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Paco Peña

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Thursday

Like very few other art forms, flamenco music is incomplete without its counterpart, flamenco dance. It would be a rare treat just to behold his sterling fretwork, but when legendary flamenco guitar virtuoso Paco Peña performs, he tends to stay true to tradition. For his upcoming Troy show, Peña will bring his own personal dance troupe, the Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company. His latest show, “A Compás,” aims to capture the full range of flamenco styles, from the tribal “aboreá” to the complex “bulería,” complete with dextrous playing and passionate dancing. (Oct. 1, 8 PM, $20-$34, 30 Second St., Troy, 273-0038)

Guthrie Family Rides Again

The Guthrie Center, Friday-Sunday

We all know Arlo, the garbage-dumping, draft-dodging, Massachusetts hippie who immortalized a certain Stockbridge, Mass., eatery in song, despite the fact that the Thanksgiving meal described in said magnum opus took place in a deconsecrated church half a dozen miles away. And we’re familiar, to a lesser extent, with his musical brood: Son Abe, and daughters Sarah Lee, Cathy and Annie, have all made their marks in the biz. This weekend brings the rare opportunity to see all the Guthries onstage inside that famous church. The Guthrie Family Rides Again tour brings three generations of Guthries together (there are grandkids, too) to honor the family’s collective catalog, as well as that of a fourth generation: The show includes renditions of unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics as set to music by a number of notables (including Mermaid Avenue collaborators Billy Bragg and Wilco). You’ll want to take notes at this one. (Oct. 2-4, call for times and prices, 4 Van Deusenville Road, Housatonic, Mass., 413-528-1955)

Mose Allison

Caffe Lena, Tuesday

It takes talent and an impeccable sense of the cool for a musician to properly cover a song by the likes of the Clash, J.J. Cale, or the Who, but when those artists cover another songwriter, it can boost that relative unknown into the league of the legendary. Such is the case with Mose Allison, the 81-year-old delta pianist and songwriter with almost 40 albums to his name, who’s been called the “William Faulkner of jazz.” None other than Van Morrison recorded an entire album of Allison’s songs. People build whole halls of fame for folks like this. (Oct. 4, 7 PM, $32, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

Shadows Fall

Shadows Fall

Northern Lights, Tuesday

The local boys done good. Springfield, Mass., metallurgists Shadows Fall took a slow but deliberate march to the front of the heavy-metal pack, peaking with 2007’s Grammy-nominated Threads of Life. (They lost to Slayer, no insult there.) Now the band (featuring Capital Region-born, world-renowned drummer Jason Bittner) are back with a new album, Retribution, that takes their brain-reaming assault to new highs (and lows), and that recently took them to national television, thanks to an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Fans will want to nab the deluxe edition, which features covers of tunes by Ozzy Osbourne, the Cro-Mags, and Nuclear Assault. Fans will also want to get they asses to Clifton Park, where Shadows Fall will slay Northern Lights this week. (Oct. 6, 6 PM, $22, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)


Ben Folds

The Egg, Wednesday

For a few brief years in the mid-’90s, Ben Folds and his Ben Folds Five were a twee pop oasis in a desert of overearnest, grunting alt-rock. Sure, their biggest hit was the overearnest “Brick,” but the same group produced songs like “Uncle Walter” and “Song for the Dumped,” neither of which could be taken very seriously. Since the Five’s dissolution Folds has embarked on a hit-or-miss solo recording career—for every Rockin’ the Suburbs there’s a Songs for Silverman, though which one’s the hit and which is the miss is up to the listener. But he’s remained a consistently entertaining live act; see for yourself in this “evening with” performance. (Oct. 7, 8 PM, $37.50, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Also Noted
Lucy Kaplansky

Anyone lamenting a perceived lack of diversity in the area concert scene should take a good look at the following offerings for tomorrow (Friday) night: We’ll start at Northern Lights, where Ghostface Killah will give a hip-hop master class, along with a slew of local performers (7 PM, $17, 371-0012). . . . It’s two great modern folksingers for the price of one at the Eighth Step at GE Theatre at Proctors on Friday: Lucy Kaplansky and Patty Larkin (7:30 PM, $28, 434-1703). . . . Friday brings the “Italian king of the flatpick guitar” to Voorheesville when Beppe Gambetta performs at Old Songs (8 PM, $20, 765-2815). . . . They Might Be Giants return to the the venue that made John Flansburgh feel like “a number, not a man”—they’re at the Egg for a rock show Friday night (8 PM, $22, 473-1845) and a family show Saturday afternoon (1 PM, $22, $14 children, 473-1845). . . . New York singer-songwriter Leah Siegel makes her way north and east for a show at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Mass., this Saturday (8 PM, $18, $10 students, 413-662-2111). . . . Master of prewar blues Samuel James performs at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie on Saturday (7 PM, $8, $4 children, 673-2314). . . . A whole bunch of musicians will gather at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Saturday in celebration of late journalist Daniel Pearl for the annual FODfest; performers include Ellis Paul, the Joint Chiefs, and about a dozen more (8 PM, free, 413-528-0100). . . . Saxophonist Sam Kininger sits in with area R&B faves Solid Smoke at the Ale House on Saturday (10 PM, $10, 272-9740).

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