With so much great music in the area this fall, it’s hard to narrow it down to the top five, but here are some of the standouts:
Son Volt at The Egg — Alt-country-rock bands, with a pedal steel player in each. Sept. 18.
Moby at LarkFEST — Best lineup in years for this vast free festival in Albany, featuring the seldom-seen techno-rock wizard, plus Irish rockers Bell X-1. Sept. 19.
Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at The Egg — They’re as good as they are big, and they’re one of the biggest — OK, “largest” — bands on the road. Nov. 3.
The Meat Puppets at Valentine’s — Re-formed twice after breakups and troubles of all kinds, the Arizona psychedelic cow-punks are back with a strong new album, “Sewn Together.” Nov. 20.
The subdudes at The Egg — From New Orleans via Colorado, they’re one of America’s greatest bands. Dec. 5.
And because five is never enough, here are some Honorable Mentions:
Minus 5, Steve Wynn IV, Baseball Project at Valentines on Sept. 21; Grizzly Bear and Gang Gang Dance at the Skidmore College Sports & Recreation Center on Sept. 25; Natalie Merchant at the 1848 Shaker Meeting House on Sept. 27; Loudon Wainwright III and Richard Thompson at The Egg on Oct. 18; Steve Martin at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Oct. 20; moe. at the Washington Avenue Armory on Oct. 31; Brian Wilson at The Egg on Nov. 10; and The Derek Trucks Band at The Egg on Dec. 13.