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COLLIDER

Collider, the Rosenbergs, Martly
Valentine’s, Saturday

Collider’s Jed Davis may have scurried around beneath your radar back when he called the Capital Region home, in his student days: His former band, Hanslick Rebellion, generated more buzz than numbers when playing the clubs, particularly the much-missed Mother Earth’s Café. But that minor cultish rep may just have been the thin end of the wedge; in the years since his return to his home, the Long Island/NYC region, Davis’ reputation as a unique and compelling songwriter has continued to grow, and Collider have attracted both the attention and the talents of Tommy Ramone, who’s been producing their most recent stuff. Ramone is by no means the only celebrity rock & roller who’s dug Davis, though: Back in 2000, Davis released an album titled Everybody Wants to Be Like Jed, which featured Davis’ compositions covered by the likes of King Missle III, Daniel Johnston and Echolab. Not bad for a public-school kid, huh? Also on the bill are the Rosenbergs and Albany’s Martly. (Jan. 25, 9 PM, $5, 432-6572)

R.P.I. Arts Faculty Concert
Heffner Alumni House, Monday

Michael Century has been chair of the R.P.I. Arts Department since last August, coming to us from Banff Centre for the Arts in British Columbia. The Media Arts Division he founded there in 1988 was one of the first to focus on the artistic promise in interactive computer technologies, and it became a model for similar programs internationally. On Monday, Century will play piano as part of the iEAR Presents! Arts Faculty Concert, along with cellist and music faculty member David Gibson. The two will perform improvised duets and works by composers J.S. Bach, Morton Feldman and John Cage, as well as a solo cello performance of works composed by electronic-music artists Joel Chadabe and John J.A. Jannone. (Jan. 27, 7:30 PM, free, 276-4829)

The Jayhawks, Cub Country
The Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass., Tuesday

Usually we try to show up for class prepared, but we’ll admit to being a little behind the eight ball on this one. The Jayhawks’ lineup is an everchanging thing, and, of late, even departed founding member Mark Olson has logged in some stage time with Gary Louris and whomever else has been banging it out under the Jayhawks banner. So, while we’re pretty sure Louris will be at the Iron Horse on Tuesday, we’re not making any promises on behalf of anybody else. The certain—and very good—news is that this is an acoustic performance, and though lots of you dig the late-career rock edge of the band, those of you who have been around since Blue Earth know how sweet an acoustic Jayhawks gig can be. Cub Country will open. (Jan. 28, 7 PM, $15, 800-THE-TICK)

California Guitar Trio
The Van Dyck, Tuesday

Guitarphiles—and you know who you are—are probably already hyped up about Tuesday’s local appearance by the California Guitar Trio. For the less-obsessed, here’s the lowdown: In 1987, Paul Richards, Bert Lams and Hideyo Moriya traveled all the way to the U.K. from Utah, Brussels, and Tokyo respectively, to take a “Guitar Craft Course” with legendary six-string guru Robert Fripp. Mr. King Crimson subsequently enlisted the three for his recording-and-touring project, the League of Crafty Guitarists. These three then got together and formed the California Guitar Trio in 1991, and have released a half-dozen or so albums since (give or take a few Internet-only discs). Most recently, they worked with ex-Crimson bassist Tony Levin on his latest album, and now follow Levin—whose recent show was quite well received—into Schenectady for a one-night stand at the Van Dyck. Since none of the three are actually from the Golden State, I’d ask ’em about the name. (Jan. 28, 7 and 9:30 PM, $15, 381-1111)

Moistboyz, Instant Death
Valentine’s, Wednesday

Fans of Ween, take heed! On Wednesday at Valentine’s, you’ve got a chance to experience not the actual Ween, but a very Weenlike, a startling Weenish, a wonderfully Weenesque experience when Dean Ween (aka Mickey Moist) rolls through town with his compatriot, Dickie Moist, as the Moistboyz. If you like the whacked-out and way-politically-incorrect vibe of Ween, the Moistboyz are all that—only more so. And as if that weren’t enough, the opening act, Instant Death, come to us out of the Weeniverse as well—the band are Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz’s home away from home. Not the boognish, but very pleasantly boognishish, nonetheless. (Jan. 29, 8 PM, $12, $10 advance, 432-6572)

 also noted
Blues artist Bob Brozman will perform his guitar artistry at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., tomorrow (Friday) as part of the Originals in Song series (8 PM, $18, 413-443-7171 ext. 10). . . . Also Friday, New England singer-songwriter Lui Collins will commence Mother’s Wine Emporium’s (on the R.P.I. campus) spring concert schedule (8 PM, $7, 276-8585). . . . Albie outfit Lowthief—with drummer Pete Sheehan, bassist Shawn McCann and Wiley on the blues harp—will provide fans at the Fuze Box their weekly allowance of greasy bluesy rock & roll on Friday; the Sifters and Niki Lee and Mass Chaos open the show (10 PM, $4, 432-4472). . . . Rockabilly god Johnny Rabb will bring his Jailhouse Rockers to the Van Dyck on Friday (7 and 9:30 PM, $6, 381-1111). . . . Former Preying Field frontman Carl Smith will sing about love, frogs and farmland animals at the Changing Spaces Gallery on Friday; the stripped-down Mabel (meaning Frank Moscowitz and Martha Kronholm sans band) will open (8 PM, 433-1537). . . . On Saturday in Williamstown, Mass., Senegalese hiphop artists Gokh-bi System will kick off the Clark Art Institute’s winter music series, Out of Africa: Music From Algeria, Mali, Guinea, and Senegal. The band call their performance style “ekonting rap,” which combines traditional drums, ekonting (Senegalese string instrument), and urban and village dance styles. The series continues with musician- storyteller Mamadou Diabate on Feb. 22, Afro-pop artist Alpha YaYa Diallo on March 8, and guitarist Pierre Bensusan on March 22 (8 PM, $19, 413-458-2303 ext. 324). . . . Area do-it-yerselfers the Pushcart War will shoot a music video (with three cameras, no less) at Valentine’s on Sunday, with the Last Year, Indiana and Junction 18 performing as well (6 PM, $8, 432-6572).

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