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Randy Rogers Band

Proctor’s Theatre, Thursday

To be in country music with the last name Rogers means a lifetime of saying “No relation.” Yes, there’s that guy Kenny who just so happens to be playing the same venue this very week, but Randy Rogers is indeed his own man, and his hard-working band is one of the hottest in country music right now. Their self-titled debut record overtook twang juggernaut Rascal Flatts last fall to grab the No. 1 spot on the iTunes country chart, and the band’s appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman last month received universally high marks. All of this, we think, is because their music is actually good—if the Randy Rogers Band is the future of country music, that’s OK by us. (Feb. 5, 7:30 PM, $12, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Deni Bonet, Curtis Eller

Chapel + Cultural Center, Thursday

It’s been some time since those halls came alive with the sound of secular music. Tonight ends that dry spell, when singer-songwriter-violinist Deni Bonet brings her rootsy rock to the Chapel + Cultural Center. She was a breakout performer on the Lilith Fair (ah, memories), and has toured and performed with folks like R.E.M. and Richard Thompson. Her latest CD, Last Girl on Earth, finds gruff electric guitars giving an edge to the production, but rest assured, her best assets—voice and violin—are still the focal points. Bonet will be joined tonight by Curtis Eller, “New York City’s angriest yodeling banjo player” (and trust us, there’s a lot of competition for that title). (Feb. 5, 7:30 PM, free, 2125 Burdett Ave., Troy, 274-7793)


Revolution Hall, Friday

Based in New York City, U-Melt came into existence after a spontaneous acoustic jam at the 2003 Phish IT music festival and haven’t stopped jamming or touring since. Playing more than 500 shows in their five-year career, members Rob Salzer, Zac Lasher, George Miller and Andy Bender combine elements of jazz, funk, progressive rock, dance and salsa to create improvisational music that is known for utilizing catchy hooks. New York magazine said to expect long sets “with moments of brilliance.” After toiling in smaller clubs, they now pack fans into larger venues. Be prepared for a late night—U-Melt are known for sunrise-greeting sets lasting up to seven hours(!) Albany-based prog-rockers Timbre Coup are opening. (Feb. 6, 9 PM, $16, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553.)



Skidmore College Sports and Recreation Center, Saturday

The Atlanta-based “ambient punk” outfit Deerhunter saw their stock rise significantly with the release of last fall’s Microcastle disc, which wound up near the top of many a critic’s year-end list. And for good reason: Over the course of the last several years, the band’s sound has developed into much more than just a platform for their legendarily out-of-hand live performances. Indeed, Microcastle’s rich, reverb-laden sheen kindly recalls the music of both the bands that skeletal bandleader Bradford Cox and company presumably were weaned on (Sonic Youth, Pavement) and the acts they claim as influences (David Bowie, Brian Eno). Catch the show that Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O once called a “religious experience” Saturday at the Skidmore gym. (Feb. 7, 8 PM, $10, $5 students, 580 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, pglen non@skid

Century Plants, Bone Parade, Bad Costume, Ghoul Poon, Grab Ass Cowboys

Upstate Artists Guild, Saturday

Say it with us now: Ghoul Poon. Now let’s try the next one (and we want to hear those S’s hiss): Grab Ass Cowboys. Ah, see, now you’re getting it. With these bands, it’s all about the sound. We’re not talking song, melody, note, or even pitch, per se. These guys deal in the raw, unpasteurized, elemental, fresh-out-the-womb shit. For your listening and/or vibrating and/or convulsing and/or blissing out and/or disintegrating pleasure, of course. Bear in mind though, when they take you apart Saturday night, they’re not obligated to put you back together. (Feb. 7, 7 PM, $3, 247 Lark St., Albany, 426-3501)

Also Noted

Armen Donelian

As mentioned a few weeks back in Rough Mix, Broadcast Live have a new CD out, and they’ll celebrate its release tomorrow (Friday) night at Red Square, with special guests Oddy Gato and the Gun Poets (9 PM, 465-0444). . . . Pianist Armen Donelian and sax player Marc Mommaas team up for two duo sets at Justin’s Friday night (9:30 PM, $5, 436-7008). . . . At Valentine’s Friday night, get punked with Captain Kirk and the Rocktopus, Society High, Horror Business and Chesty Malone and the Slice ’Em Ups (8 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Savannah’s has a rocking triple bill Friday with the Last Conspirators, Blackcat Elliot, and the Blisterz (9 PM, $5, 426-9647). . . . University at Albany professor and all-around electroacoustic-music giant Bob Gluck will debut a new piece by Neil Rolnick that involves computer-assisted pianos and other interactions between zeroes, ones, and humans, at the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on UAlbany’s uptown campus this Saturday; an open rehearsal precedes the performance Friday afternoon at 3 PM (8 PM, $4-$10, 442-3997). . . . The Galway Central School will be the site for the 10th Annual Cabin Fever Song Fest on Saturday; performers include Dan Berggren, John Kirk, Trish Miller, Ed Lowman, and David Kiphuth (7 PM, $18, 882-9232). . . . Get roasted with Kenny Rogers Saturday night at Proctor’s Theatre (8 PM, $20-$55, 346-6204). . . . Here’s a name we haven’t heard in a while: Folky favorite Laura Boggs plays an afternoon show at the Guilderland Public Library on Sunday (2 PM, free, 436-0591).

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