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Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
Northern Lights, Friday

The big R&B sounds of South-side Johnny & the Asbury Jukes emerged just after the Boss kicked open the doors to the Jersey shore. In fact, the family trees for the E Street band and the Jukes are pretty intertwined. The Jukes were cofounded by “Little Steven” Van Zandt, garage-rock radio hero and E Street guitar man who managed the Jukes after leaving for Bruce, and you may well recognize the trombone player, LaBamba from the Max Weinberg 7, Conan O’Brien’s TV band. This nine-piece with a hot-rod horn section specialize in blowout blues and soulful slow burns, but seldom fail to rock. On Friday, they’ll try to blow the roof off of Northern Lights. (Nov. 28, 7:30 PM, $18, $20 at the door, 371-0012)

Livingston Taylor
The Van Dyck, Friday

If you check out the FAQ at Livingston Taylor’s Web site, you’ll see that lots of folks are interested in checking on the well-being of Livingston’s slightly-more-famous brother, James. (He’s fine, by the way.) It’s tough having talented siblings. But if you take a look at the bulletin board, you’ll see that those who dig the work of the other Taylor really dig him. Fans thank him for live performances in terms beyond glowing: For some, it seems, Livingston’s mellow, soothing and easygoing folk music and manner constitute a self-help industry. So, for area residents feeling blue as the holiday season looms, look to the Van Dyck Friday when Livingston—that’s Livingston—Taylor plays the Schenectady club. (Nov. 28, 7 and 9:30 PM,$25, 381-1111)

KISS, Aerosmith
Pepsi Arena, Friday

KISS and Aerosmith have had a hugely successful summer tour as coheadliners—so much so that they extended the tour, adding dozens of fall dates, one of which is a show Friday at the Pepsi Arena. So we’re sure that these two notoriously rockin’ bands will have slammin’ after-show parties, right? Well, dispel those stereotypical rock-band notions, people: In a recent interview with FHM magazine, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler claims that there are no after-show parties. “Our rider still has green M&Ms but there’s a little less Jack Daniels. We bring our own cook too; I’m on a salmon diet. It’s about longevity. I don’t want to look stupid and fat onstage.” By attending this concert, you’ll be doing a good deed for humanity: In an effort to help battle hunger and poverty in the United States, Aerosmith have formed an alliance with World Hunger Year. The band are asking their fans to help make a difference by bringing two cans of nonperishable food to the show. The donations will benefit Food Pantries for the Capital District. (Nov. 28, 7 PM, $46-$126, 476-1000)

Saratoga Winners, Saturday

Upbeat SoCal punk-rap dudes Zebrahead don’t mind being happy, and they’re not afraid to show it. Yeah, Fugazi and the Descendants gave them the inspiration to start their own fucking band, and they struggled to make a name for themselves within the flourishing Orange County punk scene, but they wanted to be different—and have fun. Zebrahead, a band since ’96, decided not to take themselves, or much of anything, too seriously. So with this mission in mind, they created a blend of rap and punk, got themselves a rapper (Ali Tabatabaee), and set out to spread their love, which resulted in a major-label bidding war. Columbia got the prize, and released Zebrahead’s debut LP, Waste of Mind, which placed the band on the alt-rock charts with their hit single “Get Back.” Zebrahead have just released their fourth long-player, MFZB, and their tour behind the album brings them to Saratoga Winners on Saturday. Lucky Boy Confusion, Plain White T’s and Public Access open the show. (Nov. 29, 8 PM, $13, $15 at the door, 783-1010)

The Hotheads
Club Helsinki, Saturday

Imagine how you’ll feel this Saturday—your physical, emotional and spiritual state after enduring Thanksgiving and so-called Black Friday. You’ve eaten plateloads of bird, guzzled a gang of wine, endured waves of negative family vibes, and spent way too much money on people you don’t like all that much. You’ll need something to renew your soul; why not let the funk do it? This Saturday, New York City-based funk-hiphop-soul-fusion combo the Hotheads will preside over a dance party at Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, Mass. The Hotheads (whose late-’90s release on Flip records, World Wide Vibe, is worth tracking down) were, at least around these parts, known as “NYC’s best kept secret” until they opened for the Tom Tom Club at Helsinki back in the summer of ought-two. Since then, they’ve become regular ambassadors of funk to the Berkshires. Let them help you find your groove. (Nov. 29, 9 PM, $15, 413-528-3394)

Cassandra Wilson
The Egg, Saturday

Vocalist Cassandra Wilson is one of contemporary jazz’s giants. Her sultry and smooth voice uniquely delivers jazz and blues standards with a pop sensibility that keeps her work accessible. Her newest album, Glamoured (Blue Note), was released last month, and it includes songs borrowed from the likes of Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters and Abbey Lincoln. Wilson’s smoky voice is tremendously flexible in range, and her unconventional reads do just what jazz singing should: interpret, consume, manipulate and invent. Saturday marks Wilson’s first visit to the Egg, and she’ll perform as part of its Roots & Branches series. (Nov. 22, 8 PM, $24, 473-1845)

 also noted
Thanksgiving-week music offerings are always a good way to get out and reconnect with old friends back home for the holidays. Though the offerings are understandably fewer during holiday weeks, they are likely livelier—due to the fact that folks are so damn glad to get out of their relatives’ digs about a half-hour into the visit—so it’s a great time to get out and socialize. Spend the night before Thanksgiving at All Sports’ Git Yer Bird Stuffed Party, featuring rockabilly heartthrobs Rocky Velvet and garage-rock superheroes the Lawn Sausages; don’t forget your bird (9 PM, 687-0064). . . . Spend Black Friday at Valentine’s with black-metal juggernauts Wasteform; Mortician, Full Blown Chaos and Through the Discipline are also on the bill (8 PM, $10, $12 at the door, 432-6572). . . . There’s a hot show on the downstairs stage of Valentine’s on Friday as well: The Switched On, Arrow Down and the Sixfifteens will rock your world in one way or another (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Likened to a blend of Queen, George Harrison and Air Supply by one music reviewer, power-pop singer-songwriter Kyle Vincent will play the Larkin on Saturday. Vincent was a onetime member of mid-’80s L.A sugar-popsters Candy (they toured opening for Rick Springfield way back when); his fifth solo LP, Solitary Road, has the artist slowing things down a bit with his moving, piano-based arrangements—and pissing off some pop purists in the process. (He was expecting this, which is how he came up with the title Solitary Road—“Choosing to go at it on your own road no matter what anyone says . . . about moving on,” Vincent has said about the name.) Quirky NYC-based pop musician Marly Hornick will open (8 PM, $5, 463-5225). . . . The Johnny Cash tribute, I Still Miss Someone, takes place Saturday at Valentine’s, with Hayseed, Grainbelt, Michael Eck, Jackinany, Karen Hudson and others channeling the Man in Black (8 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . And finally, Paul Revere & the Raiders frontman Mark Lindsay makes a trip to Schenectady to perform at the Van Dyck on Saturday, and it’s a safe bet that this will be a high-voltage show (7 and 9:30 PM, $28, 381-1111).

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