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Sister Hazel

Sister Hazel

Northern Lights, Thursday

There’s a faux-editorial in The Onion this week, written from the point of view of one of the members of one-cover-wonders Alien Ant Farm, claiming he’s “in it for the long haul.” It’s funny because it’s probably true. But the work ethic, that’s admirable. Just as admirable are Gainesville, Fla., rockers Sister Hazel, who had their commercial peak in 1997 with “All for You” but never let themselves get lost in the chase after a second hit. Indeed, they’ve been keeping busy right along—it’s business as usual as Sister Hazel return to the Capital Region tonight, plugging their latest (seventh) album Release, and a recent collaboration with the Ford Motor Company that has their music all over the TV tubes. (May 13, 7 PM, $15, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers CD Release

Midtown Tap and Tea Room, friday

So, what’s your favorite Cajun or zydeco band on MySpace? Ha! Trick question. Would you believe that neither label are even offered as profile options on the networking site? Captain Squeeze (AKA Greg Speck) readily embraces this fact, as heading up an accordion-led zydeco band in upstate New York already makes the group a sort of catfish-out-of-water. Fifteen years ago, Speck traded his polka lederhosen for a pair of mud boots, and his band of swamp-crazed Yankees have been bringing the Mardi Gras ever since. Fine People Everywhere is the band’s fifth album, and to celebrate they’re throwing the closest thing New Scotland Avenue’s probably ever seen to a real bayou bash. (May 14, 7:30 PM, free, 289 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 435-0202)

Melba Moore

GE Theatre at Proctors, friday

Someone call VH1: Melba Moore’s career is a ready-made Behind the Music. Within three years of the start of her Broadway career in the original cast of Hair, Moore became the first African-American to win a Tony award. From there she hosted her own TV variety show, started a record label, recorded over 30 ranking singles in the R&B, funk and disco genres, garnered four Grammy nominations, suffered a bank-breaking divorce, and became a born-again Christian. All this and the 64-year-old is still going strong. Last year she recorded Book of Dreams, her first R&B album in 20 years. Proceeds from Saturday’s concert will benefit the Hamilton Hill Arts Center. (May 14, 8 PM, $25, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Public Image Ltd.

Pearl Street Nightclub, Sunday

Per the Wikipedia entry, “Public Image were one of the first bands to successfully fuse the influences of krautrock and dub reggae.” Now that, right there, is pretty much the dividing line for whether or not you like PiL—some of you just don’t believe that krautrock and dub reggae belong on the same planet. And some fans take issue with the fact that founding bassist Jah Wobble isn’t in the lineup for the band’s reunion jaunt. But PiL always were a revolving door around John Lydon, and Lydon’s got to do something with his time. . . . Look at it this way: Be happy it’s not another Sex Pistols reunion. (May 16, 8:30 PM, $35, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686)

Neil Young, Bert Jansch

Palace Theatre, Tuesday

We’re still all like “no freaking way” over this show, even with it looming just a few days from now. Imagine, a rare U.S. appearance by Scottish folk guitar legend Bert Jansch—this is a guy whose music was formative for people like Jimmy Page and Paul Simon. Also for Neil Young, who’s invited Jansch out on his Twisted Road tour. For his first solo tour in several years, Young is playing a mix of classics and unreleased material, in some of the great theaters of the eastern and southern United States. That includes the 85-year-old Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo—and the Palace Theatre here in Albany, where the tour kicks off Tuesday night. Can you believe it? (May 18, 8 PM, $99.50-$149.50, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-5233)

Also Noted
Mark Erelli

Tonight (Thursday) in Northamp ton, Mass.: Pedro the Lion man David Bazan goes solo for an intimate, songwriter-y set at the Iron Horse Music Hall (10 PM, $15, 413-586-8686). . . . Tomorrow (Friday) night, the Iron Horse gets an intimate visit from Canadian pop legends the Crash Test Dummies (7 PM, $18, 413-586-8686). . . . Friday brings a visit to the Linda from hyper-productive singer-songwriter Mark Erelli, who’s trumpeting the release of Seven Curses, his second new album of 2010; Eric Margan opens (8 PM, $15, 465-5233). . . . Franklin’s Tower has a strong trio of indie acts on Saturday: Albany’s Sea of Trees and the Rain in Spain, plus Atlanta’s Nerd Parade (7:30 PM, $5, 431-1920). . . . Sunday, it’s the third annual Wildwoodstock benefit concert at the Parting Glass, to raise funds for Wildwood, a not-for-profit program for learning-disabled children; performers include the Charlie Watts Riots, Sirsy and Erin Harkes and the Rebound (1 PM, $10, 583-1916). . . . Grunge marches on: Puddle of Mudd are back at Northern Lights on Sunday, with Adelitas Way and Downplay (7 PM, $25, 371-0012).

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