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Tim Reynolds and TR3

Revolution Hall, Thursday

This show has the potential to be bittersweet. Guitar ace Tim Reynolds, a longtime friend and collaborator of Dave Matthews, spent most of his summer touring with Matthews’ band, and he was onstage with the band in Los Angeles the night longtime DMB saxophonist Leroi Moore passed away from complications following an ATV accident. So you might catch a tribute to a fallen comrade when Reynolds takes the Rev Hall stage tonight. Of course you should also expect some serious funk: With his band TR3, Reynolds is known to tackle the music of seriously funky dudes like James Brown and Prince, in addition to his own trailblazing material. The Marcus Eaton Band will open the show. (Oct. 16, 8 PM, $17, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)



Ludo, Relient K

Northern Lights, Friday

Surely by now you’ve heard “Love Me Dead,” the debut national single from St. Louis band Ludo. In case you’ve missed it, the song pairs a choppy, minor-key guitar lick with campy, sing-songy lyrics about a lover who is “a parasitic, psycho, filthy creature.” Romantic! Surprisingly, the song’s been a breakout modern-rock hit this year, which brings us to this Friday’s show, in which Ludo—who are reportedly an immensely entertaining live act—show up at Northern Lights on a bill with Christian-y rockers Relient K, who recently dropped a double EP (when’s the last time you heard that phrase?) compiling rare and hard-to-find tracks from their decade-long career. This Providence and House of Heroes are also on the bill. (Oct. 17, 6 PM, $18, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

The Figgs

Valentine’s, Friday-Saturday

It’s the Figgs, Capital Region. What else do you need to know? The long-running power-pop act are back for a two-nighter to help Valentine’s celebrate their 10th Anniversary Weekend. While the math is a bit fuzzy here—the club has certainly existed for a lot longer—we’re happy to help Howard and company ring up his 10th year as owner of the venerable rock establishment. Joining the Figgs on Friday will be another venerable rock establishment—the Erotics—plus newcomers the Charlie Watts Riots. On Saturday, Saber Coup will open; that’s the new act from two members of the short-lived but wonderful Hudson band the Luxury Flats. Put on your party hats and bring your beer money, because this is going to be a wild weekend. (Oct. 17-18, 9 PM, call for prices, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Blue Tsunami: The Rally in the Valley

Basilica Industria, Saturday

As of this issue’s publication date, we are 19 days away from the election. Do you want change? Would you like to help a wave of Democratic blue wash over Washington, D.C.? If so, you might want to attend this. The Columbia County Democratic Committee is sponsoring a 12-hour party/concert from 4 PM to 4 AM at Hudson’s Basilica Industria this Saturday. Performers will include the Little Death with Moby—yeah, that Moby—Big Sky Ensemble, the Lost Crusaders and Mother Fletcher. The latter are a new, local outfit featuring members of Two Gun Man and Citizen Band. Oh, and we’re promised some political celebrities, too. Here’s the rundown: progressive groups and politicians at 4 PM; speeches and local bands at 7 PM; the Little Death at 9:30 PM; and an all-night dance party from 11 PM to 4 AM. Hudson Democrats chair Victor Mendolia promises that Blue Tsunami will “restore the ‘party’ to party politics.” Hold him to his promise, citizens! (Oct. 18, 4 PM, $30-$150, 110 S. Front St., Hudson,

Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB

Palace Theatre, Saturday

This show is sold out. So if you don’t already have tickets and don’t see a miracle on the horizon, you won’t be grooving out to Trey Anastasio and the Classic TAB band—drummer Russ Lawton, bassist Tony Markellis and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski—Saturday night. Sorry. You can, however, ponder recent developments in Treyland, like his June return to the stage after an 18-month absence (we know the reasons behind that around here, wink wink); last month’s Nashville premiere of Anastasio’s first orchestral work, Time Turns Elastic, written with Don Hart and performed by the Orchestra Nashville; and the announcement a few weeks ago that there will be a Phish tour in 2009. A pretty sweet prospect, yes? Let that comfort you when you’re standing, forlornly, at the corner of Pearl and Clinton on Saturday night. (Oct. 18, 7:30 PM, sold out, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334)

Also Noted
Sleeping in the Aviary

The Pittsfield Jazz Festival continues with a very special appearance from composer Evan Lurie; the Lounge Lizards co-founder and multi-instrumentalist has composed a musical piece inspired by To Kill A Mockingbird, and he’ll present the world premiere tonight (Thursday) at the Berkshire Museum (8 PM, free, 413-443-7171). . . . Also tonight, catch the politically charged live hip-hop of Broadcast Live at Red Square; Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde and Evan Greer share the bill (8 PM, $7, 432-8584). . . . The Pittsfield Jazz Festival keeps rolling tomorrow (Friday) at the Colonial Theatre with music from the New Black Eagle Jazz Band and Pittsfield Cityjazz Youth Orchestra (8 PM, $15-$30, 413-997-4444). . . . Byrds founding member and 12-string superstar Roger McGuinn returns to the Egg on Friday (8 PM, $28, 473-1845). . . . Friday at the 51 3rd Street art space in Troy, catch Wisconsin-based “spaz-pop” act Sleeping in the Aviary, plus ubiquitous locals Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned (9:30 PM, $5 donation, 271-1798). . . . Railroad Earth are touring in support of a new record, Amen Corner, and they’ll make a stop at Revolution Hall on Friday (9 PM, $21, 274-0553). . . . Ramsey Lewis has canceled his Saturday appearance at EMPAC due to health reasons; the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band will perform in his place, and all previously reserved tickets will be honored (8 PM, free, 276-4135). . . . Ooh, that must hurt: Five Finger Death Punch will head up the bill at Northern Lights on Monday; In This Moment, Bury Your Dead, and Another Black Day are on the undercard (6:30 PM, $19, 371-0012). . . . And hey, here’s more jazz: the Empire Jazz Orchestra will bring out the big guns Tuesday at Schenectady County Community College’s Carl B. Taylor Auditorium (8 PM, $15, $6 students, 381-1336).

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