Song Of The Week: Ghoul Poon’s VCR Forest

July 30th, 2010, 4:56 pm by Sara

Ghoul Poon was just awarded “Best Band Name” in Metroland’s “Best of 2010.” Let’s pile on the honors, shall we?


Live: Brad Paisley @ SPAC, 7/24/10

July 30th, 2010, 4:05 pm by Greg

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley

Country music superstar Brad Paisley’s visit to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday was more of a mini-festival than the classic opener-and-headliner concert presentation.

In fact, there were five – count ’em, five – opening acts before the multiple Best Male Vocalist award winner (from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music) took the stage in a explosive spectacle of lights, smoke and passionate, rock-tinged country songs.

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Live: “Our Town” @ Williamstown Theatre Festival

July 30th, 2010, 2:45 pm by Greg

Brie Larson, Dylan Baker and Campbell Scott (photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town” is about the poetry and grace of day-to-day living in small town America.

It’s about living in the moment.

And it is, quite simply, the quintessential 20th century American play.

“Our Town” somehow seems like a fitting farewell for outgoing Williamstown Theatre Festival artistic director Nicholas Martin. Wilder’s play is set in the fictional Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, but Williamstown, Massachusetts is not all that different. This is a deceptively casual, unhurried production, and director Martin plays it straight – no fancy updates or dramatic re-interpretations forced onto Wilder’s script.

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ArtBeat: What To See

July 30th, 2010, 2:26 pm by Sara

Heavy @ St. Joseph's Church, Albany

Heavy @ St. Joseph's Church (photo by Sebastien B.)

Heavy @ St. Joseph’s Church, Albany. Held over by popular demand, the multimedia extravaganza takes place from 5-11pm on Friday (today) and from 2-11pm on Saturday. Tickets are $5, with proceeds going to the St. Joseph’s restoration fund.


Tom Nelson: Oil Sketch of Mt. House @ Chapel + Cultural Center

Tom Nelson: Oil Sketch of Mt. House @ Chapel + Cultural Center

Troy Night Out @ various locations, downtown Troy. Be sure to catch:

  • The Big Picture @ The Chapel + Cultural Center. Expansive landscapes by David Brickman, Gail Kort, Barry Lobdell and Tom Nelson. Opening reception: Friday, July 30 6-8pm. (Through September 30)
  • ArtCentric is in the process of packing up and moving over to 274 River Street, so who better to fill up those now bare walls than Existing Artists? They’re taking over the gallery tonight (Friday) for one night only. Music By Erin Powers, and there’s also a fairly hefty moving sale.
  • Allusion to Illusion: Contemporary Realism Today @ Clement Gallery. High realism, still life to figurative to trompe l’oeil, by Carolou Kristofik, Russell Gordon, Erin Gergen-Halls, Jon Gernon and Steven Carrelli. Artist reception Friday, July 30, 6-9pm (Through August 26)
  • 2010 Fence Select and Transmogrify: Books, Drawings and Objects by Caitlin Foley @ The Arts Center of the Capital Region. Opening reception: Friday, July 30, 5-9pm with the awards ceremony at 7pm. (Through September 3).
  • Visions of Culture @ The Photo Center. Work by M-J Adelman, Kate Bader, J. Thalia Cunningham, Connie Frisbee Houde, and Diane Reiner. Closing Reception: Friday, July 30, 5–9 pm
  • Last but not least, you can take a sneak peek at the new Troy Community Food Coop.

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CD: The Mysteios’ “Journey Into the Mysteios”

July 30th, 2010, 12:40 pm by Greg

Journey Into The Mysteios(Hi-Fi Sci-Fi, 2010):

On their MySpace page, the Mysteios are right up front about what they do:

“Just be aware that we play rock, we play loud and we only play songs we like. We had a misunderstanding about this not too long ago at Colonie Ctr. and we are now banned from if I give a SHIT. We like beer, rock and people of loose morals who still believe in American values.
Mark, Manfred, Moe, Sam & Johnny”

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Live: FLY92’s SummerJam @ SPAC, 7/25/10

July 30th, 2010, 11:30 am by Greg

Boys Like Girls

Boys Like Girls

When it was announced late last week that Sunday’s FLY92 SummerJam at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center would be short one headliner, the radio station’s fans didn’t even blink. They were coming no matter what. And they did – in the thousands.

Though OneRepublic dropped off the bill, stellar rockers Boys Like Girls were bumped up to the headline spot to close out SummerJam. And they did that without any problem by delivering an animated and scorching high-energy set that would make the Stones’ Mick Jagger or Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland proud.

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Wanna Be in a Music Video?

July 30th, 2010, 10:37 am by Greg

Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde performing at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, 3/27/10. (Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde performing at The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, 3/27/10. (Photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Are you ready for your close-up?

Did you miss your chance to strut your acting chops as an extra in “Salt”?

Well, back in March, Nippertown’s own righteous world music ensemble Taina Asili y La Banda Rebelde released their debut album, “War Cry.” Now the band is getting ready to shoot their debut music video for the song, “It’s in Our Hands.” And they need your help.

The band will be filming the music video today on Grand Street in Albany, between Wilbur and Myrtle streets. The street will be blocked off to traffic for a huge “block party” scene, which is scheduled to be filmed from 3-5pm today.

“We would love for folks from the community to come down and be a part of the shoot,” says Asili.

The band is seeking “many people of diverse ages/races/ethnicities/genders” to be extras in the block party scene. Families with children are welcome. No acting experience is required.

There’s no pay, either, but it sure sounds like a great party – and you’re invited.

(Related story: Concert review)

Real Good for Free: Averill Park’s Music in the Park

July 30th, 2010, 10:04 am by Greg

The Music in the Park concert series sponsored by the Sand Lake Kiwanis Club will be taking place at Butler Park in Averill Park every Sunday throughout the month of the August.

All concerts take place at 6pm on Sundays and are free of charge:

August 1: April Marie & Friends
August 8: The Adirondack Saxophone Quartet
August 15: Mixed Company
August 22: The Reverberators
August 29: The Georgie Wonders Orchestra


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