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Valentine’s, Thursday

Paul Simon isn’t dead, but if he were a ghost, bitter but solemnly attached to the life left behind, he would probably inhabit the soul of Philip Price. Since 2005, Price’s carefully composed songs have caught the attention of top reviewers, including those at the Washington Post and Boston Globe. Flora Reed’s harmonies tether the band’s dreamlike sound to the ground, led on by Dennis Crommett’s beckoning guitar interludes. You know there’s something deep here. Is it the reflective lyrics? The tight, ’60s-style vocal harmonies? The throbbing instrumentals? Whatever it is, it’s catching on: The band’s “Take Away the Words” was featured in a recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy. McSteamy! (June 18, 9 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Stick Men

Bearsville Theater, Sunday

Fun facts: 1.You can play bass and melody lines at the same time. 2.It’s designed to be played with finger tapping. 3.It’s not known for being a chick magnet. The Chapman Stick: To some it’s a tool of expression for virtuoso bassists; to others, a symbol of all things wank-tarded. We have a feeling the former sentiment will reign among those in attendance on Sunday as two of the instrument’s best handlers and one world-class drummer unveil their new project, Stick Men. Stick-ist Tony Levin and drummer Pat Mastelotto are the long-seated rhythm section for prog giants King Crimson; Levin is one of the few guys who actually plays stick in his day gig! Michael Bernier is another monster on the stick, having performed and recorded with acts from Sonny Rollins to Natalie Merchant. For those who get it, this is well worth getting to. (June 21, 8 PM, $20, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, 845-679-4406)

Boz Scaggs, Sean Rowe

The Egg, Monday

Boz Scaggs—he needs little introduction. Silky smooth voice. Played with Steve Miller (the pair actually attended high school and college together). Recorded a monster hit in the ’70s with those dudes from Toto. Huge in Japan. Just when we thought he couldn’t get any silkier, last fall he put out his first new record in five years (Speak Low), full of loungy standards by the likes of Ellington and Rodgers and Hart. Bring a snorkel Monday or risk drowning in the silk. Sean Rowe—needs less of an introduction everyday. Fresh off the release of his aptly titled record Magic, the local songsmith shared the stage with the Doobie Brothers a couple months back and has been rising quick—with the help, no doubt, of a voice that’s at least as distinctive as Scaggs’. See, there’s a reason we put him on our cover. (June 22, 8 PM, $56-$96, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

No Doubt

Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Monday

And on the eighth day, Gwen went right back to kicking ass. What was supposed to be a brief detour for Gwen Stefani turned into a full-fledged solo career, but as promised, she has returned to the band that unwittingly kickstarted the ska-alternative movement almost 15 years ago. For some of us, this comes as a downer: Stefani’s solo efforts produced some brilliantly odd pop hits. (Does anyone remember . . . bananas?) But in addition to being a pretty kickass rock outfit, No Doubt allow Stefani a little more room to go wild, and early reports from this tour say she’s back to the high-energy antics of the band’s heyday. Bonus: There’s no new album to plug, so it’ll be an all-hits show. Sharing the evening: the still-impossibly-young Tennessee band Paramore, and Puffy protégé Janelle Monae. (June 22, 8 PM, $95-$160, Verona, 877-833-SHOW)

311, Ziggy Marley

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Tuesday

While some of their peers (see above) took a slightly different path from the Clinton years to the summer of 2009, for SoCal rockers 311, the ’90s never really went away. The reliable rap-rock-reggae brand just put out their ninth album, Uplifter, and if you were among those saying “Huh, I didn’t know those guys were still around,” the joke is on you: Uplifter landed at No. 3 the week of its release, scoring the band the highest chart position of their 19-year career. And they’re a bankable summer-concert unit. Adding to the good vibes on this year’s Unity tour are Trenchtown rocker Ziggy Marley, who’ll likely mix in hits from his career with a few from his latest release Family Time, and Santa Cruz, Calif., group the Expendables, who sound, coincidentally, an awful lot like the headliners. (June 23, 7 PM, $51-$38.50, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-5330)

Also Noted
Josh Netsky

The Ten Broeck Mansion presents the first in this year’s Concerts in the Garden series tomorrow (Friday) with a performance from Skip Parsons (6:30 PM, $15, $10 members, 436-9826). . . . Zillah, a new project from former Luxury Flats multi-instrumentalist Damara Stolfo, will play Jason’s Upstairs Bar in Hudson on Friday, along with Tri-State Conspiracy (9:30 PM, $5, 828-7303). . . . The Rachel Cuite Trio kick off the Summer Sounds of Salem series on Saturday morning at the Main Street gazebo in Salem (11 AM, free, 854-3862). . . . It’s Father’s Day weekend—you forgot, right? Here are three people who are better to their dads than you are: Siobhan Quinn, Michael Bowers and Ben Murray celebrate the holiday with a rare trio performance at Caffe Lena on Saturday (8 PM, $15, 583-0022). . . . Big bluegrass night on Saturday, and in a couple of uncommon venues: At Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany, it’s the trio known as Landfill Mountain Boys (8 PM, $15, $12 students and seniors, 438-5503). . . . And area bluegrass mainstays the Dyer Switch Band will record a live CD Saturday night at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts (8 PM, $10, 674-2007). . . . A Caribbean and Latin jazz powerhouse trio will pop up at another uncommon location on Sunday: Rich Lamanna, Othello Molineax and Manolo Badrena will play two shows at the Van Dyck. Yes, that Van Dyck. (4 and 7 PM, $25, 381-9719). . . . A couple of great, free midweek shows coming up: Tuesday at Valentine’s, it’s Rochester psych-popper Josh Netsky, plus local rabblerousers Restys and Cave Weddings (8 PM, free, 432-6572). . . . And the Jillian’s punk-rock night is now on Wednesdays; hosted as always by the Blisterz, this month’s show features the Slaughterhouse Chorus, Aaron Hibbert, Paranoia Dance Party and Society High (8 PM, free, 423-1997).

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