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AFI, Gallows

Northern Lights, Thursday

Somewhere along the way, AFI morphed from just another emo band into a platinum-selling, flirting-with-mainstream rock act. Seems like a pretty speedy arc, on the surface, as the band’s major-label debut was released just six years ago. But Davey Havok and company have been making music since 1991—the transition from young thrashers to Jacknife Lee- produced hitmakers seems almost natural in the long view. AFI are currently touring to support Crash Love, their eight record, with U.K. act Gallows in the support slot. Gallows have been pegged as an “unpredictable” and “dangerous” live act, and their recent Grey Britain disc would support this suggestion. Bring a helmet. (Oct. 8, 6:30 PM, $29, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)



R. Kelly

Palace Theatre, Saturday

Last time R. Kelly came around, we were all like “Oh hell no! He pees on kids!” But since his acquittal on child pornography charges last summer, we’ve taken a different view. Now we’re all like “He pees on kids, but he’s not guilty!” What we’re getting at, Capital Region, is that it’s kinda-sorta OK to like Kelly again, without feeling like a pervert. This is a very good thing because the man puts on an insanely entertaining show, packed with hits, set-pieces, and more one-man dry-humping than should be allowed by law. But there’s no law against it, so it’s OK. See the logic? Good. Get out of the closet and go see Robert this Saturday. (Oct. 10, 8 PM, $41.50-$97, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663)

Spider Saloff

The Van Dyck, Saturday

It’s been a while since Spider Saloff has graced a Capital Region venue with her jazz-cabaret stylings, so her stop in Schenectady this weekend is especially welcome. With her impeccable sense of timing, sassy voice, and gift for sartorial splendor, Saloff is the very model of a jazz chanteuse. She sings Gershwin and Porter with élan, and has proven adept writing her own material; The New York Times judged that she has a “wicked way with a lyric!” It’s been a while since we visited her Web site, so we checked to make sure that, along with offering her CDs and listing tour info, she still presents recipes for drinks and dinners. She does. This Saturday, Saloff will perform two sets with a combo made up of local musicians, in tribute to her late husband, Troy native (and musician) Bob “Drake” Budrakey. (Oct. 10, 7:30 and 9 PM, $10, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 348-7999)


The Egg, Tuesday

All apologies to Jeff Lynne, but Renaissance kind of beat him to the symphonic-rock punch. The English act, led by vocalist Annie Haslam and songwriter Michael Dunford, were among the first acts to be given the “progressive” tag, matching orchestral instrumentation with intricate, cerebral rock arrangements. (They were also part of the Miles Copeland management stable, which includes a daunting list of classic acts.) The newly reconstituted band, which features a host of veteran musicians, are embarking on a short tour of the United States to celebrate their 40th year, and to revisit the music that made them cult favorites. New York singer-songwriter Jann Klose opens. (Oct. 13, 7 PM, $28, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Dave Brubeck Quartet

College of Saint Rose, Wednesday

Never has an artist gotten more mileage out of an unconventional time signature than Dave Brubeck has. The 88-year-old jazz-piano legend transformed the musical landscape in 1959 with Time Out, a record of West Coast Cool tunes in unconventional meters. These days, almost every young jazz student learns “Take Five” (in 5/4 time) and “Blue Rondo à la Turk” (9/8), which makes Brubeck’s visit to Saint Rose all the more appropriate. The man’s a walking piece of jazz history who just won’t quit, and this show promises to be a learning experience. (Oct. 14, 8 PM, $25, Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, 337-4871)

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Kate Voegele

Lots of legends coming through the area this week, beginning tonight (Thursday) at the Egg, where the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will revisit 40-plus years of country-rock goodness (7:30 PM, $29.50, 473-1845). . . . Hey, Aqualung! Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame brings his songs, stories, and his ever-present flute to Proctors tomorrow (Friday, 8 PM, $20-$62, 346-6204). . . . Americana act Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses return to Valentine’s Friday night (7 PM, $8, 432-6572). . . . Also Friday, the Woes bring their New Orleans-via-Brooklyn sound to Red Square (8 PM, $8, 465-0444). . . . Sirsy will headline a benefit for St. Joseph’s House on Saturday at Revolution Hall; bring food donations and you’ll be entered to win an electric guitar (7 PM, $10, 274-0553). . . . Proctors annual Golden Oldies Spectacular rolls around again this Saturday; this year’s acts are ’60s idols Bobby Rydell and Bobby Vee, Sonny Turner’s Platters, a revamped version of classic girl group the Chiffons, and Tony Lee, the “United Kingdom’s premier tribute to Gene Pitney”—which is apparently a crowded field? (7:30 PM, $34.75-$49.75, 346-6204). . . . The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., continues to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, even as summer fades into a distant memory: Saturday the theater presents folk legend Richie Havens with regional favorite Meg Hutchinson (8 PM, $25-$35, 413-997-4444). . . . Regina Spektor brings her Russia-via- Brooklyn weirdness to the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, Mass. Monday night (8 PM, $28.50-$38.50, 413-586-8686). . . . Acting! One Tree Hill star Kate Voegele brings her MySpace-endorsed pop music to Revolution Hall on Tuesday; Green River Ordinance opens (7 PM, $14, 274-0553). . . . That same night, greaser-punk dinosaurs Social Distortion are at Northern Lights (7 PM, $25, 371-0012).

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