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LIVE: Wussy @ the Low Beat, 7/24/14

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Wussy (photo by Ross Marvin)

Wussy (photo by Ross Marvin)

Review by Ross Marvin
Photographs by Ross Marvin, Al Goldberg and Kirsten Ferguson

As great as it was, the music was almost beside the point at the Wussy show on Thursday night at the Low Beat. Four members of the critically-beloved Cincinnati band were given tickets for marijuana possession before they could even get out of Ohio, and Johnny Law absconded with their entire stash. Not a great way to start a tour, though it sounds like it could make a pretty good Wussy song. Something about how driving a shitty tour van draws the attention of the cops, but Willie Nelson’s deluxe ride cruses right past the sirens, even though that bust would be a sure thing.

It was 11:30pm by the time Wussy got to Albany, and the crowd at the Low Beat ran out to their van to grab amps, guitar pedals and merch boxes to help expedite the set-up. One fan even lent her handwriting talents to the band, helping to copy the setlist. By 11:49pm, the band hit the stage, forgot about such petty things as a sound-check, took a shot of tequila in honor of National Tequila Day, and dug-in to one of the most incendiary performances that will grace Captial Region stages this year.

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LIVE: the subdudes @ The Egg, 7/26/14

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Review by Bokonon

In 1989, ownership of the subdudes’ self-titled debut album was the equivalent of a passkey to a secret after-hours club where real New Orleans funk met serious New York songcraft. It was a record you could dance to, and think about.

An early local date for the band, at QE2, was so hot, so grooving and so deep that the late night snow, heavy duty parking tickets and tow jobs didn’t seem so bad.

In 1996, though, that line-up, hungry for a wider success that never came, exploded, with key songwriter and bassist Johnny Ray Allen leaving the band, which re-grouped in 2002 as the ‘dudes before once again filling out the original moniker with an expanded roster of players.

Now, Allen is back on board, and the true ‘dudes (a quartet once more) hit Albany again on Sunday, with a tour stop at The Egg. Guitarslinger Tommy Malone and the rest of the band could not resist an endless string of bad jokes pointed at the venue’s name; thankfully the music was better than the patter.

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The Egg Announces Four More New Concerts

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

Photograph by Joe Putrock

So, we just got finished writing about one new concert at The Egg, when, lo and behold, the fine folks at The Egg add four more new concerts to its fall series. Tickets for the four new shows are currently available to members of The Egg and will go on sale to the general public on Friday (August 1).

Here’s the schedule of the newly added concerts for The Egg:

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The Egg Announces New Concert

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

As a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer and humanitarian, child prodigy Ethan Bortnick has wowed audiences across the globe. Now it’s Albany’s turn…

His television concert special, “Ethan Bortnick Live in Concert: The Power of Music,” aired last month opn PBS-TV, and now the 13-year-old wunderkind will be making a tour stop at The Egg in Albany at 7pm on Saturday, October 11. Special guest Damian McGinty of “Glee” will also perform.

At just three years of age, Florida native Bortnick begged his parents for piano lessons and discovered an uncanny ability to hear a song once and play it back note for note – the musical equivalent of a photographic memory.

Tickets are priced at $29.50, $39.50 & $49.50.

Don Brewer, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Don Brewer

Don Brewer

“It’s probably embarrassing to admit, but the first album I ever bought on my own was by the Dovells. Of course, it was the one with ‘Bristol Stomp’ on it. I can still the remember the album cover – it was red, I think, with the guys in white jackets, all clean-cut looking with slicked back hair. I think that was probably the first quote-unquote rock album that I ever bought on my own, and to be honest with you, I still think that ‘Bristol Stomp’ is a pretty cool song.

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New Release Rack: Stephen Trombley’s “Tea for Three”

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Stephen Trombley: Tea For Three

Review by Thomas Dimopoulos

ALBUM: Tea For Three
ARTIST: Stephen Trombley

There’s a noticeable twang to upstater Stephen Trombley’s newest CD – and with good reason. Tea For Three is the Saratoga-raised songwriter’s first release since bolting from the Empire State for the music city skyline of Nashville, Tennessee. And while the six-song EP was written and recorded south of the Mason-Dixon line, Trombley’s studio comrades are men of the world – much like the author, filmmaker and musician himself.

The CD features drummer Charlie Morgan, who spent 13 years pounding the skins behind Elton John; just-north-of-Syracuse A-list bass player Mark Prentice; and multi-instrumentalist Jim Hoke, a native of Schenectady.

“It’s a great upstate invasion of Tune Town, plus a hands-across-the-water U.K. pal on drums,” says Trombley, whose creative co-writing foils include veteran hit-makers Fred Koller (who’s been covered by everyone from Jerry Lee Lewis to Dave Edmunds), Angela Kaset (Lorrie Morgan and Wynonna Judd have performed her songs) and one-time Patti Smith guitarist Oliver Ray.

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LIVE: The Baseball Project @ Club Helsinki, 7/23/14

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The Baseball Project @ Club Helsinki, 7/23/14

Review and photograph by Ross Marvin

By the time the Baseball Project roared into Hudson on Wednesday, they had played more than a double-header, appearing on “The Dan Patrick Show” and later on WAMC-FM (lunch was apparently quinoa burgers at Howard Glassman’s the Low Beat) before cruising south to Club Helsinki.

Despite the long day, the veteran rockers played with the spirit of newly signed bonus babies. Keyboardist Josh Kantor (who is also the official organist of the Boston Red Sox) threw the first pitch with some tasty ballpark sounds on his B3, and the band – Scott McCaughey (guitar/vocals), Steve Wynn (guitar/vocals), Mike Mills (bass/vocals) and Linda Pitmon (drums) – took the stage like the home team in the top of the first (OK, OK, enough of the baseball puns, but I could go all night).

For anyone who doesn’t know, this indie supergroup has released three albums of story songs about America’s pastime. From the obscure (Doc Ellis’ ejection for hitting three Cincinnati Reds in a row) to the infamous (A-Rod and Pete Rose), the band is a dream come true for those true blue-blooded Americans who love their baseball with a side dish of power pop.

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LIVE: Sarah McLachlan @ SPAC, 7/16/14

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Cozy, cozy, cozy…

Singer-songstress Sarah McLachlan turned her pavilion-only concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center into an intimate house concert. Not quite sure how she did it, either. Perhaps it’s just that inherent Canadian charm. Her stage set featured some living-room furniture, and she invited fans to come up and sit on the sofa. She did a Q&A session, sometimes doing the Q-ing, and sometimes doing the A-ing.

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