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Other Dimensions in Music

November 5. Other Dimensions in Music has been accurately billed as an avant-jazz super group: Roy Campbell, Jr. on trumpet, flugelhorn, and flute; Daniel Carter on saxophones, clarinet, flute, and trumpet; William Parker on bass; and Charles Downs on drums. The quintet closes out the first season of the—hopefully ongoing—new music series at the Chapel of Our Lady Restoration, and was formed in the late 1980s, becoming a mainstay at Tonic, the Knitting Factory, and similar New York venues. According to CMJ New Music Report, ODIM is “a generation’s masters at the very height of their powers.” Indeed, free jazz doesn’t get much better than this. 7:30pm. $10, $15. Cold Spring.
(845) 265-5537;

Alash Ensemble
November 12. Tuvan vocal and world-fusion group the Alash Ensemble, which visits the Rosendale Café this month, is named for the Alash River, which runs through the band’s homeland and has inspired many of its exotically evocative songs. The group’s four members have been steeped in traditional native music since childhood, learning their ancient techniques from their families and the region’s master throat singers. Alongside its horsehair fiddles and other indigenous Tuvan instruments, the ensemble has been known to work in guitar, accordion, and other Western implements to create a startling hybrid sound. (Mary Gauthier returns November 10; Cajun twosome the GreelySavoyDuo do-se-dos November 19.) 8pm. $10. Rosendale. (845) 658-9048;

Randi Russo
November 19. Singer-songwriter Randi Russo rose up through the ranks of the Lower East Side’s antifolk scene, and her sound is a more updated embodiment of that ’80s-born, equally folk- and punk-inspired movement. Swapping antifolk’s charter solo-acoustic template for distorted electric guitar and sometimes a full band, Russo, who swings up to hit the Living Room this month, gets frequent and favorable comparisons to Patti Smith and PJ Harvey—certainly no bad thing. Hip webzine Lucid Culture named her fourth and newest full-length, the darkly poetic Fragile Animal, the best album of 2011. 6pm. $10, $15. Cold Spring. (917) 806-1348;

Ray Davies
November 22. For the unaware—and, hopefully, there are very few of you out there—Ray Davies is the front man and predominant songwriter of the Kinks, perhaps the most underrated of the numerous British Invasion acts of the mid 1960s. Although infighting between Ray and his brother, lead guitarist Dave Davies, and a perceived “overly English” penchant for nostalgic melancholia may have kept them from the arena levels of the Rolling Stones and the Who, the Kinks cast the die for heavy metal and punk with hits like “You Really Got Me” and “All Day and All of the Night” and blended pop with music hall and Romanticism on “Sunday Afternoon,” “Waterloo Sunset,” and other gems. The rock legend graces the Egg this month. (Lindsey Buckingham visits November 2; the Priests preside November 29.) 7:30pm. $39.50, $44.40. Albany. (518) 473-1845;

Rock n Roll Resort
November 25-27. You’d be forgiven for assuming the concert festival season ended with the declining temperatures and changing foliage of September. Not quite: The indoor Rock n Roll Resort, which takes place at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, promises such jam-a-riffic favorites as Deep Banana Blackout, Zach Deputy, Ian Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, the Ryan Montbleau Band, Caravan of Thieves, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Sauce, Sam Kininger, Brothers Past, Kung Fu, New Moon Revue (featuring Grateful Dead and Jefferson Starship keyboardist Tom Constanten and Phish collaborator Gordon Stone), and many more. Room packages are available. Check website or call for ticket prices and set times. Kerhonkson. (413) 734-9496;
click to enlarge Alash Ensemble plays Rosendale Café on November 12.
  • Alash Ensemble plays Rosendale Café on November 12.

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