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Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concerts

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has announced two new concerts. Tickets for both new shows are on sale now:

February 4, 7:30pm
$20 & $30
Advancing diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers, the Grammy Award-winning string quartet makes a tour stop at the Music Hall.

February 28, 8pm
$24 & $29
The Celtic supergroup gets a jump on March’s Irish music onslaught in support of their latest album, The Widening Gyre.


HEARD: Playlist, 10/5-11/15

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Lil’ Band o’ Gold: Lil’ Band o’ Gold (Shanachie, 2000)
Flamin’ Groovies: Supersneakers (Sundazed, 1996)
Flamin’ Groovies: Supersnazz (Culture Factory, 2012)
Emmylou Harris: Wrecking Ball (Asylum, 1995)
Rosanne Cash: The River & the Thread (Blue Note, 2014)
Paul Kennerley: Misery With a Beat (Spinout, 1998)
View From the Hill: In Time (Capitol, 1987)
Judas Priest: British Steel (Columbia, 1980)
Judas Priest: British Steel: 30th Anniversary Live (Sony Legacy, 2010)
Various artists: Jumpin’ & Jivin’ (Specialty, 1997)
Various artists: “Faraway, So Close” Original Soundtrack (SBK, 1994)
Various artists: Atlantic & Atco Remasters Series: Sampler One (Atlantic, 1991)
Bessie Smith: The Complete Recordings, Volume 4 (Columbia/Legacy, 1993)
Cab Calloway: Are You Hep to the Jive? (Okeh, 1994)
Anais Mitchell: Hadestown (Righteous Babe, 2010)
Greg Garing: Alone (Paladin, 1997)
The Sundays: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (DGC, 1990)
Annie & the Hedonists: Tonal Indulgence (Hattie’s Little Birdie, 2015)
Thea Gilmore: Avalanche (Compass, 2003)
Ben Sollee: Turn On the Moon (Ben Sollee, 2006)
Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations (Warner Bros., 2005)
Various artists: Congotronics 2: Buzz ‘n’ Rumble from the Urb’n’ Jungle (Crammed Discs, 2006)
Tindersticks: Donkeys 92-97 (Island, 1998)
Sam Amidon: Home Alone Inside My Head (Lightning, 2015)
Various artists: Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute To Donovan (Rock the Cause, 2015)
Josh Ritter: Sermon On the Rocks (Pytheas, 2015)
Ray Charles: Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Volumes 1 & 2 (Concord, 2009)
Louis Jordan with His Elks Rendezvous Band & Tympany Five: The Complete Recordings, 1938-1941 (Charly, 1992)
Pierre Boulez with the New Philharmonia Orchestra & the Cleveland Orchestra: Debussy: The Complete Orchestral Works (Sony Classical, 1995)
Tindersticks: Tindersticks II (London, 1995)
Tindersticks: Simple Pleasures (Divine, 1999)


Five Firsts: MaryBeth Zamer of the Twangtown Paramours

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
The Twangtown Paramours

The Twangtown Paramours

NAME: MaryBeth Zamer
BAND AFFILIATION: The Twangtown Paramours
INSTRUMENT: Lead vocals and sometimes ukulele

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first record I bought was the Jackson 5′s “Dancing Machine” It was actually a 45. I still have a copy of that song on my iPod.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Kiki Dee opening for Elton John

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … The clarinet in fifth grade. I was such a bad player that my parents told me they’d pay for voice lessons if I backed away from the clarinet. I took them up on the deal.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?” I was four or five years old and sang it for all of my grandmother’s neighbors in her yard at her house in Maine.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … When I was in third grade, I got to wear a faux leather mini-dress and go-go boots as a “dancer” in my brother’s neighborhood garage band. I remember they played the Monkees’ “Pleasant Valley Sunday” over and over. It may have the only song they knew.

As part of the Live! Folklife Concert Series the Twangtown Paramours – that’s MaryBeth Zamer and her partner Mike Lewis – take the stage at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls at 7pm on Thursday (October 15). Admission is FREE.

LIVE: Loudon Wainwright III’s “Surviving Twin” @ The Egg, 10/2/15

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Loudon Wainwright

Review by Steven Stock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Loudon Wainwright III’s moving performance at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre last Friday was a one-man show and yet also a collaboration, alternating songs with dramatic readings of columns originally written for Life Magazine by Loudon Wainwright Jr., along with a brief film and some family snapshots. “Surviving Twin: A Posthumous Collaboration” delved into heavy themes – family ties and tensions, the birth of a son, the loss of a beloved pet, facing mortality – with a light touch, not so much tugging heartstrings as plucking them gently.

