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Dave’s True Story,
Too Human
Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Mass., Thursday

Formed in 1993, Dave’s True Story is a jazzy, poppy lounge act made up of songwriter-guitarist Dave Cantor and vocalist Kelly Flint. The New York Times describes the duo as “a little disturbing, a little unnerving: Postmodern Lounge,” and they have accomplished a lot in their short history: They are the winners of the 1995 Kerrville New Music Award, they’ve sold over 50,000 copies of their independently released albums, and two of their songs (“Crazy Eyes” and “Sequined Mermaid Dress”) are featured in the film Kissing Jessica Stein, which opens nationwide this month. Flint uses her voice as an instrument to match Cantor’s jazzy guitar, and Cantor creates music that can be listened to while “being relaxed, having fun and feeling suave,” according to the band’s press. Dave’s True Story are joined at Club Helsinki tonight (Thursday) by Too Human. (March 14, 8 PM, $10, 413-528-6308)

Janis Ian
The Egg, Friday

If you want to get a sense of how expansive a career Janis Ian has enjoyed, consider these factoids: She recorded her breakthrough hit, the interracial-romance-themed “Society’s Child,” as a teenager in the ’60s; found a home on the pop charts in the ’70s with such evocative singer-songwriter fare as “At Seventeen” and “Jesse”; came out of the closet as a lesbian before making her comeback in the ’90s with the first in a series of probing new-folk albums; has been a columnist for such high-profile magazines as The Advocate; just landed a song (“Society’s Child”) in the Grammy Hall of Fame; and has been sampled by the Artist Formerly Known as Puff Daddy. Oh, and she’s also a busy activist and a familiar face on the touring circuit who has won a devoted fan base in this area through her regular schedule of free outdoor shows and intimate theater performances. Tomorrow (Friday), Ian and her guitar will hit the Egg for just such an intimate performance, and it’s safe to expect an involving mix of introspection, social commentary, dry wit and luminous singing. Oh, and be warned—Ian is beloved for her ability to craft and perform transportingly sad songs. (March 15, 8 PM, $22, 473-1845)

Marshall Crenshaw
The Larkin, Friday

He’s suffered for his art . . . now it’s your turn. Or so Marshall Crenshaw’s latest live album (I’ve Suffered For My Art . . . etc.) would have you believe. Crenshaw, who will perform two sets at the Larkin on Friday, actually swiped the line from Henny Youngman, and though you can applaud his joking self-deprecation, don’t take him too seriously: Crenshaw has certainly paid his dues, slogging it out on the edges of the collective pop-music consciousness since his debut release in 1982, but his audiences don’t suffer much at all. Simply put, he’s one of the best, most versatile pop songwriters around—and a he’s a damn fine performer to boot. Commenting on his first release, Kurt Loder wrote that Crenshaw “gives every promise of being a rock & roll song master on the level of such forerunners as Goffin and King, Mann and Weil, and Barry and Greenwich. If he’s consistent, that is.” Well, since then, he’s maintained a constant cult fanbase, and his songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Robert Gordon, Bette Midler and the Gin Blossoms (who rocketed to prominence then disappeared, while Crenshaw kept on). Seems slow and steady, as they say, wins the race after all. (March 15, 8:30 and 10:30 PM, $20, $25 table, 463-5225)

