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Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Puddle of Mudd

Glens Falls Civic Center, Friday

Oh, boy. Lovers of modern-rock radio unite: Three of the most overplayed bands of the last few years will be hitting Glens Falls on Friday. The bill of co-headliners Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin, with opening act Puddle of Mudd, is a pretty high-profile one sure to draw fans of radio-oriented rock to the Civic Center. Breaking Benjamin are still riding strong on the success of their single “The Diary of Jane,” while both singles from One-X, the newest from Three Days Grace, found the No. 1 spot on the Modern Rock charts (and those radio stations sure don’t let you forget it). While these two co-headliners have been steady radio staples for the past few years, Puddle of Mudd—a band essentially assembled by Fred Durst—seem to be past their prime; their most recent album Life on Display has sold only 600,000 copies to date, which is far short of the triple-platinum sales of the band’s debut. (May 11, 7:30 PM, $25 and $30, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, 798-0202)

Jonatha Brooke

The Egg, Saturday

Formerly half of a folk-pop duo called the Story, Jonatha Brooke has been writing and performing solo for since the mid 1990s and has since moved toward a more radio-friendly sound while retaining her folksy roots. Her most recent album, Careful What You Wish For, was released last month on her own Bad Dog Records. Her current tour brings her to the Egg’s Swyer Theater on Saturday, but this is an acoustic show without her usual backing band. In addition to her own albums, Brooke has contributed to a Disney soundtrack and sang guest vocals with other singers, including Lisa Loeb. Brooke also has covered old gems like the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” and James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” on her albums. (May 12, 8 PM, $22, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

Ray Mason Band

The Ale House, Saturday

Ray Mason, a founding member of the Lonesome Brothers, started his first combo more than 40 years ago, and has recorded loads of albums with his band, solo, and with various luminaries of the music world, like J Mascis and Lloyd Cole. With consistent delivery of his brand of roots rock and pop, Mason has proven a mainstay in the New England music scene. Though he recently released a new solo record, A Man and His Silvertone, his appearance at the Ale House this weekend will be in support of his band’s new release on Hi-n-Dry Records, Don’t Mess With Our Routine, out last month. In addition to Mason, the band consists of Frank Marsh on drums, Stephen Desaulniers on bass, and Tom Shea on guitar. (May 12, 9 PM, $5, 680 River St., Troy, 272-9740)

Blue Öyster Cult

Northern Lights, Saturday

That’s rock & roll for you. In 1980, the post-Ozzy Black Sabbath teamed up with the Blue Öyster Cult for the Black & Blue Tour; this week, Dio Sabbath (aka Heaven & Hell), headline at the Times Union Center, while Blue Öyster Cult will rock out at Northern Lights. While some of us are jazzed up about Dio Sabbath, others are equally enthusiastic about the Cult. Why? The Long Island-bred band’s lineup still features three key original members—guitarists Buck Dharma and Allen Lanier, and singer Eric Bloom—and the same attitude toward the rock that they always had. Example: In 2004, when Bloom asked bassist Richie Castellano to join the band, his first question was, “Do you rock?” (We’re sure he answered, “Hell yeah!”) Expect plenty of suchlike from the creators of memorable ditties like “Harvester of Eyes,” “Godzilla,” “Dominance and Submission” and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” Byrds of Prey and Swamp Lords will open. (May 12, 7 PM, $20, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Memorial Concert Band of Colonie

Colonie Central High School, Wednesday

There are all kinds of big bands. This big band, the Memorial Concert Band of Colonie, is a nationally recognized, 70-plus member, all-volunteer wind ensemble that blows the roof off the auditorium at Colonie Central High School four times a year. Hyperbole? Sure. Consider, however: If you brought 17 trumpets, seven trombones and an army of clarinets with you (not to mention saxes, oboes, tubas, euphoniums, snares, timpani, et. al.), you could make some serious noise, too. This Wednesday, the MCBC will perform, among other works, a suite from Rogers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, an overture by Franz von Suppé that, we are promised, will be easily recognizable to any connoisseur of Bugs Bunny’s films, and a “new musical tribute to [the victims of] 9/11” titled Grant Them Eternal Rest. (May 16, 7 PM, free, 1 Raider Blvd., Colonie, 459-1220)

The Last Town Chorus

The Last Town Chorus, Hot Cousin

Valentine’s, Wednesday

The Last Town Chorus are taking a break from their rigorous touring schedule with Michael Penn to headline an early show at Valentine’s this week. A revolving ensemble led by Brooklynite and lap-steel-guitar plucker Megan Hickey, the Last Town Chorus have been touring in support of their new disc, Wire Waltz. Critics from all walks seem to agree that the best description of Hickey’s lap-steel playing is “aching.” The Chicago Tribune even claimed that her “lap-steel sound moves men to tears.” As for us, we think that Hickey’s ethereal version of David Bowie’s “Modern Love” alone is worth the cost of admission. (May 16, 6 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)


Also Noted
Avett Brothers

Those loveable alt-rock cats Kingscastle will play at Northern Lights tomorrow (Friday) with support from Coyle, Camphora, Sunday Girl and Atlas Dying (7 PM, $10, 371-0012). . . . Also Friday, folk songstress Maria Muldaur will appear at WAMC Performing Arts Center in anticipation of her new disc, Naughty, Bawdy and Blue, which is slated to be released on Tuesday and which features a special duet by Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt (8 PM, $28, 465-5233, ext. 4). . . . If blues is what you’re in the mood for, head on over to Club Helsinki in Great Barrington, Mass., tomorrow night to see Harlem-born soul songbird Shemekia Copeland (9 PM, $30, 413-528-3394). . . . “Song builder” Guy Clark will perform at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., on Saturday (8 PM, $20-$40, 413-997-4444). . . . Sunday night will be a bluegrass and alt-country part-ay at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass., featuring the Avett Brothers and the Kamikaze Hearts (7 PM, $18, 413-584-0610). . . . Also on Sunday, Andre Rieu (aka the Waltz King of Europe) will take over the Times Union Center (8 PM, $41-$61, 800-30-EVENT).

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