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Bootleg Tonic

Club Helsinki, Saturday

Worlds collide when New York’s Bootleg Tonic take the stage. That’s not hyperbole; band principles Georgiana Trent and Eran Taviv hail from, respectively, Texas and Tel Aviv, Israel. But there’s nothing like a little blues-drenched soul music to bridge the cultural gap, and that’s the common ground for vocalist Trent and guitarist Taviv. For their debut album, Volume I, Bootleg Tonic enlisted the help of such hotshots as Hammond B-3 organ ace Ivan Neville, and drummer Jerry Krenach, who’s sat behind such hotshots as Lou Reed and Chris Whitley. The result is a rich, textured album with loads of culture and—you guessed it—soul. Bootleg Tonic make an appearance in Great Barrington, Mass., this Saturday. (Aug. 23, 9 PM, $12, 284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-3394)

John Mayer, OneRepublic

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Monday

Ladies, may we suggest that in stead of throwing panties at soft-blues heartthrob John Mayer this Monday, you might consider throwing hankies. See, Johnny boy just broke off his four-month relationship with actress Jennifer Aniston, and we’re sure he’ll need a shoulder to cry on. Because he’s a sensitive singer- songwriter type. We’re no TMZ, but could it be that Aniston’s body is not, in fact, a wonderland? Or, maybe Mayer just prefers the company of . . . friends? All joking aside, Mr. Grammy-bait will play the hits this week at SPAC, with help from Timbaland-approved rockers OneRepublic. And don’t worry much for Mayer—we’re sure he’ll find a new supermodel by the end of the week. (Aug. 25, 7:30 PM, $32.50-$55, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 476-1000)

Puddle of Mudd

Northern Lights, Tuesday

By the end of the ’90s, some of us snickered about how the cycle of nostalgia was closing in on itself. By the end of the next decade, we jokingly guessed, everyone would be pining for the sound of 1997. And fuck us, we were right: First, left-for-dead glam-metal act Buckcherry scored one of the big rock hits of 2007 (they’ll be in town next week); and this year, third-wave grunge-knockoffs Puddle of Mudd have an unexpected chart-topper with “Psycho.” We have to admit, the track’s sing-songy melody is almost enough to make us overlook its criminally inane lyrics, but . . . no. Anyway, the band’s victory lap brings them to Northern Lights this Tuesday, with guests Rev Theory and Saving Abel. (Aug. 26, 7 PM, $25, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

The Gourds

The Gourds

The Linda, Wednesday

Just as Austin prides itself on being the eccentric stepchild of Texas, Austin band the Gourds have taken their rightful place on the sardonic periphery of country music. The only badonkadonk you’ll find in their honky-tonk is delicately crafted and blended with enough pop- cultural references to rival the most literate indie-rock. Remember that bluegrass cover of Snoop’s “Gin and Juice” you scooped from Napster in ’98? That wasn’t Phish; it was the Gourds. And that’s the tip of the iceberg, beeotch. Just don’t call out for it mid-set; they’re liable to put a boot in your ass in some totally intelligent yet thoroughly Texan way. And it may involve accordions. (Aug. 27, 8 PM, $23, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4)

Sara Milonovich and Daisycutter

Charles R. Wood Theater, Wednesday

As “a venue for the traditional to the cutting edge,” the Charles R. Wood Theater might well sound like home to fiddler Sara Milonovich. Steeped in traditional Adirondack fiddle music since the age of 4, Milonovich has since won bluegrass contests in Appalachia, performed with the Empire State Repertory Orchestra, toured with Celtic/newgrass band the McKrells, and been nominated for a Grammy. Daisycutter, her latest project, adds jazz, Balkan, and world-beat flavors to the mix, not to mention multi-instrumentalist Greg Anderson, who’s played with everyone from the Klezmatics to postpunks ibm. Daisycutter play as part of the Wood Theater’s annual Woodfest celebration this week. (Aug. 27, 7:30 PM, $15-$20, 207 Glen St., Glens Falls, 798-9663)

Also Noted
Ashley Pond Band

If your give-a-damn is in working order, check out Joe Diffie tonight (Thursday) at Vapor Nightclub at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway (8 PM, $30, 584-2110). . . . This month’s Garage Bands in the Garage show at the Albany Public Library tomorrow (Friday) features the Ashley Pond Band and Charmboy (6 PM, free, 427-4300). . . . Sonny & Perley play a special “family” show with a guest appearance from their daughter, Desiree “Rain,” on Friday at Caffe Lena (8 PM, $15, 583-0022). . . . The moody roots-pop of New York’s Two Dark Birds infects Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, Mass., this Friday (9 PM, $12, 413-528-3394). . . . A different kind of family: Neanderthals co-conspirators Eddie Angel and Johnny Rabb team up for some classic rock and rockabilly Friday at Tess’ Lark Tavern (10 PM, $7, 463-7875). . . . The owners of Cuomo’s Cove in Windham celebrate the great outdoors with the Field of Dreams concert this Saturday; headlined by the Marshall Tucker Band, the daylong concert also features JB Kline, the Chase Brothers, and several more (2 PM, $30, 800-734-5903). . . . Roots rockers the Brooke Clover Band celebrate the release of a new CD this Saturday at the Midtown Tap & Tea Room in Albany (8 PM, free, 435-0202). . . . Sign of the times: The Collar City Live series in Troy’s Riverfront Park concludes on Sunday with the Take Me to the River Blues Fest; performers include Tas Cru and Blues Sanctuary (1 PM, free, 859-3047). . . . The Music Haven Concert Series in Schenectady’s Central Park also wraps on Sunday, with a family-oriented show from Ruth Pelham and the Music Mobile and Ramblin Jug Stompers (6 PM, free, 382-5152).

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