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Willie Waldman Project
Valentine’s, Thursday

Willie Waldman has had a lifelong fascination with the trumpet. He took lessons every week, joined his high school band, and eventually won a scholarship to the University of Memphis. After college, Waldman found work playing on Memphis’ Beale Street, where he met legend Herman Green, and began to join him and his band on stage at a place called Club Handy. Soon after, Waldman became a member of Herman Green & the Green Machine, the famous Memphis group that produced such greats as James Williams and Mulgrew Miller. Eventually, Waldman and Green formed Freeworld, a group with a rock/fusion flavor, to reach younger audiences. Freeworld toured for years with big-name acts like Joe Cocker and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Waldman moved to California after a long stint with Freeworld, and began working and recording with rap artists such as Snoop Doggy Dog, Tupac Shakur, Jodeci and Exhibit, and he’s contributed to projects with Perry Farrell and Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction and has played with Vonda Shepard’s band on TV’s Ally McBeal. Touring to promote his debut solo album, Trumpet Ride, on Rhombus Records, Waldman will stop in to Valentine’s tonight (Thursday); his band will include Rob Wasserman (Ratdog) and members of moe. (May 16, 8 PM, $10, 432-6572)

Hypocrisy, Soilwork
Saratoga Winners, Friday

The Swedish metal invasion has begun, and Hypocrisy are leading the charge. But even though this is the death-metal group’s first full-scale North American tour, Hypocrisy have been recording and performing throughout Europe for a decade. Led by guitarist Peter Tagtgren, and rounded out by bassist Mikael Hedlund and drummer Lars Szoke, Hypocrisy play a brand of death metal reminiscent of thrash in the pre-grunge era. Over the last decade, Hypocrisy have released 10 albums and two EPs, including last year’s greatest-hits collection 10 Years of Chaos and Confusion. The group’s most recent release, Catch 22, adds a modern twist to their sound. Tomorrow (Friday), Hypocrisy will venture to Cohoes for the first time to play Saratoga Winners. Supporting Hypocrisy will be fellow Swedish metalheads Soilwork and New York City’s Scar Culture. (May 17, 7 PM, $12, 783-1010)

Studio 64, Saturday

After years of listening to dance music on the radio, European club sensation Darude started creating dance music of his own. He began generating music on his computer, which he soon grew bored with, and then continued on modules and samplers. Darude, born Ville Virtanen, is the first Finnish artist to reach the No. 3 position on the U.K. singles chart. He teamed up with JS16, owner of 16 Inch Records, to release his double CD Before the Storm, which featured his European dance sensation “Sandstormalong with other hits including “Feel the Beat,“Out of Control and “The Flow. “Sandstorm dominated the charts in Finland and stayed in the Top 20 in the U.K. for 11 weeks. English dance label Neo Records took notice of the massive success of “Sandstorm and helped establish the newcomer in the U.K. Darude’s music takes inspiration from trance and hard house, but doesn’t necessarily fall into any specific dance genre; Darude describes his sound as simple tracks with strong sounds and beats with an emphasis on speed. Darude will be featured Saturday at Studio 64 as the finale for the club’s 2001-2002 season, and as a tribute to Darude’s wide fan base, the club will admit people 18 and over. A “dress to impress” code will be enforced. (May 18, 9:30 PM, $20, $15 21 and older. 482-0100 ext. 464.)

Sebastian Bach
Northern Lights, Saturday

You know him as the front man of now-defunct hair-metal hitmakers Skid Row, but don’t worry, Sebastian Bach has kept himself busy since Nirvana put an end to the Aqua-Net era. He’s released a solo album, the cleverly titled Bring ’Em Bach Alive (get it?), and, believe it or not, an album with Kelley Deal and Jimmy Chamberlain of the Breeders, called The Last of the Hard Men. If that weren’t enough, Bach’s also turned up on Broadway with a starring role in Jekyll & Hyde, a gig that won him an award from for Favorite Male Replacement (make your own joke), and he’s played Riff Raff in an onstage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. So, where’s your Kip Winger now, huh? All that activity hasn’t dimmed Bach’s enthusiasm for the rock, however; accordingly, he’s put together a new band—including guitarist Al Pitrelli of Megadeth—for the Forever Wild on the Road tour, which hits Northern Lights on Saturday. Also on the bill, Untamed and local axeman Mike Campese. (May 18, 8 PM, $20, 371-0012)

