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10 Years

Northern Lights, Thursday

What, precisely, “alternative metal” might refer to is a bit beyond us, but this is the title Wikipedia assigns Knoxville rockers 10 Years. Two pictures of lead singer Jesse Hasek might help illustrate the band’s sound though. In 2005, when the band were dogging around with Korn and Hatebreed, Hasek was rocking a set of metal dreads that suited their heavy-yet-clean sound. Now, in the wake of their 2008 album Division, Hasek looks a bit like Christian Bale circa The Newsies and the sound is like a rumble with the scabbers. Adelitas Way, the Leo Project, and Upon Arrival share the bill. (March 26, 7:30 PM, $12, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Garnet Rogers

Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Saturday

Between Garnet Rogers’ dexterity on the guitar, mandolin, violin and flute, and his deep stentorian voice, it’s hard to say which is most responsible for the Canadian singer-songwriter’s style. Following his brother Stan Rogers’ influence, Garnet spins rustic yarns of the Canadian maritime as well as modern tales of working folk. All this, and he can make his guitar sound like almost anything. (March 28, 8 PM, $16, 2880 Route 43, Averill Park, 674-2007)

Bela Fleck— the Africa Project

EMPAC, Saturday

Just as the name Bela Fleck be came synonymous with the banjo, so did the banjo become synonymous with country music. This did not please Fleck, for his instrument’s history has a much deeper cultural context than most would assume. So the Grammy-winning picker, as much a historian as a musician, set out to clear the air: He traveled to Africa to explore the roots of the banjo. Fleck’s trip was documented in the film Throw Down Your Heart, and the journey has been extended into the Africa tour, a 15-city collaboration between the banjo virtuoso and a number of acclaimed African musicians—including kora master Toumani Diabate, Anania Ngoliaga and John Kitime, Vusi Mahanasela, D’Gary and Mario. Unfortunately this show is sold out. But hey, there’s always Netflix. (March 28, 8 PM, 110 8th St., Troy, 276-4135)

The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady

Valentine’s, Tuesday

They’ve been called the best live band around. They’ve turned out a series of critically acclaimed records, including 2006’s Boys and Girls in America and last year’s Stay Positive, yielding such shout-along anthems as “Sequestered in Memphis” and “Stuck Between Stations.” They’ve stayed indie while teetering ever-so-close to the mainstream—they’re touring with the Dave Freaking Matthews Freaking Band this summer, for heaven’s sake. Now is a time of critical mass for Brooklyn’s the Hold Steady; count your lucky stars, Albany, because this is likely the last chance you’ll get to see them in a space as charmingly intimate as Valentine’s. And count your lucky stars if you have tickets because this one is sold out. (March 31, 8 PM, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

G. Love and Special Sauce

Revolution Hall, Wednesday

If your baby’s got sauce, you pro bably know that Garrett “G. Love” Dutton has unexpectedly remained at the forefront of the alternative hip-hop movement, such as it is, for a solid 15 years. Dude’s taken his blues-inflected Philly stoner-soul around the world several times over, scoring a few unexpected hits (“Cold Beverage,” “Rodeo Clowns”) along the ride. And he’s tight with one of the most unexpected superstars the industry has ever produced, Jack Johnson. Things are good for G. But the world of Special Sauce took a hit this year when longtime bassist “Jimi Jazz” Prescott left the band, so what lies ahead is, well, unexpected. Find out this Wednesday when they play Revolution Hall. (April 1, 7:30 PM, $25, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

Also Noted

Amy Speace and Anthony da Costa

The Rust Brothers will dig into their repertoire of ’60s hits at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs tomorrow (Friday) night; all proceeds benefit the hall (7:30 PM, $50, 584-2327). . . . Guitarist Charlie Hunter returns to Red Square on Friday to play material from his latest record, Baboon Strength (8 PM, $10, 465-0444). . . . The dynamic duo of Amy Speace and Anthony da Costa join forces to raise the roof—acoustically—at Caffe Lena on Friday (8 PM, $15, 583-0022). . . . Another dynamic duo—Erin McKeown and Carrie Rodriguez—team up at the Egg on Friday (8 PM, $22, 473-1845). . . . String band Hébert, Rothfield and Wilson play Old Songs on Saturday (8 PM, $17, 765-2815). . . . Sunday, get a Jonas-free taste of Radio Disney in a benefit for Hannah’s Hope Fund—a charity devoted to finding a cure for Giant Axonal Neuropathy—with Drew Seeley, Savannah Outen, Push Play, Bre Morgan, Ruth Collins, and Tiffany Giardina (1 PM, $30, 465-4663). . . . Finish out the week with a scream: Agnostic Front plays Valentine’s on Wednesday (7:30 PM, $14, 432-6572).

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