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Kristin Hersh

Iron Horse Music Hall, Thursday

We find ourselves flipping through our own concert listings from time to time, and every so often this activity leads us to reconnect with an artist we’d not thought about in some time. This week’s example: Kristin Hersh, who plays at the Iron Horse this evening. She’s perhaps best known as the leader of vintage alternative-rock band Throwing Muses, and more recently as part of the trio 50 Foot Wave. But it’s Hersh’s work as a solo artist that we love the best—her 1994 single “Your Ghost” is just as haunting (yeah, we know) as it was back in the day, and 2008’s Speedbath proved she continues to be a formidable recording artist. (June 3, 7 PM, $17, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686)

The Ike Reilly Assassination

Valentine’s, Thursday

Entertainment rule No. 1: Give ’em their money’s worth. Ike Reilly Assassination leader Ike Reilly, when faced with a considerably less-than-capacity crowd in Ohio last month, remarked, “It’s taken us 12 years to build this crowd,” before leading the band through a 90-minute set—that’s an hour and a half for about 40 or 50 arms-folded Clevelanders. Here’s hoping the tour fares better when it stops in Albany tonight because, with a style that’s something like early Springsteen fronting the Clash, Reilly is one of the great underheard voices in independent music, and we’d love to see him return. Recommended if you couldn’t get tickets to the Hold Steady. (June 3, 8 PM, $10, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)


Putnam Den, Thursday

When you’re a horn-crazed, groove-heavy, seven-piece genre-splicing machine, like Colorado’s Eufórquestra are, there’s power in the hyphen. To describe their wide-ranging blend of reggae, samba, soca and dub, the band arrived on the label “Afro-Carribean barnyard funk.” Of course, you’ll just have to give these guys a listen to find out what that means exactly. The group have toured hard for up-and-coming status on the West Coast club and festival circuit, sharing the stage with folks like Russell Batiste, Page McConnell, Papa Mali and Reed Mathis along the way. Thursday’s show likely will be foot-stompin’, booty-shakin’, face-meltin’ and all the rest. Black Mountain Symphony open. (June 3, 9 PM, $5, 63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066)


The Egg, Saturday

Jalala is a village in northwestern Pakistan. JaLaLa are Janis Siegel, Laurel Masse and Lauren Kinhan—get it? Furthermore, Siegel and Masse are founding members of the Manhattan Transfer, that Grammy-gobbling vocal group, and Kinhan is a longtime member of jazz group New York Voices. The trio got together last year to record That Old Mercer Magic!, a tribute to pop lyricist Johnny Mercer, who penned classics like “Moon River,” “Jeepers Creepers,” and “Accentuate the Positive.” Saturday’s show will draw on this material as well as jazz standards and fan favorites. What all this has to do with the Pashto people of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region remains unclear. (June 5, 8 PM, $24, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon, The Whigs

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Sunday

When Nashville’s Kings of Leon last came through the Capital Region, they played to a full house at the relatively cozy Revolution Hall. But that was before “Use Somebody,” the U2-sized anthem that took the band to the top of the charts last year—and to a triple Grammy win this January. Thusly, the Kings are now touring venues that better suit their expansive sound; it feels rightfully like a victory lap for a band who seem to have been on the road straight through since 2003. Opening Sunday’s show are Athens, Ga. trio the Whigs, last seen in these parts headlining Valentine’s just one month ago. (June 6, 7:30 PM, $35.50-$55.50, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-3330)



Also Noted


This (Thursday) evening brings the first of this summer’s Alive at Five concerts in downtown Albany; the kickoff event keeps it local with performances from Audiostars and Cryin’ Out Loud (5 PM, free, 434-2032). . . . Harold Ford and the Cash Band celebrate the life and music of the Man in Black (Johnny Cash, noobs) tomorrow (Friday) at the Linda (8 PM, $20, 465-5233). . . . Western Mass.-based “string-rock” band Darlingside play Saratoga’s Putnam Den Friday night, just ahead of the release of their new EP; Alta Mira are also on the bill (8 PM, $5, 584-8066). . . . The Dave Mat thews Band settle in for their annual sold-out SPAC run this Friday and Saturday; this time next summer Dave and the gang will be mowing their lawns, as they’re taking a rare year off in 2011 (7 PM Fri, 6 PM Sat, 587-3330). . . . Northern Lights welcomes funk-rockers Keeping Riley this Wednesday night; they’ll share the stage with the Lost Sons and others (6 PM, $12, 371-0012). . . . The inimitable Robyn Hitchcock plays the Iron Horse in Northampton, Mass., on Wednesday, with support from Jennifer O’Connor (7 PM, $20, 413-586-8686).

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