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The Macpodz

Red Square, Thursday

Orcastrate is the latest release from Ann Arbor, Mich.-based quintet the Macpodz, and while we’re not sure if the band are adept at conducting whales, we can tell you that their funky electric-jazz sound is pretty killer. (Get it? Yeah, whatever.) The group have been touring hard for the last few years, spreading their fusion fever to fans of danceworthy jam music as well as hardcore jazzers in search of the second coming of Bitches Brew. They’re fresh off a two-set appearance at moe.down 2008; sure enough, the moe. percussion section have been spotted jamming with Macpodz on occasion. Will tonight be such an occasion? Show up and find out for yourself. (Sept. 4, 8 PM, $10, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)

Silver Jews

Iron Horse Music Hall, Thursday

It’s been nearly 20 years since singer-poet David Berman planted the seeds that sprouted the Silver Jews; the group more or less started in 1989 at the University of Virginia as a playful collaboration between Berman and UVA classmates Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, both of whom would soon become members of Pavement. Much has changed over the years—Berman is the band’s only constant member, and dozens of players have rotated into the supporting roles—but Berman’s knack for writing a damn good song is one thing you can bank on. Hear the current cast of the Silver Jews play songs from their latest release, Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea, when they play the Iron Horse this evening. (Sept. 4, 8:30 PM, $20, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686)

Mr. Charlie and Blues for Breakfast

Revolution Hall, Saturday

Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Woody Guthrie, Jerry Garcia: Each have contributed mightily to the Great American Songbook. It seems, though, like Deadheads have had to argue extra hard for their hero’s legitimacy in the schema of American music. But with hippies and hipsters alike coming back around to the sounds of the bearded one, Dead cover bands like Blues for Breakfast are getting the credit they deserve for keeping the faith. The band’s reverence is tempered by good taste, so Dead tunes will be just the beginning of a set as elliptical as the material permits. (Sept. 6, 7 PM, $7, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival

Corning Preserve, Saturday

Ah, September. The Tulip Festival is a distant memory and Alive at Five has fizzled out with the last days of August. Cooler days can mean only one thing: the coolest free music event of the year, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Fest. Sideman to the stars, David Sanborn headlines the event with a saxophone style he’s lent to Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and countless others. Doc Gibbs brings his band Picante directly off the set of Emeril Lagasse’s cooking show and down to the waterfront. Ernestine Anderson and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet cover the blues and straight-ahead jazz, respectively, while Keith Pray delivers a set of big band swing with the Capital Region’s own Big Soul Ensemble. (Sept. 6, noon, free, Albany Riverfront Park, Corning Preserve, Albany, 434-2032)


Necrophagist, Dying Fetus

Northern Lights, Wednesday

It’ll make for one of the strangest Google searches you’ll ever run, but enter “Dying Fetus” and click “I’m Feeling Lucky.” Now, if you need any further proof that these guys “mean it,” check out the video for “Kill Your Mother, Rape Your Dog.” Necrophagist and Dying Fetus have been around since the early ’90s and know a thing or two about striking fear into the hearts of their listeners. Rest assured, they can growl with the best in Scandinavian death metal, all without the aid of stage blood, Pagan props, and bondage masks. All are welcome at Wednesday night’s show; only mothers and housepets should exercise caution. (Sept. 10, 7 PM, $17, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Also Noted
Scientific Maps

Tomorrow (Friday), help Scientific Maps bid farewell to bassist Justin Baker at Tess’ Lark Tavern; the band will share a bill with Kitty Little and Chlorine (10 PM, $5, 463-7875). . . . A few blocks up, Valentine’s will host a benefit for the Center for Disability Services on Friday, with music from Rock Garden, Gutter Saints, and Blue Factory, the new band from former Crawdad brothers Jim and Joe Crawley (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . You can keep the fund-raising going Saturday morning by checking out Vintage 13, a program of songs and singers from the heyday of Colgate University’s singing groups, at the Saratoga County Arts Council; proceeds benefit the Saratoga Springs History Museum (11 AM, $5, 584-6920). . . . Saturday at Red Square, catch Katie Haverly and her new backing band Vox Celeste, plus rockers Alta Mira and nouveau folkie Matt Durfee (9 PM, $7, 465-0444). . . . We hear there’s a reunion going on: Rory Breaker are back for a gig at Valentine’s on Saturday, along with Caleb Lionheart and the Reveling (8 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Ragtag roots-revivalists the Felice Brothers will make several area appearances in the coming week or so, including this Sunday at Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, Mass. (8 PM, $20, 413-528-3394). . . . Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Mark Erelli gets Delivered on his new record; hear some of the new material at Caffe Lena Sunday evening (7 PM, $15, 583-0022).

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