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Sara Evans

Proctors, Thursday

Country fans should be more than familiar with Sara Evans, the Missouri native who has sold millions of records and won scores of awards in her 13-year career. Television watchers will recognize her from a brief turn on the third season of Dancing With the Stars. Avid readers might have picked up her 2010 novel, The Sweet By and By. And gossip gobblers will be familiar with her messy divorce from first husband Craig Schelske, which came with accusations of big-time infidelity from both sides. But it’s the music that brings Evans to Proctors tonight: Her new album, Stronger, is expected in early 2011. (Dec. 9, 8 PM, $20-$50, Mainstage, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Freelance Whales, Miniature Tigers

Iron Horse Music Hall, Friday

Capitalizing on one of the silliest trends in band-name history are these two New York indie-rock acts, who roll into Northampton, Mass., tomorrow night with a heap of industry buzz at their backs. Queens-based Freelance Whales manage to keep a foot in both the twee-electronic and Salvation Army-band traditions; their debut album, Weathervanes, earned praise from Entertainment Weekly for its “dreamy melodies, charmingly terrible pickup lines, and a vibrant band-geek orchestra.” Miniature Tigers, from Brooklyn, have earned “hottest” tags for various reasons from such little-read rags as Spin and Rolling Stone. See them now and you can say you saw them when. (Dec. 10, 10 PM, $15, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686)

Capital Underground Live

Washington Avenue Armory, Saturday

Man about town Ralph Renna has been hosting a weekly local-music showcase at Savannah’s for the last few years; this weekend, he goes big. The first of three Capital Underground Live concerts will be held at the FYE Theater at the Armory (a curtained-off portion of the Armory’s relative expanse) this Saturday, and it features no less than 10 local acts—well, nine actually, plus Long Island band Bulletproof Messenger. The all-day, all-ages event sports sets from press-hating punks the Dirty Stayouts, alternative rockers Fort Rooster, super-young trio the Museum Guards, and several more. At about a buck a band, you’d have a hard time finding better rock value this weekend. (Dec. 11, 2 PM, $12, 195 Washington Ave., Albany, 512-5203)

Mountain Snow and Mistletoe

The Egg, Saturday-Sunday

Christmas is coming! Sure, the stores started hanging tinsel before Halloween, but we didn’t believe the holidays were on the way until we saw Christopher Shaw and Bridget Ball’s Mountain Snow and Mistletoe concerts on the schedule. After a decade (and change) in Troy, the duo, along with guests John Kirk (fiddle), Kevin McKrell (guitar), Tony Markellis (bass) and Brian Melick (percussion), will bring these performances over the river and through the off-ramps to the Egg. Expect the same heartfelt, traditional interpretations of the most loved holiday songs and stories. (Dec. 11, 8 PM; Dec. 12, 2 PM; $24, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)


Sparks the Rescue

Sparks the Rescue, You Me and Everyone We Know, Amely, Boyish Good Looks

Valentine’s, Wednesday

Christmas is the worst time of year to be an emo kid, what with all the bright lights, relatives and merriment. Luckily, when you spike the eggnog with some rock & roll music, things get way more OK. That’s why pop-punkers Sparks the Rescue have embarked on the Christmas Brings Me Down Tour, to find other victims of holiday melancholia, and play their song of the same name. Sharing the sentiment are You, Me, and Everyone We Know, as well as Amely, whose “Christmas Time Again” ratchets up the yuletide angst. Locals Boyish Good Looks will open. (Dec. 15, 7 PM, $12, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)



Also Noted
Heavy Pets

Tonight (Thursday) at Putnam Den, it’s the return of Florida rockers the Heavy Pets (8 PM, $8, 584-8066). . . . The grooves keep coming tomorrow (Friday), when the Ryan Montbleau Band and Black Mountain Symphony take the Putnam Den stage (8:30, $15, 584-8066). . . . Friday at the Glens Falls Civic Center, it’s time for the yearly appearance from Santa Claus—oh no, that’s just Kenny Rogers (8 PM, $27-$62, 798-0366). . . . Valentine’s has variety on Friday as the Ameros, Charlie Phillips, Sugar Proof, and the Realside all share the stage (8 PM, $7, 432-6572). . . . If Tommy Love says “it’s gonna be epic,” you know it’s gonna be epic: Love joins Scotty Mac, Knyghts of Fuzz, Graham and John Tichy, Johnny Rabb, and a reunion of Rocky Velvet for Ian Carlton’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party at the Ale House on Saturday (8 PM, $5, 272-9740). . . . Activist folk duo emma’s revolution return to the Eighth Step at Proctors on Saturday (7:30 PM, $22, 346-6204). . . . Enter the Haggis will bring the rock of the Irish to Jillian’s on Saturday; they’ll be joined by Boston’s Adam Ezra Group (9:30 PM, $20, 432-1997). . . . Bogie’s helps you shake off the winter chill on Sunday with Taproot, Me Talk Pretty, Aficionado, Amalgama and more (7 PM, $15, 482-4393).

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