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C. Jane Run EP Release Party
Northern Lights, Saturday

Saturday’s show at Northern Lights is a multipurpose one: C. Jane Run is releasing their new three-song EP, How do You Like Me Now, and they’re raising money for U.S. soldiers at the same time. The USO Operation Phone Home is a campaign to buy calling cards for soldiers stationed overseas to call their friends and families back home. The band have invited some politicos, such as Sens. Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer—it’ll definitely be interesting if they show up. Joining C. Jane Run for the benefit show will be Goddess is Human, Gone Ashley and Savage Freedom. The admission also buys you a copy of the new EP. (Jan. 24, 7:30 PM, $6, $3 with military ID, 371-0012)

Seemless CD Release Party
Valentine’s, Saturday

Depending on whom you ask, Seemless is something of a metal-hardcore supergroup, with former members of Killswitch Engage, Overcast and Shadows Fall composing their lineup. But don’t let their pedigree fool you—these guys play a brand of alternative-influenced heavy rock that’s more along the lines of Queens of the Stone Age and early Soundgarden than any of their past projects. Their self-titled debut CD was recorded at Blue Jay Studios in Carlisle, Mass. and released this week on Albany’s Losing Face Records. You can be among the first to own the album if you head out to Saturday night’s show at Valentine’s, where Seemless will share a bill with some of the best alt-metal our area has to offer in the Switched On and Great Day For Up, plus the stoner-rock footsoldiers of Small Axe. (Jan. 24, 7 PM, $10, 432-6572

Rosalie Sorrels
Caffe Lena, Sunday

Sorrels, an Idaho native, has spent the last 40 years honing her craft as a folksinger and storyteller with a vocal style that’s unmistakably hers. She’s the patroness of folkie troubadours, and has been called the “hillibilly Edith Piaf.” Her deeply heartfelt music can be as touching as her renditions of traditional American folk music, of which she’s a living archive. My Last Go Round, her forthcoming and (formally announced) final album, was recorded two years ago in Cambridge, Mass. at a concert marking her retirement from active touring. Sorrels and her children once lived with Lena Spencer, which may well lead to some special stories and songs upon her return to Saratoga. (Jan. 25, 7 PM, $15, $12 for members, 583-0022)

I Run and Whine, Brian Bassett
The Larkin Lounge, Sunday

I Run and Whine is a group that was formed for a special one-night-only performance of The Creek Drank the Cradle, the debut album by the group Iron & Wine (get it?). This rare collaboration is made up of Bob Buckley and Matthew Loiacono of the Kamikaze Hearts, Nick Matulis of Stevie Wander and knotworking, and the lovely Katie Haverly. Given the lineup, the harmonies should prove memorable. Brian Bassett will open the show by covering Bruce Springsteen’s album Nebraska in its entirety. A noble undertaking, we think. Sources tell us that he’ll have at least one special guest sitting in with him (shh—you heard it here first—it’s a certain jazz pianist named Adrian Cohen, but he may not be playing piano during his guest spot!). The whole concept of this musical endeavor is to introduce some new music to friends and audience members, and to share already loved music. As an added bonus, there will be a limited number of copies of both the Iron & Wine album and the Bruce Springsteen album, which will be raffled off at the end of the night. (Jan. 25, 8 PM, $5, 463-5225)

My Morning Jacket
Pearl Street, Northampton, MAss., Monday

A steady diet of hippie rock, including the Dead, the Band and Crazy Horse, has led this Louisville quintet down an unusual path to indie popularity. Their third album, 2003’s It Still Moves, landed on many rock critics’ top-10 lists, and has further allowed My Morning Jacket to woo both rock’s elders and indie diehards with their driven guitars and singer Jim James’ high-lonesome lilt. While they seem boundlessly pretty and freewheeling on disc, live they’re animals; with a mess of long hair, and a lot of reverb, they completely rock out their songs to a nearly unrecognizable extent. Dr. Dog is along for the ride on this stretch of the tour and will open on Monday night. (Jan. 26, 8:30 PM, $12 in advance, $15 at door, 1-800-THE-TICK)

Also Noted

Blues-rock innovators Savoy Brown take the stage at Troy’s Revolution Hall on Friday (9 PM, $18, 273-2337). . . . Also on Friday, Americana players Two Cow Garage return to play the downstairs stage at Valentine’s. . . . On Friday at the Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton, Mass., catch a punk show like no other—Madd Muzik presents Crate Your Marshall (we’d love to crate our Marshall), Seven Day Descent, Lost Americana, Of Blessing and Burdens, Insipid, the Skamatics and Controlled Chaos (7 PM, $10, 413-584-0610). . . . Gorilla Haven (formerly the G-Spot, or the Glenville Spot as some prudish people liked to call it) will be the spot to see hard-rockin’ Tripsonic perform on Saturday; they’ll be joined by classic metal cover band Flying Machine (7:30 PM, $5, 384-0004). . . . The Union College Jazz Ensemble stops by the Van Dyck for a special performance on Saturday (7 PM, $5, 381-1111). . . . Atlanta, Ga.-based Twittering Machine will drop in for a set at the Larkin Lounge on Tuesday—the female-fronted group have been described as having “a dash of lullaby and a splash of sexy cha-cha rhythm” (8 PM, $5, 463-5225). . . . Also on Tuesday, Chicago hardcore band Spitalfield will play the New Age Cabaret, joined by This Time Tomorrow, Silverstein, End of a Year and Diffuser (7 PM, $7, 436-3465). . . . Latin band Sonando have been deemed the hottest Latin band in the Hudson Valley; you can decide for yourself as you dance the night away when they perform at New World Home Cooking in Saugerties on Saturday (9 PM, $8, 845-246-0900).

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