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Converge, the Red Chord , Darkest Hour

Saratoga Winners, Friday

There is a little-known musical method in which the essences of hate, spite and disgust are distilled into cantankerous, insidious, noisecore songs. Converge happen to be the sole discoverers and perfectors of the formula, which is both a blessing and a curse. Serially aped by others in the hardcore, noisecore and tech-metal genres, Converge are critically praised but ignored by the mainstream. But boy can they pack a music hall with bloodthirsty fans. Fellow Bostonians and rightful heirs to their throne the Red Chord will help them whip up a hardy froth of malice. If the not-so- worthy, self-proclaimed composers of the “album of the decade” Darkest Hour had any sense, they would avoid playing any of the Atreyu-inspired “hits” off their latest disc and instead stick to their earlier thrash offerings. (Nov. 4, 7:30 PM, $14, Route 9, Latham, 783-1010)

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Friday

Winning the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Best Vocal Group in 2005 was a feather in the cap for Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, a band revered by bluegrass and gospel enthusiasts for their songcraft and heavenly harmonies. As humble as they are passionate, DL&Q have been pickin’ together for more than 25 years, and Lawson himself has been at it for more than 40. Fluent in mandolin, guitar, and banjo, Lawson has indulged in all aspects of bluegrass, country, gospel, and folk since he was a young boy. In their newest album, You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper, Lawson and Quicksilver have reasserted themselves among their secular bluegrass fans, yet they remain true to their gospel heritage. Look for a pinch of testimony and a heaping spoonful of Tennessee harmony when Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver come to town with special guests the Gibson Brothers. (Nov. 4, 8 PM, 9 State St., Troy, $23-26, 273-0038)

Spoon, Mary Timony

Pearl Street, Friday

If you’re into Spoon, you al- ready know about this one; you’ve probably even called shotgun for the ride out to Northampton. The Austin-based group—led by vocalist-guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno (no relation)—have allowed their early art-punk leanings (see 1998’s foray into the majors, A Series of Sneaks) to give way to the snarky sneer of 2001’s Merge release Girls Can Tell, then mellow into the quirky, occasionally nerdy pop of this year’s Gimme Fiction. And Spoon are among the few indie-rock acts who can boast of having one of their tunes used as the music bed for an episode of The Glenn Slingerland Situation. If you missed Mary Timony’s Valentine’s show in September, a pox on you—make it up to her and yourself by getting to this one on time. (Nov. 4, 8:30 PM, $18, 10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-584-7771)

Trisha Yearwood

Palace Theatre, Saturday

One of the leading female voices in modern country music is comin’ to town this weekend. It’s been almost 15 years since Trisha Yearwood released her 1991 debut album that featured her first huge hit, “She’s in Love With the Boy.” The down-home, true-blue storytelling style of song worked for Yearwood then, and it works for her still. Many awards, albums and collaborations have happened for her between then and now, but with her new album, Jasper County, Yearwood claims that she has reinvented herself spiritually and that the record is a result of two years of introspection. Her first single off Jasper County, “Georgia Rain,” has proven to be a hit among fans and critics alike. Catch Yearwood’s unmistakable voice when she hits the Palace this Saturday; newcomers Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall will open the show. (Nov. 5, 7:30 PM, $39.50, $49.50, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334)

The Spider Saloff Trio

Chapel + Cultural Center, Saturday

It’s always a happy occasion when jazz singer extraordinaire Spider Saloff returns to Troy’s Chapel + Cultural Center. This time she’s bringing Tony Monte (piano) and Steve LaSpina (bass) with her to perform a mix of standards with selections from her latest CD, Like Glass. This Latin-inflected disc is very good, with haunting versions of a couple of Depression-era gems, “Street of Dreams” and “Deep in a Dream.” You know what else is great about Saloff, aside from her smoky voice and wicked style? She offers a monthly drink recipe on her Web site. As a reader service, we’ll pass the latest on to you. To make a cristal (Spanish for glass, like her album) martini, combine 2 ounces of vodka and 1 ounce of clear tequila in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, and pour the result into a fancy martini glass. Garnish with a pickled jalapeño, sip and voila: You’re in the mood for jazz. (Nov. 5, 8 PM, $15, free to RPI students, 2125 Burdett Ave., Troy, 274-7793)


Howie Day

Northern Lights, Sunday

Of the current crop of sensi-tive, post-adolescent male songwriters making overtures toward the top of the pop charts, Howie Day is without a doubt the easiest to stomach. For one thing, he’s got the long-term commitment required to make this kind of thing work with the current state of the music industry: His second record, Stop All the World Now, sold its 500,000th copy this summer, nearly two years after its release, in large part owing to the success of the lovey-dovey ballad “Collide.” Day is a songwriter who, according to Blender, “prizes sincerity over all things,” which ain’t such a bad way to go about things when the competition includes guys like Ryan Cabrera. Day will perform with and without his band this Sunday at Northern Lights. (Nov. 6, 7:30 PM, $18, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)

Also Noted

The unlikely but awfully appealing pairing of Rufus Wainwright and OK Go hits the Calvin Theater in Northampton, Mass., tomorrow (Friday) night; word has it the guys from OK Go might just do the dance (8 PM, $22.50-$32.50, 413-584-1444). . . . Ben Folds performs at College Park Hall on the Union campus Friday, but no dancing here: The show is sold out (9 PM, 388-6118). . . . Club Helsinki welcomes Brazilian jazz vocalist Anna Borges for one performance on Friday night (9 PM, $8, 413-528-3394). . . . Baltimore indie dudes Two if by Sea play the Flywheel in Easthampton, Mass., this Saturday; Doublethink, the Unsung Cliché, and Blue Vagrants are also on the bill (6:30 PM, $6, 413-517-9800). . . . Pittsfield pop dudes Hector on Stilts play tunes from their new disc (Same Height Relation) at the Lark Tavern on Saturday; John Brodeur opens (9:30 PM, $5, 463-7875). . . . Former Jackson Browne sideman and El Rayo-X leader David Lindley performs this Sunday at Caffe Lena (7 PM, $22, 583-0022). . . . That cuddly teddy bear made of rainbow muffins Ben Lee returns to the Iron Horse this Tuesday; New Buffalo will open (7 PM, $17, 413-584-0610). . . . Six strings not enough for ya? Try eight: The polyphonic sounds of the Charlie Hunter Trio come to Revolution Hall on Wednesday (9 PM, $18, 273-2337).

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