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  • Manowar

Need to escape from the cold? Well, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of concerts to see in the next few days that’ll help you forget about trudging around in the snow wearing half your clean clothes—at least for an evening.

Tonight there’s Cheap Trick at Arcade Theatre and Neutral Milk Hotel at Riviera Theatre. Tomorrow night the Hideout cocurates First Fridays at the MCA and Amon Amarth play House of Blues. On Saturday there’s Dr. Dog at Riviera Theatre and Lawrence Peters Outfit at the Hideout. On Sunday you can see Xenia Rubinos at Schubas or Sewingneedle at the Burlington.

There are plenty more concerts happening this weekend—head to Soundboard to dive into all the Reader‘s music listings and read on for a few picks from our critics.

Thu 2/6: Quilt at Empty Bottle

“On its second album, Held in Splendor (Mexican Summer), this lazy-sounding Boston psych-pop trio hangs on to its shaggy charm while sharpening its sound,” writes Peter Margasak. “Quilt’s songs are modest in scope and scale—atmospheric, flanged-out guitar drips over simple bass and drum parts—but their exquisite vocal harmonies are something else, recalling the woozy sunshine pop of the Mamas & the Papas and the Association.”

Fri 2/7: 2 Chainz at Chicago Theatre

“In a short time Tauheed Epps, aka 2 Chainz, has transformed from a struggling artist—his reputation confined mostly to Atlanta rap enthusiasts and his glory days seemingly far behind him—into one of pop’s most recognizable figures, whose voice and exuberant catchphrase (“2 Chaaiiinz!”) have been fixtures on the pop charts for the past two years or so,” writes Miles Raymer. ” In September he released a solo album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time (Def Jam), that’s worth buying not just for the shoulda-been smash ‘Feds Watching’ (a Pharrell-produced, blaxploitation-inflected guide to staying fly while under law-enforcement surveillance) but also for the entertaining and surprisingly practical cookbook that Epps wrote for the digital edition.” Pusha T opens.

Sat 2/8: Manowar at Concord Music Hall

“To call upstate New York power-metal institution Manowar ‘indulgent’ would be the understatement of the century,” writes Luca Cimarusti. “Formed in 1980 by a Black Sabbath roadie and a former member of the Dictators, this muscle-bound, leather-clad band has cultivated a taste for the extravagant, perhaps best documented on their 2006 concert DVD The Day the Earth Shook: The Absolute Power. Filmed at the 2005 Earthshaker Festival in Germany, Manowar’s two-hour set includes an interlude where the members ride Harleys onto the stage (with rocker babes on their backseats) and climaxes with a 15-minute version of ‘Battle Hymn’ that features almost every current and former member of Manowar playing at once—that’s three shredding guitarists and three drummers, all on levitating risers—as well as a full orchestra and chorus.”