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New Politics

Valentine’s, Friday

Denmark-via-Brooklyn band New Politics only added the “via” part of that description within the last year, making the big move to Hipster Central as they were about to sign to U.S. label RCA. We couldn’t fault them for the decision; there’s certainly not much of a major-label signing frenzy happening in Copenhagen. The band, whose first single “Yeah Yeah Yeah” sounds like a weird union of Blur’s “Song 2” and the Bloodhound Gang, will hit Albany on a brief mini-tour before they head out for a month with the prettiest band in emo, 30 Seconds to Mars. California band Funeral Party, plus local boys Pillowhead and Around the World and Back, are also on the bill. (Aug. 13, 7:30 PM, call for prices, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Adirondack Homegrown Music Festival

Shepard Park, Saturday

It’s been four years since Three Dimensional Figures bassist Andrew DelSignore decided it would be fun and useful to throw a big summer blowout concert featuring a bunch of local bands to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Albany. Here’s how it works: Spend the day in Shepard Park listening to local musicians the Woodshed Boys, Flakjacket, Three Dimensional Figures, Adam Brockway, Capital Zen, Evil TV, Loaded Mojo and Center of Detention, and if you like what you hear, pick up a compilation CD. The show is free, but the proceeds from record sales go to charity. Sounds like the makings of a fun day. (Aug. 14, noon, free, Lake George, 928-0170)

Peter Prince and Moon Boot Lover

Putnam Den, Saturday

The magic of “rock-ET soul” is actually quite simple. As soon as you put a pair of ridiculous, shiny, oversized moon boots on the guitarist of a power trio, the group are instantly transformed into a cosmic, high-octane funk shuttle. For the past 15 years or so, Peter Prince’s footwear has served him well. The former host of Red Square’s open mic night has toured the country with support from some of the Northeast’s most accomplished musicians: Neal and Alan Evans (of Soulive), members of John Brown’s Body, the Assembly of Dust, Percy Hill, Jiggle the Handle, and pretty much anyone else who’s daring enough to follow in Prince’s formidable footsteps. When the ship touches down in our area, it’s a party not to be missed. (Aug. 14, 10 PM, $8, 63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066)

Dax Riggs

Dax Riggs

Bogie’s, Tuesday

We’re reasonably sure that much of Dax Riggs’ fanbase is still turning up to shows hoping he’ll play songs from his mid-’90s psychedelic metal act Acid Bath. He probably won’t, but that’s just fine as he’ll definitely play tunes from his two solo records, We Sing of Only Blood or Love and the brand-new Say Goodnight to the World. He’ll probably also do some tunes from his last band, the great Deadboy and the Elephantmen. Ain’t nothing wrong with any of that. If you haven’t heard Riggs’ haunted, graveyard-on-the-bayou cover of “Heartbreak Hotel,” do yourself a favor and make your way to Bogie’s on Tuesday. (Aug. 17, 8 PM, $10, 297 Ontario St., Albany, 482-4393)

Kiss, The Academy Is . . ., the Envy

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Tuesday

Paul and Gene and the boys have been working super hard to bring their Hottest Show on Earth Tour to every rock & roll fan in this great nation. Thankfully they must have trailers full of Cherry Dr. Pepper to keep them refreshed. Though the band are best known recently for starring alongside a midget version of themselves (Mini Kiss, duh) in a soft-drink advertisement, the current touring version of Kiss reportedly packs more of a punch than the all-original lineup ever did, and their recent Sonic Boom album has been hailed as a return to form—though exactly which form is left ambiguous. The Academy Is . . . and the Envy will warm up the stage. (Aug. 17, 6:30 PM, $26.50-$131, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-3330)

Also Noted


The Chandler Travis Philharmonette—an abbreviated version of Travis’ “Philharmonic”—are at Caffe Lena tomorrow (Friday) evening (8 PM, $20, 587-3330). . . . Portland, Maine’s Rustic Overtones play music from their recent release The New Way Out at Putnam Den on Friday (10 PM, $13, 584-8066). . . . Every night is Ladies Night at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Mass.—this weekend, at least. On Friday, hear the “neo old-timey” music of Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem (8 PM, $20, $18 members, 413-528-1955), and on Saturday, it’s folk songstress and psychologist (sometimes simultaneously!) Lucy Kaplansky (8 PM, $25, $23 members, 413-528-1955). . . . The 4th Annual Hudson Jazz Workshop culminates in a concert featuring Armen Donelian, Marc Mommaas, and Jim McNeely, along with workshop participants, Saturday afternoon at Hudson Opera House (3 PM, $10, $8 members, 822-1438). . . . Check out the next generation of acoustic blues when Holly and Evan play Bread and Jam Cafe on Saturday, along with Olivia Quillo and Justin Levinson (7 PM, free, 326-2275). . . . The 5th Annual Rock, Rattle and Drum Powwow and Spirit on the Mountain Music Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at Gardner’s Field in Stephentown. Renowned Native American recording artist Joanne Shenandoah is this year’s headlining musical act; the full schedule is at (10 AM, $7, $5 youth and seniors, children under 10 free, 733-9227). . . . Get a sneak peek at Alternative Press magazine’s October pick for Unsigned Band of the Month this Monday at Valentine’s when Long Island band the Narrative play Valentine’s Monday night; the Scarlet Ending, Lucky Lips, and Busy Busy Busy are also on board for this Punk Rock Monday spectacular (6 PM, $6, 432-6572).

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