When is a Stephin Merritt band not a Stephin Merritt band? The short answer is, “When it’s the Future Bible Heroes,” who are sneaking into Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Monday (July 1). Best known as the front man for the magnificent Magnetic Fields, sublime songwriter Merritt has co-written the tunes for Future Bible Heroes new album, Partygoing, their first album in more than a decade. He also splits the lead vocal chores on the album with his Magnetic Fields bandmate Claudia Gonson. He doesn’t, however, perform live with the band… but he does coincidentally happen to live in Hudson, so you never know what might happen. Either way, Future Bible Heroes are well worth a listen. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Also new on the Helsinki concert calendar is the return of Americana band Chatham County Line at 9pm on Saturday, July 20 ($18 in advance; $20 at the door); and the London Souls at 9pm on Friday, September 20 ($15 in advance; $20 at the door).
The Cold War Kids will be slipping into the Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany for a short, stripped-down, acoustic happy hour show at 7pm on Thursday, July 11. But you can’t buy tickets to the show… That’s right, you can only win free tickets by listening to WEQX-FM. Oh, and your pals right here at Nippertown will be giving away a batch of free tickets as well, so don’t touch that dial…
One of our old favorites from the glory days of QE2 has finally booked a long-overdue return to Nippertown. Willie Loco Alexander steps back into the Albany spotlight with a show at Valentine’s Music Hall on Saturday, October 12. Alexander will be backed by his band the Fish Eye Brothers featuring Jim Doherty and Mark Chenevert.
There’s an impressive double-header on tap at the Colony Cafe in Woodstock on Sunday, August 4. Liam O Maonlai (of the Hothouse Flowers) takes the stage for a 5pm show ($20), followed by Alynda lee Segarra and her New Orleans roots band Hurray for the Riff Raff at 9pm ($10). BONUS: One-man old-timey music revivalist Frank Fairfield is scheduled to open for Hurray for the Riff Raff.
Multi-culti Latin band Elastic Bond brings a retro-futuristic combination of folkloric rhythms and electronic beats to WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Wednesday, July 17. Tickets are $15.
It’s been a great couple of years for British punk-folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner, who has performed at the Olympics opening ceremony, headlined Wembley Arena and sold more than 100,000 copies of his fourth album, England Keep My Bones. Now Turner and his band the Sleeping Souls are back with a new album, Tape Deck Heart, and a tour stop at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Monday, November 25. Opening the show at 7:30pm will be the Smith Street Band and Koo Koo Kanga Roo! Priced at $17 in advance ($20 at the door), tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 28).
Frank Turner and his band will also be playing at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton at 7pm the evening before, Sunday, November 24. Tickets go on sale on Friday (June 28), priced at $23.50.
Straight outta Vancouver, hardcore punk pioneers D.O.A. are celebrating their 35th anniversary… with a farewell tour. It seems as though bandleader-singer-guitarist Joey Keithley (the only founding member in the current line-up) is pursing a political career. But the band is embarking on a farewell tour to thank their fans (and support the new album We Come in Peace), and they’re scheduled to make a stop at Bogie’s in Albany at 7pm on Wednesday, September 11. Tickets are $10 in advance.
OPENERS: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are gonna have to bring their A game when they roll into Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown. The just-announced opening act for the Thursday, July 25 show is red-hot, hot-wired J.D. McPherson, who makes the tour stop in Cooperstown on his way to the Newport Folk Festival.
ADDITIONS: A number of special guests have been announced for Richard Thompson’s concert at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock at 9pm on Friday (June 28), including Martin Simpson, Teddy Thompson, Sloan Wainwright, Happy Traum “and other surprises…”
POSTPONED: The Wiyos concert at Club Helsinki in Hudson, which was originally slated for Saturday, September 14, has been postponed to 9pm on Friday, November 8.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Nine more bands – including Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Carlene Carter and more – have been added to the big Farm Aid concert at the Saratpga Performing Arts Center.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: A big batch of new concerts have been announced for The Egg’s 2013-2014 calendar, including Richard Thompson, the Joshua Redman Quartet, Roger McGuinn, Ruthie Foster, Regina Carter and lots more.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Trailer Park Boys are bringing their new Christmas show to Albany’s Palace Theatre. Tickets go on sale on Friday (June 28).
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Langhorne Slim & the Law headline the free Red, White & Rocky Mt. Blue Bash in Lake George.