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Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, Like a Storm

Washington Avenue Armory, Friday

Color us incredulous that the band we’ve jokingly referred to many times as “Muddle of Pudd” are still, somehow, selling records. The Fred Durst-endorsed “post-grunge” (read: grunge) act made a killing as a Nirvana knockoff at the turn of the century, and they’re currently riding high on an album bearing the head-spinningly self-important title Vol. 4: Songs in the Key of Love and Hate. Slightly humbler are headliners Shinedown, a Florida “post-grunge” band who have managed to register millions in album sales and a long string of rock-radio hits despite (or perhaps because of) sounding exactly like dozens of other bands—though we suspect that the 78 million plays on their MySpace page were padded by at least 70 million. Christian rockers Skillet and New Zealanders Like a Storm open tomorrow’s (Friday) show. (Jan. 22, 7:30 PM, $30, 195 Washington Ave., Albany, 694-7160)

Willie Nile

The Linda, Saturday

As Willie Nile was busy forging his early career in Greenwich Village during the late ’70s, he earned the distinction as a “one-man Clash.” It wasn’t long before he found himself opening for the Who. Armed with a Stratocaster and a sneering punk ethos, Nile has spent his 30-year career behind dark sunglasses and in the company of Richard Thompson, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen. Last year’s House of a Thousand Guitars features Nile the guitar rocker and the piano-playing balladeer, both of whom will be present Saturday night. (Jan. 23, 8 PM, $23, 339 Central Ave., Albany. 465-5233)

Dan Zanes

The Egg, Saturday

One of the lesser-touted benefits of parenting is the child-induced erosion of hipness. Yes, “benefits.” However impervious to fun you may once have been, however firmly you may once have crossed your arms while arguing the influences of the headliner (“Byrds!” “Beefheart!” “Big Star!”), however stoically you may once have refused the call of the dance floor, parenthood will weaken your resolve. And when you give in, a Dan Zanes show is a fine place to find yourself. For just about a decade now, the former Del Fuego has been plying his trade as a troubadour for tykes (and those who love ‘em), racking up loyal fans of various sizes—not to mention a Grammy. So, when the man and his band hit the Hart Theatre at the Egg this Saturday, strip your kid of his Clash T and head on over and make dancin’ fools of yourselves. (Jan. 23, 3 PM, $20, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Vetiver

Jason’s Upstairs Bar, Saturday

With a band name from a type of Indian grass—no, not that kind of grass—it’s no surprise that Andy Cabic’s music is of the lazing-around-in-the-weeds variety. The San Francisco band’s fourth release, 2009’s Tight Knit, was produced by longtime collaborator (and former Monsterland and Pernice Brothers bassist) Thom Monahan in the band’s home state, and it doesn’t even attempt to rock the boat. That is to say it rocks, but lightly. The music, much like past Vetiver output, has been described as “dreamy,” “gentle,” “ethereal” and, yes, “light.” If you missed out on all the Woodstock anniversary hubbub last year, this Saturday is a fine time to get in on the peace and love vibes. (Jan. 23, 9 PM, $10, 521 Warren St., Hudson, 828-8787)


Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

Revolution Hall, Wednesday

They had to leave the house eventually. After recording their first five albums in their West Philadelphia home, Dr. Dog signed to the well-respected indie label Anti and enlisted producer Rob Schnapf for their upcoming sixth release, Shame, Shame. The record, due out April 6, reportedly finds the band in a more introspective mood than on past releases, though this comes at no cost to the ever-present full-band harmonies and hot guitar work that define the band’s sound. This week, Capital Region fans get the first look (and listen) at the 2010 edition of Dr. Dog as the band kick off a 10-week tour, leading up to the album’s release, right here in Troy. The Growlers open. (Jan. 27, 7:30 PM, $14, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)


Also Noted

Uglysuit

Jackie Washington and Bill Staines team up to kick off Caffe Lena’s 50th-anniversary celebration—which runs all year, as it should—tomorrow (Friday, 8 PM, $25, 583-0022). . . . Grace Potter and the Nocturnals continue their never-ending tour with a stop at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Friday; Oklahoma City band the Uglysuit will open (8:30 PM, $25, 845-679-4406). . . . It’s a roots-rockabilly rock-out with Slick Fitty and JD and the Teaser Studs at Tess’ Lark Tavern on Friday (10 PM, $5, 463-9779). . .. U2 won’t be back in the States until later this year, and they sure as hell won’t be playing rooms the size of Revolution Hall when they get here, so check out tribute band Unforgettable Fire on Saturday—it’s somewhere between blasting War in your bedroom and watching an ant-sized Bono from the cheap seats at a New Jersey football stadium (7 PM, $15, 274-0553). . . . Fans of Palatypus should get they selves to the Bread and Jam Cafe in Cohoes on Saturday for what looks to be a one-shot reunion of the great local duo (8 PM, $5, 326-2275). . . . Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem bring their, um, mayhem to the Iron Horse in Northampton, Mass., on Saturday (7 PM, $19, 413-586-8686). . . . And Sunday at the Egg, it’s a big-time twofer: Jorma Kaukonen and David Bromberg, together (7 PM, $34.50, 473-1845).


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