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The Tragically Hip

The Egg, Thursday

The Tragically Hip may be getting just a little too commercially hip, a tragedy for some fans that were into the gritty, anthemic rock for which the band were known. Since being joined by producer Bob Rock for their 2006 album, World Container, their music has become noticeably more polished. But after so long in the biz, one has to give these guys credit for doing something right. With 11 albums under their belt, perhaps they’re attempting to push their creative horizons. Local fans will have a chance to decide for themselves when Gordon Downie and the rest of the Hip come to the Egg to promote their 12th studion album, We Are the Same. Maybe they’ll play some old favorites, too. (Oct. 15, 8 PM, $35-$45, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Travis Caudle

Emack & Bolio’s (uptown), Saturday

Australia has an illustrious history of fostering high-caliber rock acts, from AC/DC to INXS, Midnight Oil to Men At Work. More recently, the land down under has produced a series of notable singer-songwriters—why, just last week, Aussie pop sensation Kate Miller-Heidke visited the area as the opener for Ben Folds. This weekend sees another in that line: Travis Caudle is touring the States in support of his debut record Signals. It was produced by Tim Powles, drummer for another fine Australian rock act—the Church—and features a dozen reasons why Caudle should soon see his description change from “great Australian performer” to, simply, “great performer.” (Oct. 17, 7 PM, free, 1704 Western Ave., Guilderland, 512-5100)


Revolution Hall, Sunday

It seems like just yesterday that Santa Cruz livetronic quintet STS9 were touring the country as Sound Tribe Sector 9 with a stage full of crystals and heads full of Mayan astrology. The group built their live show, fan base, and legacy upon an organic melange of dub, breakbeat, drum and bass, and IDM that rivaled any laptop-savvy act on the jam circuit, but last year’s Peaceblaster proved the band could do post-rock just as well as Tortoise or Explosions in the Sky—not to mention cut a record that stood up to their live reputation. The band’s style has matured considerably, but they’ll still make you dance ’til you’re delirious. Philadelphia electronic trio Telepath open the show. (Oct. 18, 7 PM, $25, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)



Jillian’s, Monday

It’s been a busy year for Portland, Ore., band Hockey. Some massive U.K. buzz for their debut record, Mind Chaos, landed them on tours with like-minded dance-rock acts Passion Pit and Friendly Fires. That same buzz turned into a deal with Capitol Records, who rereleased the album last month, and appearances at massive music fests like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. On Monday they’ll take a sidebar from their tour with Portugal. The Man to visit downtown Albany, where they’ll be joined by Texans the Black and White Years. You can thank the folks at WEQX for bringing another great free show to the area, but you’ll need an ID to thank them in person: This show is open only to ages 21 and over. (Oct. 19, 8 PM, free, 59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997)



Shooter Jennings, Earl Greyhound

Revolution Hall, Tuesday

We’ve sung the praises of Earl Greyhound before, but let’s revisit: The New York trio, led by guitarist Matt Whyte and bassist Kamara Thomas, combined classic blues-rock flavor and arena-size anthems on their 2006 debut album Soft Targets. Since adding powerhouse drummer Ricc Sheridan, they’ve been a nonstop touring machine, though word has it they’ll unveil a new album early in 2010. Waylon Jennings, Jr.—better known as Shooter—has been living up to his famous dad’s “outlaw” nickname, leaning steadily toward the rock side of country-rock. With his band, the .357s, he’s also expected to release new material soon. So Tuesday’s show will be chock full o’new. (Oct. 20, 7 PM, $17, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)


Caffe Lena, Wednesday

Jazz meets ambient electronic sounds and killer keyboard skills in this trio headed by composer-pianist Jason Domnarski. Domnarski graduated from Skidmore College before going on to debut in NYC at the National Arts Club, and his trio’s sound is hypnotic, seductive and unassuming at the same time as it is new, inventive and exciting. If the live performance is anywhere near as good as the songs from JDT’s recent recordings for the Ropeadope label, compiled on the Inventing the Wheel release, then Caffe Lena is definitely the place to be this Wednesday. Especially if you’re into awesome piano music—or, better, if you have a hot date. (Oct. 21, 7 PM, $5, 47 Phila St, Saratoga, 583-0022)

Also Noted
Tonight (Thursday), Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile leads the Punch Brothers into the Egg (7:30 PM, $28, 473-1845). . . . Also tonight, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey plays Red Square; no word on whether or not Puppet Show also will perform (8 PM, $10, 465-0444). . . . It’s a pop summit at Northern Lights tomorrow (Friday) with Sherwood, HelloGoodbye, Steel Train, and a little-known brother act called Hanson (6:30 PM, $28, 371-0012). . . . The dog-gone great Dr. Dog are at Mass MoCA on Saturday, with Winterpills opening (8 PM, $21, $14 students, 413-662-2111). . . . The Airborne Toxic Event spread their contagious arena-alternative sound at Northern Lights on Saturday; they’re joined by the Henry Clay People (hey!) and Red Cortez (7 PM, $17, 371-0012). . . . Saturday at Valentine’s, get a dose of ’70s-AM-radio throwback good times with Mike Gent and the Rapid Shave, led by Figgs man Gent, and featuring Staziaks/Rudds frontman John Powhida (8 PM, $7, 473-1845). . . . Saturday also finds the jazzy swing group Harmonious Wail—who, as their name might suggest, are pretty good singers—at Caffe Lena; they’ll share the evening with the Bernstein Bard Trio (8 PM, $12, 583-0022). . . . At the Stockade Inn Sunday afternoon, it’s a Swingtime Jazz Society-sponsored concert with String of Pearls (4 PM, call for price, 346-3400). . . . A pair of up-and-coming singer-songwriters play the Egg Sunday night: Richard Thompson and Loudon Wainwright III (7:30 PM, $29.50, 473-1845). . . . Finally, one worth the gas money: Northampton, Mass. venue Pearl Street has jazz/hip-hop pioneers Digable Planets on Sunday (8:30 PM, $18, 413-586-8686).

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