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Rhythm Devils

Northern Lights, Thursday

Still beating to the rhythm of their own drums, the Grateful Dead’s drumming duo of Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have taken to the road with their own group, Rhythm Devils. The band’s rotating lineup recently featured one-man band Keller Williams; Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips is currently handling guitar and vocal duties. The group plans to “take music beyond the horizon to a universe where rhythm is in constant flux and sound has infinite potential,” which leads us to believe that Northern Lights must have a pretty expensive sound system. (Sept. 2, 7 PM, $22, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)


Gelston Castle Estate, Friday- Sunday

Who’s up for one more festival before the summer’s out? Or should we say one moe? (Yuk yuk.) The moe.down is in its eleventh year of mining the common ground between jam and alternative. This year’s jamboree returns to its perch above the Mohawk Valley at the historic Gelston Castle Estate. Don’t forget to open your eyes and notice the beautiful Adirondacks while hippy twirling to the line up of Black Keys, Built To Spill, Nas and Damian Marley, Mike Gordon, all six sets of moe., as well as other assorted “tunes, man.” (Sept. 3-5, gates at noon, $150, Mohawk, 716-874-6677)

Meta and the Cornerstones

Mass MoCA, Saturday

We have gone on record with our dislike for the term “world music.” But from time to time an act comes along that truly deserves the designation. Brooklyn-based Meta and the Cornerstones are such a band. Though their music is, for all intents and purposes, reggae, the band bring together sounds and influences from all over the globe: Senegalese vocalist Meta Dia sings in no less than four languages, while band members hail from Lebanon, Mexico, Israel, Japan, and the Ivory Coast. Like many great reggae groups, Meta and the Cornerstones stress unity and positivity in their music; and should you miss the message, you’ll be too busy dancing to notice. (Sept. 4, 8 PM, $19, $10 students, $5 children, 87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., 413-662-2111)

Hank Williams III

Hank Williams III, Assjack

Northern Lights, Tuesday

Bearing the name Hank Williams carries some considerable baggage. First, there’s dear old granddad, the godfather of modern country music. And then there’s his father, Hank Williams Jr., the one called Bocephus, whose divergence from the family path into rock & roll almost got him blacklisted in Nashville. Hank III recognizes these dual histories and brings them to the fore in a live show that is, literally, two distinct parts: First, Williams performs a set of his own honky-tonk tunes, in homage to Hank, Sr.; he then returns to the stage with his hardcore-punk outfit Assjack, wiping the floor with any so-called “legacy.” Bring your dancing shoes, and earplugs. (Sept. 7, 8 PM, $18, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Jackson Browne and David Lindley

Palace Theatre, Tuesday

It’s been just over a year since Jackson Browne and David Lindley passed through the Capital Region separately, just one day apart from one another. At the time there was wild speculation that they might turn up at one another’s gigs—and indeed, Browne did show up at the Van Dyck to take in Lindley’s performance (though Browne did not actually sing that night). This time, it’s for certain: Browne and Lindley are touring as a unit, supporting this year’s two-disc live set Love is Strange, which was recorded during a similar tour in 2006. Some proceeds will benefit one of Browne’s myriad pet environmental causes; we recommend paperless ticketing because he’d want it that way. (Sept. 7, 7:30 PM, $60-$80, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-5233)

Also Noted
Sweet Apple

Three guitars and a fat bongload: Sweet Apple, featuring Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, plus members of Witch and Cobra Verde, play the Flywheel in Easthampton, Mass. on Friday; Heavy Cream and Rubber Leather (two separate bands, though we wish they weren’t) open the show (8 PM, $8, 413-527-9800). . . . The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Mass., ends their summer Troubadour Series with two performances this Friday and Saturday from funny folk duo Christine Lavin and Don White (8 PM, $18, 413-528-1955). . . . The Belleayre Music Festival also closes Saturday, with a smooth performance from the Aaron Neville Quintet (8 PM, $20-$65, 800-942-6904). . . . Take a detour on the way home from your three-day weekend and head to Northampton, Mass., on Monday, where reunited post-rock group Tortoise will play the Iron Horse Music Hall (8:30 PM, $18, 413-586-8686).

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