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Ravish Momin

Ravish Momin and Trio Tarana

Sanctuary For Independent Media, Saturday

It’s always exciting when bands come along who specialize in musical art. Literally, like they take paintbrushes and spray cans and just make masterpieces out of sound! OK, Trio Tarana doesn’t literally do that, but their hybrid of Indian, East-Asian, African and American sounds is as stimulating as a large-scale gallery installation. The band dub their sound “folk music from nowhere,” but leader Ravish Momin just uses that as a way of explaining the melange of spasmatic percussion beats and North Indian classical; songs like “Miren” and “Peace for Kabul” are prime hip-shaking fodder. You might even be tempted to stand back and gaze, chin in hand, admiring the band like you would a Warhol or a Pollock. (May 17, 8 PM, $10, 3361 6th Ave., Troy, 272-2390)

Katie Haverly CD release

Red Square, Saturday

Singer-songwriter Katie Haverly hasn’t released a new album in several years, and lo, how we have waited. The wait is finally over, as the folk-pop chanteuse will unveil Around the Bend at Red Square this Saturday. Recorded at Collar City Studios in Troy, the disc finds Haverly backed by drummer Pete Sweeney and bassist Jonathan Cohen, plus the production hand and instrumental work of Frank Moscowitz. (Other contributors include Kamikaze Heart Troy Pohl and Metroland’s own John Brodeur.) Sweeney, Cohen and Moscowitz, collectively dubbed Vox Celeste, will also back Haverly at Saturday’s show, where every patron will receive a copy of the new disc with paid admission. Show up early for a rare appearance by Moscowitz’ other band, Princess Mabel. (May 17, 8:30 PM, $10, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)

Sully Erna

The Egg, Sunday

Start with a joke, they say, so: Why did the Wiccan cross the road? To get to the Egg, of course! All kidding aside, get ready for an evening of Serious Acoustic Rock unlike anything the Empire State Plaza has withstood before. Godsmack frontman and, er, singer-songwriter Sully Erna will display his, er, sensitive side in this solo-acoustic performance, to which we can only say “WTF?” Erna is not a guy known for his singing or songwriting, per se, so it will be interesting to see how his scrunched-up grunt translates to the “unplugged” format. And, alas, we may never know, as the show is totally sold out. Note to ticketholders: The performance has been moved to Sunday night (from Saturday); call the box office for more details. (May 18, 7 PM, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Wayne “The Train” Hancock

The Ale House, Sunday

Wayne Hancock has been called a lot of things, including “the master of Hillbilly swing,” a “roots Renaissance man,” a “country singer’s country singer,” and “Hank Williams meets Gershwin.” But “The Train” is practically the guy’s middle name, and for good reason: The man’s been fervently spreading his unique brand of “juke-joint swing” at hundreds of clubs every year, for more than a decade. Hancock hasn’t been through these parts in some time, so if you’re in the mood to get your ass whupped by an old-fashioned country outlaw—or if you’re just in the mood to dance—make tracks for the Ale House this Sunday night. (May 18, 8 PM, $20, 680 River St., Troy, 272-9740)

Ashes Divide

Revolution Hall, Wednesday

Ashes Divide are the solo “side project” of A Perfect Circle guitarist-founder Billy Howerdel. And it’s been a long time coming, seeing as Howerdel went on hiatus from APC two years ago. The end result sounds about the same, minus the major influence of Maynard Keenan—that is to say, it’s standard midtempo modern rock. Howerdel played almost all the instruments on Ashes Divide’s debut record Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright; rest assured he’ll be backed by some other guys at Revolution Hall this week. Catch the band now, as they’re soon to head off for a potentially career-making stint on the main stage of Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution Tour. (May 21, 9:30 PM, $12, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

Also Noted


It’s once, twice, three times the ladies at Gaffney’s in Saratoga tonight (Thursday), with a bill featuring the return of local singer-songwriter Denise Culhane, plus Kellie Lin Knott and Chicago’s Stolie (8 PM, no cover, 587-7359). . . . When you reach the middle of nowhere, turn left: Noteworthy’s Coffeehouse at Conkling Hall in Rensselaerville will host a performance by Ramblin Jug Stompers and Dana Monteith tomorrow (Friday) night (8 PM, $10, 797-3459). . . . Ithaca band Revision celebrate the release of their new album Amplification—available on CD and 1GB flash drive!—this Friday at Red Square; the John Pinder Band will open (8 PM, $10, 465-0444). . . . Also on Friday, get your blues taken care of when legendary D.C. group the Nighthawks play the Ale House (9 PM, $10, 272-9740). . . . New Jersey-based folk-rocker Gerry Perlinski shares a bill with local bands the Crayons and the Sense Offenders at the under-new-ownership Savannah’s this Saturday (8 PM, $5, 426-9647). . . . The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is at it again—this Saturday, they’ll bring the boundary-pushing sounds of rise set twilight, Chris Cooper and Bill Nace, and Stars Shine Like Eyes to the Upstate Artists Guild gallery space (8 PM, $5, 426-3501). . . . Godspeed, you indie-rock fans: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band with Choir bring the experimental sounds to Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton, Mass. on Sunday; the Trials and Tribulations open (8:30 PM, $15, 413-584-7771).

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