LIVE: Ryder Cooley @ (Hi)story Labor(atory), 3/26/11

March 31st, 2011, 5:00 pm by Greg

We already have Friday, July 15 circled on our calendar. That’s when musician-performance artist-aerialist Ryder Cooley will be premiering her new major work, “Xmalia,” at Proctors in Schenectady.

Last Friday, Cooley squeezed into the fabulously funky Warren Street corner art space (Hi)story Labor(atory) in Hudson to offer a sneak preview of the show amid a standing-room-only crowd and the captivating artwork of Limor Gasko, Dennis Herbert, Kahn & Selesnick and others (including a rather unsettling display of bejeweled deer skulls by Cooley herself).

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Flashback Foto: Name That Band! Win a Prize!

March 31st, 2011, 4:15 pm by Sara

Flashback Foto

After the debacle of last week’s contest, here’s a softball for ya: a FREE PAIR OF PASSES to the Spectrum 8 Theatres will go to the 10th commenter who correctly identifies this band.

To make it fair, comments on this post won’t show up until we announce the winner on Monday afternoon. One comment per person, please, and be sure to leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Good luck!

OK, OK, apparently this contest thing isn’t working out very well. We thought this was a pretty easy one, but, for the second week in a row, we DO NOT HAVE A WINNER. In fact, we only had one correct answer. Thank you, Mr. Eck, for correctly identifying MISTER STRANGE from their 1994 promo photo, which was shot on the UAlbany campus. We’re going to step back and reconsider the whole contest thing, but we’ll definitely continue to post at least one local band Flashback Foto every week, so stay tuned for the next one on Thursday.

LIVE: The Jeff Coffin Mu’tet @ the Massry Center, 3/20/11

March 31st, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg
Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin’s Mu’tet isn’t your average jazz quintet. In fact, for those who have a fixed idea of what “jazz” is, Coffin and his bandmates don’t really play jazz in any traditional sense. What they play is certainly in the lineage of jazz music’s history, but it’s not derived from the ’50s bop of Charlie Parker or the ’60’s experimentation of John Coltrane.

The music that saxman Coffin and his Mu’tet offered up in their recent Nippertown debut owed a little to ’70s-era Miles Davis and a lot to the ’80s funked up and rocking jazz of the Brecker Brothers’ “Heavy Metal Be Bop” – sans the screaming electric guitars. And considering Coffin’s stint with Bela Fleck’s Flecktones, it’s no surprise that there was also a healthy dose of the Grateful Dead’s ventures into space-rock, ala “Infrared Roses” with saxophonist Branford Marsalis on board.

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Concert Updates…

March 31st, 2011, 2:34 pm by Greg

SOLD OUT: Tonight’s concert by blues legend Buddy Guy at The Egg in Albany is sold out.

CANCELLED: The concert by veteran country music maverick David Allan Coe – which was originally slated for Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Saturday night – has been cancelled. Ticket holders can obtain refunds at the place of purchase.

SOLD OUT: Friday night’s concert by Maine folksinger Gordon Bok at Old Songs in Voorheesville is sold out. You can, however, telephone Old Songs at 518-765-2815 to place your name on a waiting list for possible last minute availability.

ArtBeat: What To See

March 31st, 2011, 1:16 pm by Sara

Yowsa. Despite the predicted snow, Spring has sprung with a vengeance. There’s something for everyone, everwhere: Storm King opens for the season tomorrow (Friday). There’s two new shows at MASS MoCA. Tomorrow (Friday, April 1) is Albany First Friday, with happenings all over downtown Albany, and Saturday, April 2 is a big night in Hudson with no less than seven gallery receptions on Warren Street.

Find your party shoes (and maybe a dogsled) and get out there…


Works by David True (left) and  Trevor Winkfield @ Art Omi

Works by David True (left) and Trevor Winkfield @ Art Omi

David True & Trevor Winkfield: Paintings @ The Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center Gallery, Art Omi, Ghent. While their sources and techniques are various, and often incongruous, True and Winkfield share certain common characteristics in their painterly pursuits: most significant, the use of recognizable still objects, symbols and figures, which, combined, present an enigmatic, depthless environment of meanings – as well as the free use of color. Reception: Saturday, April 2, 3–5pm (Through June 5)

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Five Firsts: Jeff Sohn of the Last Conspirators

March 31st, 2011, 12:18 pm by Greg
Jeff Sohn

Jeff Sohn

NAME: Jeff Sohn
BAND AFFILIATION: The Last Conspirators (and the Lazy Suns, Imagining Lennon, Weekend Rock Gods, et al)
INSTRUMENT: Fender bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … There were plenty of singles before this, but the first album I bought with my own money was the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man” (mono). I still have that LP somewhere. Did I say “LP?” I would stare stoned for hours at that fish-eye lens cover photo of the band. Man, they looked so cool! Still one of my favorite bands. My mother used to ask me why my eyes were always red, and I use to tell her that I poked myself in the eye with my tooth brush. After telling that lie a 1,000 times, it’s a wonder that she never took me to see an ophthalmologist… or a neurologist.

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Amuse-Yeux: Gee, I Wish My Books Could Dance Like This…

March 31st, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg

Just a little reminder that the Empire State Book Festival is coming to the Empire State Plaza in Albany from 10am-4:30pm on Saturday. Admission is FREE.

Love those end credits, too…

Sure Sign of Spring: Jumpin’ Jack’s is Open!

March 31st, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg

Snow, be gone!

That’s right, spring is here! Even if it doesn’t feel like it. How do we know for sure? Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-In in Scotia opens for the 2011 season at 11am today. Make mine a Jackburger, fries and a choc/van twist, please…

And new this summer at Jumpin’ Jack’s? BACON!

Hurry and get your first Jackburger of the season before the snowstorm hits!

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