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Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

Alive at Five, Thursday

For those who passed on their chance to catch Peter Noone’s Hermits at Proctors Theatre this spring, here’s your chance to catch the nostalgia act in roughly the opposite atmosphere. (On the upside, you can bring your own chair.) Metroland’s very own Paul Rapp called Noone’s March performance “brilliant,” adding that “much of the crowd, myself included, were in tears for much of the show. And Noone sang all the hits great.” Few ’60s acts have such an interesting bag of hits: Songs like “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and “I’m Henry VIII, I Am” are two of the goofiest No.1 tunes of the singles era. Here’s hoping those hits translate after a bucket of Heineken. Albany’s own New York Players open this evening’s show. (June 19, 5 PM, free, Albany Riverfront Park, Corning Preserve, Albany, 434-2032)

Dave Matthews Band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Friday-Saturday

We would like to submit that Dave Matthews Band are the most underrated band of the modern music era. No, wait, stop laughing. Follow this: So many holier-than-thou music fans have coldly dismissed the merits of the DMB based solely on what they represent. Meaning, because their sax-and-violin-riddled jam-pop appeals to the whitest, Gap-shopping-est people imaginable, it’s automatically total crap. But really, you can think of at least five or more worse bands, can’t you? Our suggestion is that because they are so widely and thoroughly hated despite being only middlingly bad (you can subdivide for us anytime, Carter Beauford!), DMB score a lot lower overall than they actually should on our hypothetical scale. Not that they need the help of any hipsters: Their SPAC shows have been sold out for months. Discuss! (June 20-21, 7 PM, sold out, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 583-3045)

Marta Topferova

MASS MoCA, Saturday

Equally fluent in English, Spanish and Czech, Marta Topferova discovered her passion for Latin American folk music at age 6, after being introduced to Chilean folk group Inti-Illimani. “Latin music is all rhythm, like it’s springing out of all these different styles and emotions. It was very exciting to me,” says the singer. Growing up in Prague, Czech Republic (or was it still Czechoslovakia then?), Topferova began developing her songwriting skills at age 15, and moved to the United States. to major in music and dance at Bard College in the early ’90s. Since 1996, she has been writing and recording out of New York City, gigging locally as well as around the globe. What may sound like a flamenco guitar is actually a “cuatro,” a four-stringed instrument of the lute family that Topferova plays while singing her poetry (in Spanish). Accompanied by a band with Latin percussion, horns and a harp, Topferova will perform outdoors at MASS MoCA on the longest day of the year. (June 21, 8 PM, $18, 87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass, 413-662-2111)



Revolution Hall, Sunday

Bayside’s modus oper andi is laid out by vocalist-guitarist Anthony Raneri in the ninth song of the band’s latest album, The Walking Wounded. Raneri serenades, “Back, back, back to the crooner in question/I sure hope you all like my songs/Maybe I put too much stock in my rhymes/And melodies to stun the brainwashed minds.” Raneri can evoke heartbreak for even the most complacent listeners; it’s all in how his voice bounces to carry each little intense word. With guitar solos that go on for miles (in range, not length), and the backbeat of drummer Chris Guglielmo, Bayside have the dexterity and instinct to be the soundtrack to at least one period in your life. On Sunday, they’ll head up a bill that includes the Urgency, Last Minute Letter and Burn Wall Street. (June 22, 6:30 PM, $12, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

Summer Slaughter Tour

Northern Lights, Tuesday

It’s hard to tell who’s who in heavy metal these days. You’ve got your death metal, black metal, hardcore, metalcore, grindcore, mathcore, thrash, and everything in between—yet most bands will tell you not to place these tags on their music, for fear of confinement to the terms of snobby critics and trendy scenesters. However, with a slogan like, “The Most Extreme Tour of The Year,” you can expect this year’s lineup on the Summer Slaughter Tour to be some of the heaviest shit you’ve heard. The tour comes to Northern Lights on Tuesday to provide blastbeats and gutteral screams for local metalheads. Headliners the Black Dahlia Murder will showcase their tight musicianship and keen sense of songwriting with a commanding stage presence and alcohol-fueled antics. Supporting act Kataklysm will also throw down; hailing from Montreal, the death metal quartet have 16 years of recording and touring underneath their belts. Guitarist Jean-Francois Dagenais should inspire young audience shredders with his brutal-yet-melodic riffs and the epic solo in fan favorite “Road To Devastation.” (June 24, 4:30 PM, $25, Northern Lights, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Also Noted
Gary Higgins

The hip-hop three-fer of Oddy Gato, Blak Lungz, and Cha-Chi will make three area appearances this week: tomorrow (Friday) at King’s Tavern in Saratoga (8 PM, 581-7090); Sunday at Albany’s Red Square (9 PM, 465-0444); and Monday at Hot Shots in Glens Falls (9 PM, 745-1566). . . . English folksingers John Roberts and Tony Barrand celebrate the summer solstice this Saturday afternoon with a concert at Performance Spaces for the 21st Century—better known as PS/21—in Chatham (3 PM, $20, $15 members, 392-6121). . . . Revolution Hall is simply packed with emo-pop this weekend, which means it should also be packed with fans; Saturday brings the quadruple bill of Cute Is What We Aim For, Ace Enders, Danger Radio, and Power Space (6:30 PM, $12, 274-0553). . . . While their considerably more famous brother plays a pair of sold-out gigs at Tanglewood in a few weeks, Livingston Taylor and Kate Taylor share a bill at the considerably more cozy Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., this Saturday (8 PM, $25-$40, 413-997-4444). . . . Rejuvenated psych-folkie Gary Higgins revisits the Linda on Saturday, with songs from his classic 1973 album Red Hash plus other surprises (8 PM, $15, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . Time to warm up the concrete: Solid Smoke will help kick off the summer concert series at Empire State Plaza with a lunchtime concert this Wednesday (11 AM, free, 473-0559).

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