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The Lonely H

Valentine’s, Thursday

Well here’s something new—a band who believe rock identifies more with a small-town lifestyle, not tight-pants hipster chic. The Lonely H want could-be fans to stop the screaming and start whammy-bar grooving with them. They may be young, having graduated high school not even a year ago, but the likes of MSNBC, Spin, Gibson guitars and even The Onion adore the classic-rockin’ tykes. Perhaps it’s due to their long history together: They reportedly began strumming as one back in the 6th grade. The silk-stranded lads will take Valentine’s into a ’70s-riff-rock revival this (Thursday) evening; Albany’s own Red Lions and Brooklyn-based art-poppers Sad Little Stars are also on the bill. (Feb. 28, 8 PM, $5, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)


Droid

Ill Niño, Droid

Northern Lights, Thursday

The following is to be read using your best overdramatic movie-trailer voice: In a tour, brought to you by Monster Energy Drink and Jägermeister, metal, is pain. And pain, friends . . . is hardcore metal rawk! Ill Niño, the widely popular metal-rock-Latin (thank you, MySpace) band are thrashing their way into Clifton Park for their Guerrila Carnival tour, and they’re bringing along mosh forces Droid, and Ekotren and Alliance. James “Buddy” Easton of Droid has been pumping up fans with this attractive one liner: “Get ready . . . here comes the pain!” Ill Niño have announced on their Web site that this tour is one of their best, so we’re sure you crazy kids will fully enjoy every ounce of mosh pits, expletives, and sweat they’ll supply. (Feb. 28, 7 PM, $12, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

 

 

Catie Curtis

Caffe Lena, Friday

She might just have a thing for coffee, but Catie Curtis continues her quad coffeehouse streak at Caffe Lena tomorrow (Friday). The modern folker is finishing the recording of her new CD, and is road-testing some new songs like “Teenagers Jumping Off a Bridge.” But it’s not what you unknowing and curious readers might think—she wrote it to honor free-spirited kids who run around smiling in the summer . . . and jump off bridges. Along with her happy/pop/acoustic musical swells, she’s also known for her calming and optimistic banter of daily thoughts between songs. Sipping on a mocha and letting Catie play your winter edge away could be just the right way to say “adios” to February. (Feb. 29, 7 PM, $22, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

Jet Lag Gemini

Jack Rabbit Slims, Friday

Doghouse Records has proudly presented the world with barely-post-pubescent pop-punk band after barely-post-pubescent pop-punk band, and with great success. So what would make them change course now? Nothing, actually: Meet Jet Lag Gemini, the latest barely-post-pubescent emo-punk band in a stable of dozens. The band’s first full-length release, Fire the Cannons, was released in January, and their stop at Jack Rabbit Slims (the revamped former site of Noche) finds them warming up for a showcase at the vaunted SXSW festival in March, followed by what seems to be a very lengthy stint on the road. Wish them well tomorrow (Friday) night; they’ll share the stage with Albany power-pop maestros the Day Jobs. (Feb. 29, 8 PM, $5, 895 Broadway, Albany, 434-4540)

N.E.R.D.

Pearl Street Nightclub, Saturday

Wait, what? Didn’t they break up, like, three years ago? Apparently that is not the case: Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley are returning to the stage in anticipation of their long-awaited third album, N.3.R.D., due out this spring. Williams and Hugo are taking time off from their other life (as production team the Neptunes) to continue their assault on the borders of all types of music; Williams already has described the upcoming album as “Red Bull with growth hormones in it.” Needless to say, their performance this Saturday should be some seriously hot shit. DJ Theory opens the show. (March 1, 8:30 PM, $25, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-7771)

M.O.D.

Skyline, Wednesday

Get ready for a Hardcore Hump Day this Wednesday, as Billy Milano and his latest band of lunatics roll into town to spread the good word of the mosh. M.O.D. (Method of Destruction) recently celebrated 20 years of being heavy—and irreverent—as hell with a new album (Red, White & Screwed) and a tour that brings them to downtown Albany for a free show this week. And while fans probably shouldn’t expect to hear much from the band’s goofy second album, the timeless Surfin’ M.O.D., everything else in the M.O.D. catalog (and, we hope, the S.O.D. catalog!) should be fair game, and that spells A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Street Sweeper and Bulldog Courage open the show. And did we mention it’s free? (March 5, 8 PM, free, 4-6 Sheridan Ave., Albany, 472-8150)


Also Noted

Dead Trees

It’s another Crumbs Nite Out at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio tonight (Thursday), with music from Jermaine Wells and the Ill Funk Ensemble, Soul Session and Anthony Prezio (7 PM, $10, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . Fine young indie-rock band the Dead Trees share a bill with the Honorary Title, the Teeth and Secret Secret Dino Club at Valentine’s tomorrow (Friday, 7:30 PM, $12, 432-6572). . . . Fresh off his Golden Globe nomination for the theme song from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (he wuz robbed, we tell ya!), Marshall Crenshaw and his band roll into the WAMC Performing Arts Studio on Friday (8 PM, $24, 465-5233 ext. 4). . . . Also on Friday, longtime Western Massachusetts favorites Home reunite for a show at the Elevens in Northampton, Mass. (10 PM, $5, 413-586-9155). . . . The Mother Mcrees, Alta Mira, Deep Chemistry and Cooper Union join forces to benefit Iraq Veterans Against the War this Saturday at Northern Lights (7 PM, $10, 371-0012). . . . L.A.-based rockers the Dreaming, featuring the former singer of ’90s industrial-rock also-rans Stabbing Westward, make a stop at Jack Rabbit Slims on Wednesday; Schram and We Were Ghosts open (7 PM, $5, 434-4540).

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