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The Black Crowes

Cuddle Magic, Railbird

Indie 8th Step, Saturday

After 43 years of bringing contemporary and traditional folk music to the region, the 8th Step is going indie. This is only the second event in the new Indie 8th Step series, but organizers have already proven their good taste. Railbird, a local band we’re betting our good taste will outgrow their local status mighty soon, will be joined by semi-local group Cuddle Magic (who share a bassist and some creative proclivities with Railbird). Everytime we hear either of these groups they get harder and harder to describe (and stop listening to). The same too can be said of Matthew Carefully, who opens. (Oct. 23, 7:30 PM, $15, GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady, 399-4242)

JEFF the Brotherhood

Valentine’s, Sunday

Few bands convey a better sense of let’s-get-drunk-and-jam fun with just their name than JEFF the Brotherhood. The Nashville duo—neither of whom are named Jeff—are touring the Northeast on the strength of the 2010 re-release of their fifth(!) album of Descendents-inspired punk-rock, Heavy Days, on their own Infinity Cat label. True to hyper-productive form, the just-four-year-old band are already preparing another full-length; in the meantime, you can hear some of the new tunes in their live habitat this Sunday. JEFF will be joined by Joggle and reclusive locals Nickname: Rebel. (Oct. 24, 7 PM, $8, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Massry Center for the Arts, Tuesday

To request a particular song at the group’s namesake French Quarter venue, it will cost you $5—$10 if the song is “When the Saints Go Marching In.” But when legendary Dixieland jazz revival group the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are on the road, the price of admission is going to get you all the classics you can handle. Preservation, you see, is what they’re all about, and the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and the other founding fathers of New Orleans jazz is their specialty. (Oct. 26, 7:30 PM, $25, Picotte Recital Hall, College of Saint Rose, Albany, 337-4871)



Northern Lights, Wednesday

In this strange post-MTV universe, the biggest band in music video are a geeky power-pop band from Chicago. “Viral” was but a young buzzword when OK Go brought us the treadmill dance of “Here It Goes Again,” garnering millions of views—and, thus, new fans—for their goofy choreography and catchy pop. Recent innovative clips found the band in a giant Rube Goldberg machine, and performing (sort of) underwater. This spring, just after the release their third album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, the band had a well-publicized spat with EMI Records when the label made their videos unembeddable online (did we mention their “This Too Shall Pass” clip was viewed 6 million times in its first week?); the band’s departure from the label followed closely. The workaholic live act have visited the Capital Region frequently in recent years, and they’re back in Clifton Park on Wednesday. (Oct. 27, 8 PM, $17, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Passion Pit

Union College, Wednesday

You might know Passion Pit as the band whose almost femininely high vocals soundtrack whatever television commercials Phoenix doesn’t—their song “Sleepyhead” was liberally licensed through 2009 and 2010, giving the band of Berklee College of Music students an instant career (just add hype) and, we assume, a nice chunk of change. We just ‘em because lead singer Michael Angelakos is from Buffalo, and proudly so. The band bring their bottomless bucket of cheer to Union College’s Memorial Fieldhouse this week and, for those of you who haven’t made a fake ID in a while, be aware that this a students-only event. Indie hip-hopper K. Flay opens the show. (Oct. 27, 7 PM, Union Street, Schenectady, 388-6000)

Also Noted
Caravan Of Thieves

Get blown away (ha) by the horn overload of Tower of Power, tonight (Thursday) at Northern Lights (8 PM, $30, 371-0012). . . . Also tonight, one-man electro dance party Jeff Bujak spends an evening at Red Square (9 PM, $7-$12, 465-0444). . . . The backstage parties at this show must be a lot of fun: Ed Kowalczyk and Art Alexakis, the humorless frontmen of Live and Everclear, respectively, play a storytellers-style show at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., tomorrow (Friday); Leigh Nash opens (8 PM, $25-45, 413-997-4444). . . . Cro-Mags, a band whose very idea could eat Ed Kowalczyk for breakfast, are at Bogie’s on Friday; a new album is, supposedly, coming in 2011 (8 PM, $12, 482-4393). . . . New York bassist Yunior Terry and his band the Cuban Classics rhumba their way to Hudson for a show at Club Helsinki on Friday (9 PM, $15, 828-4800). . . . Powerful words and powerful rhythms collide this Saturday at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, when poet Jayne Cortez performs with drummer Denardo Coleman for the Sanctuary’s “Raise the Roof” series (8 PM, $10, 272-2390). . . . Go, hippies: Phish will be at the Mullins Center at University of Massachusetts Amherst Saturday and Sunday; sold out, naturally (7:30 PM, $60, 800-999-UMASS). . . . Sunday at Caffe Lena, catch the “acoustic alt-gypsy swing band” known as Caravan of Thieves (7 PM, $16, 583-0022). . . . This Sunday at Pearl Street in Northampton, Mass., it’s one we’ve been saving our pennies for all fall: The Corin Tucker Band lineup features the former Sleater Kinney and Heavens to Betsy shouter with an all new group, including Unwound drummer Sara Lund, who also plays with openers Hungry Ghost (8:30 PM, $18, 413-586-8686).

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