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Thirteenth Assembly

Sanctuary for Independent Media, Saturday

This touring collective is composed of four emerging New York musicians, organized into four shifting ensembles. In this particular incarnation of the Thirteenth Assembly, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone, Taylor Ho Pynum and Tomas Fujiwara will join together to create a new quartet, the Thirteen Four, then remix into a pair of duos and one trio, all musically distinct. Each ensemble will perform a 30-minute set, exploring a variety of musical styles and original compositions. The group describe themselves as “styled somewhere between the classic R&B-soul revues of the ’60s and a post-modern traveling circus.” We doubt there will be a high-wire duet by Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight, but it’s definitely piqued our curiosity. (Dec. 1, 8 PM, 3361 6th Ave., Troy, $10, 272-2390, info@the

Brenda Lee

Proctors Theater, Sunday

American pop and country & west ern icon Brenda Lee, known for her signature song “I’m Sorry” and the perennial radio hits such as “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” will grace the Proctors stage for an evening of holiday music. Lee celebrates more than 50 years in the recording industry and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. While she may be best known for Christmas standards featuring her distinctive voice, the prolific Lee continues to produce gospel albums and was one of the first female idols, achieving huge popularity with a long string of hits. Dr. Elmo, the comedic songwriter who penned the seasonal hit “Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer,” will open. (Dec. 2, 4 PM, $45.75, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God

Washington Avenue Armory, Sunday

Mall-metal will have its way with downtown Albany this Sunday evening. In what is sure to be a spectacular near-arena-metal moment, Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage will bring their heavy-as-lead riffs and machine-gun double-bass drumming down upon those brave enough to show up. It seems likely that both popular metal machines will be hunkering down to record new material soon, so this may be a good chance to catch KSE and LOG before they shutter themselves away in the studios. For your convenience, we provide you the following checklist: Metal horns? Check. Torn Pantera shirt? Check. Poorly trimmed goatee? Check. Willingness to try to hit the high and low notes of the singer onstage despite your limited vocal range? Check! (Dec 2, 7 PM, $37, 195 Washington Ave., Albany, 489-0000)

Bucky Covington

Northern Lights, Wednesday

American Idol, America’s favorite way to exercise democracy, has spawned such notable losers as Clay Aiken, Bo Bice, Chris Daughtry, and of course, William Hung. Add to that list Bucky Covington. Covington and his identical twin brother, Rocky, tried out for Idol’s fifth season, and though Rocky went no further, Covington went on to place eighth in the competition. This April, Bucky capitalized on his Idol fame and released his self-titled debut album, which hit No. 1 on the U.S. country charts and sold as many copies as the entire William Hung catalog. Now Covington, with Rocky on drums, is on tour with Jason Michael Carroll and Cole Diggs. Expect lots of country—and lots of flowing, luxurious blond hair—at this, the Christmas event sponsored by area country station WGNA. (Dec 5, 7 PM, $19, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

George Winston

George Winston

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Wednesday

Like a gentle autumn breeze, the music of George Winston is calming and welcome. The famed pianist, best known for his series of albums named for seasons, comes to town this week with a long and respectable career in tow. His most recent release, 2006’s Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions—A Hurricane Relief Benefit, is a collection of New Orleans-inspired music, with Winston slipping into smooth-R&B mode on both his original compositions and tunes by Dr. John, Henry Butler and James Booker; sales of the CD benefit those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Prior to that, he took on a whole different kind of storm with Night Divides the Day—The Music of the Doors, giving Doors fans a chance to hear new interpretations of the classic tunes, minus the bad poetry. (Dec. 5, 8 PM, $30, 30 2nd St., Troy, 273-0038)



Also Noted

Elizabeth Cook

’Tis the season: The Kingston Trio bring their holiday show to the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., tonight (Thursday), and you’re invited (8 PM, $22-$40, 413-448-8084). . . . New York rockers Kill the Camera play Valentine’s tomorrow (Friday), with help from locals Upon Arrival, Standard Issue, and College for Criminals (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . The Parting Glass welcomes Elizabeth Cook, singer of alt-country hit “Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be a Woman,” on Saturday (9 PM, $12, 583-1916). . . . Sunday brings one for the kids: The Zucchini Brothers play their annual holiday show at the Egg (2 PM, $8, $6 children, 473-1845). . . . Also on Sunday, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals return to the area—for the third time in six months—for a show at Revolution Hall; Sirsy will open (7 PM, $12, 274-0553). . . . The Eric Mintel Quartet bring an evening of jazz to the Hudson Opera House on Tuesday; show up an hour early for a pre-concert discussion (8 PM, $15, 822-1438). . . . Hot Buttered Rum will bring the strings to Red Square Wednesday night (9 PM, call for price, 465-0444). . . . Prepare to be assaulted by Christmas: Trans-Siberian Orchestra begin a two-night stand at KnickerPepsLand—er, the Times Union Center—on Wednesday (8 PM, $40-$50, 800-30-EVENT).

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