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Jose Cuervo Benefit
Hudson Duster, Friday

What do you do when a hurricane knocks down your friend’s house in Florida? You throw a crazy night of metal and hope that the pansy, skirt-wearing, tropical storm shows up to get its head kicked in by your crew. What’s that? The hurricane’s got three friends? So what! Bring them all: Jeanne, Ivan, Frances and Charley, ’cause local metal favorites Held Under are headlining a bill of upstate metal and hardcore upstarts that would send any lousy hurricane running back to the national weather center to get a manlier name. So if you want to show that you have a heart, show the love and support for the Montepare family by coming out tomorrow (Friday) to bash some heads. (Oct. 15, noon-1 AM, 40 Third St., Troy, 687-2391)

Einstein’s Little Homunculus
Mother’s Wine Emporium, Friday

You’re probably wondering,
just what does “Einstein’s Little Homunculus” refer to and/or mean? On their Web site, the five-piece folk rock ensemble explain, “We get asked that a lot.” Well ha, ha, ha. Thanks for the insight, smartasses. No wonder the Boston Herald described them as a “daffier Fairport Convention.” Utilizing instruments both traditional to the genre (mandolin, guitar, fiddle) and nontraditional (dumbek, soprano sax, “cocktail” drums), Einstein’s Little Homunculus have built a reputation for fine musicianship and fun, playing their “slightly skewed” original songs and traditional jigs and reels. They may even bring along a few copies of their latest CD, Double Redundancy, for your purchasing ease. (Oct. 15, 8 PM, $8, RPI campus, Troy, 276-8585)

The Only Children
Valentine’s, Sunday

The last time the Anniversary swung through town, they were opening for power-pop vets Cheap Trick at the Egg. That was last spring. Unfortunately, they didn’t last long after that, and soon, singer-guitarist Josh Berwanger was without a band to fuel his rootsy rock and roll tunes. Fast-forward one year, and Berwanger has regrouped with two of his former bandmates, along with members of Hot Rod Circuit and Juliana Hatfield’s live band, to form the Only Children. With a fiery blues-based sound reminiscent of a time when blues-based wasn’t a euphemism for crap, the Only Children let it all hang out on their debut full-length Change of Living. Think Allman Brothers meets Snatches of Pink. Here’s a show to stimulate both gray matter and guts. (Oct. 17, 7:30 PM, $8, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)




Mirah, Tara Jane O’Neil
Iron Horse Music Hall, Monday

Mirah and Tara Jane O’Neil are both female, and they both write songs and sing. We’re not going to use that term—you know, the “s-s” handle—because as a publication, we’re way beyond that. According to her Web site, “Mirah has a big homo heart, is modest and deliberate, prefers privacy to invasion and reconciliation to war.” We’re assuming she approved of that message. And, according to one critic, her songs actually earn adjectives like mature, intimate and introspective. Tara Jane O’Neil has been doing this rock & roll thing for almost a decade, moving back and forth between Louisville and New Yawk a couple of times, finally stopping the insanity by decamping for Olympia, Wash. Her low-key, dark stylings have beguiled many—and, more than likely, will do the same for you. (Oct. 18, 10 PM, $9, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610)

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Kill Me Tomorrow, Finks, Brent Gorton
Fuze Box, Monday

We’d like to give it up to the fine folks at the Fuze Box for bringing some truly fine independent bands to the area over the last few months of Monday nights. This week’s offering should pose no exception to the new rule. The Garbageman and the Prostitute, the new release from San Francisco trio Kill Me Tomorrow, sounds like an electroclash tribute to the Talking Heads and Bongwater. Finks, from North Carolina, draw significant chunks of their sound from the Pixies and Sonic Youth, wielding their indie-rock weaponry in short, sharp bursts. (Many of their songs clock in at less than two minutes.) Local homeboy Brent Gorton will be backed by his new band, the Tender Breasts, for his opening set. (Oct. 18, 8 PM, $4, 12 Central Ave., Albany, 432-4472)



Also Noted
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The Convention Center at Empire State Plaza will be the site for an oldies dance party tonight (Thursday), featuring the talent of the Drifters, Shirley Reeves, the Orlons, the Vogues, and Al Bruno; proceeds will benefit the Rudy Ciccotti Family Recreation Center (7:30 PM, $50, 473-0559).
|. . . Tonight’s installment of the Heineken Music Showcase at Saratoga City Tavern will feature Jes Hudak, Alien Folklife, Hector on Stilts, and Jezzie Tree (8 PM, $5, 581-3230). . . . Tomorrow (Friday), ex-Scorcher Jason Ringenberg will play a solo set at Valentine’s; word has it that openers Coal Palace Kings might even join him for a few tunes (9 PM, $8, 432-6572). . . . A most unusual event will take place at the Calvin Theater on Friday: a screening of the classic horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon (in 3-D!) with musical accompaniment by the Jazz Passengers (8 PM, $15, 413-584-1444).
. . . The Chapin Family—featuring Tom, Steve and Jen, all accomplished songwriters in their own right—will present “Harry Chapin: A Celebration in Song” at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday (8 PM, $273-0038). . . . Remember “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” and “Diana”? Take a trip back in time when Paul Anka, whose career has spanned almost half a century and who will release his 123rd album this fall, plays at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady on Saturday (8 PM, $39.50-$49.50, 346-6204). . . . Get your jam on with Gov’t Mule; they’ll play the Palace Theatre on Sunday (8 PM, $27, 465-4663). . . . All but lost in the swarm of reuniting indie-rockers, Camper Van Beethoven have picked up where they left off, and will perform at Pearl Street in Northampton on Monday night; Eszter Balint will open (7 PM, $20, 413-584-7771). . . . That’s just the way it is, some things will never change: Bruce Hornsby returns to the Palace Theatre on Wednesday (7:30 PM, $35-45, 465-4663).

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