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Joe Beats and Blak

The Stone Crow, Thursday

Rhode Island-based hip-hop producer Joe Beats comes to town for a show this evening at Albany nightspot the Stone Crow, where he’ll perform with MC Blak Lungz. Beats is best known for his stint in the Non Prophets, his collaboration for several years with underground-but-now-almost-kinda-mainstream lyricist Sage Francis; that act’s 2004 debut, Hope, earned a nomination for the Shortlist Music Prize. Now he’s teamed with Florida-based rapper Blak Lungz (of One Drop) for a new project; they’ll take some time away from working on their debut album for tonight’s show. Dezmatic, Oddy Gato and DJ Tone bring the backup beats and rhymes. (9 PM, $6, 689-0177, 492 Yates St., Albany, 689-0177)

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, John Vanderslice

MASS MoCA, Friday

Here’s one where we did a collective “Really?” when we saw the announcement. But there it is: Malkmus—the guy behind freakin’ Pavement, not to mention a few excellent releases with new backing band the Jicks—is coming to North Adams on Friday. His new album, Real Emotional Trash, finds him again balancing his love for witty wordplay and guitar heroics, fractured bubblegum pop and debased prog-rock. The current Jicks lineup includes former Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss and onetime Elliott Smith bassist Joanna Bolme. Along for this sweater-vesty good Friday night is John Vanderslice; his Emerald City (2007, Barsuk) was another fine reminder of both why we want to move to Portland, Ore., and why we probably shouldn’t. (April 4, 8 PM, $25, 87 Marshall St., N. Adams, Mass., 413-662-2111)

Shawn Mullins

WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Friday

You probably best know Shawn Mullins from his 1998 hit “Lullaby,” but dude’s got a dozen albums to his name, all since the early 1990s. Dang! That said, his current tour will focus on his latest for the Vanguard label, titled honeydew. The label says the album is another character-driven tour-de-force for Mullins: “honeydew teems with humanity: railroad workers, traveling salesman, homeless troubadours, and several generations of family members, living and dead. It is a richly interwoven work, the most panoramic album of Mullins’ career as well as the most intensely personal.” See what Mullins is made of at the Linda Friday night. (April 4, 8 PM, $22, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4)

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Valentine’s, friday

It’s odd for a band that have dominated Fuse and MTV, and been the soundtrack for countless teen movies and reality shows, to not stop in New York City on a tour. But, while the unfortunately named Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are bringing the unfortunately named Unplugged and Unaffected tour to several spots along the East Coast, they’re skipping the music mecca in favor of . . . Albany? RJA, as they’re known to their BFFs (biggest fans forever), are most commonly known for songs “Face Down” and “False Pretense,” the kind of jams that make you cringe as you scream along and rock your head. This tour, however, is an “intimate evening of music” (unplugged, remember) so: less shouting. (April 4, 8 PM, $11, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

VHS or Beta

Jack Rabbit Slims, Sunday

Ah, VHS vs. Betamax. We sure re member that format war fondly. (For you young’uns, it was a lot like Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD.) The band named after the conflict aren’t as exciting as the debate itself (or perhaps we were a touch too enthusiastic about the latter), but they avoid such battles by steering clear of classification: The band’s sound started as a hybrid of punk and French house (they’re from Kentucky, by the way), went through an industrial phase, then morphed into the new-wave fun-rock it is today. Their current CD, Bring On the Comets, is a tad more radio-friendly than previous efforts, very pop-infused and smiley, and we have a feeling this will work out well for the band. (April 6, 7 PM, $7, 895 Broadway, Albany, 434-4540)

Kimya Dawson

Free School Benefit with Kimya Dawson

Grand Street Community Artspace, Wednesday

If you’re one of the four bajillion people who flocked to see Juno, and especially if you bought the film’s hit soundtrack album, you’re familiar with Kimya Dawson. She’s a minor legend for her participation in the New York anti-folk scene in the 1990s, as well as her work with Adam Green in the Moldy Peaches; her fragile, fractured folk was one of the film’s main musical devices. Dawson is being cool enough to lend her time to benefit the Albany Free School; proceeds from the show will support a new art-and-music initiative there. Dawson will appear on Wednesday with tourmates Angelo Spencer and L’Orchidee D’Hawai. (April 9, 7 PM, $20, St. Anthony’s Church, Grand Street and Madison Avenue, Albany,


Also Noted
Republic Tigers

When it rains, it pours: An atypically busy live-music week gets going tonight (Thursday) when Portland’s Rustic Overtones continue their reunion run at Revolution Hall; 28N will open (7 PM, $18, 274-0553). . . . Freddie’s dead, but Gary Mullen is wearing his moustache: The British singer and his band, the Works, bring One Night of Queen, their tribute to the gods of theatrical rock, to Proctors tonight (8 PM, $20-$39, 346-6204). . . . Female- fronted, Brooklyn-based alterna-rockers In-Flight Radio play Savannah’s tomorrow (Friday) night (9 PM, $5, 426-9647). . . . Dress nicely—er, look sharp—when Joe Jackson plays the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, Mass. on Saturday; Mutlu will open (8 PM, $29-50-$49.50, 413-584-1444). . . . Just around the corner at Northampton’s Pearl Street on Saturday, have a progtacular time with Minus the Bear and Portugal the Man (8:30 PM, $18, 413-584-7771). . . . Catch two music legends together on one stage when John Sebastian and David Grisman do their acoustic-duets thing at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Sunday night (7 PM, $32, 273-0038). . . . Ditto at the egg Sunday, where Tony Rice and Peter Rowan share the stage (7 PM, $24, 473-1845). . . . “A Prairie Home Companion” faves the Wailin’ Jennys play a show for the Eighth Step Sunday at Proctors GE Theatre (7:30 PM, $25, 434-1703). . . . Jazz vocalist Jeanne O’Connor will mix standards with more unconventional selections this Sunday at Caffe Lena (7 PM, $14, 583-0022). . . . Boogie down with Widespread Panic Sunday at the Palace Theatre (7 PM, $35, 465-4663). . . . Sax legend David “Fathead” Newman sits in with the Empire Jazz Orchestra this Tuesday at Schenectady County Community College’s Carl B. Taylor Auditorium (8 PM, $15, $6 students, 381-1232). . . . And! The Republic Tigers, riding the wave of big-time buzz from last month’s South by Southwest festival in Texas, open for Michigan popsters Tally Hall at Jack Rabbit Slims on Tuesday (6:30 PM, $7, 434-4540).

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