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The Original Wailers, Bearin’ Peace

Alive at Five, Thursday

You’re down with Jah, right? You know, Jah Rastafari, ever-living, ever-fearful, conquering lion of the tribe of Judah? If so, it’s probably on account of Robert Nesta Marley, the face and voice synonymous with Rastafari and its musical embodiment, roots reggae. Twenty-eight years after the singer’s death, his band the Original Wailers still tour like it’s 1978. Fronted by guitarists Junior Marvin and Al Anderson, the Wailers play all the hits as best they can, minus their most recognizable member (and core rhythm section). Reggae Night is rounded out by New Jersey reggae/rock outfit Bearin’ Peace. To be sure, there’ll be a “natural mystic” floating through the river air at this one. (Aug. 13, 5 PM, free, Albany Riverfront Park, Corning Preserve, Albany, 434-2032)

Zach Deputy

Red Square, Thursday

Oh, these kids and their loop pedals. First there was Keller Williams, then Andrew Bird, Kaki King and a host of other rugged individualists who decided to trade in the concept of a backing band for a Loop Station and self-accompaniment. And now there’s Zach Deputy. The South Carolina native with the four-octave voice spins sunny acoustic beach tunes into groovy little numbers with vocal beats, steel-drum guitar effects, and enough cloned copies of himself to launch a campaign for world domination. However, given his smiley demeanor, and songs about peace and stuff, we shouldn’t have reason to worry. Deputy makes for one likable army. (Aug. 13, 8 PM, $10, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)


Phish

Phish

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Sunday

The sweet smell of grilled cheese and kindbud will waft over the hills and into downtown Saratoga Springs on Sunday as the godfathers of the modern jam-band scene return to their rightful place onstage. And what a revelation the Phish reunion has been: In a season where vaunted touring acts like Paul McCartney and U2 are reportedly papering stadiums (handing out free or discount tickets to create the appearance of better sales), Phish have been scoring sellout after easy sellout, with fans traveling for thousands of miles to get an earful of their beloved four-headed hippy Ganesh. Just like old times! Bow down and kiss the ring, concert industry; Phish own you. (Aug. 16, 7:30 PM, sold out, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-3330)

 

 

Howlies

Valentine’s, Tuesday

Now, there are bands who sing about beating a former lover’s boyfriend with an aluminum baseball bat, and there are bands who sing about beating a former lover’s boyfriend with an aluminum baseball bat—in the style of ’60s doo-wop. Somehow, all those four-part harmonies make the proposition almost charming, and charm is precisely what the Howlies deal in. The lighthearted Atlanta quartet’s debut album Trippin’ With Howlies is a somewhat irreverent journey through 50 years’ worth of rock, during which no band is given preferential treatment, especially their own. But a joke band they are not. Howlies rock, but when they trip, it’s as much on a grain of salt as it is on their egos. (Aug. 18, 8 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

American Idols Live

Times Union Center, Wednesday

To answer your one and only question: Yes, Adam Lambert will be there. Bound to go down in American Idol history as one of the show’s best-loved performers, the sometimes over-the-top but inarguably talented “Glambert” has proven to be a potentially massive pop-culture force. To wit: His version of Gary Jules’ version of Tears For Fears’ “Mad World” (a cover of a cover!) was such a smash that the’82 original is getting airplay on metropolitan commercial radio. (No such luck for Jules, sadly.) Lambert is so popular that, in shades of Clay Aiken, he’s overshadowed the guy who actually won the competition. That would be Kris Allen, who likely will recycle his own recycling (he covered the Fray’s cover of Kanye’s “Heartless”) when he and Lambert and the rest of the Top 10 Idol finalists bring their song-and-screech revue to town this week. (Aug. 19, 7 PM, $40.50-$69.50, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 800-30-EVENT)


Also Noted
Decemberists

Two strong triple bills on opposite sides of the Hudson tonight (Thursday): At the Compound (the Troy Bike Rescue space) it’s the “Russian psychedelic hardcore” of San Francisco’s Di Di Mao, plus locals the Killerados and My Survival Kit (8 PM, $3, myspace.com/513rdstreet); and at Valentine’s, it’s Massachusetts-based indie-pop band Quixote with Aficionado and Amanda Rogers (8 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Tomorrow (Friday) at Valentine’s, the three most beautiful words in the English language: Two Cow Garage. They’ll be joined by the Slaughterhouse Chorus, Austin Lucas, and Mike Hale (9 PM, $7, 432-6572). . . . Also Friday, two-man rock army 28N take to the Savannah’s stage, along with Nashville rocker Fred Shafer (9 PM, $5, 426-9647). . . . The Bluegrass in Greenville music festival is back for a fourth year; sponsored by Freehold Aviation, the festival will be held Friday through Sunday on a farm in Greenville, with 11 bluegrass acts, including Smokey Greene and Vern Young, scheduled to perform (times and prices vary, freeholdaviation.com). . . . If you like your listening easy, try the Chatham House in Chatham (naturally) on Saturday, where pianist Lincoln Mayorga and vocalist Franco Spoto will present a program called “On the Lighter Side” (8 PM, free, 392-6600). . . . Now that Leno is (finally) off The Tonight Show, jazz guitarist Kevin Eubanks is free to take his show on the road whenever he pleases; he’ll do just that, to the Belleayre Music Festival, this Saturday (8 PM, $15-$55, 800-942-6904). . . . Are you ready to rock-opera? The Decemberists bring The Hazards of Love to Mountain Park in Holyoke, Mass., on Sunday; Heartless Bastards open (7 PM, $37.50, 413-586-8686).


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