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Terry Dame and Electric Junkyard Gamelan

Time & Space Limited, Saturday

You’d be hard-pressed to find a band more eclectic than Electric Junkyard Gamelan. Initially inspired by traditional Indonesian gamelan music, the band incorporate funk, punk, jazz, rock and Indian classical into their curious bag of tricks. And if that’s not enough, the five-piece ensemble perform this musical cocktail on an arsenal of homemade instruments created by composer Terry Dame. We’re not talking beans in a coffee jar here: Dame’s creations include the Rubarp and Big Barp (electric rubber-band harps), the Sitello (electric cello/sitar hybrid), the Clayrimba (a three-octave clay-pot marimba), and a variety of percussion instruments built from kitchenware, farm equipment, turntables and truck springs. It’s an amalgamation that creates “rhythmic, near-hypnotic music,” according to The Village Voice. (March 29, 8 PM, $10, $7 students and members, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, 822-8448)

Pete Francis

Red Square, Saturday

As the singer-guitarist-bassist for the hugely successful indie-jam band Dispatch, Pete Francis saw and did a lot of things most of us can only dream about. For instance, when the band reunited for a one-off last summer at New York’s Madison Square Garden, the show sold out in a matter of days, prompting the addition of not one but two more shows. Francis doesn’t pull quite the same numbers at his solo gigs, but that doesn’t stop him from delivering the nouveau folk in his own inimitable fashion. This week, he’ll bring songs from his just-released solo disc Iron Sea and the Cavalry to the Red Square. (March 29, 9 PM, $13, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)

Airbourne, Endeverafter

Jack Rabbit Slims, Saturday

Fun. Airbourne and Endeverafter are fun. It can be put so simply only because hearing their tunes reminds you of the grabbing-a-brush-or-a-soda-can-and-swinging-your-hair-around days. And they evoke ’70s and ’80s rock so well because they, too, were abusing their brushes with “Back in Black.” Both bands were inspired by the massive sound, massive energy and massive hair (righteously updated into short, razor-sharp locks) of old-school hard stuff. Endeverafter’s swagger drips sexuality and badass, and their lyrics echo the same; Airbourne take their Australian gusto with them when they hit stages, and they’ve been know to leap from stage to bar. Should they sound a little too familiar, think of this show as an alternative to a cover band—you may not know the words, but the hook will definitely sound familiar. (March 29, 8 PM, $7, 895 Broadway, Albany, 434-4540)

L.A. Guns

Northern Lights, Sunday

How about some authentic (well, kind of) old-school hard stuff? Here’s the answer to the question none of you were actually asking: This is the Phil Lewis-led version of the late-’80s hair-metal act, the one featuring original drummer Steve Riley. And why are there two versions of this all-but- forgotten touring act? Simple: Guitarist and band namesake Tracii Guns (also the namesake for half of Guns N’ Roses, btw) owns only half of his band’s name. Riley owns the other half. The drummer. What the hell was Tracii Guns thinking? Hey, we don’t have all the answers. Celebrate the second—or third, we’re losing track—coming of the Guns this Sunday; their guests will be Vicious Disorder, the Erotics and Stuck on Stupid. (March 30, 7:30 PM, $14, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Howard Fishman

Club Helsinki, Sunday

This guy is a jack of all genres. He’s meddled in “early jazz, folk, blues, free jazz, classical, rock, pop, funk, country and New Orleans brass band and gospel music,” so says his repertoire. Currently, his shows indulge in all of those noises—in a smooth way. He’s a playwright and a composer, so his garnered sound is easy and fluid, one that gathers all musical inspirations for a new presentation. He’s far enough out on the fringe that you might not heard of him, but beware his inviting, hypnotic trance: the Love Song. Girls, you may have to fight hard on this one: Fishman’s melodies have been dubbed “lullabies” and “completely downright sincere.” Amid the violins, trumpets, trombones, tubas, bongos, banjos, and a myriad of guitars, finger- snapping and be-bopping will be graciously welcomed. (March 30, 8 PM, $20, 284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-3394)

Joey Belladonna

Jack Rabbit Slims, Wednesday

Give it up to central New York for producing two of the greatest singers in the history of heavy metal. Of course you know about his holiness, Ronnie James Dio, but often overlooked is the fact that one-time Anthrax howler Joey Belladonna hails from Oswego. We’re not sure what’s in the water out west, but it must be something that rocks. Anyhow, after a brief reunion with his old band in 2005, Belladonna is again touring under his own name, but that won’t stop him and his band from re-creating the classics—in fact, we’ve heard his current tour does not skimp on the ’thrax. Joey Belladonna will give you a fistful of metal this Wednesday at Jack Rabbit Slims. (April 2, 7 PM, $10, 895 Broadway, Albany, 434-4540)


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