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Manchester Orchestra

Manchester Orchestra, the Features

Northern Lights, Friday

Andy Hull got an early start at rock stardom—he recorded his debut album at home in Atlanta during his senior year of high school. Five years, two albums, and a boatload of singles and EPs later, Hull’s band, Manchester Orchestra, are making the late-night rounds and touring to sold-out audiences. Not bad for a kid who skipped college. Sharing the bill are Tennessee spaz-pop band the Features who, after kicking around the Southeast for 15 years, finally saw one of their albums get a major release via the Kings of Leon-owned 429 label last summer. Biffy Clyro and O’Brother are also on Friday’s bill. (March 26, 6:30 PM, $14, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Michael Bolton

Proctors, Friday

We like to have fun. But sometimes our in-jokes get a little out of hand. Take, for instance, a recent concert listing in which we referred to music superstar Michael Bolton by a nickname borrowed from a scene in Office Space. And while we apologize for what we like to call the worst typo ever, it’s not entirely our fault that when we hear the name Michael Bolton we instantly flash to the disgruntled employee of the same name from Mike Judge’s film. But, sticks and stones, right? The real-life Bolton is a virtuoso singer and songwriter, with his name attached to more hits than you care to know, and sales of 50-some-odd million. Dude even sang with Pavarotti. Michael Bolton is rubber, and we’re glue. (March 26, 8 PM, $20-$90, Mainstage, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Shai Hulud, Starkweather

Bogie’s, Saturday

As far as the bands on this bill are concerned, we’ve got this spring thing all wrong. The Spring into Slaughter Fest replaces love, growth and new life with venom, misanthropy and profound hatred. Not to mention nine sets of reckless punk, hardcore, metal, metalcore, post-metal, thrash, and every other destruction-oriented genre you might imagine. That’s right: nine sets. Joining Poughkeepsie’s seminal metalcore band Shai Hulud and Philadelphia’s Starkweather will be Junius, Rosetta, Damnation Alley, Planet Eater, Alchemy of Time, Black Iron Prison, and Dryheave. For this one, it’s probably best to leave your flip-flops at home. (March 27, 7 PM, $15, 297 Ontario St., Albany, 482-4393)

Roger McGuinn, Tom Rush

Colonial Theatre, Saturday

You know how some know-it-all will tell you that you have to see some musical legend at least once in your life? Most of the time, they’re jiving you. We’re not jiving you: If you haven’t seen Roger McGuinn in concert, you should. The guitar virtuoso and architect of the Byrds’ sound will present one of his solo shows at the Colonial this weekend. We’ve seen him in this context, and it’s perfect for his singing, playing and storytelling. Opening will be folk legend Tom Rush, who became an unlikely Web sensation when his version of “The Remember Song” got four million views on YouTube. That’s as many as the piano-playing cat got, right? (March 27, 8 PM, $25-$45, 111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., 413-997-4444)

Daughtry, Lifehouse, Cavo

Times Union Center, Sunday

The middle of the road leads to South Pearl Street tonight as Chris Daughtry leads his eponymous band into the Times Union Center. It’s been a long time since American Idol for Daughtry—enough time for millions and millions in record sales, and a couple of the biggest rock singles of the last few years. The band currently are making rounds on the back of their second disc, Leave This Town, which is well on its way to repeat success. And if favor begins to wane, they can look for advice from tour partners Lifehouse, who have spun a decade-long career out of just a few massive radio hits. “Post-grunge” band Cavo will open. (March 28, PM, $29.50, $39.50, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 800-30-EVENT)


Also Noted

Nada Surf

A few regular favorites are in the clubs tomorrow (Friday) night: Jeffrey Gaines and Sean Rowe play Revolution Hall (7 PM, $20, 274-0553) and Hamell on Trial is at Valentine’s (8 PM, call for price, 432-6572). . . . 2010 continues to be a busy year for local album releases: On Saturday, Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde celebrate War Cry, their debut album, with a CD-release show at the Sanctuary for Independent Media; DJ Trumastr and a host of special guests will also perform (8 PM, $10, 272-2390). . . . The Linda hosts a Roots Music Festival on Saturday, with proceeds to benefit the J.C. Club; there’ll be performances from the Leigh Gibson Band, Railbird, Heavenly Echoes Gospel Singers, Red Haired Strangers, Blackwell Sinners, and the still-very-much-a-going-concern duo Palatypus (7 PM, $15, 465-5233). . . . It’s another Sixties Spectacular at Proctor’s this Saturday, this time featuring Peter Noone (of Herman’s Hermits), Davy Jones (of the Monkees), the Grass Roots and local act American Cafe (7:30 PM, $34.75-$49.75, 346-6204). . . . Minneapolis youngsters the Fast Track and former Loyalty frontman Travis Gray and the Frontiers team up for a show at Bogie’s on Sunday with Par6 and the Garden Variety (6:30 PM, $6, 482-4393). . . . If I Had A Hi-Fi is the palindromic title of the new covers album from Nada Surf, but it’s no lame-o American Songbook project—Matthew Caws and company put their guitar-pop sigh to songs by cult faves like Arthur Russell and Bill Fox, as well as Depeche Mode’s evergreen “Enjoy the Silence.” The band play Pearl Street in Northampton, Mass. on Wednesday, with Dawn Landes and the Hounds opening (8:30 PM, $18, 413-586-8686).


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