By Greg Haymes

At The Linda in Albany, Y La Bamba’s Luz Elena Mendoza takes on themes of searching, metamorphosis, shared humanity, and a faith that is greater than just religion in her Greater Nippertown debut on Wednesday, May 9. Her songs are a soundtrack built for coming to grips with, not just one’s own mortality, but the fragility of the world, presenting sounds that carry the realness of ancestral trauma and the search of identity. The concert kicks off at 8pm with Local 518 faves The Parlor and bell’s roar. Tickets are $12. Also coming up at The Linda are Minneapolis indie-rock trio Bad Bad Hats at 8pm on Tuesday, June 19. Tickets are $12.

The Cock n’ Bull in Galway has bolstered its calendar with a handful of new concerts, including the return of the Matt Flinner Trio at 8pm on Friday, April 27; bluegrass favorites Mile Twelve at 8pm on Thursday, May 3; New Orleans piano man Davell Crawford at 8pm on Wednesday, May 9; and guitarslinger Scott Sharrard showcasing “The Muscle Shoals Sound at 5pm on Thursday, May 17.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rollickin’ roots-rocker J.D. McPherson and his band are returning to the Hangar on the Hudson in Troy for a two-night stand. Tickets are on sale now.

Heartland roots-rockers Houndmouth come roarin’ out of New Albany, Indiana, but they’ll land at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park at 8pm on Friday, June 22. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 20), priced at $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

UPDATE: Lake Street Dive will be musical guests when Chris Thile brings his radio show “Live from Here” (formerly known as “Prairie Home Companion”) to Tanglewood in Lenox for a live broadcast on Saturday, June 30.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Tickets went on sale this morning for two new shows at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall – Beatles tribute band 1964: The Tribute and the Portland Cello Project’s evening of Radiohead music.

Looking for something truly different? Check out the double bill of musical mavericks Paul Metzger and John Saint Pelvyn at Collar Works in Troy at 8pm on Friday (April 20). Admission is $5.

RE-SCHEDULED: After being snowed out last month, blues/swing guitar master Duke Robillard has re-scheduled his show at Albany’s Upper Room for Friday, June 15. Tickets are $25.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: In Albany, The Egg has announced a half dozen new concerts, including John Hiatt & The Goners (featuring guitar hero Sonny Landreth), Amanda Shires, the Bacon Brothers, the John Pizzarelli Trio with Catherine Russell, the High Kings and Arlo Guthrie. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday (April 20).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Albany Capital Center will definitely be rockin’ this summer when three female-fronted rafter-rattling rock bands – Halestorm, In This Moment and New Years Day – take over the stage. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 20).

In Woodstock, former Squeeze frontman Glenn Tilbrook is playing “An Acoustic & Electric Mash-Up” at Colony at 8pm on Saturday, August 25. He’ll be joined by his son, Leon Tilbrook. Tickets go on sale at 10am Friday (April 20), priced from $40-$60.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGE OF VENUE: The concert by Bully that was scheduled for Sunday, April 22 at the Low Beat sold out so quickly that WCDB-FM (the promoters of the show) decided to shift it across the street to a larger venue – The Linda. The support line-up features LVL UP, Shellshag and Swither. Showtime is 7pm and admission is $10. Special thanks go out to the Low Beat’s Howe Glassman for so graciously allowing the change of venue…

At the Glen Conservancy in Glen, violinist Andy Stein (formely of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen and “Prairie Home Companion”) teams up with guitarist Glenn Crytzer, pianist Conal Fowkes and saxophonist Jay Rattman for a tribute to the vintage jazz of Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang’s Blue Four at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 26. Admission is free with suggested donation of $10.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Hometown death metal heroes Skinless are back in the saddle, and they’re ready once again to trample the weak and hurdle the dead with their new album, Savagery, slated for release on May 11. And in support of the new album, the band is jumping back onstage, leading a BIG record release bash at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park featuring Disciples of Berkowitz, Ringworm, Churchburn, Outer Heaven, Axeslasher, Armor Column and The Broken. Tickets are on sale now.

Tragedy, the all metal tribute to the BeeGees, invades the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany once again on Saturday, June 23 with Hot Cousin opening the show at 9pm. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Two new shows coming up at the Cohoes Music Hall are Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience and Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense. Tickets are on sale now.

The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield has announced a batch of new shows, including Tom Petty tribute band Refugee at 8pm on Friday, May 11 ($24, $37 & $44); Misty Blues’ CD release party for Call & Response at 7pm on Thursday, May 24 ($20); the improv comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company at 8pm on Saturday, May 26 ($25); the interactive Beatles tribute band Yesterday and Today at 7:30pm on Wednesday, September 19 ($20 & $35); the Berkshire Musicians Tribute to Tom Petty at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 27 ($27.50 & $37.50); and the dual tribute band BonJourney at 7:30pm on Saturday, November 10 ($25).

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown hosts a summer full of world-class opera every year, and this this is no exception. But there’s more than just opera at Glimmerglass’ Alice Busch Opera Theatre, including Rosanne Cash, Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends, Big Galut(e) and more.

New on Jupiter Hall’s slate of shows in Guilderland is the Canadian pop-punk band We Were Sharks, who step into the spotlight at 7pm on Tuesday, May 8. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: San Diego’s theatrical steampunk band Steam Powered Giraffe are headed into the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in conjunction with Troy’s annual Enchanted City festival. Tickets are on sale now.

Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady is hosting a Salsa Dance Night at 7pm on Friday, May 11 with music by Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, dance lessons by Dance Fire Studio & Fitness and Cuban food from Carmen’s Café in Troy. Tickets are $35.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The entertainment level at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady seems to be picking up a bit with the announcement of four new upcoming concerts – Vince Neil with Mullett, Eagles tribute band Dark Desert Eagles, Morris Day & The Time and 38 Special.

The Berkshires-based Neil Young tribute band Harvest & Rust take the stage at The Garage in Pittsfield at 8pm on Friday, October 5. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

CANCELLED: The performance by comedian-writer Andy Borowitz that was originally scheduled for Friday, July 13 at Proctors in Schenectady has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the place of purchase.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Country music star Luke Bryan is headed back to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center once again this summer, and this time around he’s bringing Jon Pardi and Morgan Wallen with him. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (April 20).

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