LIVE: “Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat” @ Club Helsinki, 1/27/13

January 31st, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur

Tommy Stinson and Melissa Auf der Maur

Review and photographs by Tim Livingston
Additional photograph by Erika Clark

It was the brainchild of Club Helsinki co-owner Marc Schafler: “Home Bass: 4 Strings, 4 Hearts for Habitat,” a one-time-only event bringing together four notable musicians, who all now reside in Hudson and whose main instrument is that of four-strings (three basses, one cello), together on the same stage for the first time, for a cabaret-style benefit concert, for a cause all those involved support – the Columbia County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

The Helsinki folks opened up the sliding walls between the restaurant and the club in order to welcome the capacity crowd who turned out en-masse to support the cause and witness what truly was a unique, diverse, one-of-a-kind performance.

Melissa Auf der Maur – now a solo artist, but also known for her work with alt-rockers Hole and Smashing Pumpkins – hosted the event. She was joined by Meshell Ndegeocello, Tommy Stinson and Melora Creager, the other three members of what you could call the Hudson Bass Cartel.

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New Release Rack: The Mysteios’ “Play Louder!”

January 31st, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg

The Mysteios: Play LouderJust when you thought it was safe to back into the garage… the Mysteios are back!

Led by raucous guitarist-vocalist Johnny Mystery, the fuzzed-out garage-rockin’ combo is back with their new release “Play Louder!” The six-song disc features such sure-to-be-classic nuggets as “Go Get It Somewhere Else,” “Cry Little Space Girl,” “15 Dizzy Chicks” and our favorite song-title of the year so far “Va Va Va Va Va Va Voodoo Bay-Bee.”

The disc was recorded at Don Fury Studio in Troy with Mr. Fury himself handling the production chores, which sounds like it should be a perfect fit for the Mysteios’ throwback, rumble-in-the-alley, raw-pop sound.

The Mysteios – also featuring drummer Mark La Rose, bassist Jo Mosrite and the aptly named Tambourine Girl – will unveil their new disc and celebrate with a live performance bash at the River Street Beat Shop in Troy at 2pm on Saturday (February 2). Admission is free.

Gorgeous Singer-Songwriter Dan Charness at Mocha Maya in Shelburne Falls, MA Feb. 1 [Berkshire on Stage]

January 31st, 2013, 2:00 pm by Sara

By Larry Murray

There is something about contemporary songwriters that, when they have a foundation in classical technique and history, their compositions become simply gorgeous to listen to. It seems to me that their songs are a little more complex, often deeply rooted in personal experience and for the listener, a delight to recall. Perhaps it’s that exposure to the greats of the past three or four centuries. They are, when added to the music of the current era, like a songwriters library of music. There is so much to draw from, offering infinite possibilities upon which to base their own creative ideas on.

That pretty much describes the exceptional songwriting and singing talents of cello-trained Dan Charness whose career has taken off as a “popular” musician.

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LIVE: “Million Dollar Quartet” @ Proctors, 1/27/13

January 31st, 2013, 1:00 pm by Greg

The Million Dollar Quartet @ ProctorsReview by Allison G.

Music, excitement and humor… What more can you ask for from the cast of “Million Dollar Quartet”? Set in Memphis at Sun Records on December 4, 1956, Sam Phillips reminisces about the night Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley came together for the ultimate jam session. This session produced an album, and they were coined as the Million Dollar Quartet.

The show begins with the four of them performing Carl Perkins’ hit “Blue Suede Shoes.” Vince Nappo (expertly playing the role of Sam Phillips) enters the stage smoking a cigarette and introduces each musician as they stand frozen in a pose. He then sets the stage for the whole show.

As each of the musicians comes on stage and enters the recording studio stage set, Sam Phillips reminisces about when and how he first met each of them. Throughout the show, more is revealed about each of them (Elvis had a twin brother who died at birth; Jerry Lee Lewis wanted to be a preacher). The actors, playing each of their respected musicians, sing a few songs solo and some as a group as the story unfolds. Elvis’ girlfriend Dyanne (Kelly Lamont) is also able to showcase her talent and beautiful, soulful voice on “Fever” and “I Hear You Knocking.”

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Join in the Music-Making Party at the RPM Challenge Kick-Off Jam @ Pauly’s Hotel

January 31st, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

RPM Challenge Kick-Off Jam @ Pauly’s Hotel

The folks at the Albany Music Coalition are presenting the RPM Challenge Kick-Off Jam at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany at 8pm on Friday night (February 1).

The RPM Challenge, in case you don’t know, is an annual, non-competitive nationwide challenge for musicians to record an original album of music from scratch during the 28 days of the month of February.

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ArtBeat: What To See

January 31st, 2013, 11:00 am by Sara


Works by Jake Winiski, Hyun-Joon Yoon and Diana Schmertz @ Saratoga Arts

Works by Jake Winiski, Hyun-Joon Yoon and Diana Schmertz @ Saratoga Arts

Fragment: Jake Winiski, Hyun-Joon Yoon and Diana Schmertz @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs. This exhibition brings together three artists, working in media ranging from painting and alternative process photography to video installation, to explore various systems and different perspectives within the everyday by breaking away fragments, only to re-assemble them, giving way to new meaning. Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 6-8pm. Discussion with the artists: Friday, Feburary 1, 5pm. (Through March 29)

Works by Wren Panzella and Kathi Blinn @ Sorelle Gallery

Works by Wren Panzella and Kathi Blinn @ Sorelle Gallery

Ambience: The Atmosphere of a Place @ Sorelle Gallery, Albany. New works by painters Wren Panzella and Kathi Blinn. Artists’ reception: Friday, February 1, 5-8pm. (Through February 14)

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Five Firsts: Sean Desiree of Bell’s Roar

January 31st, 2013, 10:22 am by Greg
Sean Desiree

Sean Desiree

NAME: Sean Desiree
INSTRUMENT: Everything you hear: drums, bass, guitar, synths, vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Spice Girls was the first tape and Rage Against the Machine was the first CD. It’s so crazy to see the juxtapostion. As a teen/pre-teen, your music tastes change so rapidly. It’s the time when you start discovering music independently of what you hear your parents play.

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1/31/13: Today’s Tips: Thursday

January 31st, 2013, 8:00 am by Greg

MUSIC: Big Dipper @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. Boston indie-rock legends reunited. With Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne. 7pm. $20.

MUSIC: Brian Patrik @ the Moon & River Cafe, Schenectady. 8pm.

MUSIC: Z Three @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. An organ trio tribute to the music of Frank Zappa features Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu), Beau Sasser (Alan Evans Trio) and Bill Carbone (Max Creek, Melvin Sparks) with special guest percussionist and Mothers alum Ed Mann. 10pm. $13.

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