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Jefferson Grisman Project

The Egg, Thursday

The progression of Jefferson Airplane to Starship (by way of Jefferson Starship, natch) has been full of unlikely collaborations. The Airplane drew early influence from the tradition of American string music, but we don’t know if anyone anticipated a collaboration with mandolin virtuoso David Grisman. The band’s latest album Jefferson’s Tree of Liberty revisits classic folk tunes by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan. One can only imagine what this will sound like when Grisman gives these standards the full “dawg” treatment. (April 16, 8 PM, $40, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

The Cliks

The Cliks, Plushgun

Valentine’s, Thursday

Canadian power-pop act the Cliks came into the public eye a few years back with a hook-filled major-label debut (Snakehouse) and a unique story in that singer Lucas Silveira is a transman. After two years of nearly nonstop touring (including dozens of dates supporting the Cult and Cyndi Lauper) and quite a bit of international acclaim, the trio are set to release their second disc, Dirty King, this June. The first few tracks previewed on the Cliks’ MySpace page find the band doing what they do best: rough and ready guitar pop, fronted by Silveira’s whisper-to-a-scream vocals. Brooklyn’s Plushgun will open tonight’s show with tunes from their recently released Tommy Boy debut, Pins and Panzers. (April 16, 8 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

The Energy

Bread and Jam Café, Friday

Success never goes out of fashion. Hundreds of bands headline New York City’s venerable Irving Plaza each year, very few of which are completely independent. Brooklyn band the Energy recently joined those elite ranks—and sold the place out, to boot. So what’s all the hype about? Not what you might expect: The Energy are worlds removed from your typical New York buzz band; their earnest, keening rock & roll calls to mind the arena-filling power of bands like U2 and Live. On the surface there’s nothing fashionable about this band, but that’s exactly why you should get used to hearing their name. Remember, Nickelback are one of the decade’s biggest-selling rock bands, and nobody likes them. (April 17, 8 PM, free, 130 Remsen St., Cohoes, 326-2275)

The Meatmen

Valentine’s, Saturday

Irreverence was their stock in trade, and when Tesco Vee disbanded the Meatmen in 1997, the punk world lost one of its own best critics. Whether skewering L.A. punk-rockers on “TSOL Are Sissies,” skewering the Beatles on “One Down Three to Go,” or skewering pretty much everyone else on “Crippled Children Suck,” “French People Suck,” and “Camel Jockeys Suck,” Tesco dispensed his brilliant bon mots in sharp, 90-second blasts. Thankfully for anyone within shouting distance, he’s put his tongue back in cheek and assembled a new band of Meatmen to take the music to the masses. Because songs like “Tooling for Anus” are absolutely timeless. (April 18, 7 PM, $12, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)


Revolution Hall, Wednesday

It’s been 10 funky years since the Evans brothers and their friend Eric Krasno started a little retro soul-jazz outfit called Soulive down in Woodstock. See, people liked it, and now the trio have lotsa musical friends, enough friends that you might be able to call the group a family, a family so dope that they’ve taken to calling themselves the Royal Family. In honor of the band’s forthcoming album Up Here, the family will be out in force, including the Shady Horns (Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis), who are no strangers to Soulive and offshoot Lettuce, as well as vocalist Nigel Hall, whose been collaborating with Lettuce and the Krasno project Chapter 2. Don’t be alarmed—this is the healthy kind of incest. (April 22, 7 PM, $21, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

Also Noted

Curtis Fuller

Tonight (Thursday), check out the one-time-only all-star Iron Maiden tribute 22 Acacia Avenue at Roadhouse Grill in Albany (8PM, $5, 489-3170). . . . Names like this don’t come around all that often: Abdominable Killer Snowman open for MC Chris and I Am the Dream at Valentine’s tomorrow (Friday, 8 PM, $12, 432-6572). . . . Buffalo-based singer- songwriter Davey O brings his brand of Americana to Ballston Spa’s Coffee Planet this Saturday morning (11 AM, free, 884-9913). . . . Sara Milonovich and daisycutter release their new CD Saturday at the Linda (8 PM, $20, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . It’s a blast from the Capital Region’s improvisational-music past this Saturday when nickname: Rebel and Offset Needle Radius team up for a noise-guitar showdown at 51 3rd Street in Troy (9 PM, $5, 347-228-2509 for info); Sunday, the two acts move to Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, where they’ll be joined by former Luxury Flats man Mikey Corcoran (7 PM, $5, 671-6006). . . . End of an era? Sunday’s Hinder show has been moved from the Washington Avenue Armory to the slightly smaller confines of Northern Lights; tickets from the original show will be honored at the door (7 PM, $30, 371-0012). . . . New York rockers Paper and Sand and the Thang team with locals Railbird and Union Boots for a big Sunday at Red Square (7 PM, $7, 465-0444). . . . This week’s one-to-drive-for: Todd Rundgren performs at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Mass., on Monday (7 PM, $55, 413-586-8686). . . . Also Monday, Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets, IMI, and Deja are at Rev Hall to celebrate the “holiday”; we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to follow the scent all the way from I-787 (6 PM, $8, 274-0553). . . . Trombonist Curtis Fuller joins the Empire Jazz Orchestra for their spring concert on Tuesday at Schenectady County Community College (8 PM, $15, $6 students, 381-1232).

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