own right. (And, OK, you got us—that’s our second favorite Huey Lewis song. “If This Is It,” anyone?) Oh yeah. Pulling Teeth play Valentine’s this Wednesday with Frightener, D.I.E., and Infidels. (Nov. 28, 6:30 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)


Also Noted

Five Alpha Beatdown

Black Friday is typically a big drinking holiday, and with the nightlife comes a full slate of live music. In addition to the shows mentioned above, we give you the following options: Ozzy fans can lap up the sounds of tribute act Believer at Northern Lights (7 PM, $10, 371-0012); Red Square has a packed bill featuring Upon Arrival, Ophelia Smiles, Mike Lawrence and Portland, Ore.’s The Lives of Famous Men (8 PM, $6, 465-0444); Livingston Taylor and Kate Taylor do a brother-sister show at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. (8 PM, $40, 413-528-0100); and Five Alpha Beatdown, apparently back from the dead (and from Iceland), will celebrate “White Friday” at the Lark Tavern (10 PM, $5, 463-9779). . . . Saturday, Averill Park-based metal band Reinfecta celebrate the release of their new CD at Michaels of West Sand Lake; admission includes a free copy of the CD, plus a set by guests Dead-Lift (9 PM, $10, 674-5938). . . . Buenos Tuesdays, Amigos: The one, the only, Ween play tunes from their long-awaited new album, La Cucaracha, at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, Mass., on Tuesday night (8 PM, $25, 413-584-1444).


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