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- Julia Kent plays Hudson Hall on March 8
Julia Kent/Christopher Tignor/Alexander Turnquist
March 8. Titled "Into the Here and Now," this new music bill at Hudson Hall brings together three minimalist-classical/electroacoustic musicians who call Hudson home. Cellist Julia Kent arose on the New York scene as a member of Rasputina and Antony and the Johnsons. Christopher Tignor is a violinist and soundtrack artist who blends classical, electronic, and ambient music played live using a software program he created. Alexander Turnquist utilizes epic drones and delicate harmonics, adapting the inspirations of modern composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich to 12-string acoustic guitar. (Steve Ross & Friends bring cabaret March 30.) 7pm. $15, $20. Hudson. (518) 822-1438; Hudsonhall.org.
Mighty Fine/Electric Mess/Harmonica Lewinsky
March 8. Well described by their singer Steve Myers as "sweaty, rump-shakin' punk soul," Brooklyn's Mighty Fine make supercharged sounds that collide at the gritty intersection of Bourbon Street and the Bowery. The organ-grinding punk of their NYC neighbors the Electric Mess mines the top '60s and '70s Anglo-American nuggets, while Harmonica Lewinski blows in from Rochester with a go-go gumbo of surf-trash moves a la the B-52s and the Cramps. Adding to this born-to-be-wild night at Tubby's will be your arts editor, spinning garage rock 45s. (Blood & Stomach Pills and Knock Yourself Out smash it up March 9; the Dan Melchior Band and Honey Radar rock March 18.) 8pm. Free. Kingston. Tubbyskingston.com.
March 10. Japanese guitar virtuoso Hiroya Tsukamoto studied at Berkelee College of Music in Boston, where he formed the world-fusion band Interoceanico. In addition to performing on his own, he leads the group Japanese National Television (NHK) and has recorded, performed, and shared stages with Esperanza Spaulding, Jim Kweskin, Michael League of Snarky Puppy, and others. He visits Unison Arts Center and Sculpture Garden for "Guitar Poetry," a concert of acoustic originals that bring together folk, jazz, Latin, and traditional Japanese songs. (Andes Manta play South American music March 22; bluesman Brooks Williams slides by March 29.) 8pm. $15-$20. New Paltz. (845) 255-1559; Unisonarts.org.
March 14. What can be said about boisterous New York gypsy punks Gogol Bordello? Their shouty, drunken, fiddle-and-accordion-laced Slavic folk and roaring punk rock does for Eastern European music what the Pogues did for traditional Irish styles. Fronted by the exuberantly entertaining Ukrainian expatriate Eugene Hutz, the band came together on the Lower East Side in the late 1990s and went on to become international favorites at large clubs and festivals, thanks to their riotous, theatrical live shows. The chaotic caravan descends upon Upstate Concert Hall for this Capital Region return. (Tape Face sticks around March 17; Hatebreed hits April 6.) 8pm. $25. Clifton Park. (518) 371-0012; Upstateconcerthall.com.
March 15. Singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus blew up out of Virginia with 2015's stunning-beyond-her-years debut, No Burden, whose rocketing status was fueled by the gushing online love for its sublime lead single, "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore." Dacus, who's also a member of the popular trio boygenius and has won deep praise from the New York Times, Pitchfork, and NPR for her wounded, heart-bearing songs, plays Colony this month. Mal Blum and Fenne Lily open. (Sean Bonnette returns March 14; Murphy's Law, the Bobby Lees, and others punk it up March 16.) 7pm. $25-$100. Woodstock. (845) 679-7625; Colonywoodstock.com.
March 30. Any project involving New York guitarist and composer Mary Halvorson should have your ears. Called "one the most exciting and original guitarists in jazz—or otherwise" by the Wall Street Journal, she's racked up reams of raves for her always unpredictable music (Down Beat critics poll placements for guitarist of the year, rising star jazz artist of the year, and rising star composer of the year) and bagged a besotted following that includes collaborator and mentor Marc Ribot. For this Jazz at Atlas presentation at Atlas Studio, Halvorson performs with Thumbscrew, a new group that stars two other gifted instrumentalist-composers: bassist Michael Formanek and drummer/percussionist Tomas Fujiwara. (Tim Berne, David Torn, and Ches Smith jam April 20.) 8pm. $20, $25. Newburgh. (845) 391-8855; Atlasnewburgh.com.