CD Reviews: The Kennedys’ “West” and More…

September 3rd, 2015, 2:01 pm by Greg


(The Kennedys, 2015)

Heart of Gotham
(The Kennedys, 2015)

Villanelle: The Songs Of Maura Kennedy And B.D. Love
(Varese Sarabande, 2015)

When a band celebrates its 20th anniversary, they usually celebrate by looking back over their musical history together by:

a) releasing a greatest hits album
b) re-releasing one of their iconic albums
c) releasing a big over-packed box set

Fortunately, the Kennedys – who play at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs on Friday (September 4) – aren’t that predictable. And they aren’t all that interested in looking backwards, either.

In honor of their two decades together, instead of some sort of nostalgic retrospective, they released a new album, West. And Pete Kennedy released a new five-years-in-the-making solo album, Heart of Gotham. And Maura Kennedy released a stunning new solo album, Villanelle: The Songs of Maura Kennedy and B.D. Love.

That’s right, three albums of new material…

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Joe Iconis & Family Return to Mr. Finn’s Cabaret [Berkshire on Stage]

September 3rd, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Joe Iconis (photo: Monica Simoes)

Joe Iconis (photo: Monica Simoes)

The return of award-winning songwriter Joe Iconisreturns to Barrington Stage Company’s Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield with his latest iteration, Joe Iconis & Family: Outcast Superstars, for three performances at 8pm Friday-Sunday (September 4-6).

The intensely musical and energetic Joe Iconis first won the hearts of many Berkshire residents as the composer and lyricist of The Black Suits as well as his previous BSC cabarets, all of which have been sold out. Iconis and his many friends will present an evening of his sly, mischievous, toe-tapping – and always – brilliant songs. Come hear some rockin’ music from the writer of “Broadway Here I Come” (of TV’s “Smash”).

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ArtBeat: What To See

September 3rd, 2015, 12:15 pm by Sara


Art and Aesthetics in Video Game Design @ Opalka Gallery

Art and Aesthetics in Video Game Design @ Opalka Gallery

From Concept to Console: Art and Aesthetics in Video Game Design @ Opalka Gallery, Albany. An exhibit focusing on the artist’s inspiration and process from early concept art to final in-game imagery, including works by the creators of Machinarium, Botanicula, Skylanders: SWAP Force, The Dream Machine, The Unfinished Swan, Transistor and Tengami. Opening reception: Friday, September 4, 6-8pm. Artist lecture with Dave Phillips: Tuesday, September 8, 6:30pm. Panel discussion: Women in Games: Sunday, October 27, 3pm. (Through December 13)

Works by Ramon Lascano @ Hudson Opera House

Works by Ramon Lascano @ Hudson Opera House

Ramon Lascano @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Now based in Tivoli, Argentinian artist Ramon Lascano uses an alchemist’s touch as he recycles old maps, paper and books rendered obsolete in the digital age to make intricate sculptures, wall-mounted pieces and literary creations. Artist’s reception: Saturday, September 5, 5-7pm. (Through September 27)

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Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces Eight New Concerts

September 3rd, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has announced eight more new shows for its 2015-2016 season, including a number of returning favorites such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mark O’Connor and Ira Glass.

Tickets for the new shows will be available exclusively to Music Hall members on Wednesday (September 9) and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, September 11.

Here are the details for the new shows upcoming at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall:

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SEPTEMBER 3: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History

September 3rd, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg
TV On The Radio

TV On the Radio @ moe.down, 9/3/11

Photographs by Stan Johnson

It’s Throwback Thursday. So we’re back with another installment of our weekly flashback feature: On This Date in Local 518 Concert History. Check out our round-up of September 3 concerts through the years…

2014: Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ The Egg, Albany
2013: Urban Gumbo @ the River Street Pub, Troy
2012: The Fresh Beat Band @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
2011: moe.down festuring moe., TV On the Radio, Floodwood, Gary Clark, Jr., Railroad Earth, Slightly Stoopid, the Brew @ Gelston Castle Estate, Mohawk
2010: Joe Louis Walker, the Winterlings @ Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
2009: Contact Ensemble @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy
2007: Sarah Pedinotti @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs
2006: The Dave Brubeck Quartet @ Tanglewood, Lenox
2005: Motley Crue @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
2004: Journey @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
2001: The Guess Who, Joe Cocker, the Turtles, the Grass Roots @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
2000: LFO, B*witched @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

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9/3/15: Today’s Top Tips: Thursday

September 3rd, 2015, 7:59 am by Greg

MUSIC: Negură Bunget @ the Low Beat, Albany. Romanian black metal band led by vocalist-guitarist Tibor Kati. With Dynfari, Grimegod and Wandering Oak. 8pm. $12.

MUSIC: Rodeo Barons @ One Caroline Street Bistro, Saratoga Springs. 8:30pm.

MUSIC: Lock 9 @ Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs. With ludica and the Way Back When. 9:30pm. FREE; $10 if under age 21.

MUSIC: Soul Session @ Bailey’s Cafe, Saratoga Springs. Garland Nelson and friends get funky. 8pm.

COMEDY: John Morgan @ Funny Bone at Crossgates Mall, Guilderland. 7:30pm. Through Sunday.

MUSIC: Fritz’s Polka Band @ Schaghticoke Fair, Schaghticoke. 4 & 7pm.

MUSIC: Blues ProJam @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Vocalist Chrissie O’Dell, singer-guitarist Michael Louis and saxophonist Keith Christopher headline the 12th Blues ProJam with the region’s top blues musicians joining together for an evening of jamming on the blues, anchored by the Club Helsinki House Band featuring Sonny Rock (drums), Cameron Melville (Hammond B-3 organ), Petey Hop (guitars and vocals) and Vinny Leggiere (bass). 8pm.

MUSIC: Tommy Verrigni @ the Stockade Inn, Schenectady. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Six Foot Vertical @ Fonda Fair, Fonda. 7pm.

ARTIST TALK: Eric Egas @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany. In conjunction with his exhibition “Seeing Double: The Anaglyphs of Eric Egas,” the artist discusses his artistic vision and creative process in the world of 3D. With light refreshments. 6pm. FREE.

LIVE: Counting Crows @ SPAC, 9/1/15

September 2nd, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Counting Crows

Counting Crows

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Led by lead singer Adam Duritz, Counting Crows winged their way back to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday night (September 1), with Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown opening the show.

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LarkFest 2015 Announces Line-Up of Bands

September 2nd, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photograph of Jocelyn Arndt by Stanley Johnson

With Albany’s biggest street festival just about two weeks away, organizers have finally unveiled the line-up of bands for LarkFest….

The city street will once again be shut down to traffic, as Larkfest 2015 takes over Albany’s alleged “Greenwich Village” – the stretch of Lark Street from Washington to Madison avenues – on Saturday, September 19.

It’s touted as “New York’s largest one day street festival,” and it’s slated to run from 10am-5:30pm with two stages of live music and entertainment, including top local and regional bands, fun activities for people of all ages, visual arts, music, poetry, magic acts and more. Eight bands in all will be performing throughout the day – four on each stage.

And, of course, admission is FREE.

Here’s the schedule of bands for LarkFest 2014:

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