No, it’s not about the economy, but the Charlie Watts Riots have down-sized from a quartet to a trio, following the departure of guitarist-vocalist Brendan Pendergast. The parting is amicable (Pendergast was in the crowd cheering on his former band at McGerary’s last Thursday), and as a power trio, CWR pump out a somewhat leaner, more muscular sound, packing more power into their power-pop. New tunes – like “Omaha” and the stompin’ “Caveman” – take advantage of the band’s new less-is-more approach.
Harnd rock quartet Selfish Needy Creatures have recently signed with the west coast booking agency, Inner Light Agency, and as vocalist Vegas Nacy says, “They are gonna keep us busy!” By the way, the band – which also features guitarist Karl Von Hielman III, bassist Tommy Q and drummer Chris Patti – have wrapped up the recording of their upcoming debut album, “The Hard Way,” which features Sevendust’s Morgan Rose guesting on “Rock n Roll Will Save Your Soul.” Hear it now…
Gary Wager’s debut solo CD, “Age of an Aquarian” (read out review here), has been garnering quite a bit of airplay on the syndicated “Echoes With John Diliberto” radio show, which airs locally at 10pm on WEXT-FM. In fact, the album leapt up to No. 17 on the radio show’s Top 25 chart for the month of May.
Berkshires-based funk-jazz quintet Unfulfilled Desires is heading over to Europe later this month for shows in London and Paris, but before they jump the Big Pond, they’ll be celebrating the release of their new album, “Plugged!” It’s their debut studio recording. Catch the band in action at their CD release party at the Gypsy Joynt Cafe in Great Barrington at 8pm on Saturday (July 16).
“Goin’ Down to Newburg,” a track from David Malachowski’s debut solo CD “The Secret Life of Colonel David,” has been licensed for use in the soundtrack for the movie, “Fairhaven,” an independent drama by writer-director Tom O’Brien.