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Industrial Jazz Group

Time & Space Limited, Friday

The Industrial Jazz Group will be the first to tell you that their music isn’t very “industrial” and is not exactly “jazz.” The 18-piece Los Angeles big band, rather, contend that they’re “changing the elbow of American music” with a slightly deranged mixture of jazz, funk, doo-wop, cartoon soundtracks, and dada non sequitur that they like to call “avant garde party music.” If it helps any, the group list Duke Ellington, Frank Zappa, Harpo Marx and Devo all as influences. What this means, we’re not quite sure, but that’s probably secondary to how it sounds anyway. (Oct. 23, 8 PM, $12.50, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, 822-8448)

Stevie Wonder

Turning Stone Casino, Friday

It’s probably superfluous for us to remind you of all the hits Stevie Wonder has penned, the Grammy Awards he’s won, the samples he’s licensed to hip-hop artists, and big performances he’s played at events like the Olympics and the Super Bowl. Since he was discovered singing on a street corner at age 11, Wonder has been smelting all those gold and platinum records into a shiny reputation that lets him do and get away with pretty much anything in music. For instance, this past year, Wonder both helped elect the first black American president by contributing Obama’s campaign song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” and set the record for Grammy performances by appearing with the Jonas Brothers. Now that’s range. (Oct. 23, 8 PM, $85, 5218 Patrick Road, Verona, 877-833-7469)

Odd Nosdam

Valentine’s, Saturday

Odd Nosdam is the stage name of David Madson, co-founder of Anticon, the great record label and collective out of California’s Bay Area. Madson’s unique brand of beat-heavy sound collage sees elements of hip-hop and psychedelia and found sounds coming together to make something akin to what a DJ Shadow-Flaming Lips collaboration might sound like. He also collaborated with Mike Patton on the Peeping Tom project, which is worth a gold star in our book. Madson makes an Albany stop on Saturday with his Oakland, Calif.-based buddies Bre’r, plus Jamboyz/Gun Christmas offshoot Dead Friend. (Oct. 24, 9 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Type O Negative

Type O Negative

Northern Lights, Saturday

Slow, Deep and Hard is about as obvious a double entendre as there’s ever been, which is precisely why Type O Negative chose it as the title of their 1991 debut disc; those three words pretty much sum up the band’s entire oeuvre. That album—which features such experiments in brevity as “Unsuccessfully Coping With the Natural Beauty of Infidelity” and “The Misinterpretation of Silence and Its Disastrous Consequences”—got the remaster treatment by Roadrunner Records this spring, and the band, known as much for their dark humor as their very heavy metal, are on tour to promote it. Destrophy, Seventh Void, and Purifier open Saturday’s show. (Oct. 24, 8:30 PM, $20, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

The Playing for Change Band

The Egg, Saturday

Their slogan is “Peace Through Music,” and if you are one of the millions who made the Playing for Change video “Lean on Me” a viral sensation online, you know that such a thing is actually possible. Playing for Change call themselves “a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music.” So they aren’t a band, but an organization, as well as a nonprofit foundation—which may sound a little confusing. To make it a bit more straightforward, they’ve put together a touring group to bring their sound and vision to the stage, and that band will play the Egg this weekend. (Oct. 24, 7:30 PM, $28-$34.50, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)


Also Noted

Jay-Z

Florida pop-punkers New Found Glory are at Northern Lights tonight (Thursday) along with Title Fight, Fallen From the Sky, and the uniquely lazily named California (7PM, $20, 371-0012). . . . Jason Ringenberg returns to the area for a rock show at Valentine’s tomorrow (Friday) night (9 PM, $8, 432-6572); earlier that day, he’ll do a free, family-oriented show as Farmer Jason at the Linda (11 AM, free, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . Also Friday, jazz guitarist Julian Lage plays two shows at the Van Dyck (7 and 9:30 PM, $15, 348-7999). . . . WEXT 97.7 FM will stage its second annual fundraiser concert at the “Exit Dome”—the WMHT studios in Rensselaer—on Friday, with music from Super 400, Eric Margan and the Red Lions, Sean Rowe, and members of Railbird (7 PM, call for details, 800-272-6492). . . . Get yer klez on with klezmer ensemble Kleztory at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center on Saturday (7:30 PM, $10, 337-4871). . . . Pure-pop fans, get on out to the Basement in Northampton, Mass., Saturday night for music from the Brilliant Mistakes (8 PM, free, 413-586-8686). . . . Get into a Bay State of mind, because Jay-Z brings his current tour to the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst in Amherst, Mass., on Sunday; N.E.R.D., Wale, and J. Cole are also on the bill (8 PM, $50-$75, 800-745-3000). . . . The King Khan & BBQ Show bring Canadian garage rock to the Pearl Street stage in Northampton, Mass., on Wednesday; Dum Dum Girls open (8:30 PM, $15, 413-586-8686).


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