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Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile

Adult alternative popster Brandi Carlile made quite a name for herself with her first two albums, and now she’s about to make her Nippertown debut at The Egg on Thursday, February 4, in support of her third album, “Give Up the Ghost,” produced by Rick Rubin. Tix are $35 and $25. Meanwhile, Canadian prog-rock band and Genesis tribute ensemble the Musical Box rolls into The Egg on Thursday, January 14 to serve up their re-creation of “A Trick of the Tail.”

Jason Molina (Magnolia Electric Co.) and Will Johnson (Centro-Matic) teamed up earlier this year to make an album full of spare musical settings, a slow pace and wonder. They’ll make a tour stop at The Linda on Monday, February 1 (Groundhog’s Day Eve!). Singer-songwriter Chris Brokaw opens the show. Also new on The Linda’s schedule is the all-star roots-rockin’ tribute to “The Day the Music Died” on Saturday, February 20. The memorial performance finds Johnny Rabb, John Tichy, Graham Tichy, Jim Haggerty and Pete Vumbacco playing the music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper.

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Cracker, who wowed the crowd as headliners at this summer’s River Street Festival, return to Troy for a show at Revolution Hall on Tuesday, January 12. Head Cracker guitarist David Lowery will be pulling double duty as his “other band” Camper Van Beethoven shares the bill. Cracker and Camper? Now there’s a party…

As we announced here a couple of weeks ago, Jeff Foxworthy will be stepping into the spotlight at the Times Union Center in Albany on Friday, April 23. And he’ll be bringing along two of his pals – Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy – for a three-pronged, in-the-round redneck comedy assault. All tix are $59.50 (plus all of the usual handling charges that are piled on), and they go on sale at 10am Friday (November 13).

David Sedaris

David Sedaris

And waaaaaay over at the opposite end of the humor spectrum, the urbane author-comic David Sedaris steps up to the microphone on Monday, April 12 at the Palace Theatre in Albany. Tickets are $42 and $38. Also rolling into the Palace on Friday, February 12, the annual Valentine’s Day Soul Jam features veteran ’70s acts the Stylistics, the Emotions, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes and Blue Magic. Tix are priced at $42.50, $37.50 and $32.50. Tix for both Palace shows go on sale to the general public at 10am Saturday (November 14).

Oh, those tribute acts just keep on rollin’ along, don’t they? You can get yer Pink Floyd fix from the Machine at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Saturday, December 19. Also new on the Northern Lights slate is Between the Buried & Me on Friday, January 29, with Cynic, Devin Townsend and Scale the Summit rounding out the bill.

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