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Nestor Torres

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Friday

Smooth-jazz favorite Nestor Torres has been around for almost two decades, charming listeners with his deft combination of jazz, Latin and pop music. The flautist has, according to one source, “transformed the flute’s role in the contemporary musical landscape.” Strong words, but Torres, who has performed with jazz legends including Herbie Hancock and Latin pop fave Gloria Estefan, backs it up with his playing. His background influences include Cuban dance music and a classical education; Torres has cited Hubert Laws as his “biggest influence.” Torres’ most recent album, 2004’s Sin Palabras, even featured a couple of tracks with a hiphop beat. So, it is reasonable to expect musical fire and cross-genre experimentation when Torres performs at the Troy Music Hall tomorrow (Friday) night. (April 28, 8 PM, $28, $25, 2nd and State streets, Troy, 273-0038)

Thursday

Saratoga Winners, saturday

Thursday don’t like to be called emo. They are post-hardcore, thank-you-very-much. However, their association with the emo genre is there and no amount of whining is going to change that. So people turned off by emo will likely be turned off by Thursday despite the fact that they are heralded as one of the best live acts out there. There is nothing we can do about underlying prejudices except to tell you about all the good things associated with the day Thursday. Thursday is the day before Friday, the last day in the workweek. The last supper occurred on a Thursday (not sure if that’s good or not). Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday, and we all like Thanksgiving (even if you don’t, you better start pretending! Traitor…). Thursday is derived from an old English word that means the day of Thor, and Thor is a god of thunder and carries a wicked cool hammer. And for the record, Thor isn’t emo either. He is post-deity. (April 29, 7:30 PM, $20, 1375 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-1010)


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Parkfest

Pepsi Arena, Sunday

The ever-growing popularity of University at Albany’s Parkfest has forced the UAlbany student association to move the event from the Altamont Fairgrounds to the spacious Pepsi Arena this year. This year’s lineup—Dashboard Confessional, Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, New Found Glory and Teddy Geiger—likely will satisfy an assortment of musical tastes. Fans of alternative rock group Dashboard Confessional are liable have a “good hang,” a term these laid-back guys use to describe a positive experience. Busta Rhymes, a veteran of the hiphop scene, usually wows listeners with his eccentric style and humorous lyrics, while newcomer Chris Brown seems to be favored by the young ’uns for his schoolboy persona and charming lyrics. So, whether you prefer the raspy vocals of Teddy Geiger or the dynamic energy of New Found Glory, a “good hang” should be had by all as Parkfest brings these all-stars together on one stage. (April 30, 6 PM, $40-80, students $20-40 , 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 800-30-EVENT).

Sound Tribe Sector 9

Northern Lights, Sunday

A self-described live band for the digital age, Sound Tribe Sector 9 would fit in with the likes of ’90s electronica group the Chemical Brothers, but are known by their live performances that incorporate “real instruments” such as the guitar. Their newest album, ArtiFact, is loosely classified as a progressive rock, soul and jazz sound fused with anything and everything electronic that the band could throw together. Although the band proclaim that they “speak in the future tense,” the name Sector 9 actually refers to a time period on the Mayan calendar when there was an art- istic and scientific renaissance in their culture. Whether computer- constructed songs and instrumentation counts as an artistic renaissance remains to be seen. (April 30, 7:30 PM, $16-$18, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

The Reverberators CD-release party

WAMC Performing Arts Studio, Sunday

The Capital Region has never experienced a shortage of danceable rock & roll acts. In fact, if you comb through our area’s long and lustrous history of music exports, even as far back as the Knickerbockers, the overarching plan, if you will, has been to move booties. And booty moving is something the Reverberators, (who will release their new disc, What’s Shakin’?, this weekend) claim to excel in. Since 2002, the group—Marty McDermott, Tom Holland, Jim Featherstone, Bill Baker, and Luke Legg—have been plying their craft in and around the regional club scene, mixing original material with the classic sounds of . . . well, everything, apparently—the only genres that the band’s bio doesn’t mention are opera and reggaeton. Perhaps that’s a shame; lots of people like dancing to reggaeton. But for a little bit of everything else, this Sunday’s show is the place to be. (April 30, 2 PM, free, 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233 ext. 4)

Harry and the Potters

Iron Horse Music Hall, Tuesday

On an evening that’s being billed as “Wizard Rock for All Ages,” Harry and the Potters will bring their big bag of spells to the Iron Horse stage for a performance this Tuesday. Based in Norwood, Mass., brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge both perform as Harry Potter, years seven and four (respectively), complete with gray sweaters, eyeglasses, and, um, electric guitars. In three years, they’ve produced three discs of their quirky, lo-fi “songs about books”: Harry and the Potters, Voldemort Can’t Stop the Rock!, and a holiday release called A Magical Christmas of Magic. They’re unlike any other band around (that’s actually a good thing), so catch them before J.K. Rowling realizes she can sue for trademark infringement. Also on the bill are School for the Dead, led by singer-songwriter Henning Ohlenbusch. (May 2, 7 PM, $10, 20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-0610)


Also Noted

colin hay

Might we recommend earplugs? Catch the operatic noise-metal sounds of Brevator at Valentine’s tonight (Thursday); Lincoln Money Shot and the Pharmacy are also on the bill (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Also tonight, the Ryan Montbleau Band will play the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs (9 PM, $10, 583-1916). . . . This Saturday, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers are at Red Square, along with the Brian Kaplan Band (9 PM, $12, 432-8584). . . . Colin Hay, composer of the classic “Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive” (and a lot of really good songs) will play songs from his latest solo-acoustic release, Man @ Work, this Sunday at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass.; the Kin open (7 PM, $25, 413-584-0610). . . . Righteous Babe recording artists Drums and Tuba and Western Mass.-based “yardsalerock” duo the Burdens will perform at Contemporary Artists Center in North Adams, Mass., on Monday (8 PM, donation suggested, 413-663-9555).


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