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Josh Dodes Band
Lark Tavern, Friday

If you were a regular viewer of VH1’s Bands on the Run show a few years back, you might remember a certain funky, piano-based blues-rock combo called the Josh Dodes Band. Sure, they were the first act to be kicked off the show, but that may have been a blessing in disguise—has anyone heard anything from Flickerstick lately? We didn’t think so. The bald-pated Dodes recently relocated from New York City to the considerably less-urban setting of Burlington, Vt., but he and his band are still touring relentlessly to promote their albums, Freak and Get Up. They’ll roll into the Lark Tavern tomorrow (Friday) night for what they say will be two long, energetic sets. Local favorites the Suggestions open. (March 5, 10 PM, $5, 463-7875)

The Wolfe Tones featuring Derek Warfield, the Jimmy Kelly Band
Revolution Hall, Friday

The St. Patrick’s Day season is underway, and you can catch some traditional Irish music and get in the spirit when the Wolfe Tones take the stage at Revolution Hall tomorrow night. Derek Warfield has performed with the Wolfe Tones for more than 37 years, writing songs, playing his mandolin, and making a name for himself by making videos and songbooks as well. The Jimmy Kelly Band (Kelly originally is from the area, but now lives in Tennessee) will come to Troy to open. (March 5, 9 PM, $17, 273-2337)

Terrence Blanchard Sextet, Adrian Cohen Trio
The Egg, Friday

Famed jazz trumpeter Terrence Blanchard grew up in New Orleans surrounded by great music and great musicians. Although piano was his first instrument, he quickly got turned on to the trumpet by a local trumpeter who visited his elementary school and showed the kids some jazz stylings. His 20-year-long career has included Grammy- nominated recordings and award- winning compositions for film scores for Spike Lee. Catch Blanchard and his sextet when they perform at the Egg tomorrow (Friday) night. Local jazz heavyweights Adrian Cohen, Pete Sweeney and Michael DelPrete of the Adrian Cohen Trio will open the show. (March 5, 8 PM, $24, 473-1845)

Last Call CD release party
Valentine’s, Friday

Local metalcore rockers Last Call will celebrate the release of their debut full-length album on Victimized Records tomorrow night at Valentine’s. The CD has been getting pretty rave reviews from fanzines that got a preview—black empiremag.com glows, “Raw intensity is displayed on the Victimized Records release The After Hours. Last Call represent and reign as one of Troy’s finest metal/hardcore bands to come from the scene in awhile.” Disciples of Berkowitz, 357 Justice, Detriment, Save Yourself and To the Grave will be on hand to help Last Call celebrate the new release. Money for booze and cover are all you need: Every person who pays admission will receive a free copy of the CD. (March 5, 7 PM, $10, 432-6572)

From Bombay to the Battery
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Saturday

Get some tabla into your life. This special event brings together the Ethos Percussion Group with the Masters of Indian Music for an evening of multiculti, world-music exploration for the whole family. Ethos, whom the Kansas City Star has described as wowing audiences with “energy” and “virtuosity,” have been venturing to the outer limits of musical exploration for almost a decade. The Masters of Indian Music include virtuosos Pandit Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Pandit Ramesh Misra on sarengi. This summit of East meets West is said to present “the place where ancient and modern percussion meet.” (March 6, 8 PM, $22, $15 kids, 273-0038)

Nerissa and Katryna Nields
Iron Horse, Northampton, Mass., Saturday

Harmonies sound that much better between blood relations—these folky sisters have been singing together since they were little, and it shows. Nerissa and Katryna just released their new album, This Town Is Wrong, that is the companion to a book for young adults written by Nerissa that is due out this fall. The story is of how two misunderstood girls find music to help them get through their teenage years. And courtesy of astute songwriting and beautiful melodies, the topic is treated charmingly with wit and empathy. The Iron Horse is a beloved place for the sisters Nields, as they’ve released live recordings from there previously, and the new tunes should be on the menu. (March 6, 7 and 9:30 PM, $15 advance or $18 at door, 800-THE-TICK)


Also Noted

Nothing planned for the week? We suggest you allow us to boldly map out your live-music-going schedule for the next seven days, and what better way to start the week than with some good old-fashioned confusion? The legendary Wolfe Tones III—that’s the “real” band, with three original members, not to be confused with the one-original-member version coming to town on Friday—will hit the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall tonight (Thursday) for a farewell concert (6:30 PM, 235-6556). . . . Tomorrow (Friday), New York City’s Brilliant Mistakes will bring their pure-pop sounds to Club Helsinki in Great Barrington (9 PM, $10, 413-528-3394). . . . Also Friday, there’s a pop summit at the Larkin Lounge, with Breaking Laces, with Henning Oberg (of School for the Dead) and Jimmy Atto (8 PM, $5, 463-5225). . . . If you haven’t yet had your power-pop jones sated by Saturday, then head to Desperate Annie’s in Saratoga, where the Sixfifteens will hold a listening party for their soon-to-be-released debut EP, Let’s Not Think About It (5 PM, free, 587-2455). . . . When you’re finished there, work your way down a few Northway exits to the Malt River Brewing Company in Latham Circle Mall for An Evening of Cabaret and Dancing, featuring the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (8 PM, $25, 408-1341). . . . This Sunday’s edition of Bombers Burrito Bar’s “Unstuffed” music series features local lights knotworking and up-and- comers Pocket Protector (9:30 PM, free, 463-9636). . . . Tantric and Shinedown do the modern-rock thing at Valentine’s on Monday (7 PM, $12, 432-6572). . . . Almost there—in fact, you can stake your tent in one place for the next two nights, as the Palace Theatre presents the return of the Indigo Girls on Tuesday night (7:30 PM, $35, 465-3334), and damn-near-classic Canadian rocker Bryan Adams on Wednesday (7:30 PM, $37-67, 465-3334). Exhale.


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