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Justin Townes Earle

The Linda, Friday

Chip off the old block: After fronting a few bands of his own, Justin Townes Earle joined his dad’s touring band (you may recognize the surname) only to be fired for his “bad habits.” Which is a little like Steven Adler being jettisoned from Guns N’ Roses or Scott Weiland from Velvet Revolver. Whatever—the rejection resulted in the Earle kid getting his shit straight and making a couple of solid, rootsy solo records, including the new Midnight at the Movies. His music has drawn comparisons to such revered names as Lambchop, Magnetic Fields, and Randy Newman; draw your own conclusions when the young troubadour makes his way to the Linda on Friday. (April 24, 8 PM, $17, 339 Central Ave., Albany., 465-5233 ext. 4)

Reflection Eternal

Skidmore College Sports and Recreation Center, Friday

In the world of hip-hop, it can take several life cycles for a project to come to fruition. Which explains the nine-year gap between Reflection Eternal records. Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek have made several appearances together on record, but only one official release, 2000’s Train of Thought, bears the duo’s official moniker. That’s due to change in ’09 with the release of a new Reflection Eternal disc, tentatively titled Trainspotting. They’ll give the new tracks—and some classics—the live test this Friday at Skidmore. After which perhaps Kweli can ring up Mos Def and get back to work on that Black Star record we’ve all been waiting for. (April 24, 8 PM, $20, $5 students, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-0000)

’60s Spectacular

Proctors Theatre, Saturday

It’s time for the boomers to set the way-back machine to 1966, because four notable acts of the day are bringing the flower power to Proctors. Headliner Tommy James and the Shondells had a long string of hits, from the gleeful primitivism of “Hanky Panky” and “I Think We’re Alone Now” to the sophisticated pop psychedelia of “Crimson and Clover.” The Association were seven-part vocal awesomeness personified on “Along Comes Mary,” “Cherish” and “Everything That Touches You.” And there’s the excellent news that original members Russ Giguere, Larry Ramos and Jim Yester are in the current lineup. Also on the bill: the New Rascals (which is the Rascals minus either original lead singer) and the Happenings (“See You in September”), who, presumably, will not sing their brain-melting cover of Jolson’s “My Mammy.” (April 25, 7:30 PM, $34.75-$49.75, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)


Stefon Harris and Blackout

Stefon Harris and Blackout

Massry Center for the Arts, Sunday

We kind of wonder what his mom said when Albany High grad Stefon Harris first came home and said he wanted to play the vibraphone. That’s a beast of an instrument to fit in the station wagon. Regardless, Harris has become one of very few top names on his instrument in the jazz world, rising from the ranks of the Empire State Youth Orchestra to tour the world, front his own bands, and pick up three Grammy nominations along the way. We could name all the crazy dudes this guy’s played with, but instead you’ll just have to trust us that he swings—hard. (April 26, 7:30 PM, $10, College of Saint Rose, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, 454-5102)

 

Fall Out Boy

RPI Fieldhouse, Sunday

Yes, yes, it’s that time of year again: When college kids get schwilly in their school’s gymnasium and try not to puke on their significant other before the long summer apart. Why a bunch of engineering nerds are getting down to Fall Out Boy is a little beyond us (you don’t need to pay $40,000 to shop at Hot Topic), but maybe we’ve overlooked some subtle nuance. A spring show would not be complete without an army of opening bands, so Cobra Starship, All Time Low, Metro Station, and Hey Monday round out the bill. Bring your eyeliner. (April 26, 6:30 PM, $36, $28.50, $17 with student ID, 1900 Peoples Ave., Troy, 276-6262)


Also Noted

Rupert Wates

Songsmith and author Tommy Womack is at Valentine’s tonight (Thursday) with guests the Restys (7 PM, $7, 432-6572). . . . The new Muscle Shoals sound will be in effect tomorrow (Friday) when Alabama duo Boombox bring their live electronica to Red Square (8 PM, $10, 465-0444). . . . Friday and Saturday at the Moon and River Café will bring two special appearances from well-regarded and rewarded songwriter Rupert Wates and guest Jack Harlan (7 PM, free, 382-1938). . . . For those of you who haven’t received your tax refunds yet, there’s a bunch of more-bang-for-your-buck bills coming up this week: The Landing Zone in Latham will host a concert to benefit animal rescue and pit bull awareness on Saturday; Rival Mob, Slouchback, Final Friday, Coughing Fit, and Marijuana Mountain are scheduled to perform (5 PM, $7, 785-3670). . . . Sunday afternoon’s bill at the Holiday Inn Express in Latham is the best value, as it’s free; the Jazz Appreciation Month Gala features music from Doc Scanlon, the Joe Finn Quartet, and more (1:30 PM, free, 221-3737). . . . Also Sunday afternoon, Tess’ Lark Tavern will host a benefit for the ClearView Center, a local not-for-profit mental-health agency, featuring music by Black Mountain Symphony, Jefferson James, Union Boots, and more (2 PM, donations accepted, 463-9779). . . . The Music as a Weapon Tour hits the Glens Falls Civic Center on Monday with headliners Disturbed and Killswitch Engage and a host of others (2 PM, $38.75, 798-0366). . . . And on Wednesday, the AP (Alternative Press) Tour brings the band with our current least-favorite name—3OH!3—to Northern Lights, along with Family Force 5 and several more hot, young “rock” acts (6:30 PM, $18, 371-0012). . . . Also Wednesday, singer-songwriter Nancy Walker helps celebrate the 7th annual Women’s History Awards at the Crandall Public Library (6:30 PM, free, 792-6508).


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