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Fay Victor Ensemble

Sanctuary for Independent Media, Saturday

They’re baa-ack! The Sanctu-ary for Independent Media reopens its doors this Saturday, after being temporarily evicted by some building-code bullshit last month. To celebrate the grand reopening, the Sanctuary presents the fine jazz of New York City’s Fay Victor Ensemble. Victor is known as a expressive, authoritative voice, with an Ornette Coleman-esque sense of improvisation; her latest album, Cartwheels Through the Cosmos, was called a “borderless, cacophonous, in-your-face experiment in tone poetry and free-form expression” by JazzTimes. Her ace band comprises Swedish guitarist Anders Nilsson, double bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Michael Thompson, all of whom have impressive pedigrees below their names. Jazz aficionados, mark your calendars. (April 26, 8 PM, $10, 3361 6th St., Troy, 272-2390)

Matthew Loiacono, We Are Jeneric

Amrose Sable Gallery, Saturday

Back in February (seems so long ago, doesn’t it?), the Web site rpmchallenge.com issued the following challenge to songwriters and musicians: “Record an album in 29 days, just because you can.” Participants from all over the world accepted the challenge, resulting in a bull market for new music this spring. This weekend, two albums recorded for the RPM Challenge, Matthew Loiacono’s Kentucky and We Are Jeneric’s In the Parlor With the Moon, will be released in one fell swoop. For erstwhile Kamikaze Heart Loiacono, it’s his second proper solo disc (unless you’re one of the proud few to own his little-heard college project Eyedream), and it’s already available for free if you know where to look (hint: Google). For folk-pop duo Jeneric, it’s their second disc in less than a year (!). Celebrate the spirits of creativity and motivation—and live music, naturally—Saturday night. (April 26, 8 PM, $5, 306 Hudson Ave., Albany, 607-437-6977)

Bassnectar

Red Square, Saturday

Freeform-electronic musician Bassnectar sports an impressive resume: He was voted San Francisco’s No.1 DJ several times; he’s mixed for Buckethead and FreQ Nasty; and he’s skilled in fusing styles like drum-and-bass, death metal and folk. He’s underground, he’s Burning Man, he’s correctly heard only with speakers that thud your skull. Because of Lorin Ashton’s (that’s his real name) love for experimentation, this tour is aptly titled Adventures in Bassnecterland, and the thumpin’ and bumpin’ should be plentiful. The proper dress for this gig is somewhere between rave bracelets and studded belts; glow sticks optional. (April 26, 8 PM, $13, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)

The Blakes

Jack Rabbit Slims, Sunday

The Blakes’ self-titled CD is just so cute-looking, all water-colored with a fox that brings back memories of reading Le Petit Prince in French class. Their sound: Not so cute. Don’t stop reading here, though, because that’s a really good and gritty thing. In this case, for—the Blakes are a garage-rock trio with a message to deliver: something about drugs and joy and loneliness and sex and sex and sex and sex. The lyrics sure are fun, like this, from “Magoo”: “Lama gama gama lama magoo/Gonna get you/Got to get you/Gonna get you to move.” But honestly, we still can’t stop giggling over the birth-certificate-certified names of the three members: Garnet, Snow and Bob. (April 27, 7 PM, $7, 895 Broadway, Albany. 434-4540).


Nick Lowe

Photo: Dan Burn-Forti

Nick Lowe, Ron Sexsmith, Eli “Paperboy” Reed

WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Wednesday

Mind our language, but holy shit, what a fucking awesome bill. It was awesome when just Lowe, one of the great songwriters of the last 40 years and a world-class performer in his own right, was announced. Then we heard that Eli Reed was opening, and we were like no way!—the young, Boston-based soul singer possesses one of those voices that just makes you shake your head and say “damn.” Then, as if to taunt the apocalypse, Canadian songsmith Sexsmith was tacked on. Sexsmith is one of those guys we thought would never ever ever come through town—and here he is. So, to recap, Lowe: wow. Reed: It gets better. Sexsmith: OMFG! Call the venue way ahead of time: Odds are the tickets will be long gone by showtime. (April 30, 8 PM, $30, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4)


Also Noted
Smoosh

Catch the next generation of country music at the Palace Theatre tonight (Thursday) when Sara Evans takes the stage, with guest Jason Michael Carroll opening (7:30 PM, $39-$59, 465-3335). . . . You are blessed, Capital Region: Ghostface Killah is back for his second local performance in six months, at Skidmore College tomorrow (Friday); Swedish electronic artist the Field will opens(8 PM, $20, $5 students, 580-9298). . . . Friday at Red Square, it’s another Roots Music Festival with almost a dozen acts, including Rocky Velvet and Ramblin Jug Stompers (5 PM, $10, 465-0444). . . . Aussie singer-songwriter and yoga enthusiast (fair game; it’s in his bio) Paul Turner makes a stop at the Colony Café in Woodstock on Saturday (7 PM, $5, 845-679-5342). . . . 1, 2, 3, 4, good luck getting through the door: Feist will perform a sold-out show at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. on Friday; Ingrid Michaelson opens (7:30 PM, $25, 413-584-2700). . . . Saturday at Pearl Street in Northampton, the snazzy spaz-pop of Tokyo Police Club and the adolescent indie-rock of Smoosh take center stage (8:30 PM, $15, 413-584-7771). . . . Area college students’ alt-rock wet dreams come true on Saturday, when Eve 6 bring their tender, heart-in-a-blender tunes to both the College of Saint Rose (students only!) and Siena College, where they share a bill with Clive Davis-approved pop dooder Gavin Degraw (7 PM, $15, 783-2330). . . . At Northern Lights on Saturday, Adirondack Community College radio station WGFR present SuperJam, with live metal from Skinless and Re-Creation among others (5 PM, $10, 371-0012). . . . Tuesday at Revolution Hall, get your Hawaiian ska fix with Pepper; Redeye Empire and Iration open (6:30 PM, $16, 274-0553).


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