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The Bravery
Iron Horse Music Hall, Thursday

New York rockers the Bravery have followed in the footsteps of hometown boys the Strokes by releasing and promoting an EP across the pond before attempting to crack the U.S. market. The strategy seems to be working, too: They were recently picked as the most promising new act in a BBC News poll, Rolling Stone picked them as one of 2005’s Artists to Watch, and their single “Unconditional” made a killing on the U.K. charts, which bodes well for their stateside debut. So has all this acclaim gone to their heads? You betcha. In a recent issue of NME, bandleader Sam Endicott was quoted as saying, “Have you ever seen that movie Twins? Well, you know all those other bands we’re compared to? The Strokes, the Killers, all those bands? They’re Danny DeVito. The Bravery are Arnold Schwarzenegger.” Alright, then. Apollo Sunshine and Lincoln Conspiracy will open tonight’s show at the Iron Horse. (Jan. 27, 10 PM, $10, 10 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610)

Michael Century
Chapel + Cultural Center, Friday

Pianist Michael Century, an RPI music prof, is teaming up with video artist Kurt Ralske for a special performance of the late Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories. Feldman, one of the more intriguing modern composers who fell under the influence of John Cage, came to take an exclusively intuitive approach to composing. His expansive compositions were known for their imagination and wide-ranging qualities. Triadic Memories is, according to the good folks at the Chapel + Cultural Center (where it will be performed tomorrow night), “quiet throughout and eccentrically repetitive.” While Century plays the piece, Ralske will project a video that parallels and “complements” the music. Please note: While the doors open at 7:30 PM, the performance is scheduled to begin precisely at 8 PM. (Jan. 28, 8 PM, free, 2125 Burdett Ave., Troy, 274-7793)

Melissa Ferrick, the Navigators
Revolution Hall, Saturday

Singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick delivers emotional, folk-pop tunes with an indie-driven style. On her last album, The Other Side, Ferrick not only did the songwriting and singing, but all of the instrumentals, the production and the recording. How many college-dropouts do you know who can do all that? She’s gone from singing in coffee shops to regular touring since she began to build a strong following. They probably won’t be serving coffee at Revolution Hall, but they do serve beer—so get a cold one and relax to the sound of Ferrick’s guitar. (Jan. 29, 8 PM, $12, 425 River St., Troy, 273-2337)




Valentine’s, Saturday

Power-poppers Dough cut their teeth in the tastemaking club circuit of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, punching their way up through the ranks of bands trying to, you know, make it big. Along the way, they released a slickly recorded debut CD that, thanks to the now-defunct Web site, caught the ear of U2 producer Steve Lillywhite. The group cite Squeeze, Weezer, and Elvis Costello as major influences; their sound doesn’t fall so far from the alt-rock sounds of Eve 6 or Fountains of Wayne. But why Valentine’s, you ask, when the city—heck, the world—is seemingly at their fingertips? Well, bassist Tony Maceli just so happens to be of familial relation to Paul Maceli, who just so happens to be lead singer of area prog-rockers Acoustic Trauma, a band who just so happen to also be on Saturday’s bill. (Jan. 29, 8 PM, $8, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Peter Lang
Caffe Lena, Sunday

Along with John Fahey and Leo Kottke, Peter Lang is regarded as one of America’s preeminent finger-style guitarists. In fact, in 1974 a compilation featuring the three topped the Billboard charts. Since then, Lang has kept a comparatively low profile, working in film and animation, and spending time with family. But with the release of his new disc, Dharma Blues, Lang’s back in the public eye and back on the road. It might be wise to catch this master of American primitive guitar style before he disappears again. (Jan. 30, 7 PM, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, $12, 583-0022)

Alabama Thunderpussy
Hudson Duster, Tuesday

Their name alone makes us think of a warm bottle of Old Grand-Dad and a spliff the size of Popeye’s forearm. In fact, so does their music: Richmond-based miscreants Alabama Thunderpussy do that Southern-spiced metal thing as good as, if not better than, contemporaries like Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch, and Monster Magnet. It’s a dirty, lively beast, oh yes; it’s the kind of rock that makes you want to paint up the old Rambler like the General Lee and crash it into your neighbor’s front porch. They’re taking a night off from opening the current GWAR tour to unleash their dark forces on Troy, so join in the hard and heavy fun . . . but leave the fake bodily fluids at home, OK? Also on the bill: Small Axe, Great Day for Up, Xibala, and To Hell and Back. (Feb. 1, 8 PM, $3, 40 Third St., Troy, 687-2391)

Also Noted
Michael Tolcher

We’ll break our tradition of listing these things chronologically, and start with Saturday, which is when Channel 103.1 will present a tsunami-relief benefit show over at Northern Lights; all proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Relief Fund. Bands scheduled to appear include the Sofa Kingz, Shift, Pile of Heads, North Allen, the Erotics, and several more (6 PM, $12, 371-0012). . . . Jumping back a day to tomorrow (Friday), it looks like there will be live music just about everywhere: Valentine’s will handle the heavy stuff, as Endicott and Lucia Lie bring the ruckus (8 PM, $10, 432-6572); try the Lark Tavern for something on the somewhat-lighter side, as the Capital Region’s own Paddy Kilrain will perform with a full band, along with hard-touring folk-rocker Pamela Means (9:30 PM, $5, 463-9779); the Flywheel (Easthampton, Mass.) will be the place for the, um, weird stuff, as Ace-Fu recording artists Man Man—a “junk shop jazz punk quartet from Philly”—will do their thing, along with (F)-Thndr, Minivan, Aren’t, and our pick for Band Name of the Week, Dude Law (7:30 PM, $5, 413-527-9800); and at King’s Tavern, the irreverent (at least in name) Supercunt and the Big Red Chunks will do, well, whatever they do, with help from shtick-rockers Five Alpha Beatdown and two-piece Dungeons & Dragons-obsessed death-metal band (read: shtick-rockers) Clam of God (9 PM, $5, 581-7090). . . . Back at Northern Lights, Michael Tolcher will round out the weekend on Sunday, along with Faith Prescott, Nate Rice, and Mike Grosshandler (of the Velmas) (7 PM, $10, 371-0012).

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