The Van Dyck, Saturday

Jam music is meant to be played live, where guitarists can noodle and bands can turn any song into an extended groove. Taking this theory to heart, Philadelphia-based band Townhall have centered their career around live performances. They have played more than 200 shows since forming in November 2000 and have already released a double-disc live album. In mid-May, the group also recorded a live-in-the-studio album and headlined a subscribers party for hippie-rock magazine Relix. Combining the roots-rock sensibilities of the Counting Crows with the funk and groove of Phish and the Grateful Dead, Townhall mix horns, flutes, and banjos with traditional rock instruments, and each member is known to play a variety of instruments during each set. They have played with a diverse selection of acts, including the Wailers, Guided by Voices, Deep Banana Blackout, G-Love, Afroman and the Dirty Dozen Jazz Band. On Saturday, Townhall will play two shows at the Van Dyck. (May 18, 7 and 9:30 PM, $12, 381-1111)

Miss Mary’s Art Space, Monday

Those of you conditioned by the Internet into believing that all of the musical spectrum is yours for the downloading are gonna be frustrated: Texas psychedelic-drone outfit Charalambides are more elusive than that. The husband-wife team of Tom and Christina Carter are content to—slowly, patiently—produce their “extended guitar and voice compositions and improvisations” for their own label, Wholly Other, get them to the distributors and then let the chips fall where they may. You’re unlikely to find them on a Van’s Warped Tour, an episode of MTV’s Undressed, or on many of those file-ripping, ahem, sharing programs (that’s what we’ve been told anyway). If fact, before now, we’d have laid long odds against most of you having the chance to find them at all. So, if you want to hear and see what makes them so “well known/loved/regarded in the international psychedelic/free rock underground,” we suggest you shut down, log off and take this opportunity to get yourself over to Miss Mary’s Art Space and check them out. The Wasted and the Kamikaze Hearts open. (May 20, 8 PM, $5, 439-0041)

also noted

Mr. Maximum Solo Acoustic himself, Michael Eck, will play the Albany Public Library tonight (Thursday), and although the show is in an alcohol- and smoke-free setting, and minus, as Eck poetically proclaims, “the hum of desperate people trying to hook up for a late-night tryst,” the songsmith will still sing about whiskey, smoke and sex (7 PM, free, 427-4300). . . . Tomorrow (Friday), “epithets will be spat out like poisons, annoyed boyfriends will threaten the band members for trying to steal their girls, a drunk will flail spastically,” and so on, when Secretguy hop on the Fuze Box stage; sharing the bill will be Albany’s longest-standing band, the hard-rockin’ China White, who are fast approaching their 20th anniversary together (10 PM, $2, 432-4472). . . . Folkster Bob Norman, whose career spans 30 years and includes a seven-year stint as editor of the folk-music mag Sing Out!, will play Saratoga’s Caffe Lena tomorrow (8 PM, $12, 583-0022). . . . MotherJudge and the Urban Holiness Society will play Artie’s Lansingburgh Station tomorrow, with knotworking opening the show (9 PM, $2, 238-2788). . . . New York City jazz-funk outfit Drive By Leslie, fronted by keyboard marvel Adam Klipple, will play the Van Dyck tomorrow, a special show for area graduates, who will get in at half price with proof: diplomas, transcripts, invitations to commencement, etc. Show up in your cap and gown and you’re in for free (7 and 9:30 PM, $10, $5, 381-1111). . . . Prog-rock outfit Acoustic Trauma will celebrate five everlovin’ years together tomorrow at Valentine’s; Jaleo will open (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Punk-glam favorites the Erotics will kick off their national tour with a show at Valentine’s on Saturday; Indiana will open the show (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Also Saturday, the Northeast Blues Society presents Colossal Contender IV Blues Barbecue and Competition at the Polish-American Citizens Club (110 Commerce Ave., Albany), featuring seven bands, including Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers, Mark Emanatian & Folding Sky and Wild Bill & the Rhythm Kings (noon, $10, 347-1751).

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