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Siena College, Saturday

Songwriter Jason Wade and his band Lifehouse have had the unusual good fortune of producing one of the biggest radio hits of the year 2000 (“Hanging by a Moment”) and one of the biggest radio hits of the year 2005 (“You and Me”). How did they do it? Chalk it up to a combination of hooky guitar-rock, arena-sized choruses, and sensitive- sounding lyrics about love and relationships and all that happy crap. (Them guys are rill purty, too.) So, even though Lifehouse might have aspirations to be the next, say, Pearl Jam, it seems they’ll have to settle for being the new Goo Goo Dolls, which ain’t too bad, we guess. If you want to catch their show this weekend, you had better make fast friends with a Siena student: This one’s only for students and registered guests. (April 22, 8 PM, $10 Siena students, $20 registered guests of students, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, 783-2328)


Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Sunday

It’s a close call, but we decided that the music of Chanticleer is too wide-ranging to call classical. For the last quarter-century, the Bay Area-based, all-male, a capella vocal choir have been performing stellar music from numerous genres, from madrigals to jazz standards. Under the direction of Joseph Jennings, the program they’re bringing to the Troy Music Hall this Sunday is EarthSongs. This is Chanticleer’s Earth Day tribute, which will feature choral music by the likes of Saint-Saëns and Monteverdi alongside Chinese, Scottish, Japanese and American folk music. (We told you they were eclectic.) See if these 12 singers don’t live up to their nickname, “an orchestra of voices.” (April 23, 7 PM, $29, $32, 2nd and State streets, Troy, 273-0038)

Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group

Caffe Lena, Sunday

No, not that Robin Williams. The folk-bluegrass-country couple Robin and Linda Williams are touring with Their Fine Group consisting of a bassist and mandolinist whom they’ve worked with closely over the years. Since their first record in 1975 they’ve created 18 more, achieved status on the Americana charts and dabbled in other types of music, such as roots and gospel. Garrison Keillor from National Public Radio has acted as a band member as well as a producer for the band, so it should be no surprise that the Williams are regulars on his popular show A Prairie Home Companion. They will even be featured in the upcoming movie of the same name. According to Keillor, “their voices can melt cheese.” Whether that is a good thing remains to be seen. (April 23, 7 PM, $18, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)


Saratoga Winners, Tuesday

In 2003, death-metal fans rejoiced at the return of their vile messiah: Lord Worm. Yes, Mr. Worm had taken a bit of a vacation from Montreal’s brutal purveyors of extreme death metal to do whatever it is Lords of Worms do on vacation (perhaps wiggle through piles of dead things). Meanwhile, as the metal underground began to blow up, Cryptopsy amassed quite a devout following who longed to hear Mr. Worm spew his savage bile. Cryptopsy are to death metal what the Dillinger Escape Plan are to hardcore and what Rush were to prog. In fact, Cryptopsy’s drummer Flo Mounier is exalted in drum circles in the same way as fellow Canadian (and Rush drummer) Neil Peart. Now with Worm returned to the fold, and the band touring behind their new album Once Was Not (an album that was five years in the making), Cryptopsy seem poised to claim their seat atop death metal’s pile of vile corpses. (April 25, 7:30 PM, $14, 1375 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-1010)



The Egg, Friday

Already one of the world’s most popular and revered Irish- traditional groups, Solas have gone against the grain with their latest record. With The Edge of Silence, the group (led by multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan) tackle American and British music with a unique Celtic twist. Songs by Bob Dylan, Nick Drake, and Tom Waits are given the once-over, making them fit seamlessly with the group’s original compositions. Solas are determined to take Irish music to the masses (although we’d argue that’s already been done), and they’ll do it one city at a time if need be. Their quest brings them to the Egg stage this Friday night. (April 21, 8 PM, $24, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)


Clit 45

Valentine’s, Tuesday

First there was REO Speed- dealer, the Dandy Warhols, and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Lately, we’ve noticed that this goofy trend has gotten out of hand: Artimus Pyledriver? The Gena Rowlands Band? And now, Clit 45? It’s just not clever anymore. (Although we did get a kick out of the “Def Leotard” sticker we saw this morning.) Anyway, the decidedly un-tongue-in-cheek Clit 45 are a West Coast hardcore-punk outfit, whose most recent album of new material (Self-Hate Crimes, BYO) echoes the snotty sound of their admitted heroes (Adolescents, Descendents, etc.) without being entirely beholden—which is saying something, more than we can say for the band’s name, at least. Sharing this Tuesday night bill are Career Soldiers, the Designer Drugs, and Victims of Hunger. (April 22, 9 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Also Noted

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The Zen Tricksters and Revision serve up the jam tonight (Thursday) at Red Square (9 PM, $10, 432-8584). . . . Islands, a new band featuring members of last spring’s buzz band the Unicorns, play the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. tomorrow (Friday); Why? And Cadence Weapon open (10 PM, $14, 413-584-0610). . . . It’s another all-out, up-and-down heavy-fest at Valentine’s Friday night, with Murphy’s Law, Ducky Boys, Murderer’s Row, Empire State Troopers, and several others (7 PM, $10, 432-6572). . . . Reading, Penn.-based Americana group Frog Holler return to the Ale House on Saturday (9 PM, $5, 272-9740). . . . Bass in your face: The Tony Levin Band return to the Van Dyck on Saturday (7 and 9:30 PM, $20, 381-1111). . . . You can be in the right place at the right time when Dr. John and his band perform at the Iron Horse this Saturday (7 and 10 PM, $45, 413-584-0610). . . . American 4-tracker and indie-songwriter extraordinaire John Vanderslice will play songs from his excellent Pixel Revolt disc (some co-written by the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle) this Tuesday at Bennington College’s Downstairs Cafe in Bennington, Vt.; Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice are also on that bill (10 PM, $5, 802-442-5401); Vanderslice will be at Northampton’s Iron Horse on Wednesday, along with Page France (10 PM, $11, 413-584-0610).

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