It’s the Weekend!

April 17th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

It's the weekend!

Kudos to you for making it through another work week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some fun. But before we head out for the weekend, we’d like to send a great big thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support, proof-reading and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful scope of art and entertainment offerings around Nippertown without a dedicated bunch of wonderful writers, photographers, artists, tipsters and other assorted enablers who continually enrich us all with their contributions. So a big salute goes out to this week’s community contributors:

Rudy Lu
Steven Stock
Don Wilcock
Kirsten Ferguson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Fred Rudofsky
Timothy Reidy
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, rant, crayon drawing or whatever’s on your mind. Remember, Nippertown is your hometown, and we can’t possibly do this without your help.

And thanks to all of the folks from the area venues and organizations who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

The Egg, Albany
The Van Dyck, Schenectady
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Low Beat, Albany
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes


LIVE: Ampevene @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 3/27/15

April 17th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Led by guitarist Gabe Stallman, Nippertown prog-rockers Ampevene have been making quite a name for themselves, and they showed why with their recent show at Albany’s Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany, which also featured Doctor Magnum and Nickopotomus.

Your next opportunity to check out Ampevene live is tonight, when they open for Aqueous at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs. Showtime is 9:30pm, and admission is $10 at the door; $15 is under age 21.

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LIVE: Slowshine / Mod Fiction / the Mysteios @ the Low Beat, 3/26/15

April 17th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Three-Dollar Thursday at the Low Beat is one of Nippertown’s best musical bangs for your bucks. Three bands for just $3 – in this case, it was Slowshine, Mod Fiction and garage-rockin’ gurus the Mysteios, led by Tambourine Girl.

Now that’s what we call a good deal…

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New Release Rack: The Lustre Kings’ “Go Green”

April 17th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

Go Green

Go Green With the Lustre Kings
Wild Boar Records

Nippertown’s fave rollickin’ rockabilly roustabouts are back with their fifth album, Go Green With the Lustre Kings, and I’m happy to say that I was mistaken when I thought that perhaps bandleader Mark Gamsjager & Co. were goin’ all Celtic on us, judging by the title.

But as guitarslinger-vocalist Gamsjager explains, “The fact is that I’m not a songwriter, and I wanted to make a record that would represent really good songs that we’re doing in our shows. So I titled it Go Green, as in recycled songs.” And given that the album is slated for release just prior to Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22), the title gives it a double meaning.

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

April 17th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, who are headed back to SPAC

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yes, we’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week, including lots of big concert announcements…

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown during the past week:

1. SPAC Announces New Concert (by Staff)

2. Upstate Concert Hall Announces Two Big New Concerts (by Staff)

3. SPAC and Tanglewood Announce New Concerts (by Staff)

4. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

5. COMIN’ SOON: This Week’s New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

6. FREE: Bands Announced for Capital Pride Fest (by Staff)

7. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Adds Seven New Concerts (by Staff) 144

8. FREE: Another Summer Concert Announced for the Empire State Plaza (by Staff)

9. LIVE: Joan Armatrading @ The Egg, 4/12/15 (by Steven Stock, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

10. (tie) LIVE: Nellie McKay @ the Van Dyck, 4/4/15 (First Show) (by Greg Haymes, Rudy Lu)

10. (tie) LIVE: Robby Krieger @ The Egg, 4/11/15 (by Steven Stock)

CD Release Party: Dyer Switch Band @ Sand Lake Center for the Arts on Saturday

April 17th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg

Voorheesville-based bluegrass and country music favorites the Dyer Switch Band are celebrating the release of their new CD, In the Spotlight of the Moon, with a a concert at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts in Averill Park at 7:30pm on Saturday (April 18).

The band – featuring JoAnn Sifo, Butch Ryan, Bob Altschuler, Tom Thorpe and Bob Bates – recorded the album at Blue Sky Recording in Delmar, with additional musical contributions from special guests Jimmy Senese, Kevin Maul, Scott Hopkins, Bob ‘Kid’ Martin, Tom Benson, Randy Jennings and Nick Viscio.

Saturday’s CD release concert kicks off at 7:30pm with special guest Eric Washburn. Tickets are $16; $10 for children & students under age 18.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

April 17th, 2015, 10:00 am by Greg

From Hudson Valley Magazine: Just in time for Record Store Day on Saturday (April 18), Jackie Eisenberg rounds up a list of record shops throughout the Hudson Valley. Not complete, by any means, but a good place to start hunting…

From CRUMBS Blog: Andy Gregory has once again compiled the 2015 Q1 Local Music Report, a list of Local 518 recordings and videos released during the first quarter of the year.

From The New York Times: Dom Flemons – American songster and co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops – weighs in on musical copyright reform in the wake of the Marvin Gaye/”Blurred Lines” verdict.

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reviews Nellie McKay’s concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Sunday, April 5.

From Cuepoint: Vocals? Who needs vocals? Here’s a very cool round-up of every Top 10 instrumental hit of the past 50 years.

4/17/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

April 17th, 2015, 8:32 am by Greg

MUSIC: Neutral Milk Hotel @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The return of Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel — who influenced a generation of songwriters with a string of records in the ‘90s, culminating with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea — is one of the most welcome re-births in the history of indie music. Mangum was here in 2013 in what was one of his first shows in over a decade. This time he’s back with the whole band. With the Dot Wiggin Band. 8pm. $45.

MUSIC: Caroline Rose @ The Linda, Albany. She’s punky and witty, with a style teetering on rockabilly in its stripped-down, bluesy way. Her 2014 debut album I Will Not Be Afraid spins stories with a sense of adventure, a certain bad-ass swagger and a devil-may-care attitude. With Henry’s Rifle. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The founding members of Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band, the duo share a rare musical chemistry, as they reach into a deep songbag of acoustic folk, blues and ragtime. 8pm. $30. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Northern Faces @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The hometown CD release party for the band’s self-titled debut album. With Stellar Young and Royal Tongues. 9pm. $15, copy of album included with admission. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Wallace Roney Quintet @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The jazz trumpet master blows onto campus with bassist Buster Williams, drummer Lenny White, saxophonist Ben Solomon and pianist Victor Gould. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Over the Rhine @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist lead the Ohio-based folk-Americana group as they bring their glistening harmonies and wistful ballads to town. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Roswell Rudd & Heather Masse @ the Falcon, Marlboro. In 2014, the Jazz Journalists Association named Rudd as Trombonist of the Year…for the fifth time. Here he’s joined by Heather Masse (vocals), Rolf Sturm (guitar) and Mark Helias (bass). With the young phenom Isabella Englert. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. Mark Gamsjager lead the rockabilly faves for the monthly Saratoga Savoy Diamond Dance. 7:30pm.

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