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Bayside, Terrible Things, the Sleeping

Northern Lights, Friday

Queens-based emo-punk band Bayside are no strangers to the Capital Region, having plied their wares in area clubs with some frequency for 10 years now. This current run is in anticipation of Killing Time, their forthcoming fifth full-length. Terrible Things are a brand new band, but their members are also quite familiar with our environs—the “all-star” group feature members of Taking Back Sunday, Coheed and Cambria, Hot Rod Circuit, and Silvertide. Joining them are the Sleeping, the Long Island act whose tunes have been featured in a slew of video games. All together, they should make for one satisfyingly heavy evening. (Jan. 14, 6:30 PM, $15, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

The Capstan Shafts

The Dovecote, Saturday

Paging Robert Pollard! The Capstan Shafts are—or were, until they became a “real” band—the nom de indie-pop of alarmingly prolific songwriter Dean Wells. Wells released about a thousand (give or take) home-recorded albums between 1999 and 2009, mostly on cassette and CD-R, bearing such titles as Unreconstructed Lo-Fi Whore and Ample Tribes for Sullen King Pounder. But eventually we all have to make a living, and Wells took his act into a real studio for the recent Rainbow Quartz release Revelation Skirts. Fans of surrealist pop—and just plain good songwriting—should be lined halfway up Hudson Avenue for Saturday’s show, which takes place at the tiny Dovecote, formerly the Amrose + Sable Gallery. Slender Shoulders and Ashley Pond open. (Jan. 15, 7 PM, $5, 306 Hudson Ave., Albany, 716-400-6175)

Tao Seeger and Company

Putnam Den, Saturday

So, this Tao guy was either conveniently born with the most prestigious last name in American folk music or . . . yup, he’s the grandson of legend Pete Seeger. Not only that, he’s been a great champion of his grandfather’s music, performing with him since he was 14 and famously before 400,000 people at the Obama inauguration. For the past decade, Seeger has been performing with his Hudson Valley folk supergroup the Mammals, but for this one he’ll be joined by George Kilby Jr. and members of both Hot Tuna and Railroad Earth. What’s more, bluegrass animals Hot Day at the Zoo open. (Jan. 15, 8 PM, $10, 63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066)

Dead Cat Bounce

Ge Theatre at Proctors, Saturday

“Dead cat bounce” is Wall Street speak for when a declining stock rebounds momentarily on its course toward oblivion. It’s actually a fairly optomistic notion in these bleak, recessionary times. Reminds you of the blues, don’t it? It’s no coincidence that Schenectady saxophonist Matt Steckler chose the term (albeit back in ’97) for his horn-heavy jazz sextet. The group takes a page from both the Mingus Big Band and the World Saxophone Quartet on the way to dense, danceable arrangements. Theirs is the hometown installment in Proctors’ three-part Party Horns NYC series. (Jan. 15, 7:30 PM, $15, 432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204)

Pierre Bensusan

Pierre Bensusan

Caffe Lena, Sunday

Witness: an acoustic guitarist so extraordinary that the late Michael Hedges, considered one of the most exceptional and innovative players ever to pick up the instrument, paid tribute to him in song. Pierre Bensusan may not be a household name, but among acoustic aficionados he is godlike. A self-taught guitarist, Bensusan won the Grand Prix du Disque (roughly the French equivalent to an Album of the Year Grammy) for his very first album—at age 17. His use of alternate tunings and effects pedals sets him far apart from the standard crop of folk and jazz pickers, as does his inarguable skill. See Bensusan in action at Caffe Lena on Sunday, where you can get close enough to hear him tap his foot. (Jan. 16, 7 PM, $24, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022)

Also Noted

The Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothin’ to eff with, but neither was that blizzard a few weeks back; the group’s snow-delayed performance goes off tonight (Thursday) at Northern Lights—weather permitting, of course (9 PM, $40, 371-0012). . . . Jillian’s brings together four female-fronted powerhouses tomorrow (Friday): Lunic, Silversyde, Ten Year Vamp, and Emeralds of July (8 PM, $5, 432-1997). . . . At Upstate Artists Guild Gallery on Lark Street this Friday, it’s another noise-filled night of noisy noise with Cruudeuces, Fossils From the Sun, Parashi, and Xanthocephalus (7:30 PM, $5, 426-3501). . . . The music of ABBA is alive and well, no matter how much you may sometimes wish it weren’t; on Friday the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall hosts Arrival, a tribute to the great Swedish band whose hook is that they are actually Swedish (8 PM, $15-$35, 273-0038). . . . The 2011 Jam and Sing Thing runs Friday through Sunday at Christ Church United Methodist in Troy, celebrating the various styles of traditional music through a series of performances, workshops, and jam sessions (prices vary, tricity . . . Speaking of traditional music, Crooked Still bring their string-band thing back to the Egg on Saturday (8 PM, $26, 473-1845). . . . More string-band fun: the Andrew and Noah Band bring much harmony to Old Songs on Saturday (8 PM, $20, 765-2815). . . . It’s about a different kind of harmony at Bogie’s on Saturday, where 10 bands, including Heal These Wounds, Outlaw Mystic, and Maggot Brain, will take part in the Capital Underground Live CD release; everyone who pays gets a free copy of the new double CD (2:30 PM, $10, 482-4393).

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