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The Felice Brothers, Willy Mason

Valentine’s, Friday

Quietly and unassumingly, the Catskills-based Felice Brothers have created one of the year’s most anticipated new records. Yonder is the Clock, released this week on Team Love Records, got a glowing advance review from Uncut magazine; the five-star appraisal called it a “boldly brilliant work of protest and rage.” The Austin American Statesman called Yonder a “masterwork” in a writeup of one of the Brothers’ several appearances at last month’s SXSW festival. They truly sing it like they mean it; when they play a song about “drinking whiskey and killing your woman,” you get the feeling it may be a true story. See what all the hype is about when the ragtag band roll into Valentine’s this week with New York-based folksinger Willy Mason. (April 10, 7 PM, $15, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)


Gene Ween Band

Gene Ween Band

Revolution Hall, Friday

The Gene Ween Band started up as a way to keep Gener (Aaron Freeman) busy while his regular outfit are off the road, but for longtime fans it’s also a chance to hear Ween favorites—and rarities—in a less-brown setting than usual. Freeman is joined by longtime Ween bassist Dave Drewitz, guitarist Scott Metzger, and drummer Joe Russo; the experimental and improvisational tendencies of Metzger’s and Russo’s regular gigs (Rana and the Duo, respectively) should mesh nicely with Ween’s oddball jams. More interesting, however, is the opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal take on Freeman’s many great songs. Deaner may be taking a breather, but don’t let that keep you away from this one. (April 10, 8 PM, $18, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

 

Sea of Trees CD Release

Valentine’s, Saturday

The Sea of Trees is a supernatural forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, and is Japan’s equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle. It’s also a local indie-rock band who last week completed the supernatural feat of performing live on two separate local radio shows. With male-female vocal harmonies, interlacing guitar parts, accordion and bells, the band’s sound is sweeping in scope—and sweeping through the area. On Saturday, they celebrate the release of their debut, Animal Sounds, which features members of local prog-rock outfit Aficionado. Locals Matthew Loiacono, Severe Severe, and the Rain in Spain open. The first 100 in attendance get a free Sea of Trees CD. (April 11, 7:30 PM, $7, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Harriet Tubman

MASS MoCA, Saturday

So, what—you might ask—does the legendary slave liberator Harriet Tubman have to do with an experimental soul-rock trio? Well, when you consider the artists this band lists as influences (Jimi Hendrix, Ornette Coleman, Parliament/Funkadelic, Art Ensemble of Chicago), they all tend to share in an uncompromising African-American identity that Tubman helped originate. Along with the names with whom they have collaborated (Herbie Hancock, Cassandra Wilson, Me’shell Ndegéocello, Living Colour), the trio put the name Harriet Tubman on both ends of this continuum. (April 11, 8 PM, $18, 87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., 413-662-2111)

Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins

The Egg, Tuesday

Word association time: We say “female folk-rock duo.” You say? Indigo Girls. No-brainer, right? Yet somehow, after 20 years, countless sold-out tours, and dozens of high-profile appearances, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers found their iconic brand without record-company backing in 2007. Enter the new model: The duo started their own label, IG Recordings, and this March released Poseidon and the Bitter Bug, a double-disc set that gives two different looks at 10 new songs. The first disc is a full-band set, produced by expert soundsmith Mitchell Froom; the second disc features acoustic versions, plus a bonus track. Take that, Mr. Major Label. Amy and Emily will share the stage this Tuesday with fellow Georgia native Shawn Mullins. (April 14, 7:30 PM, $40, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)


Also Noted

Los Lobos

“Surely she’ll be back,” asserted Mike Hotter at the close of his review of last March’s performance, and just like that Tift Merritt is back—solo—at the Linda tonight (Thursday), with special guest Patrick Park (8 PM, $16, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . Valentine’s has a very busy week; aside from the shows spotlighted above, the club has power-poppers Frankie and his Fingers tonight (Friday, 8 PM, $5, 432-6572) and the third annual Root-A-Rama Friday and Saturday, featuring the likes of Red Haired Strangers, Grainbelt, and more (8 PM, $6, 432-6572). . . . The 360 Tour may not be coming to an arena near you, but you can get your U2 fix this Saturday when the Unforgettable Fire bring their tribute show to Revolution Hall (7 PM, $12, 274-0553). . . . Also on Saturday, Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles are at Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, Mass.; it’s a release party for Borges’ latest disc, The Stars Are Out, which got a nice mention in a recent issue of Rolling Stone (9 PM, $15, 413-528-3394). . . .The Atticus Metal Tour brings a world of heavy to Northern Lights on Wednesday: Emmure, Winds of Plague, Evergreen Terrance, Terror, All Shall Perish, and Shai Hulud are all scheduled to perform (5:30 PM, $18, 371-0012). . . . What better way to get over the hump than with one of the undisputed best live bands around: Los Lobos are at the Egg on Wednesday (7:30 PM, $29.50, 473-1845).


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