Archive for July, 2009

It’s The Weekend!

Friday, July 31st, 2009


Beast & the Wizards of Oz @ Eccentric Studio, Ravena
Scientific Maps CD release party @ Valentine’s, Albany
Tom Rush @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock
Olivia Maxwell and Richard Lloyd @ Alchemy, Woodstock
G.C. Haymes‘ art exhibition opening reception @ Artcentric, Troy (FREE)
Dewanatron @ Casper Land, Troy (FREE)
Reminder: It’s Troy Night Out

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
The Duke and the King @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock
Elizabeth Mitchell @ Maverick Concerts, Woodstock
Graham Parker @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
The Bang On a Can Marathon @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass.
Tern Rounders @ the Bread & Jam Cafe, Cohoes (FREE)
Rockin’ the Ridge Festival @ Maple Ridge Ski Area, Rotterdam
The Dog Days of Summer @ Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake

The Quadricentennial Folk Celebration featuring Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Ramblin Jug Stompers, more @ Clifton Park Commons, Clifton Park (FREE)
The Avett Brothers @ the Calvin Theater, Northampton, Mass.
Billy Bragg @ The Egg, Albany
Happy Balky & the Good Livin’ @ Freedom Park, Scotia (FREE)
AC/DC @ the Times Union Center, Albany
The Duhks @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock


That Was The Week That Was

Friday, July 31st, 2009

LIVE: Tower of Power @ Alive at 5, 7/30/09
LIVE: Crosby, Stills & Nash @ SPAC, 7/28/09
LIVE: Salsa Celtica @ the Music Haven, 7/26
LIVE: Rosanne Raneri & Mieka Pauley @ Mare, 7/26
LIVE: Bang on a Can meets Steve Reich @ MASS MoCA, 7/25
LIVE: Jill Hughes @ the Tang Museum, 7/24
LIVE: David Lindley @ the Van Dyck, 7/23

Hanging Out At Storm King
Hanging Out In North Adams

Avalon Peacock continues her climb towards world domination
The Stony Creek Band on “The Today Show”
Billy Bragg, What Was the First Record You Ever Bought?
Song of the Week: Seasun
Song of the Week #2: It’s Raining Again

Thanks to all our commentators and contributors – See you Monday!

Armory says ADIOS to Coyne

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Jim Coyne is out as the head of the Washington Avenue Armory.

The question now is, What’s going to happen to the Armory?

According to the Armory’s website, there’s only one event booked – a concert by Christian rockers Skillet on October 1 – and details for that one are listed as “to be announced.”

Over the years, I’ve seen some great concerts there – everyone from Traffic to Fall Out Boy – and it sure would be a shame to see the place close up again.

ROOSEVELT DIME’s “Crooked Roots”

Friday, July 31st, 2009

rooseveltDime(, 2009): “We’ve got crooked roots, but we learned to grow up straight somehow,” sings the off-kilter, Brooklyn-based, banjo-blues ‘n’ more trio.

I’m not sure that I believe ’em, though, ’cause this acoustic roots threesome doesn’t seem to do anything straight. Andrew Green (banjo, vocals) would seem to be the man in charge, but he’s joined by bassist Eben Pariser and drummer Tony Montalbano to round out the triumverate. And it seems a bit too calculated and pre-meditated for my tastes.

Recorded in Queens and mixed in Nashville, this disc is a bastard son of 21st century rural sensabilities – part neo-old-timey, part urban twang, part whatever-else-ya-got. It’s good stuff, but it’s difficult to determine just what the target he, or who they think their audience is. The songs have solid pop vocal harmonies and song-structure, which may chase away old-timey diehards. And the trio bolsters its sound with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink array of instrumental voices that range from pedal steel guitar to tuba to uilleann pipes.

Got this band cornered yet? Not likely. And then let’s just toss another curveball into the mix. Wanna guess what you get as the lone cover amidst the ten tunes on the album? That’s right – Radiohead. Fortunately, “High & Dry” works better than most pop-to-old-timey translations, focusing more on the relaxed, back porch sensibility as opposed to the high concept arrangement.

Crap, crap and more crap

Friday, July 31st, 2009

I recently saw a yard sale at a self-storage facility that included the contents of abandoned storage units. While I don’t wish ill-fortune on anyone, I can see why the contents were abandoned; what I don’t get is why anyone would actually pay money to store this stuff in the first place.

A Santa chip-and-dip or oversized pink sunglasses. What circumstances could have transpired to make someone leave this stuff behind?

A Santa chip-and-dip or oversized pink sunglasses. What circumstances could have transpired to make someone leave this stuff behind?

No one is going to buy a  broken monitor. Not even for a dollar.

No, nobody is going to buy a broken monitor, not even for a dollar.

There are no less than eight self-storage facilities within ten miles of my home - looks like business is booming.

There are no less than eight self-storage facilities within ten miles of my home - looks like business is booming.

LIVE: Tower of Power @ Alive at 5, 7/30/09

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Larry Braggs

Larry Braggs

Still going strong after more than four decades, Tower of Power blew into Albany’s Riverfront Park on Thursday, July 30, for the latest installment of the Alive @ 5 concert series.


Operation Swan Dive, August 15-16

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Here’s something that you definitely don’t hear too much about – a combination skydiving/rock and roll festival.

Yes, you read that right.

The third annual Operation Swan Dive is a two-day skydiving/rock and roll festival that’s slated to take place at SkyDive Pepperell in Pepperell, Mass. on Saturday and Sunday, August 15-16.

Organized by Jenny Amidio and Jen Way, the fest – which features skydiving during the days as well as a Saturday night concert at the drop-site – is a charity fundraising event for Lyrics for Life, the non-profit, cancer-fighting charity founded by Sister Hazel frontman Ken Block. Proceeds will also benefit two local charities – Camp Sunshine and Jaiden’s Angels.

This year’s Saturday night barbecue and concert features performances by Ken Block, Andrew Hoover and Alexis Babini.

The Art Seen

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Painter Nick Patten will be featured in “Solo Show” at the Harrison Gallery in Williamstown, Mass. Featuring his haunting paintings of uninhabited rooms, the exhibition will run through Monday, August 27, and there will be an opening reception with the artist from 5-7pm on Saturday, August 1.

The Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield, Mass. is hosting a pair of one-person ceramic sculptor exhibits – Chris Antemann‘s “Battle of the Britches” and Jason Walker‘s “Human Made Wild.” Both exhibits run through Sunday, September 12, and there will be an opening reception with the artists from 4-6pm on Saturday, August 1.

Nick Patton: Last Light

Nick Patten: Last Light

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