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The Black Crowes

Dan Deacon Ensemble, Lightning Bolt

Northern Lights, Thursday

Fast drumming, distorted vocals, and love for kitsch are all qualities that make Dan Deacon and Lightning Bolt great for a shared bill, but the best might be a mutual disdain for the stage. Lightning Bolt, a bass and drums duo, have long insisted on playing their manic, athletic noise rock from smack-dab in the middle of the crowd, where things tend to get loud, sweaty and violent. And Deacon’s sets are full-blown interactive aerobics classes, with the dorky maestro leading the audience through inhibition-reducing charades. Even with his 14-piece ensemble this time around, Deacon’s likely to bring the fun right down to the floor. Albany’s own Ghoul Poon open. (Oct. 14, 8 PM, $15, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

MC Frontalot

Valentine’s Thursday

“Never has a little boy sat so alone at his computer and busted out such inconceivably thick rhymes.” So said linguist, philosopher, political activist and hip-hop critic Noam Chomsky of Damian Hess, aka MC Frontalot, progenitor of the nerdcore genre, and self-declared “World’s 579th greatest rapper.” Ever since 2005’s Nerdcore Rising, Frontalot’s science-heavy lyricism has landed him gigs at video game conferences and cameos on Sesame Street, and spawned a whole movement, including MC Hawking, Optimus Rhyme, and Schäfer the Darklord, the latter of whom guests on Frontalot’s latest Zero Day, as does Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman. The Pony in the Pancake open. (Oct. 14, 8 PM, $15, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

The Black Crowes

Palace Theater, Friday

After 20 years and nine studio albums, the Black Crowes are giving it a rest. Though, unlike the “hiatus” that took the band out of circulation for four years at the start of the century, this one seems amicable—they’re simply putting the band on indefinite pause to work on outside projects, like families. That’s bad news for hardcore fans, but for those who haven’t seen the band at work in some time it’s a blessing: The Robinson brothers and company have been making some of their best music in recent years, thanks to the addition of North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson. The recent career- retrospective Croweology features new, acoustic renditions of the band’s best-loved songs; their Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys Tour, which plays Albany on Friday, presents those songs in a three-hour show that’s half-acoustic, half-electric. (Oct. 15, 8 PM, $42.50, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663)

The Psychedelic Furs

Bearsville Theater, Friday

If you’re a regular Metroland reader you already know that we’re a bunch of old farts who get excited by stuff like this, so bear with us. Led by singer Richard Butler, English band the Psychedelic Furs bridged the gap between the Sex Pistols and the Smiths in the early ’80s with their sneering, somewhat retro pop. They’re warming up for a European tour with two shows here in the states, one of which happens to be in Woodstock. And in the tradition of dozens of bands, they’re rolling out the entirety of their great 1981 record Talk, Talk, Talk—it’s the one with the original version of “Pretty In Pink,” which inspired the title (and the re-recorded title track) of the John Hughes film. Ducky won’t be there, but we sure as hell will. (Oct. 15, 9 PM, $45, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, 845-679-4406)

Chris Brown

Washington Avenue Armory, Saturday

How To Derail A Pop Career 101: Chris Brown once had a most promising future in front of him. He sold more than four million albums and boasted two No. 1 singles before his 18th birthday, simultaneously taking his star into the acting realm. He was gearing up for what could have been a career-defining third album, on which he claimed to emulate Prince and Michael Jackson. (What balls!) Then, in Feb. 2009, Brown was arrested for viciously assaulting then-girlfriend (and fellow pop star) Rihanna. And oh, did the walls come crashing down: Released in the months after a felony conviction, Graffiti all but tanked, selling a sliver of its predecessors. Brown is now touring in advance of a forthcoming album called F.A.M.E., which reportedly stands for “forgiving all my enemies,” an ironic title from someone whose lasting contribution to pop culture is punching a woman in the face. (Oct. 16, PM, call for prices, 195 Washington Ave., Albany, 694-7160)

Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses

The Linda, Sunday

We’ve written about Texas singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham before, in the context of his being an up-and-coming country star playing the club circuit. After a few well-received local shows at Valentine’s, Bingham and his band the Dead Horses are moving up to a slightly bigger stage at the Linda. We suspect the upgrade has more than a little to do with the fact that he picked up an Academy Award earlier this year for the theme song from Crazy Heart. But beyond that are three albums of excellent, folk- and blues-flavored country-rock, including this year’s T-Bone Burnett-produced Junky Star, helmed by Bingham’s aged-beyond-its-years voice. The Rustlanders open the show. (Oct. 17, 8 PM, $15, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233)

Also Noted
Buffy Sainte-Marie

Get your Halloween costume on early and go see the legendary GWAR at Northern Lights on Friday (7:30 PM, $20, 371-0012). . . . Fans of hard bop, take (blue) note: the SF Jazz Collective, featuring Capital Region native Stefon Harris among a star-filled ensemble, will perform the compositions of Horace Silver in their Friday concert at the Egg (8 PM, $29.50, 473-1845). . . . The Eighth Step at Proctors presents Imagine—A World Without Domestic Abuse, a benefit for the Schenectady YWCA, on Friday, with music from Bethany and Rufus, Lui Collins, and Annie and the Hedonists (7:30 PM, $25, 346-6204). . . . Award-winning songwriter and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie performs Friday at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass., just down the road from her alma mater, UMass Amherst (7 PM, $25, 413-586-8686). . . . Blue-collar British songwriter Jez Lowe plays his well-covered originals at Old Songs on Friday (8 PM, $20, 765-2815). . . . If yer blues is the Delta blues you’ll dig Danielle Miraglia, in concert at Caffe Lena on Saturday along with Lonesomeville singer-songwriter Les Sampou (8 PM, $18, 583-0022). . . . ’90s L.A. Hardcore greats Strife are back and at Valentine’s on Tuesday (6 PM, $12, 432-6572). . . . Also Tuesday, Cobra Skulls, the Sidekicks, and Menzingers are at Bogie’s (8 PM, 482-4393). . . . Get your Halloween costume on early and go see the legendary Misfits at Northern Lights on Wednesday (6:30 PM, $18, 371-0012).

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