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Belated Summer Concert Picks

OK, I’m a little late this year. But summer’s not over, there are still some interesting concerts on the horizon and it’s never too late to put together a list. Here are some of the summer concerts that interest me.

Lord Huron at Alive at 5 in Albany on July 10 — I recently heard this L.A.-based indie-folk bank on the radio, and they sounded pretty good. I’m eager to see what kind of show they put on at the Corning Preserve. With local singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan.

The Debo Band at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy on July 11 — I’ve never heard this 11-piece Ethiopian orchestra before, but I like African music and I’m willing to bet they put on a good show.

The Gogol Bordello with Man Man at Upstate Concert Hall on July 22 — The Gogol Bordello puts on an intense, raucous high-energy show. I saw them at the now defunct Revolution Hall in Troy, and have never forgotten it.

The Baseball Project at the Storm King Art Center in New Windsor on July 20, at Club Helsinki in Hudson on July 23 and at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown on Aug. 1 — Featuring members of the Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, the Dream Syndicate and R.E.M., The Baseball Project is something of an indie-rock supergroup. All of their songs are about baseball, and celebrate Hall of Famers such as Ted Williams and Satchel Paige, as well as lesser-known figures such as Harvey Haddix and teams such as the Minnesota Twins. I plan to go to their show at the Storm King Art Center, a very cool sculpture park that is well worth a visit.

Wussy at the Low Beat in Albany on July 24 — Veteran rock critic Robert Christgau has proclaimed the Cinncinnati-based Wussy the best band in America, and after borrowing one of their albums from the library and listening to it, I can see why. Wussy played the Low Beat in the spring, and now they’re “back by popular demand,” according to the venue’s website.

KISS and Def Leppard at SPAC on Aug. 5 — I am not a KISS fan, but I saw them in Jackson, Miss., and was pretty impressed. This is a band that knows how to put on a show, and I was delighted to hear “Rock ‘n Roll All Night,” “Beth” and all the other big hits. I’ve never seen Def Leppard, but I’m a secret Def Leppard fan, and I think that whoever came up with the idea of pairing KISS with Def Leppard must be a genius.

Dom Flemons at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs — Flemons is a former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a very good, all-black old-timey string band from North Carolina. I haven’t heard is solo stuff, but his work with the Carolina Chocolate Drops is pretty great, and I have fond memories of the band’s show at The Egg a few years back.

Steely Dan at SPAC on Aug. 31 — It’s only recently that I’ve gained an appreciation for Steely Dan, and I suspect that SPAC would be an interesting place to see them.

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