St. Paddy Day Bandfest
Larkin Lounge, Sunday

There are a slew of St. Patrick’s Day shows, most with beer specials and Irish music, but the Larkin’s salute to this snake-hating saint stands out in its attempt to entertain. Get sloppy drunk if you must, but rather than enduring slapdash renditions of “Molly Malone,” why not check out some of our area’s best indie rockers? We challenge you to sample but a few of the acts on the lengthy roster of talent and not take something away (other than someone else’s coat in ale-addled haste). And if you’ve been wondering about some of the names flying about, and the critical praise attached to them, now is your chance to catch up. Each performer will do a couple of songs, so you can get a bunch under your belt before the room goes blurry. The lineup includes, but is not limited to: Ed Gorch and Mike Hotter (of knotworking), Mike’s dad Bill Hotter (performing accordion songs), Stevie Wander, Bryan Thomas, Rich Baldes (of the Day Jobs), Tom Burre (of Bone Oil), Jason Martin, Sarah Paul and Shawn Dawson (of Jump Cannon), Mitch Elrod, John Brodeur, Jeb and Clayton Colwell (Hector on Stilts), Martha Kronholm and Frank Moscowicz (of the Orange), Dana Monteith (of Ominous Seapods), Carl Smith, Christina Manning (of Here God) and E. Lazarus. (March 17, 8 PM, free, 463-5225)

The Amish Armada
Valentine’s, Tuesday

Sometimes we have to let the bands speak for themselves in this space, and for the Amish Armada show at Valentine’s on Tuesday, we’re going to do just that: “The Amish Armada are a group of outcasted, or zombified, Amish revolutionaries hailing from the fields of the unincorporated Villeburgston PA who are fighting a perpetual battle to abolish technology. The main adversary is their archenemy Technolojesus (the ruler over all things technological) and his various minions such as DJ Electro (the ecstasy dazed electronic beat maestro) and Drake Rockington (a billionaire business mogul). . . . On stage most people know them as Elijah Damned (vocals), Ezekiel the Maliced (guitar), Jakob the Malevolent (bass), and Jebidiah the Hunted (drums). And no show would be complete without the Armada’s famous ‘extras’ or ‘dance squad’ comprised of Abraham the Elder, Jeremiah the Myopic, Malachi the Drunkard, Six Fingered Sam, and J.J. Joseph. . . . Filled with battles, skits, comedy and the spectacle of a stage filled with musical ‘Amish zombies.’ ” Well there’s that. And if’n you’re curious about the sounds coming from the stage, expect a heady mix of rock, punk and metal. (March 19, 8 PM, $5, 432-6572)

also noted

Area rockers Triangle Paradise will perform a tribute to recently deceased Beatle George Harrison tonight (Thursday) at the Big House Brewing Company, with proceeds from the event to benefit the American Cancer Society (8 PM, $10, 445-2739). . . . New York City-based Celtic rockers Black 47 will play Northern Lights tonight ($10 advance, $12 door, 371-0012). . . . Friday at Northern Lights offers the Jazz Mandolin Project ($12 advance, $14 door, 371-0012). . . . Country-blues guitar legend Duke Robillard will play Great Barrington’s Club Helsinki on Friday (9 PM, $20, 413-528-3394). . . . Boston pop act Helicopter Helicopter, with whom you’ll fall in love after not more than “a full eight seconds,” according to Amplifier magazine, play Valentine’s Friday, with reclusive roots-rockers Crawdad opening (10 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Local garage-rock supergroup, the Ummm…, boasting members of Rocky Velvet and the now-defunct 1313 Mockingbird Lane, will play with the Erotics and Nysm at the Fuze Box on Friday (10 PM, $5, 432-4472). . . . Celtic Mayhem 2002 will take place Friday at the Palace Theatre, with Seven Nations, Ceili Rain and Hair of the Dog performing (7 PM, $17 advance, $20 door, 465-4663). . . . Boston-based Big D and the Kids Table will play Saratoga Winners Friday, with OFN, Third 2 None, Raheem Is Rad, 3 Pt. Turn and the D.A.’s sharing the stage (7:30 PM, $10, 434-1934). . . . Nogoodnix, Plastic Jesus and the Rubes will play a St. Patrick’s Day Celtic/Punk Chaos Party at Valentine’s on Saturday (9 PM, $7, 432-6572). . . . Five-piece groove outfit Aaron Katz Band (Katz was in Percy Hill) will play Club Helsinki on Saturday (9 PM, $10, 413-528-3394).

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