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Death Is Easy, Metalian

Valentine’s, Friday

Sometimes the underground metal scene really lives up to the “underground” part of its name. Take for example Death Is Easy, the Albany band who are gearing up for the release of a new split 7-inch single (with Montreal band Metalian) on the Work N Stiff label. We have literally just told you everything we know about this band: They are almost entirely off the radar of our conventional research methods. (Read: Google search.) However, we can tell you that Metalian practice a non-ironic brand of throwback thrash that sounds like Maiden and Priest and all the really good shit we used to smoke up to behind the school cafeteria. Joining the bands of the hour tomorrow (Friday) are Libyans—the band, not the guys who killed Doc Brown at the beginning of Back to the Future—and Albany metal vets To Hell and Back. (Jan. 9, 8 PM, $6, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Red Clay Ramblers

Troy Savings Bank Muisic Hall, Friday

If you’re unfamiliar with North Carolina string band Red Clay Ramblers, it’s probably because you’re not a fan of bluegrass. Or Broadway. Or NPR. Or . . . you get the point. These cats have been around for 36 years, and in that time they’ve scaled just about every artistic hill a roots-music act can climb. The group frequently have crossed over to stage and screen: They’ve earned a number of awards and nominations for their contributions to theater and cinema, and they’ve appeared all over the tube. And they’re a favorite of A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor, which is pretty much a gig for life in and of itself. All this in addition to producing fine recordings and touring the globe. Hopefully they find time to sleep before taking the stage in Troy tomorrow (Friday), where they’ll be joined by the Capital Region’s own Ramblin Jug Stompers. (Jan. 9, 8:15 PM, $15-28, 30 2nd St., Troy, 273-0038)

James Intveld

The Ale House, Sunday

Most guys would kill to have one of Johnny Depp’s dreamy attributes: those puppy dog eyes, the sly facial hair, bouncy locks, that half-in-the-bag Jack Sparrow swagger. Well, singer-guitarist James Intveld doesn’t have to. In 1990, he was Depp’s voice-double in the greaser film Cry Baby. This is, however, a relatively minor footnote in a career that has taken Intveld from the cowpunk cradle, through music, acting and directing gigs, to Nashville, where the rockabilly icon produced his latest CD, Have Faith. The dress code for Sunday’s show includes ducktails, tight Ts, and a whole lotta denim. Kidding! There’s no dress code—it’s the Ale House. (Jan. 11, 8 PM, call for price, 680 River St., Troy, 272-9740)


Melissa Ferrick

Melissa Ferrick

The Linda, Sunday

Did you know that Melissa Ferrick has released 14 records? Neither did we! That’s some serious productivity for someone who hit the national radar only in 1993. But we did know that Ferrick is one of the busiest performers on the folk-rock circuit; her schedule has her on the road for more than 150 dates a year, which explains her Neil Young-esque penchant for dropping live albums every few years (she’s released four to date). To be honest, we chose to preview this show only because it’s a light music week in the Capital Region—not because we think she’s unworthy of coverage, but because if you’re a fan you already know about it. Opening for Ferrick is Canadian singer-songwriter Rose Cousins, whose name we initially misread as Rose Curtains . . . and we’ll leave it at that. (Jan. 11, 8 PM, $23, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4)

 

 

Bill Frisell

Iron Horse Music Hall, Tuesday

It’s said that Bill Frisell is a guitarist’s guitarist. With his tousled hair, specs and flannel shirts, he really seems a little more like everyone’s dad than some ax-wielding shredder, but, see, that’s just it. More than simply redefining the instrument, Frisell has redefined what it means to be a guitarist. Equally at home with his longtime jazz trio, his Americana outfit the Willies, or in front of his Grammy-winning Unspeakable orchestra, Frisell is less a guitarist than he is a musician who just happens to play guitar. On Tuesday Frisell, shaves it back to the quick in a performance all by his lonesome. (Jan. 13, 7 PM, $25, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610)


Also Noted

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion

At Caffe Lena tomorrow (Friday), hear the harmony-rich, down-home tones of Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion (8 PM, $16, 583-0022). . . . Speaking of down-home tones, acoustic-blues maestro Guy Davis does his thing at Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, Mass., on Friday (413-528-3394). . . . On Saturday, Davis heads to the Capital Region for a show at the GE Theater at Proctors, part of the Eighth Step concert series; opening the show will be Kim and Reggie Harris, back to full-strength after Reggie’s emergency liver transplant in late October (7:30 PM, $26, 434-1703). . . . The Elvis Birthday Bash Band will wrap up their yearly mini-tour with a set at Daisy Baker’s on Saturday; the King would have been 74 years young this week (10 PM, $5, 266-9200). . . . Barons in the Attic and Beware! The Other Head of Science will represent the B3nson Recording Company this Saturday at Tess’ Lark Tavern (8 PM, $5, 463-9779). . . . Plumb the darkest depths of Mordor on Saturday night when Hammer of the Gods play the rock music of Led Zeppelin at the Egg (8 PM, $34.50-$39.50, 473-1845). . . . And at Valentine’s on Saturday, our friends and yours, the Erotics, will bring the sleaze, with help from Society High and Horror Business (9 PM, $6, 432-6572).


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