Comin’ Soon…

November 30th, 2011, 4:30 pm by Greg

WEQX-FM is sponsoring a free show by Deer Tick at Jillian’s in Albany on Saturday, December 10. Doors open at 8pm.

Recent additions to the concert calendar for the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady include the marvelous Buffy Sainte-Marie and her band at 7:30pm on Friday, January 6 ($28, $35); folk-pop duo Aztec Two-Step at 7:30pm on Saturday, January 28 ($26 in advance; $28 at the door); and jazz guitar great Frank Vignola at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 4 ($24 in advance; $26 at the door). Tix for all three shows are currently on sale.

Steve Aoki – electro house musician, record producer and founder of Dim Mak Records – pumps up the volume at Northern Lights in Clifton Park at 9pm on Wednesday, February 29. (Happy Sadie Hawkins Day!) Priced at $25 in advance, tix go on sale at 1pm on Saturday (December 3).

Proctors in Schenectady is hosting “First Night of Funny” on Saturday, December 31, as four comedians – Paul Bond, Carole Montgomery, Johnny Rizzo and Chris Rich – provide the chuckles to usher in the new year. Showtime is 8pm. Tix are $24 through Christmas; $29 thereafter; $34 at the door.

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LIVE: Crooked Still @ The Egg, 11/19/11

November 30th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
Aoife O'Donovan and Corey DiMario

Aoife O'Donovan and Corey DiMario

You may be scratching your head and thinking, “Didn’t Crooked Still just play The Egg?”

Well, yes, they did – this past January. (Read our review here.) The band also played at Club Helsinki in Hudson just last month, and Aoife O’Donovan, Crooked Still’s captivating vocalist, also performed at the FreshGrass Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams the month before that.

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Win FREE TIX to Amy LaVere @ Valentine’s on Thursday

November 30th, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg

“Enticingly sultry” – The Washington Post

“Part winsome alt-country gal and part avenging angel, Amy LaVere has made the break-up album of the year.” – Spin Magazine (8 out of 10 stars)

“LaVere could rest on her lyrics alone, which are witty and feisty enough to stand on their own, but by giving her band boundless license to indulge any whim or eccentricity, she has crafted a well-rounded album that is already among the year’s best.” – Paste Magazine


Artistically speaking, Louisiana-born songsmith, haunting vocalist and stand-up bass thumper Amy LaVere is swinging for the fences with her new album, “Stranger Me.” So she should be right at home when she returns to Nippertown to lead her band into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Thursday night (December 1).

The album was produced by Craig Silvey (fresh from his engineering duties on the Arcade Fire’s Grammy Award-winning Album of the Year “The Suburbs”). It features a dizzying array of musicians who regularly ply their musical trade with such diverse folks as Leonard Cohen, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. And if that doesn’t sound adventurous enough for you, in addition to LaVere’s captivating original tunes, she also delves into the songbags of the great Bobby Charles and Captain Beefheart.

Music isn’t her only talent, either. As an actor, the charismatic LaVere has had key supporting roles in such major motion pictures as “Black Snake Moan” and “Walk the Line.”

The very seductive Amy LaVere and her band rumble into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Thursday (December 1) in support of “Stranger Me.” Local duo Palatypus opens the show at 8:30pm. Tix are $8.

BUT WAIT… What’s this? FREE TICKETS? That’s right, we’re giving away a pair of FREE TIX to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winners will be selected at random and notified on Thursday. Do it today! And good luck! Congratulations to Alan G, not only do you qualify, the random number generator picked you.

Five Firsts: Louis Apicello of Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

November 30th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg
Louis Apicello

Louis Apicello

NAME: Louis Apicello
BAND AFFILIATION: Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and the rest of the B3nson Family

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue.” I didn’t have my own tape player for a long time. I remember when I first got my personal walkman, my parents gave me a tape of “Louis Armstrong’s Greatest Hits” and the soundtrack to the movie “The Big Chill.” I played those tapes over and over and pretended I was playing along until I wore them out. When I finally went to buy my first tape, my sister said I should get “Kind of Blue.” I bought it from the chain store The Wall. I still remember the blue “lifetime guarantee” sticker on the case, and I probably still have it.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Not counting school concerts for my siblings, the first real concert I can remember attending was Maynard Ferguson back in the winter of 1994. It was at one of the ski resorts in the Catskills. I went with my friend’s dad, who was also my trumpet teacher at the time. Maynard completely blew my mind, and after the show I got to shake his hand.

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Nipper’s News: Rocky Velvet, Frank Jaklitsch, Blue Factory, ZacGriffin…

November 30th, 2011, 2:30 pm by Greg

Cropseyville’s favorite sons, Rocky Velvet, are mounting a one-night-only reunion for the first time since the Rockin’ to Rebuild Tess’ Lark Tavern benefit in Albany’s Washington Park a year and a half ago. The line-up for the revved-up Rocky Velvet rockabilly reunion will include guitarslinger Graham Tichy, vocalist Ian Carlton, drummer Jeff Michael and bassist Todd Bradley (on loan from Rochester’s Hi-Risers). Pauly’s Hotel in Albany is the place; 10pm on Friday (December 2) is the time. Admission is $8.

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LIVE: Ray Davies @ The Egg, 11/22/11

November 30th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
Ray Davies

Ray Davies

“I’ve always been brought up to think of myself as a faceless individual,” said Ray Davies midway through his show at The Egg and just before playing “20th Century Man,” his 1971 Kinks song that laments the alienation of modern life.

It was a striking statement. You don’t expect to hear such self-effacing words from an elder statesman of rock and roll – and author of more brilliantly unique songs than just about any musical artist alive.

But, then again, who else but Ray Davies would say that? So many of his songs capture the bittersweet, and oftentimes very British, existence of ordinary life – the frustrations and joys of everyday people.

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ArtBeat: Kiki Smith and Whiting Tennis @ The Tang [Get Visual]

November 30th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Sara
Kiki Smith: I Myself Have Seen It @ The Tang Teaching Museum

By David Brickman

Two artists of both shared and contrasting sensibilities are presented in solo shows at Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum through the end of the year. Kiki Smith is by far the more famous and influential of the two; her show did not originate at the Tang, having been brought in from the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle. Whiting Tennis, who hails from Seattle himself, is the subject of a Tang “Opener,” whereby the museum’s curators make a point of introducing an artist not previously broadly exposed in this area. So we have the known and the unknown side by side; the Seattle connection may be intended or not.

I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith includes a very great number of photographs, but it also features sculptures, drawings, prints and mixed media, all of which are what the artist is widely known for producing. She is considered a feminist, in that her work runs counter to male-dominated viewpoints regarding the female body in art, and she is clearly very much of her time – a child of the ’60s and ’70s, wild and undisciplined in many ways.

The installation of I Myself Have Seen It is highly structured, however (see view at the top of this post), prominently featuring a narrow ledge at the bottom edge of the gallery’s walls that supports an array of countless 4×6-inch color prints in minimal plastic box-frames, running like a subtitled narrative below the entire text of the exhibition. On the walls are many larger, properly framed photographs, as well as the other works, in great big groups and sequences.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

Hump Day Unusual Moment

November 30th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

Alice Cooper on “The New Soupy Sales Show,” 1978

A tip o’ the hat to Steve Nover

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantHolly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaAdvertise on Nippertown!Leave Regular Radio BehindBerkshire On StageArtist Charles HaymesDennis Herbert Art