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Grant Hart

Valentine’s, Thursday

Nobody ever really appreciates the drummer. Bob Mould is out making the rounds right now in celebration of 20 years as a solo performer, but does that mean we should forget about the rest of Hüsker Dü? Hell no. Thankfully, Grant Hart won’t let us. The onetime Dü drummer-songwriter has been solo just as long as his former bandmate, so where’s his parade? Hopefully coming soon, as Hart has a long-gestating recording project with the Godspeed! You Black Emperor gang that should see the light of day sometime this year, which would mark the release of his first solo set in a decade. Go find out what’s taking so long when Hart plays Valentine’s tonight. (May 28, 9 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

The Bangles

Calvin Theatre, Friday

We all agreed: “We’re not going to let our lingering crush on Susanna Hoffs influence our decision making.” At the editorial meeting last week, we decided that there are a lot of fine events going on, and that we “needn’t preview a show in Northampton” even if the act in question happens to be “one of the biggest bands of the 1980s, and an all-time power-pop favorite, and one of the great girl groups.” And then we listened to “Manic Monday” and Googled some old band photos and realized we’d be doing you, the reader, a disservice if we didn’t go publicly bananas over the fact that the Bangles are playing the Calvin tomorrow (Friday) night. This is gonna be so cool you guys! (May 29, 8 PM, $28.50-$38.50, 19 King St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686)


Rachel Price

Rachael Price Trio

Spa Little Theater, friday

Being that she’s 23 and all, jazz singer Rachael Price isn’t exactly a precocious whippersnapper anymore. But working in a genre where age is directly proportional to experience, suffering and, therefore, authenticity, 23 still seems mighty green. Green is, however, the last way one might describe Price’s voice. The youngest semifinalist in the Montreaux International Jazz Vocal Competition and the Thelonious Monk Internation Jazz Competition, Price already has three CDs to her name and a stellar trio at her side. One reviewer has gone so far as to describe her as “a more powerful Ella Fitzgerald.” Hyperbole? You be the judge. (May 29, 8 PM, $25, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-3330)

 

 

Steve Earle

The Egg, Saturday

The hardest working man in country-rock shines a light on his friendship with late singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt with the release of Townes. The album is a 15-song tribute to the man Earle met as a heckler calling for the folk staple “Wabash Cannonball” at a gig almost 40 years ago; Van Zandt, who died in 1997, later became a mentor to Earle. And as a legend in his own right, Earle can pack a bit of a punch. His brand of well-endowed political roots-rock gives an edge to the gentler, haunting sounds of Van Zandt’s music. Earle’s son Justin Townes Earle, named for his father’s mentor and hot off the release of Midnight at the Movies, is set to open. Wonder if they’ll do “Wabash Cannonball.” (May 30, 8 PM, $34.50, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

No Use for a Name

Valentine’s, Monday

San Jose, Calif. punk-rockers No Use for a Name probably thought they were being clever when taking their moniker in 1987, but the joke’s on them: 20 years and nine albums later, the Fat Wreck Chords flagship band are still going strong. There have been some lineup changes along the way—like, former guitarist Chris Shifflett left the band to join some loser band called Foo Fighters—but NUFAN have kept their Coke-and-Pop-Rocks-fueled punk-pop energy going strong right on through last year’s Feel Good Record of the Year. See what we mean when they rock Valentine’s this week; Only Crime, Pour Habit, and After the Fall are also on the bill. (June 1, 7:30 PM, $14, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)


Also Noted
The Greencards

Some great free options to start this week: It’s another CRUMBS Night Out at the Linda tonight (Thursday), with music from Railbird and a panel on local labels and collectives (8 PM, free, 465-5233). . . . Also tonight, Revolution Hall offers up a free show with the Codes (7 PM, free, 274-0553). . . . Did someone say “free rap party”? Thought so: Join Dezmatic, Benn Grim, Timmy Wiggins, DJ Trumastr and a bunch more of the region’s best and brightest at the New Madison Grille in Albany tomorrow (Friday) night (9 PM, free, 434-1938). . . . Blue Hand Luke wrap up their Friday run at Revolution Hall with a big night that also features Ramblin Jug Stompers and Twisted String Band (8 PM, free, 274-0553). . . Saturday at Valentine’s finds B3nson Recording Army members We Are Jeneric and Pinguinos sharing the weekend’s biggest little indie-folk bill with El Duke and Auld Lang Syne (8 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . At the Spa Little Theatre on Saturday, the Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra play some decent dance music (8 PM, $25, 584-9330). . . . Vegan straight-edge hardcore pioneers Earth Crisis are reunited and at Northern Lights on Sunday (6:30 PM, $17, 371-0012). . . . The Greencards bring the music of their new album Fascination to Caffe Lena Sunday night (7 PM, $20, 583-0022). . . . Finally, it’s an indie-rock humpday at 51 3rd Street in Troy this Wednesday with Montana-via-Brooklyn act Cabinet of Natural Curiosities and Son Cats (8 PM).


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