Spring is just around the corner – isn’t it? – but new local music is popping its head up faster than the over-eager daffodils. We’re counting a half dozen CD release parties around town in the next two days, so get out there are support the local musicians of your choice:
Sarah Pedinotti and Railbird launched their new album, “No One,” last week in Albany, but they’re heading into Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm tonight for a hometown CD release party and tour-launch celebration. They’ll be joined by the Rex Complex and Flora & Fauna. Admission is $6.
Soulful singer-songwriter Sean Rowe celebrated the Anti- Records re-release of his fab 2009 album, “Magic,” last week in Albany in a dual disc party with Railbird. Now he’s heading downriver to open the show for Mary Gauthier at Club Helsinki Hudson in Hudson at 9pm tonight. Tix are $18.
It ain’t all about the digital download and the shiny, laser-friendly disc, though. Rip-snortin’ garage-rock trio the Knyghts of Fuzz are kickin’ it old-school with a snappy new 7-inch vinyl release on Carlton Records featuring the decidedly non-PC “U.G.L.Y.” The celebration starts early – like 6pm – tonight at Valentine’s Music Hall for the band’s regular first-Friday-of-the-month happy hour happening. Joining the threesome as special guest vocalist will be Jim Furlong, formerly of the A.D.’s and the Trash Knights.
The Tony Lee Thomas Band unveils their new album, “Across the Twilight Sky” with a concert at the Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Unicorn Theatre at 8pm tonight. It’s Thomas’ third album. The Lenox-based acoustic trio Mountain Breeze opens the show. Admission is $12.
Man about town and tireless local music supporter Ralph Renna picks up the microphone and leads his band Black John Wayne into Bogie’s in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday to launch their new disc, “Serenade of the Black and Blues.” It’s already been quite a week for BJW, having earned top honors as Best Metal Band and Best Hardcore Band in Metroland’s Readers’ Poll. Sharing the stage on Saturday will be Ironweed, All for Revenge, To Hell and Back and Nephalum. Admission is $10, and the first 200 will receive a free copy of the new CD.
And Barkeater emerges from their winter hibernation with their debut album in hand, “Gung-Ho, Westerlo.” They’ll be cranking out a show at the Ruck in Troy at 8pm on Saturday in celebration of the new, 13-song disc, which features a lean blast of raw honesty from the electric guitar-and-drums duo of Hank Banks and Rusty Jones, formerly 28N. Joining in the festivities will be the Realside. Admission is free.