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Spring Concert Preview

I’m a bit late on this, but there are some good concerts coming up. Here are the ones that have caught my eye:

The Hold Steady at The Hollow on April 11 — This concert is sold out, but it’s an event worth noting, as The Hold Steady are excellent live haven’t toured in a while. Although I should probably disclose that I loved The Hold Steady about five years ago, but have completely lost interest in them. Their new material is OK, but I don’t think I need to acquire it any time soon. In any case, I doubt they’ll ever top “Sequestered in Memphis” and “Constructive Summer.”

Sean Rowe at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on April 12 — I’ve seen Rowe twice, in smaller venues. He’s a great singer and an engaging performer, and I think he’ll really shine at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

The Mountain Goats at Helsinki Hudson on April 17 — Not sure I’ll be able to get to this one, but The Mountain Goats have been on my bands-to-see list since I obtained a copy of the terrific 2004 album “We Shall All Be Healed.” Helsinki Hudson is an intimate and atmospheric little venue, and should be a great place to watch John Darnielle and company.

Rodrigo y Gabriela at The Egg on April 26 — This Mexican duo plays really fast guitars, and borrows from a variety of genres and styles, including flamenco and heavy metal. I’ve never seen them, but I suspect they’re a great live act.

The Sam Roberts Band at The Hollow on May 2 — I haven’t really kept up with The Sam Roberts Band, but I really loved their single “Them Kids” a few years back.

Neko Case at The Egg on May 7 — I really like Neko Case’s new album, which has a really long title that I refuse to type, but I caught Case last summer at the Solid Sound festival at Mass MoCA and I’ll probably skip her on her Albany stop. But if you have any affection for Case, this concert will almost definitely be worth your time.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at the Times Union Center on May 13 — I like Springsteen and I have a few of his albums, but I’m not a hardcore fan or anything and I’ve never seen him live. When he announced his Albany date, I decided it was time I finally saw him, and bought tickets. They weren’t cheap, so I hope he’s as good as people say.

The Head and the Heart at Upstate Concert Hall on May 26 — I saw The Head and the Heart a couple of years ago at the Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, and they were pretty good. Not great, but pretty good. My guess is that they’ve gotten better, and that they’ll sound quite good at the Upstate Concert Hall.

Modest Mouse at Ommegang Brewery on May 23 and 24 — When Modest Mouse announced their May 23 date at Ommegang, I was very excited. But I never expected the show to sell out in less than 10 minutes, and I didn’t succeed in buying tickets. When the May 24 date was announced, I was overjoyed. I hopped on the computer at 10 a.m. the day they went on sale, and immediately purchased two tickets. Anyway, Modest Mouse is a great band, and they put on a great concert. I can’t wait to see them again.

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