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The Bride Wore Black

Valentine’s, Thursday

Like soda and Mentos, some things mix to make a sweet combustion of energy and sound. Queens-based quintet the Bride Wore Black are at the frontier of a new hybrid of music, which, according to their MySpace site, they like to call “emotronic.” Combining pop-punk guitar riffs and hardcore rhythms with melodic piano and elements of electronica, they will bring the party to Valentine’s tonight (Thursday), with anthems such as “I’ve Got the Wings of a Dove” and “Dance Party Ultimate Remix.” As their debut EP title !PWNED! may suggest, these guys have a quirky sense of humor; though singer Sean Wubs does not shy away from more personal topics, writing about love and regret on tracks like “Pray to the Porcelain God.” (May 29, 7 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)


Jeff Siegel

Jeff “Siege” Siegel Quartet CD release

Justin’s, Friday

Shokan-based, world-renowned, multi-hyphenated drummer-composer Jeff “Siege” Siegel celebrates the release of his quartet’s latest CD, Live in Europe, with a pair of CD-release performances, one of which happens to be at the Metrolanders’ second home, Justin’s on Lark Street. Justin’s is as great a place for live jazz as ever, so this should be a treat. (Those to the south can catch the quartet at the Colony Café in Woodstock Sunday afternoon.) Pianist Francesca Tanksley, tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, and bassist Otto Gardner will join Siegel on this weekend’s shows, after which they’ll head back to Europe, for another tour. (May 30, 9:30 PM, $5, 301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008)

Holly Near

The Eighth Step at Proctors GE Theater, Friday

For nearly four decades, Holly Near has used her music as a weapon against injustice and a tool to promote political and social awareness. As part of the Free the Army Tour in 1971, she sang to soldiers who were protesting against discrimination in the military, and over the years she’s brought her experience as a social activist into her music. She’s collaborated with artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Pete Seeger and Jackson Browne, and she’s on tour supporting her 2006 album, her 26th, titled Show Up. Supporting act Emma’s Revolution carry the same flag of progressive social activism that Near helped to embroider. Singer-songwriters Pat Humphries and Sara Opatow have described their style as “a musical uprising of truth and hope.” Expect to be moved. (May 30, 7:30 PM, $25, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses

Valentine’s, Sunday

In Austin, Texas, they hand out starter kits to aspiring singer-songwriters, consisting of a harmonica holster, a medium-sized cowboy hat, and a contract with Lost Highway Records. 20-something-year-old Austinite Ryan Bingham sounds like he upgraded to the bonus plan for his debut record, Mescalito, his rough voice sounding like that of a man twice his age. With his backup band, the Dead Horses, Bingham spins his native land’s country, blues and rock traditions together into something absolutely familiar-sounding yet as refreshing as the afternoon’s first pilsener. Note: This show has been moved across town to Valentine’s; it was originally to take place at Jack Rabbit Slims, which is currently “closed for renovations,” which unfortunately tends to mean “closed.” Stay tuned! (June 1, 8 PM, $8, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

The Breeders

Pearl Street Nightclub, Wednesday

We like to believe that on a shelf somewhere in the Deal family rec room, there sits a master tape of a fun, cocky, noisy record that was supposed to be the follow-up album to Last Splash, because the miserable (in a good way!) Title TK sure wasn’t that. (Wait, that record might be The Amps, and it’s available in your local cutout bin.) Thankfully, Kim Deal sounds like she’s actually having fun on Mountain Battles; it’s a weird but warm record, with more layers than Deal’s relationship with Charles Thompson—in short, a great Breeders record. If you actually need another reason to drive through the Berkshires this week (OMG so pretty!) then this should suffice. (June 4, 8:30 PM, $23, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-7771)


Also Noted

Capital District Pride Week gets into full swing tomorrow (Friday) night with a show at the Linda (WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio) featuring Alix Olson, Pamela Means, Broadcast Live, and C.E. Skidmore (8 PM, $20, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . Not to get all starry-eyed, but you’ll be able to see the future this Saturday afternoon at the Schenectady Museum, where musician Shelley Burgon will demonstrate “the musical instrument of tomorrow”; the performance is free with museum admission, and you can actually play the instrument, which is too far-out to explain briefly, after the demo (2 PM, free with museum admission, 382-7890). . . . Area rock act Bipolar have announced that Saturday’s show at Northern Lights will be their last show ever, which makes it a can’t-miss for fans of Bipolar (7 PM, $10, 371-0012). . . . We mean “rap-comedy” in the best possible way: Former Adult Swim voice artist MC Chris brings his rap-comedy thing back to Red Square on Saturday for an all-ages show; New York band the Age of Rockets will open (8 PM, $12, 465-0444). . . . Saturday at Revolution Hall, get a load of the latest in beer- commercial rock from 10 Years, Rev Theory, One Less Reason, and Upon Arrival (6:30 PM, $15, 274-0553). . . . This Sunday brings the annual Caroline Street Arts and Blues Festival (and chili cookoff!) to downtown Saratoga Springs, where music will seemingly flow from the street itself as an entire city block unites in a chorus of “My baby left me”; the whole darn thing is free and starts at 1 PM, but you’ll have to visit the various venues’ Web sites to find out who’s playing where. . . . And Wednesday, the Capital Underground Live music series at Savannah’s settles into its new weekly spot, with music from Without Regret and our favorite name of the week, Medusa Oblongata (8 PM, free, 426-9647).


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