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Joshua Radin

The Linda, Friday

As a rule, anything that’s good enough for Ellen DeGeneres is good enough for us. Thus, Joshua Radin is not to be missed. Radin’s pretty much built his career on TV appearances (Conan, Kimmel, et al.) and scoring (Scrubs, One Tree Hill, Grey’s Anatomy, et al.). But the biggest feather in his singer- songwriting cap is the solo set he performed at DeGneres’ wedding last year. If Radin doesn’t warm your heart, he’ll get some help from Gary Jules, whom you might remember from that “Mad World” cover he recorded for Donnie Darko, and Amber Rubarth, whose honesty and humor have been garnering accolades all over the Net. (Sept. 11, 8 PM, $17, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233)

Super 400 CD release

Revolution Hall, Friday

What? You don’t think Super 400 are the best area rock band, as we proclaimed in July? Then name another local act who can sell out European clubs and get played on radio stations across the country, and who have a city holiday named in their honor (Troy’s “Super 400 Day”). The irony is that success has been a long time coming for the power trio. Sweet Fist, the band’s latest album, was recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, with cover art designed by Revolver artist Klaus Voorman, and is set to be the band’s ticket to household nameship. The disc (and vinyl!) drops on the 15th, but you can get a sneak peak tomorrow (Friday) night when Super 400 headline a bill that includes locals Matthew Loiacono and Tern Rounders. (Sept. 11, 8 PM, $12, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

Old Songs Benefit Concert

37 S. Main St., Saturday

Every year Old Songs gets a little bit, well, older, but this doesn’t mean that their mission of preserving traditional music is any less relevant. Indeed, with every passing year the cause grows more urgent. This year, the great performer and preservationist Pete Seeger turned 90, and so the theme of this year’s Old Songs Capital Fund benefit is Seeger’s extensive catalog. Tackling the material will be the roots duo Lost Radio Rounders, Addie and Olin—Unleashed!, hammered-dulcimer player Bill Spence, Roger Mock, Debra Burger, and George Ward. Like a true-blue, back-home get-together, the concert will be preceded by a wholesome lasagna dinner. (Sept. 12, 6:30 PM dinner, 8:15 PM concert, $30, $17 concert only, 37 S. Main St., Voorheesville, 765-2815)


Northern Lights, Saturday

Ho-lee shit! Get on your yellow and black leathers and dust off that copy of To Hell With the Devil because the godfathers of spiritual metal are coming for you—to bring you salvation, of course. If you were a Headbangers Ball viewer in the late 1980s, you remember Stryper for rockers like “Calling on You” and the power ballad “Honestly.” The band scored millions in album sales on the backs of those (admittedly decent) tunes, from a crossover audience seeking an alternative to the debauched pop-metal acts that dominated the era—though, ironically, those very bands (Van Halen, Ratt) were the ones that inspired Stryper to play hard rock in the first place. Their latest is Murder by Pride; reportedly, bandleader Michael Sweet wrote the record with fan requests in mind, specifically those for “ ‘more guitars,’ ‘more solos’ and ‘more screams.’” Righteous! (Sept. 12, 7 PM, $18, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson

Valentine’s, Sunday

Staten Island, N.Y., isn’t a hot bed for new music, but the acts that do come out of the oft-forgotten borough are typically memorable. Case in point: Wu-Tang Clan. And now Ingrid Michaelson carries the torch for Shaolin. Michaelson is a beacon for indie artists everywhere: The 29-year-old performer has four releases on her own Cabin 24 label (including this year’s Everybody) and has sold in excess of 400,000 albums and 1.5 million downloads along the way. Licensing helps—her music’s been featured on dozens of hit TV shows—but without her down-to-earth personality and knack for a pop hook, she’d be just another girl riding the ferry to Whitehall Terminal. Call ahead—this may be sold out by showtime. (Sept. 13, 7:30 PM, $15, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)



Also Noted
Sondre Lerche

Tonight (Thursday) is the first round of live auditions for Capital Region’s Got Talent at Revolution Hall; if you’ve been thinking of jumping into the fray, know that the venue has dropped the submission fee, meaning it’s now free to audition—be sure to hit up for details (7 PM, free, 274-0553). . . . The first A Place for Jazz concert of the fall season is tomorrow (Friday); the Eric Alexander Quintet will bring their tenor-sax-driven jams to Schenectady’s Whisperdome (8 PM, $15, 393-4011). . . . For something completely different, heavy rockers Cold and Taproot co-headline Northern Lights on Friday (7 PM, $15, 371-0012). . . . Word has it he’s been covering Radiohead lately: Phish bassist Mike Gordon takes his own band out for a spin at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock Friday night (9 PM, $25, 845-679-4406). . . . RPI’s Ground Zero has its first live show of the season Saturday with Quixote, Ette and Mike Mullin (8 PM, $3, . . . The Pines Theatre in Florence, Mass., hosts the Royal Family Get Down on Saturday, with music from Soulive, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and more (1 PM, $32.50-$75, 413-584-5457). . . . And in nearby Northampton the same night, Norway-via-Brooklyn crooner Sondre Lerche plays the Iron Horse Music Hall in support of his widely hailed new release Heartbeat Radio (7 PM, $18, 413-586-8686). . . . Revolution Hall begins a series of free Tuesday concerts this week with Sugar Proof and Mario Sevayega (8 PM, free, 274-0553).

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