The staging was minimal: a sturdy wooden chair with a ukulele case behind it on an old rug, to the left a well-tailored suit hanging on a rack, to the right an acoustic guitar and a grand piano at the back. Just enough to suggest a man at ease in his parlor, an impression reinforced as a genial Wainwright III waved in a few late-arriving guests.

Opening song “Surviving Twin” found Wainwright III reflecting on affinities shared with his
father, serving to state the evening’s theme before he moved onto the first of seven readings from Wainwright Jr.’s work. To call them readings is an injustice really: Wainwright III doesn’t just recite these columns, he inhabits them, every studied pause and emphatic inflection virtually reanimating his deceased father. Wainwright III has an impressive acting resume (credits include “Ally McBeal,” “The Aviator,” “Big Fish,” “Knocked Up,” “Pump Boys and Dinettes” and “Undeclared”), and these performances rank with his finest dramatic work.


LIVE: Andy McKee @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, 10/2/15

Friday, October 9th, 2015
Andy McKee

Andy McKee

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

YouTube sensation and guitarist extraordinaire Andy McKee made his Greater Nippertown concert debut at the Massry Center for the Arts at the College of Saint Rose last weekend, and he brought along another guitar wizard, Craig D’Andrea, to open the show with even more fretboard fireworks.


“Organized Sound: The Overit Studios Launch Event” @ Overit, 10/2/15

Friday, October 9th, 2015


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was a nighty serious Local 518 music scene happening last weekend, as Overit in Albany unveiled its new Overit Studios to the public. But it was more than just a grand opening for a new recording studio.

It was a concert…
It was an art exhibit…
And most of all, it was quite the party…

In conjunction with Albany’s monthly 1st Friday, Overit hosted the five-hour “Organized Sound: The Overit Studios Launch Event” to highlight the talents of Local 518 musicians and artists. The bash featured visual art by Phil Montelone, Nippertown photographer Andrzej Pilarczyk and Brendan Halayko. In addition, there was a showcase of National guitars by Michael Eck (yes, you could play them), an exhibit of Beatles memorabilia by Rick Bedrosian and a display of Pure Sixty-Four Amps.


New Concert Announced for UPAC

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has been added to the fall concert calendar at the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston. The three-time Grammy Award-winner will step into the spotlight at 7:30pm on Sunday, November 29, in support of her latest album, Shine On.

Priced at $80 & $120, tickets will go on sale at 11am today (Friday, October 9).

LIVE: Yo La Tengo @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 9/23/15

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo

Review by Ross Marvin
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yo La Tengo Live: Faking it So Well for So Long & Stuff Like That There…

Performing for the first time in a four-piece acoustic incarnation, Yo La Tengo turned the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall into the Kaplan-Hubley living room for a night of indie-adult lullabies on.

With Ira Kaplan on acoustic guitar/vocals, wife Georgia Hubley standing at her small MoeTucker-esque drum kit with brushes and mallets, James McNew on stand-up bass, and special guest Dave Schramm on lead electric guitar, the two-hour, two-set show marked the band’s first Greater Nippertown appearance since 1998. The show also kicked off their fall tour in support of Stuff Like That There (Matador Records), a worthy sequel to their unparalleled 1990 release Fakebook. which featured a similar mix of covers and re-imaginings of Yo La Tengo originals.

Playing in front of a nearly full house of what might be called Upstate Music Sophisticates (spotted: a New Paltz record store owner; the lead singer of a Pitchfork-reviewed local band; owner of the Low Beat; several contributors; an original Stiff Records punk pioneer; an assortment of authors, artists and gallery directors; many wearers of horned rimmed glasses and beards; and at least two patrons who brought books to read while waiting for the prime-time, no-opener show) the Hoboken DIY legends and earnest record enthusiasts covered decades of musical ground. It was a night of milestones — 30 years as a band; 25 years since the release of Fakebook; a reunion with former member Dave Schramm; and the first concert in support of their FOURTEENTH full-length record. Perhaps what holds as the most remarkable feat is how wonderful it is to watch Georgia and Ira as a couple. Ever since Thurston and Kim called it quits, Hubley and Kaplan are the last bastion of successful indie rock marriages.


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