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John Waite Acoustic Trio

Charles R. Wood Theater, Thursday

It’s always a pleasure to hear that one of the great rock singers has hung onto his voice this far along. Such is the case with John Waite, whose familiar tenor has been at the fore of big hits by the Babys (“Isn’t It Time”) and Bad English (“When I See You Smile”), as well as the bona fide 1984 solo smash “Missing You.” (You might have recently caught it in a Conan promo.) His latest release, 2007’s Downtown: Journey of a Heart, found that voice still soaring on a set of new rockers and stripped-down versions of his hits. Tonight’s show concentrates on the stripped-down, as Waite and his band take an acoustic trip through the back catalog, and (possibly) material from a forthcoming new album, due in 2011. (Nov. 18, 8 PM, $47.50, 207 Glen St., Glens Falls, 798-9663)

Ben Kweller, Julia Nunes

Pearl Street, Thursday; Bearsville Theater, Saturday

The acoustic vibes continue with two area appearances from still-super-young troubadour Ben Kweller. He recently wrapped recording on Go Fly a Kite, the follow-up to his country-flavored 2009 release, Changing Horses. But rather than wait around for the album to drop, Kweller has hit the road for a rare solo tour, his first in more than eight years, promising “material from his entire catalog, requests from the crowd, and even B-sides and other rarities.” He’s joined on these dates by Julia Nunes, the 21-year-old Fairport, N.Y., native whose ukelele renditions of emo-punk tunes have made her a YouTube sensation—and a legitimate recording artist in her own right. (Nov. 18, 8:30 PM, $18, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686; Nov. 20, 9 PM, $20, 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, 845-679-4406)

Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey

Proctors, Friday

The passing of Mary Travers last year hit many people hard; in a sense, it made the long decades between the 1960s and today seem even more like a chasm. Peter, Paul & Mary are no more, but Peter and Paul carry on, as they put it, “not in memory of Mary, but in terms of understanding that this music has had a great effect and the world still needs this music.” In full voice, and good spirits, they will perform the songs that managed to be both pop hits and hallmarks of generational change. And there won’t be any pledge breaks. (Nov. 19, 8 PM, $20-$90, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

soundBarn, Albany Sonic Arts Collective

Saratoga Arts Center, Saturday

Something was in the air in New York City in the late ’70s: the clarifying crunch of punk. Avant-garde composer Rhys Chatham saw the Ramones and it blasted opened his ears; in 1978 he created Guitar Trio, which “embodies an amalgamation of the textural intricacies of the avant-garde collided with the visceral punch of electric guitar-slinging punk rock.” We took this last quote from the notes for this scheduled performance of Chatham’s raucous work by members of the Albany Sonic Arts Collective and soundBarn. They will continue the classical punk vibe by playing Holland Hopson’s Swallowtail, too. In the downtown spirit of things, we suggest you wear black. (Nov. 20, 8 PM, $5, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-4132)


La Otracina

La Otracina, Naam

Valentine’s, Saturday

Enough with the highbrow; this one’s for the stoners. Brooklyn trio La Otracina take weed rock to its logical endpoint—all the way down the rabbit hole into the jazz-riddled prog-metal wonderland of Reality Has Got to Die. They’ve been quoted as saying, simply, “We are three young men from Brooklyn creating experimental and avant-garde psychedelic heavy metal music,” and when their bio references krautrock, Hawkwind, King Crimson and Tangerine Dream, it’s perfectly accurate. They’ll be joined by fellow Brooklynites Naam, whose self-titled Tee Pee Records debut is a fuzz- and reverb-laden psych-rock freakout that recalls Nektar and Danzig (kind of). Albany bands Maggot Brain and Dryheave are also on Saturday’s bill. (Nov. 20, 7 PM, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)




Also Noted

The annual B3nson Family Funsgiving is at Valentine’s tonight (Thursday) with a host of B3nson bands performing, including We Are Jeneric, If Madrid and Que Caro; admission comes with a free CD, and it’s a bit cheaper if you bring a nonperishable food item (8 PM, $10, 432-6572). . . . ’90s alt-rockers Third Eye Blind and local favorites Mirk play tonight at the SEFCU Arena at University at Albany (8 PM, $10, 442-5640). . . . Valentine’s stays in the giving spirit with tomorrow (Friday) night’s Neighbors in Need benefit, with proceeds going to the Regional Food Bank and Albany CARES; among the scheduled acts are Super 400, the Charlie Watts Riots and the Landlines, and again, admission is cheaper with a canned food item (6:30 PM, $7, 432-6572). . . . Matt Durfee of Palatypus celebrates his birthday Saturday at Red Square with a rare full-band set, plus guests Timbre Coup and Black Mountain Symphony (8 PM, $3, 465-0444). . . . New York singer-songwriter Patti Rothberg plays the Judge’s Inn in Troy on Saturday; she recently released her fourth LP, Overnite Sensation (9 PM, call for prices, 279-7989). . . . Saturday also brings the return of the N’awlins-flavored favorites the subdudes at the Egg (8 PM, $34.50, 473-1845). . . . On Sunday, RPI alumnus (and, for you metal historians, former Falkirk member) Tristan Shone brings his one-man metal machine music show Author & Punisher to the Marketplace Gallery at 40 Broadway (near the Port of Albany); Shone uses “primarily custom fabricated machines/controllers and speakers” to create his music, and his latest, Drone Machines, is what he calls his “first sculpture/art based album” (8 PM,

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