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Terra Naomi

Valentine’s, Thursday

We joke and we kid, but some- times it really does take leaving the Capital Region for a performer to hit their mark. Take Terra Naomi, for example. She was born in Saratoga Springs and lived in Schenectady as a young woman, but it wasn’t until she moved to Los Angeles, via Michigan and New York City, that her career took off. She got in on the nascent YouTube craze with her 2006 video for “Say It’s Possible,” scored (and since lost) a major-label deal, and performed at the 2007 Live Earth concert in England. For her current U.S. tour, she returned to the well that sprung her, soliciting funding from fans via YouTube. A new record is due soon; get a preview at Valentine’s this evening. (Nov. 5, 8 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Marshall Crenshaw

The Van Dyck, Saturday

It’s a rare honor for a musician to be asked to portray one of his heroes on film, but this is just what singer- songwriter Marshall Crenshaw received in 1987 when he played Buddy Holly in La Bamba. (Dude actually got his start playing John Lennon in a production of Beatlemania). But, while Crenshaw’s influences might read like his filmography, he’s better known for the original work he’s been producing since the early ’80s, and his inimitable personal style. Jaggedland is his latest take on the strange, fractured world we live in. On Saturday, Schenectady will be the next stop on his “NPR singer-songwriter circuit.” If we’re lucky he might even bust out “Walk Hard,” a tune he wrote for the film of the same name. (Nov. 7, 7 and 9:30 PM, $17 per set, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 348-7999)

Zen for Primates

Caffe Lena, Saturday

Picture a 60-some-year-old man dressed in an oversized white suit with music notes all over it, singing a bored version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” with an ensemble that consists of a violin, cello, saxophone, and electric guitar. Now picture the man’s handbell solo. OK, if it’s easier, just look up the YouTube video. It’ll explain what Zen for Primates do far better than the description Tower/Pulse Magazine used: “Sounds like Kronos Quartet meets Led Zeppelin and Gene Pitney in a Munich beer hall where Marlene Dietrich is the barmaid.” Now, picture throwing your bra at singer T. Roth’s feet. (Nov. 7, 8 PM, $17, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson

The Egg, Tuesday

When Brian Wilson last visited our area, he was in the middle of a victory lap celebrating the completion and release of his long-suffering Smile album. Since then, he’s been a busy boy, releasing a holiday album, a recently unearthed collaboration with poet Stephen Kalinich, and a new album called That Lucky Old Sun. He’s also turned into something of a road warrior, touring much more than one might expect from a once- reclusive 67-year-old performer. The hot streak continues this week when Wilson and his excellent band— really, one of the best groups you could hope to see—hit the Egg stage to play the maestro’s teenage symphonies to God live in concert. (Nov. 10, 8 PM, $65-$85, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)



Hatebreed, Cannibal Corpse

Northern Lights, Tuesday

Here’s what’s weird about metal, courtesy of Wikipedia: “Hatebreed are a Grammy Award-nominated band from Bridgeport and New Haven, Connecticut.” We remember a time when metal bands came from Mordor, and the Grammys were for chumps. But we digress. We also remember when metal was metal, but Hatebreed’s sound, apparently, “can be classified as metallic hardcore-era metalcore, taking influences from death metal and groove metal.” Confusing! Thankfully, to set the record straight on this, the season’s heaviest bill, are a band who have forever and always will be known as the country’s foremost purveyors of death metal, no subgenres required: Cannibal Corpse. Unearth, Born of Osiris, and Hate Eternal also are on the bill. (Nov. 10, 6 PM, $22, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Also Noted
Barefoot Truth

It’s always midnight at the oasis somewhere: Maria Muldaur and Her Garden of Joy Jug Band have two shows scheduled at the Van Dyck tomorrow (Friday, 7 and 9:30 PM, $20, 348-7999). . . . Undead: Dark Star Orchestra pay tribute to the Grateful Dead at the Palace Theatre on Friday (7:30 PM, $31, 465-4663). . . . The homage train rolls on Friday night with acclaimed Beatles act 1964 the Tribute at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (8 PM, $20-$36, 273-0038). . . . Legendary songwriter and storyteller John Prine is at the Egg on Saturday (8 PM, $50-$75, 473-1845). . . . Persian-American chanteuse Haale returns to the Sanctuary for Independent Media on Saturday (9 PM, $10, 272-2390). . . . Jamtronica (apparently, that’s a word now) band Lotus play Revolution Hall on Friday in support of two new EPs: Feather on Wood and Oil on Glass (9 PM, $17, 274-0553). . . . Mystic, Conn., is known for its lighthouses, that famous pizza parlor, and rootsy jam act Barefoot Truth; the latter play Valentine’s on Saturday (8 PM, $10, 432-6572). . . . For Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, a pair of shows will honor our soldiers in song: At the Spa Little Theatre, the Joey Thomas Big Band will play Big Band Treasures of WWII (3 PM, $30, $20 seniors and veterans, 473-1845); and at Proctors it’s a Classic Rock Tribute Celebration featuring singer Gary Weinlein, and highlighting the music of the Woodstock era (7:30 PM, $24.75-$28.75, 346-6204). Finally, at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Mass., on Wednesday, it’s a new band from the former Violent Femmes frontman: Gordon Gano and the Ryans (7 PM, $18, 413-586-8686).

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