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Club D’Elf, Paradigm

Red Square, Thursday

There’s jam music, and then there’s that which transcends the vaguely defined genre. Club D’Elf play the latter. Although the band are, by definition, a jam project—the only static member is bassist Mike Rivard—their experimentation outside the rock and jazz idioms is of particular note, as they incorporate elements of electronica, dub, and Moroccan trance. Rivard has been joined by folks like John Medeski and Marc Ribot in the past; among his tribe tonight will be Grammy-winning producer and guitarist Danny Blume. Club D’Elf will be joined by the jazz-happy, Kentucky-based group Paradigm; the two acts are in the middle of a five-night, co-headlining mini-tour. (July 3, 9 PM, $7, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)


Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saturday

Celebrating their 40th anniversary this summer, the Canadian power trio return to Saratoga once again to belt out an epic set of classics and songs from their latest release, Snakes and Arrows. While most of their rock peers are retired, in rehab, dead, or lip-synching rehashed versions of their 1970s hits on VH1 specials, Rush still play with the same technical prowess and youthful energy they had in their 20s. Alex Lifeson’s guitar soars over the virtuosic drumming of Neal Peart and bass playing of Geddy Lee. Lifeson riffs, shreds, and effectively utilizes so many different effect pedals that you might want to quit playing your guitar after seeing Rush live. Lee’s high-pitched vocals have always been love-‘em-or-hate-‘em with listeners; but it is Peart who writes the lyrics of youthful longing, hope and despair. No opening band necessary. (July 5, 8 PM, $35-$95, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 583-3330)

Daryl Hall

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Sunday

What would a world without Oates look and sound like? Here’s your chance to find out. The fair-haired, non-moustachioed member of Hall & Oates will take time off from his side project restoring historic homes (Really! He’s currently working on two 18th-century houses in Dutchess County!) to sing you some songs this week. Hall has enjoyed something of a career renaissance this year, with his monthly “Live from Daryl’s House” Webcast finding a growing audience on the Internet, and a set at March’s South by Southwest coming off as one of the festival’s best-loved performances. So, a world without Oates? That only means you won’t hear “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” when Hall and his band grace the Mahaiwe stage this Sunday. (July 6, 7 PM, $50-$70, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-0100)

Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots

Glens Falls Civic Center, Tuesday

What year is this, again? Continuing the endless parade of ’90s alternative-rock reunion tours are these former members of Talk Show and Army of Anyone. As we all know, the DeLeo brothers, Robert (bass) and Dean (guitar), recently had to put Army of Anyone on hiatus, as vocalist Richard Patrick, brother of Terminator 2 and X-Files star Robert, decided to follow his muse with a little-known band called Filter. With recording engineer Eric Kretz sitting in on drums for their new project, the boys decided, rather than hire a known entity for the vocal position, to enlist solo artist Scott Weiland, best known for the 1998 single “Barbarella.” Stone Temple Pilots reportedly practice in an expansive alt-rock sound well-suited to arenas, like the one they’ll play this Tuesday night. Secret Machines open. (July 8, 7:30 PM, $49.50, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, 798-0366)


Mickey Hart Band

Calvin Theatre, Tuesday

It’s the season for Deadheads to get out and walk through the sunshine daydream, and the Mickey Hart Band are on tour to provide enough psychedelic jam-rock to give even the most extinct partiers flashbacks. But what separates the MHB from other Grateful Dead offshoots is Hart’s eclectic use of different percussion instruments and his polyrhythmic, Afro-beat improvisations. In one interview, Hart explained his Zen in drumming: “The body is full of rhythms and life is full of rhythms. How we deal with these rhythms is how well we go through life.” Accompanying Hart on Saturday at the Calvin Theatre is a band comprising vocalist Jen Durkin (founding member of Deep Banana Blackout), bassist George Porter Jr., pianist Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, and jazz-rock guitarist Steve Kimock, whom Jerry Garcia once claimed as his “favorite unknown guitar player.” (July 8, 8 PM, $27.50-$37.50, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686)

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Rhett Miller

It’s an indie-rock three-way tonight (Thursday) at Valentine’s, with Gay Tastee, Coma (an abbreviated version of Zahnarzt), and We Are Machete (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Reasonable facsimiles of the bands that used to be Chicago and the Doobie Brothers team up for a run through the hits of the ’70s and ’80s tonight at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (7:30 PM, $21-$76, 587-3330). . . . Also tonight, barefoot troubadour James Taylor begins his sold-out, two-night run in the shed at Tanglewood (7 PM, 617-931-2000). . . . Forty years after “Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie returns to the house that Alice built (sort of): Catch Arlo’s “Summer Revival” tomorrow (Friday) through Sunday at the Guthrie Center (at the old Trinity Church) in Great Barrington, Mass. (8 PM, call for prices, 413-528-1955). . . . He ain’t missin’ you at all: John Waite headlines the musical entertainment at Friday’s 4th of July bash at the Empire State Plaza, with Blotto on the undercard (7:45 PM, free, 473-0559). . . . What to do after the fireworks? How about more fireworks: The Fuze Box will host a late-night party on Friday with live music by Gold Star and a DJ set from Lazer & Blazer (10 PM, $5, 432-4472). . . . Or if you’re in the mood for some thunder after all the lightning, the Sense Offenders will be happy to oblige; they’re at Savannah’s on Friday (10 PM, $5, 426-9647). . . . The Skidmore Jazz Festival continues with a pair of great shows this week: On Saturday, it’s the Arturo O’Farrill Quintet; on Tuesday, catch Blue Note recording artists the Aaron Parks Quartet (8 PM, call for prices, 580-5320). . . . Best for last? You decide: Sunday, at Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, Mass., catch an acoustic set from Old 97’s crooner (and solo artist in his own right) Rhett Miller (8 PM, $25, 413-528-3394).

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