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Blasé Debris
Valentine’s, Friday

We’ve already told you about the release of Blasé Debris’ CD Bury the Hatchet, but the band are now releasing an extended version of that title and they’re throwing another party. So, it’s simple: extended CD, extended coverage. This is not always policy, mind you, but it’s tough to get your fill of demented-chimneysweep-fronted “vaudevillian punk/gothic metal”—as anyone into the genre can tell you—so, when you get the chance, you leap at it. Helping Blasé Debris celebrate will be Sleaze, Sorrow and Society High. (Jan. 30, 8 PM, $7, 432-6572)

Brooks Williams
Caffe Lena, Friday

Although Brooks Williams’ output has always been steeped in roots music, through 14 albums he also has made a career of transcending genre to defy categorization. Friday night at Caffe Lena, the Georgia native will offer his unique blend of styles and demonstrate his blues-soaked fingerstyle guitar. Artists and writers have described Brooks as an “acoustic guitar god” and a cinematic songwriter who builds his own fusion of roots music—a mix of blues, country and Celtic—merging it all with Beatlesque melodies and rock & roll rhythms. Special guest Laura Siersema will open the show with a short set of ethereal original songs and spoken-word pieces. (Jan. 30, 8 PM, $10-12, 583-0022)

Emily Zuzik, Rosanna Lee, the Lilas
The Larkin Lounge, Saturday

Brooklyn-based Emily Zuzik will top the bill of a night of female-powered rock and folk at the Larkin Saturday. While living in San Francisco, the blonde rocker joined forces with songwriter Ben Ratliff to form the band Sexfresh, whose debut album The Fainting Room received critical acclaim. Also, Zuzik’s solo album, The Way It’s Got to Be, was a Top DIY Pick in Performing Songwriter Magazine in November. The magazine describes Zuzik’s music as mixing the “urgency of Ani DiFranco and Tori Amos with the easy cool of Kim Gordon.” This artist doesn’t only perform; she’s heavily involved with the women’s and indie-music communities, participating in festivals like Est Fest, Goddessfest and more. Saturday she hits the Larkin; opening are female-fronted the Lilas, and Boston-based Rosanna Lee. (Jan. 31, 8 PM, $5, 463-5225)

The Holmes Brothers
WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Saturday

The Holmes Brothers—bassist Sherman Holmes, guitarist-keyboardist Wendell Holmes and drummer Popsy Dixon—have been making a unique blend of soul, blues, gospel and R&B for 25 years, although the actual Holmes brothers have been performing together since the early ’60s. On Simple Truths, their latest release for the venerable blues label Alligator Records, their original material cozies up to a handful of smartly chosen covers, including a zydeco/jump-blues take on Collective Soul’s “Shine,” as well as tunes by Bob Marley (“Concrete Jungle”), Gillian Welch (“Everything is Free”) and Hank Williams (“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”). Produced by Craig Street (Chris Whitley, Norah Jones) and S. Husky Höskulds (Joe Henry, Wallflowers), Simple Truths conveys the warm heart and palpable energy that the Brothers bring to their live performances. The Holmes Brothers have performed all over the world—they’ve even played for President Clinton—and they’ll bring it on home to the WAMC Performing Arts Studio this Saturday night. (Jan. 31, 8 PM, $15, 465-5233)

Rosanne Raneri
The Van Dyck, Saturday

It will be a happy homecoming for Rosanne Raneri this Saturday at the Van Dyck. Of course, the former Capital Region-based singer-songwriter has been back before, but the current Beantown denizen is bringing a new batch of songs, and a new approach. As she explains on her Web site, her new material is less in the singer-songwriter style, and incorporates “sexier grooves and more experimental arrangements.” All this will lead, come spring, to a new album (tentatively called Shift). Of course, the songs may change but the voice will remain the same—and Raneri’s estimable vocal chops have been praised, numerous times, by Metroland (and a host of other papers), as well as by pros like Tom Paxton and Bruce Cockburn. (Jan. 31, 7 and 9:30 PM, $8, 381-1111)


Also Noted

Tomorrow (Friday) night marks the first show in the Rockin’ the Lounge series at RPI’s Chapel + Cultural Center Lounge (a small listening room that lets you get up-close and personal with the musicians); the show will feature three local favorites: Kitty Little, Rockets and Blue Lights and the Wasted (8 PM, free, 274-7793). . . . Folksinger-songwriter Garnet Rogers, called “one of the major talents of our time” by the Boston Globe, will be joined by special guest Rachael Davis on Friday for a night of music as part of the Songs and Stories music series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. (8 PM, $20-18, 413-458-2303, ext. 324). . . . Also Friday, reaLation celebrate the release of their new CD at Valentine’s; they are joined for the downstairs show by Joey Randazzo Band and Release (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . On Saturday, Boston-based Mark Erelli will perform at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass., with Royer’s One Man Band, Psychedelic Breakfast and Nero; Billboard touts Erelli as “a highly distinctive vocalist whose taut warble and saturnine songs weave an often-absorbing spell” (7 PM, $15, 413-584-0610). . . . Eternity 9, the fifth annual Electronic Media and Music Festival, will take place as an all-day event at Troy’s Revolution Hall with a live performance by Alchemy; go to revolutionhall.com for more information (1 PM, $15, 273-2337). . . . Don’t forget that you have a chance to appear in a music video when Small Axe records their live video on Saturday at King’s Tavern in Saratoga Springs; they need people to show up so that the audience looks full-to-the-brim (10 PM, 584-9643). . . . On Tuesday, Morning 40 Federation will visit Great Barrington, Mass., to play Club Helsinki; this band (whose sound was once described as “sleazy burlesque,” a phrase that apparently stuck) formed when six strangers met over nighttime debauchery in their relocation city of choice, New Orleans (8 PM, $8, 413-528-3394).


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