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Los Lonely Boys

Los Lonely Boys

Colonial Theatre, Thursday

Apparently “Spanglish” didn’t quite cut it: Brothers Henry, Jojo, and Ringo Garza, collectively known as hitmaking trio Los Lonely Boys, like to call their music “Texican.” For what it’s worth, they’ve kind of earned the right to coin a new genre, as they manage to incorporate classic rock, country, harmony-rich soul and traditional Tejano music into their particular brand. Speaking of bringing together disparate elements to create a surprisingly cohesive product, their new covers EP, 1969, features covers from the Doors, the Beatles, Tony Joe White, Santana, and Blind Faith. If you know them only for their inescapable hit “Heaven,” this 2010 Austin Music Award-winning Best Rock Band might be worth another listen. (June 17, 7:30 PM, $35-$55, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., 413-997-4444)

Doña Oxford

The Van Dyck, Friday

The fact that Doña Oxford actually was born in the back seat of a Chevrolet suggests she may have been preordained for greatness as a soul singer. It’s a destiny she’s followed onstage with the likes of Keith Richards, Buddy Guy and Levon Helm. The fact that she recorded the soundtrack to Eddie Murphy’s Norbit, however, might not jibe with the legend—until you understand that said Chevy was outside a hospital on the Upper West Side. Having spent time in Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir’s solo band, and been proclaimed “the next big thing in music” by Ewan McGregor (of all people), Oxford has a resume that is as diverse as her musicianship is deep. (June 18, 7 PM, $12, 237 Union St., Schenectady, 348-7999)

Strike Anywhere, Bane, Touche Amore, Lowtalker

Valentine’s, Friday

With bands clambering for a spot on Warped Tour and Tony Hawk Pro Skater, punk rock isn’t quite the radical political force it used to be. But there are still a few bands out there who are fighting the system—even when the system has treated them most kindly (now that’s punk!). Count Richmond, Va., band Strike Anywhere among them. The melodic hardcore band are outspoken on the topics of anti-capitalism, women’s rights, globalization and vegetarianism. It’s no surprise then that they’ve brought straight-edgers Bane along with them on tour. Rounding out the four-band, 16-plus show will be Touche Amore and Lowtalker. (June 18, 7 PM, $13, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Adrian Belew

The Linda, Saturday

Last time Adrian Belew came to town he was in Power Trio mode, backed by a teenage rhythm section. This weekend he returns with a wholly different live experience, one that should be a true reward for fans of the legendary performer. (“Legendary” is not the least bit hyperbolic to describe a guy who’s played with Zappa, Bowie, and Reznor.) The Painting With Guitar tour finds a solo Belew on a stage “littered” with his paintings, introducing new music and improvisations, revisiting bits of his illustrious past, and taking questions from the audience. Should be a real trip. (June 19, 8 PM, $22, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4)

Thrice, Kevin Devine, Bad Veins, the Dig

Northern Lights, Monday

Another night, another four band bill. But this one holds a little something for almost every rock & roll fan. Headliners Thrice are into their second decade of musicmaking; they come to Clifton Park on a hot streak, supporting their third album (Beggars) in as many years. Brooklyn singer- songwriter Kevin Devine brings his aggressive acoustic sound, and songs from an upcoming album with Manchester Orchestra. Dangerbird Records indie-rockers Bad Veins celebrate their just-released EP, Outliers. And openers the Dig (not to be confused with the ’90s post-grunge act Dig) are one of the most buzzed-about new bands out of New York City. All told, your best bet for a good time on a Monday night is right here. (June 21, 7 PM, $21, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)


Also Noted

Paula Cole

It’s the return of Garage Bands in the Garage at the main branch of the Albany Public Library tomorrow (Friday), with music from Blue Factory and the Hobor-chestra (6 PM, free, 427-4300). . . . Grand Street Community Arts kicks off their 2010 Out of the Margins series on Friday with acclaimed a cappella ensemble Voices of Africa; a free workshop precedes the performance at 5 PM (7:30 PM, $5-$20, grandarts.org). . . . The Troubadour Series at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Mass., shifts into high gear Friday and Saturday with Woodstock legend Country Joe McDonald performing a tribute to Woody Guthrie (8 PM, $35, $30 members, 413-528-1955). . . . Troy’s annual River Street Festival celebrates its seventh year this Saturday with a (nearly) all-girl lineup: Headliner Paula Cole will be joined by a host of great local acts including Ashley Pond, Taina Asili, Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and Heard, and several more (10 AM, free, 279-7162). . . . Check out Club Helsinki’s new Hudson digs this Saturday at a benefit concert to help launch community radio station WGXC; the music comes from Brooklyn-based Americana act the Weight, new Sub Pop Records band Happy Birthday, and honky-tonkers J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices (8 PM, $15, 828-4800). . . . Miracles can happen: Saturday’s show is sold out, but there are still tickets available for the Sunday Phish show at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (7 PM, $50, 587-3330). . . . Just up the road from SPAC on Sunday, the always terrific Dan Bern will play a few of his 600-plus tunes at Caffe Lena (7 PM, $22, 587-3330).


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