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Dirty Heads

Dirty Heads

Northern Lights, Thursday

We thought it odd when reunited ’90s reggae-rockers Sublime toured a few years ago—mainly because Bradley Nowell, Sublime’s frontman and main songwriter, has been dead since long before “Santeria” became the world’s most annoying barroom sing-along. But despite mixed feelings about the very idea of that tour, we have to hand it to Nowell’s replacement, Rome, whose own band, Dirty Heads, have now leapfrogged to fame on the back of Rome’s side activities. “Stand Tall” is the big hit; the rest of the Dirty Heads catalog stays within the parameters set by 311 and Sublime back in the chronic mid-’90s. Skadee and DJ Big Malk open the night. (Aug. 26, 8 PM, $17, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

David Malachowski and the Woodstock Allstars

Riverfront Park (Athens), Friday

David Malachowski has spent much of his great career in the background, as part of Commander Cody and Savoy Brown, and most prominently as the longtime bandleader for country-pop star Shania Twain. (We also know him as a music writer for the Times Union.) This year, Malachowski finally released his debut solo recording, a brief but outstanding EP called The Secret Life of Colonel David, on which the veteran guitar man played and sang every note. But that doesn’t mean he’s gone the singer-songwriter route: In the Woodstock Allstars, Malachowski is joined by a host of brilliant musicians, including the great Joe Jackson rhythm section of Gary Burke and Graham Maby, for an evening filled with improvisation and top-shelf musicianship. Now everybody, solo! (Aug. 27, 7 PM, free, Athens, 945-1551)

Afroman

Jillian’s, Friday

We were going to write this preview, but then we got high. We had researched all the facts of the show, but then we got high. Now we’re running out of space and we know why: Because we got high . . . Afroman could have retired to the easy life after his Grammy nomination in 2002 for the anti-cannabis rap “Because I Got High,” but dude’s stayed clean, motivated and productive, churning out such high-brow hip-hop as Sell Your Dope, Waiting to Inhale, and, yes, A Colt 45 Christmas. Fresh off his set at the Gathering of the Juggalos, Afroman will be joined by locals Mobana and the Crunk Masters. (Aug. 27, 11 PM, $10, 59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997)

Negative Approach

Valentine’s, Sunday

How many bands can claim to have played at the wedding of the guy from Anal Cunt? Perhaps several; we weren’t there. But here’s one: Negative Approach never quite broke out of Detroit during their original early-’80s run, despite having one full-length on the then- fledgling Touch & Go label. But the band’s Stooges-influenced punk found a lasting audience and influence thanks to fanzines and, later, the Internet. Sure enough, singer John Brannon re-formed the band after an almost 25-year break, and now the band comes to Albany trumpeting the release of some unearthed tracks on the Taang! label—which, honestly, we thought was just as extinct as Negative Approach. Viva la Punk Rock! Black SS, Coughing Fit, and Infidels open the show. (Aug. 29, 7 PM, $12, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Rangda, Major Stars, Bunnybrains

Cannonball Factory, Tuesday

It took some digging to find the details about this one, but the challenge is fitting. Rangda is something of an experimental music super group, made up of guitarists Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and Ben Chasny (aka Six Organs of Admittance) and drummer Chris Corsano (Björk, Nels Cline, Thurston Moore), who are all more than accustomed to making their audience work. Major Stars make their sounds marginally more accessible insofar as founding members Wayne Rogers and Kate Biggar run the Boston-based avant label Twisted Village. Bunnybrains are Hudson’s own face-painted noise freaks. Proceeds benefit the Hudson Valley’s new community radio station WGXC, which will also live-stream the show. (Aug. 31, 8 PM, $10, 359 Columbia St., Hudson, wgxc.org/events/2425)


Also Noted
Avenged Sevenfold

This week is all about closure: Jazz on Jay’s season ends today (Thursday) with a performance from dynamic duo Sonny & Perley (free, noon, 382-3884). . . . Turning Stone Resort and Casino finishes their summer slate with a pair of unstoppable country legends: Tonight (Thursday), George Jones takes the showroom stage (8 PM, $65-$80, 877-833-SHOW) and on Saturday Loretta Lynn shows ’em how it’s done (8 PM, $65-$80, 877-833-SHOW). . . . The summer special events season at Saratoga Peforming Arts Center goes out with a bang Saturday afternoon, as Channel 103.1’s annual Big Day Out presents “active rock” heavyweights Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, and several more (3:30 PM, $25-$85, 587-3330). . . . On the flipside, country crooner Clay Walker at Northern Lights on Saturday (8:30 PM, $18, 371-0012). . . . The Hudson Harborfest also finishes its season on Saturday, with music from classic honky-tonkers Girl Howdy (6:30 PM, free, 822-8448). . . . Indie-pop dream bill: Lou Barlow and the Missingmen team up with Baltimore duo Wye Oak at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Mass. on Tuesday (7 PM, $13, 413-586-8686). . . . Reformed emo guy Jarrod Gorbel has a very singer- songwriterly new record, Devil’s Made A New Friend, and he’ll celebrate its release with an early show at Valentine’s on Wednesday (6 PM, $12, 432-6572). . . . Finally, if you want to hear the folk but don’t want to folk with the Tom Petty folk, Crosby Stills and Nash will bring the harmony at Tanglewood on Wednesday (7:30 PM, $24-$96, 866-266-1200).


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