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Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell Trio

The Egg, Thursday

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell brings his traditionalist country sound to the Egg tonight, and not a moment too soon, we say. With all this talk of change sweeping our great nation, we could all use a reminder of the country music of old, before all those bleached-blonde faux-cowboys with 10-gallon hats and unflappable 5-o’clock shadows took over the airwaves and turned the genre into, essentially, an extension of soft rock. Over a 30-year career, Crowell has done his part to keep country country; ironically, his brand of music more often than not gets slapped with the “alternative country” tag. But rest assured, Crowell keeps it real, and he’ll keep it real stripped-down tonight when he performs with his acoustic trio, teaming the songwriter with Nashville-based guitarist (and accomplished songwriter in his own right) Will Hoge, and violinist (ditto about the songwriter thing) Jenny Scheinman. (Oct. 23, 7:30 PM, $25, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Adrian Cohen CD-release show

The Linda, Friday

Adrian Cohen undoubtedly is familiar to Metroland readers. He’s pretty much a shoo-in for Best Pianist in our Reader’s Poll, and a pretty tough contender for Best Jazz Musician and Ensemble (with the Adrian Cohen Group), too. He’s played everywhere and with everyone in the Capital Region, but there may be no gig more exciting than tomorrow’s (Friday) CD-release show. His second disc may be a little overdue (by about five years) in the minds of his fans, but Cohen is sure to make up for the wait with the eclectic Delphic. On top of a strong traditional-jazz foundation, Cohen builds soundscapes that draw heavily from rock, classical, Latin, even Jewish and Middle Eastern styles, resulting in a “kaleidoscope of texture.” Cohen is joined by George Muscatello on guitar, Adam Niewood on saxes, Danny Whelchel on drums, and Mile Delprete on bass. Nonperishable food items will be collected at the show for the Food Pantries of the Capital Region. (Oct. 24, 8 PM, $15, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5223)

Green Jell˙

Northern Lights, Friday

We were all set to pick on Green Jell˙ for staging a reunion to capitalize on their one early-’90s hit, which if you don’t recall (and you probably don’t), was a plodding heavy-metal version of “The Three Little Pigs.” But then we read up on the group and realized that the comical troupe have been active since 19-fucking-81. That’s some Andy Kaufman-like commitment to “craft” right there, particularly for an act who hail themselves as “the world’s worst band.” But then, they’re from Buffalo; they come from a different stock. So if you’re a fan of high-shtick, middling musicality, and a blue-collar work ethic, Green Jell˙ probably are the band for you. Hint: Throw green Jell-O. They love it when you do that. (Oct. 24, PM, $14, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Paul Carlon Octet

Hudson Opera House, Saturday

Eight is just enough for New York-based composer Paul Carlon. The saxophonist and flautist has often used his eight-piece band—a nonet, actually, with the inclusion of Carlon—to explore the outer reaches of jazz and Latin music. Though you’ll not find so much in the way of exploration on the group’s latest disc, Roots Propaganda; with this album, Carlon has sought to “bring roots music center stage and jazz back down to earth.” That is to say, theirs is a more accessible kind of jazz, one that, Carlon hopes, will reach a very wide audience. Be part of that audience this Saturday when Carlon’s busload of jazz pulls into the Hudson station. (Oct. 25, 8 PM, $15, 327 Warren St., Hudson, 822-1438)

Horse Feathers, Matthew Loiacono

Caffe Lena, Wednesday

If you see Justin Ringle, the blond, bearded, slightly balding songsmith behind Horse Feathers, on the streets of Brooklyn, Austin, or his hometown Portland, Ore., you might mistake him for another songsmith of that description—Bonnie “Prince” Billy. If you listen to one of Horse Feathers’ tracks blind, you might make the same happy mistake. If you see Matthew Loiacono on the streets of our fair city, you might mistake him for one-fifth of the Kamikaze Hearts—except you’d be right. On Wednesday you can see both of these gents on the streets of Saratoga, and (unless we’re mistaken) on the Caffe Lena stage. (Oct. 29, 7 PM, $8, 47 Phila St., Saratoga, 583-0022)


Also Noted

Flo Anito

Tonight (Thursday) at Gaffney’s in Saratoga, catch Washington, D.C.-based singer-songwriter (and Capital Region native!) Flo Anito, plus local bluegrass ensemble Black Mountain Symphony (9 PM, free, 587-7359). . . . Does this guy ever go home? The inimitable Richard Thompson has two area appearances scheduled this weekend: There seem to still be tickets available for tomorrow’s (Friday) show at the Egg (8 PM, $28, 473-1845), but Saturday’s show at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, Mass., is sold out (413-664-9040). . . . Socially conscious singer-songwriter Morley brings her politically charged music to the Sanctuary for Independent Media on Saturday (8 PM, $10, 272-2390). . . . Speaking of politically charged, it’s an “Election Day Special” this Saturday at the Eighth Step at Proctors, with music from Anne Feeney, Jay Mankita, Peter Siegel, Addie & Olin, and Terri Roben; what do you want to bet there aren’t a lot of McCain supporters at this one? (8 PM, $17, 434-1703). . . . The big, bad, horn-driven sound of the Rubble Bucket Orchestra returns to Red Square on Saturday; Wreckloose and Solid Smoke are also on the bill (8 PM, $10, 465-0444). . . . At the Egg on Saturday, get some funny with your folk, courtesy of the Four Bitchin’ Babes (8 PM, $28, 473-1845). . . . Green Jell˙ aren’t enough for you? How about this: Warrior Soul, yet another relic of the ’80s metal scene, have returned with a forthcoming album titled, supposedly, Chinese Democracy (they do know that Axl has his lawyers on speed-dial, don’t they?), and a tour that brings them to Northern Lights on Tuesday (7 PM, $12)


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