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Girl Talk

Skidmore College, Friday

Expect to lose your shirt, and your shit, this Friday when Gregg Gillis—better known as Girl Talk—brings his explosive live show to town. Gillis, a former biomedical research engineer, has been making records under the Girl Talk name for several years now; his concoctions are dance-floor bangers that mash up (the term is practically his to own) dozens of pop and hip-hop tunes, creating entirely new songs in the process. For instance, “Still Here,” from the new Feed the Animals record, mixes elements of songs by Procul Harum, Kanye West, Radiohead, and Ace of Base—plus at least 15 others. Gillis’ entire career is an argument for the “transformative” clause of the fair-use doctrine in U.S. copyright law; amazingly, he has yet to be sued by any of the sampled artists. Check out the madness tomorrow (Friday) at Skidmore’s Sports and Recreation Center. Prefuse 73 will open the show. (Sept. 19, 8 PM, $20, $10 students, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 580-9298 )

Irish 2000 Festival

Altamont Fairgrounds, Friday-Saturday

Ain’t no party like an Ancient Order of the Hibernians party, ’cause an Ancient Order of the Hibernians party has, like, bagpipes and beer and stuff. Really, this fall has been a veritable Model U.N. of heritage festivals, and where else are you going to find two days of Celtic rock, pipe bands, and step dancing? Fox News 23 calls it the “largest Irish festival on the planet,” but what we can trust is that there will be four beer-endorsed stages featuring more than 30 acts of traditional and contemporary music including Barrage, Gaelic Storm, Enter the Haggis, Great Big Sea, and the Tossers. Who knew that Altamont was at the other end of the rainbow? (Sept. 19, 5 PM, Sept. 20, 11 AM, $30 for both days, $20 single-day, Route 146, Altamont, 800-414-3378)

Willie Nelson, Jakob Dylan

Glens Falls Civic Center, Sunday

We’re guessing this is about the 20th tour that Willie Nelson has dubbed the On the Road Again Tour, but we won’t hold that against him. Because he’s Willie, you know? Dude smokes enough reefer that he probably just forgot. That’s not why we love him, of course—we love Willie because, after 50 years in the music business, he’s still the same old Willie. That iconic voice, as warm and comforting as a tall glass of bourbon; that ratty old acoustic guitar, and the way he plays it (we think he’s terribly underrated as a guitarist); and those songs, from “Crazy” to “Whiskey River” to, naturally, “On the Road Again,” each one of ’em a country classic. Willie Nelson and his band are back Sunday for a show in Glens Falls; opening will be Jakob Dylan, the former Wallflowers frontman who recently released his first solo record, Seeing Things. (Sept. 21, 7 PM, $29.50-$49.50, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, 798-0366)

Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson

The Egg, Sunday

The last time Laurie Anderson was in town, she ruminated on her recent artist-in-residence gig with NASA—yes, NASA. Through music, stories and a multimedia presentation, Anderson took us into the wonder of what NASA does. She also illuminated a few corners of the “space agency” that had more to do with terrestrial combat than interstellar exploration. Anderson’s back to earth for her latest work, Homeland; it’s advertised to explore “the climate of fear in America and its obsession with information and security.” Having workshopped the show in New York City, and toured with it in Europe, Anderson’s bringing it all back home. A show in Kansas last week earned a standing ovation—and raves in the Lawrence Journal-World: “Homeland provided an open-ended common ground upon which to construct a perhaps more thoughtful political discourse . . .” (Sept. 21, 7:30 PM, $34.50, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)


Porter Batiste Stoltz featuring Page McConnell, U-Melt

Revolution Hall, Wednesday

So, the overarching question here is: Just how funky do you take your Meters? George Porter Jr., bassist for the original Meters, is virtually synonymous with funk, but when he joined forces with drummer Russell Batiste Jr. and guitarist Brian Stoltz in the late ’80s, they became the Funky Meters and were all the more so. Now, it’s not a regular thing, but when Phish keyboardist Page McConnell joins these guys with his organ, clavinet, and twirling funk-nouveau, it’s funky enough to make Bootsy Collins blush. It’s quite funky indeed. And if you’re a true heavyweight, you’ll be at Wednesday’s show early for Phish torch-bearers U-Melt. (Sept. 24, 7 PM, $26, 425 River St., Troy, 274-0553)

Also Noted

The road to All Tomorrow’s Parties leads through Northampton, Mass.: Built to Spill, Meat Puppets, and the Drones share a bill at the Calvin Theatre tonight (Thursday) where they will presumably preview their ATP sets (8 PM, $25, 413-586-8686). . . . Big band isn’t dead, and here’s your proof: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble, performing tonight at the Linda (8 PM, $15, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . Start your Irish 2000 weekend early tonight when Solas performs at the Egg (8 PM, $24, 473-1845). . . . Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned and Swamp Baby close out this year’s Garage Bands in the Garage series at the Albany Public Library on Washington Avenue tomorrow (Friday) evening (6 PM, free, 427-4300). . . . The Erotics celebrate the release of their new record Friday night at Dublin Underground (formerly Savannah’s); Slick Fitty and Downtown Junkies will get the party started, and admission includes a copy of the new CD (8 PM $10, 426-9647). . . . Maggie Mayday play a pre-Larkfest warm-up show at Tess’ Lark Tavern on Friday, with guests 28N (9 PM, $5, 463-9779). . . . A few more bands get ready for their All Tomorrow’s Parties appearances Saturday at Revolution Hall: Dinosaur Jr. and the Wounded Knees (8 PM, $20, 274-0553). . . . The Indigo Girls and Missy Higgins kick off the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s fall season on Saturday (8 PM, $38, 273-0038). . . . Sunday at Red Square, it’s instrumental madness with Boston bands Hypaspace and Sandal Machine Foot (8 PM, $8, 465-0444). . . . Milwaukee-based bluegrass-punks the .357 String Band play the Moon & River Café in Schenectady Wednesday night (8 PM, free, 382-1938).

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