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Brasil Guitar Duo

Caffe Lena, Friday

There will be quite a bit of hip swinging and head bobbing tomorrow, because Brazilian sounds just make you want to move like that. João Luiz and Douglas Lora of São Paulo, Brazil comprise the Brasil Guitar Duo, and they’re experts at making their audience dance, having been performing worldwide for more than 10 years. The music they carry is quite a unique blend: some ingredients you might know (samba, choro), some you might not pronounce right (maxixe, baião). With such a profound and intriguiging band name, it’s easy to see how they could be highly regarded by Carnegie Hall, Classical Guitar magazine, YouTube, and many an international competition. (March 7, 8 PM, $18, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

Meg Hutchinson CD release, Anais Mitchell

Club Helsinki, Friday

You might remember Meg Hutch inson from back around the turn of the century, when she was hailed by numerous regional publications as one of Western Massachusetts’ most promising young folk artists. Hutchinson got wise and shipped up to Boston a while back, but she’s returning to her home base on Friday to celebrate the release of her latest record, Come Up Full. Produced by Crit Harmon, who’s helmed discs by Mary Gauthier and Martin Sexton among others, Come Up Full has been branded as a “lyrically rich record about encountering good things when you least expect it,” which bodes well for fans of Hutchinson’s poetic and introspective writing. Her special guest will be Anais Mitchell, who was impressive in an opening set for Ani DiFranco at the Palace Theatre just weeks ago. (March 7, 9 PM, $15, 284 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-3394)


Red Square, Saturday

The shit—er, Shat—will hit the fan when Jeff Wood and his band paint the square red this Saturday. Wood, whose career in heavy metal supposedly began when he took a stray bullet to the head in Los Angeles in 1992, is a vulgarian in the truest sense of the word. Just take a look at his band’s discography: Cunt Parm (1998), Cunt Flavored Lollipops (2001), The Cunt Chronicles: The Best of Shat (2002), and 2006’s Cuntree, which boasts 69 songs in 69 minutes. (Shocking!) Despite a predilection for a certain slang term for a certain female body part, Wood and company are often very funny—really, they are!—with songs that are both a parody of and an homage to the last 30 years of metal music. See for yourself, if you can handle the language, when Shat roll into town this weekend. (March 8, 7 PM, $7, 388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444)

Edison Glass

Nightmare of You, Edison Glass

Jack Rabbit Slims, Sunday

Brandon Reilly, guitarist for de funct emo band the Movielife, formed Nightmare of You in 2004 as a conduit for his own emo-tinged guitar-pop tunes. And, although Reilly is probably just as well-known for dating notorious NYC scenester Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn as for his music, his band seem to be going places. They recently self-released the Bang! EP, and a second full-length is due this year. Edison Glass, a Long Island-based quartet currently enjoying a popularity surge thanks to their Time Is Fiction LP, will play the middle slot on Sunday’s bill, while our area’s own emo-tinged guitar-pop heroes the Loyalty will open. (March 9, 7 PM, $10, 895 Broadway, Albany, 434-4540)



Bury Your Dead, Emmure

Valentine’s, Tuesday

Bury Your Dead are a metal-core band. You might not believe that after reading the titles of all their songs on their most popular album, Cover Your Tracks—because all of them are named after Tom Cruise movies. Yes, Bury Your Dead will kiss your ears with their brutal breakdowns on songs like “Top Gun,” “Vanilla Sky,” and even “Risky Business.” Tourmates Emmure have a super-brutal moniker, but their version of metalcore is the kind with the emo-motional moments thrown on top of chugging riffs. Hopefully Bury Your Dead will drive up the musical brutality quotient by playing both “Mission: Impossible” and “Mission: Impossible 2.” The Warriors and With Blood Comes Cleansing are also on the bill. (March 11, 7:30 PM, $15, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)

Also Noted

Tonight (Thursday) is a night of firsts: The Brooke Clover Band, whose music is self-described as “alternative lounge roots folk rock” with “spoken word and Afro-Cuban grooves” will make their debut at Valentine’s (9 PM, $5, 432-6572). . . . Also tonight, catch the first-ever gig from a new band featuring Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers Band, Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead and Scott Murawski of Max Creek at Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton, Mass. (8:30 PM, $15, 413-584-7771). . . . Tomorrow (Friday) brings folk fave Iris Dement to the Egg; Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion open (7:30 PM, $24, 473-1845). . . . moe., the only rock band to come with their own style guide, return to the Palace Theatre stage on Friday (8 PM, $28, 465-3334). . . . And the post-moe. parties abound: After the big show, head over to Valentine’s for music from Lynch, Raisinhead, Wreckloose and Mike Rocklin (midnight, $10, 432-6572) or amble down Broadway to Red Square for music by Digital Frontier (11 PM, $7, 465-0444). . . . The Roches perform their harmony-rich folk at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday (8 PM, $24, $20 Clark members, 413-458-0524). . . . The PCM All-Stars provide a hip-hop soundtrack for “spring forward” night (remember to set your clocks ahead!) at Tess’ Lark Tavern on Saturday; expect sets from Dezmatic, Sev Statik, DJ White Lotus, Nate the Great, DJ Tone and more (10 PM, $5, 463-9779). . . . Get your gypsy-tango-klezmer-punk-acoustic fix at Caffe Lena on Sunday when New York’s Luminescent Orchestrii take the stage (7 PM, $14, 583-0022). . . . Back so soon? Nellie McKay performs at the Egg on Monday night (7 PM, $20, 473-1845). . . . Go green with Boys of the Lough as they bring the spirit of St. Patty’s to the WAMC Performing Arts Studio on Wednesday; it’s part of the Dancing on the Air program, so concertgoers can expect much, much more (7:30 PM, $25, 465-5233 ext. 4).

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