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Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, March 27th, 2015

From The Times Union Arts Talk: There’s an old saying that goes, “Any publicity is good publicity.” But don’t try telling that to street artist Patrick Picou Harrington, whose work was profiled in an Amy Griffin cover story in The Times Union’s Preview pull-out last Thursday. As Amy Biancolli writes, National Grid shut him down the next day…

From Metroland: Yes, Metroland’s website has been broken for a looong time, but it’s back up now… if you want to know what’s going on around town in 2012.

From The New York Times: C.J. Hughes writes about Troy in the Travel Section: “A Town on New York’s Hudson River Reinvents Itself.”

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reviews the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret at Hudson’s Club Helsinki last month. BFC are back at Club Helsinki for their adult-oriented show at 9pm on Saturday (March 28) and a family-friendly performance at 3pm on Sunday.


Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, March 20th, 2015

From On Tuesday night (March 17), the long-haired teenage Fultonville farmboy and super singer-guitarist Sawyer Fredericks advanced to the third round – the Knockout Round – on NBC-TV’s popular singing competition “The Voice.” NewsChannel 13 executive producer Jeff Wernick conducted a five-minute interview with him via Skype…

From The New York Post: UAlbany hoops hero Peter Hooley tells his tale of heartbreak and triumph in his own words…

From Michael Janairo: The Tang Museum’s Michael Janairo writes at length about the recently broadcast Season 4, Episode 15 of the CBS-TV drama “Persons of Interest.” Why? Because the artwork of Deborah Zlotsky – award-winning Delmar artist, former faculty member of the College of St. Rose and current Rhode Island School of Design instructor (who is also Janairo’s spouse) – is featured throughout the show.

From Saratoga Wire: Thomas Dimopoulos reports that “Games of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin won’t be making a return trip to the Saratoga Comic Con on Saturday, April 25, as originally anticipated.

From All Over Albany: The one-night-only Streetfilms mini-festival is headed into Albany’s Madison Theater on Monday, April 13. Admission is free.

From The Wall Street Journal: Neil Shah’s revealing story, “Roadies: Unlikely Survivors in the Music Business”

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

From Death and Taxes: Cher Martinetti awarded Albany a tie for the Silver Medal with Dayton, Ohio as one of “The Five Douchiest Cities to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” thanks to the infamous Kegs & Eggs brawl of 2011.

From The New York Times: Zachary Woofle’s “EMPAC Shrugs Popularity to Promote Creative Liberty in Troy, N.Y.”

From Take It Over: The Daily Gazette’s Mark McGuire remembers beloved local radio icon Don Weeks, who died last week.

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reviews last Saturday’s concert by the Pine Hill Project at Club Helsinki in Hudson.

From the Times Union Movies Blog: Mike Spring interviews actor Ethan Embry (of such rock movie gems as “Empire Records” and “That Thing You Do”) about his upcoming film, “Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf.”

Let the Madness Begin! NYS Music’s March Madness, That Is…

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Have you filled out your brackets yet?

No, not your NCAA Basketball Championship brackets. No, we mean NYS Music’s March Madness brackets, which finds 64 bands from Upstate New York battling for supremacy. And the winners are determined by your online votes.

The competitors are broken down into four “regions” based on genres of music – Funk/Jam/Reggae, Metal/Rock, Bluegrass/Folk/Americana and Indie/EDM/Other. Each region finds 16 Upstate New York bands battling it out to reach the Final Four and ultimately claim this year’s title. Bands were selected by NYS Music’s editors and writers based on their popularity in their respective genres.

Not surprisingly, the Local 518 is well represented in the brackets – including such faves as Hard Soul, Conehead Buddha, Blotto, Mirk, the Sea the Sea, Stigmata, North & South Dakotas, Formula 5, Titanics, Sean Rowe, Eastbound Jesus, Jesus Christ & the Hallucinogenic Allstars, Northern Faces, Lucky Jukebox Brigade and lots more.

In fact, Nippertown-based bands are sometimes battling against each other in the brackets, as is the case with Phantogram vs. Stockade Kids; Lucid vs. Mister F; Skinless vs. Wild Adriatic.

Voting for the first round is now open. Deadline for Round One voting is 12midnight on Thursday (March 19). Round two begins on Friday (March 20).

Let your voice be heard…

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, March 6th, 2015

From the Albany Special Events Blog: The fine folks who bring you the annual Tulip Festival in Albany’s Washington Park have launched the Tulip Mania Music Project. Apparently, sheet music of the official Tulip Festival song (“When Tulips Bloom Again”) has recently been found, and they’re seeking Local 518 musicians to record it…

From The Daily Gazette: The rest of us are desperately thinking spring, but that’s not so for the folks at Albany’s former PopCrush radio station. Ned Campbell informs us of the new Capital Region radio station 105.7 Santa-FM, which is playing all Christmas music, all the time… for the time being.

From The Times Herald-Record: James Nani reports that there will be no second annual Hudson Project rock fest at Winston Farms in Saugerties this summer, after a mud-bogged ending to last year’s inaugural bash.

From AARP: You can read Robert Love’s uncut interview with Bob Dylan, a condensed version of which appears in AARP The Magazine.

From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reviews the recent standing-room-only concert by soul queen Mavis Staples at Club Helsinki in Hudson…

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, February 27th, 2015

From Guitar World: Yeah, there’s a Top 10 list for just about any topic you can imagine. And the staff of Guitar World’s latest entry in Listomania is “The Top 10 Greatest Rock and Roll Song Endings,” which includes such kickers as “21st Century Schizoid Man” by King Crimson (No. 7), “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses (No. 5) and “Metal Head” by the Local 518′s own Blotto (No. 4). No, really!

From 518Life: “57 Reasons to Love the Capital Region.” Nipper snagged the No. 26 spot on the list…

From the Rogovoy Report: Earlier this month adventurous jazz drummer-composer Bobby Previte played Albany’s Parish Public House with the Charlie Hunter Trio. Now Seth Rogovoy reports that Previte has been honored with the prestigious Greenfield Prize for 2015. The annual award includes a $30,000 cash prize as a commission for a new work of art to be realized within two years.

From Paste: Trevor Courneen explains that “Friday is the New Official Release Day for Albums”

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

Friday, February 13th, 2015

From Elle: Tired of Grammy fashion yet? Let’s hope not. Here’s Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel strapped into her black two-piece outfit on her way to one of the post-awards show parties…

From Michael Janairo: The former Times Union arts editor and current assistant director for engagement at the Tang Museum offers a haiku review of each movie that he watched in January.

From Arts Labor: Music-arts-more writer Michael Corcoran lists his favorite bands from the various places that he’s lived. And his pick from Albany (1979-1982) is…

From Inside Rensselaer: EMPAC-produced record albums land on Best of 2014 lists – including Rolling Stone’s

From Pitchfork: Eric J. Danton surveys up-and-comers on the Western Mass. indie music scene with shout-outs to And the Kids, Blessed State and Lux Deluxe.

First Anniversary of the Demise of Valentine’s Music Hall

Monday, February 9th, 2015

It’s been a year since Valentine’s Music Hall shuttered its doors for the last time. And we know what you’ve been thinking… Hay, whatever happened to the urinal trough from the men’s room?

Here’s the answer.

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