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Noise Annoys: Albany’s New Record Store

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Chris Lawrence of Loud Punk Records is bucking the current business models and throwing it all behind his passion. He’s opening a new brick-and-mortar record store in Albany. And if the old adage, “Location, location, location” holds true, he just might make it work, too. His new store Noise Annoys Record Shop is located at 114C Quail Street in Albany – right around the corner from Pauly’s Hotel, the Low Beat, WAMC-FM and The Linda Performing Arts Studio.

Lawrence promises that the shop is stocking thousands of new and used records – rock, punk, metal, reggae and more. Regular hours will be 11am-7pm on Tuesday-Saturday; 12noon-6pm on Sunday.

Noise Annoys will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday (May 3), unlocking its doors at 10am, and providing plenty of free giveaways while supplies last. But the grand opening celebration doesn’t stop when the doors close at 8pm on Saturday, either. Instead, the party moves around the corner to the Low Beat for a triple-bill bash featuring the Epidemic, Scuzz and Wet Dreams beginning at 8pm. Admission to the Low Beat is FREE if you show a Noise Annoys receipt at the door; otherwise, it’s $6.


Doin’ Good in the Neighborhood: The Dustin Mele Memorial Concert

Monday, April 21st, 2014
(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

(1-r): Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan, Joe Mele, Laura Marks, Patti Quade

The inaugural Dustin Mele Memorial Concert was held at Brown’s Revolution Hall in Troy on Sunday, March 30 as a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A plethora of Nippertown musicians – including Dustin’s dad, veteran Troy guitarslinger Joe Mele – pitched in, donating their time and talent to the cause.

Last week, Dustin’s parents presented a check to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Capital Region NY Area Director Laura Marks at Troy’s City Hall with Deputy Mayor Peter Ryan in attendance. The check represents all cash and check donations raised at the concert (with additional money collected online and through credit card donations to be presented at a later date).

And save the date: The second annual Dustin Mele Memorial Concert is slated for Sunday, March 29, 2015…

Signs of the City: The Low Beat Sign Is UP!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Low Beat

Photograph by Greg Haymes

Yes, the sign is up. Can the music be far behind?

Howe Glassman is still keeping Valentine’s Music Hall alive – tonight is the final date of the month-long Thursday night residency of Magnetic Eye Recording featuring the Fire Trail, Francis Graves, Emma Ate the Lion and lastdayshining, while Friday’s (January 31) slate features Hill Haints, Eternal Crimes and the captivating Shana Falana.

But it looks as though he’s getting ever closer and closer to opening the doors of his brand new nightspot/music venue, the Low Beat on Albany’s Central Avenue. Let the countdown begin…

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CANCELLED: SnoCore Tour @ Upstate Concert Hall, 2/9/14

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Taylor Momsen and her band the Pretty Reckless have unfortunately been forced to pull out of the forthcoming SnoCore Tour, which they were slated to headline. Due to acute laryngitis and walking pneumonia, Momsen has been placed on vocal rest for the time being.

The tour was originally scheduled to kick off today (January 29) in Lincoln, Nebraska, and make a stop at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on Sunday, February 9. But the entire SnoCore Tour – a celebration of music and winter sports also featuring Heaven’s Basement, the Letter Black, Crobot and Empire Street – has now been cancelled.

Ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase.

Roomful of Teeth Win Grammy Award

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The Albany Symphony Orchestra wasn’t the only locally based winner at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 26). The a cappella group Roomful of Teeth also walked away with a golden Gramophone trophy for their self-titled album on New Amsterdam Records.

Dedicated to creating new music that incorporates the full range of the singing voice, from bel canto to yodeling to Tuvan throat singing, the ensemble is led by founder and director Brad Wells, who also teaches at Williams College in Williamstown, directing the choral program, overseeing and teaching studio voice, and leading courses in conducting, arranging and voice science and style.

Albany Symphony Orchestra Wins Grammy Award!

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Not just first-time nominees, the Albany Symphony Orchestra won a Grammy Award earlier today (Sunday, January 26).

Conducted by maestro David Alan Miller, the Albany Symphony’s new album – John Corigliano’s Conjurer: Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra, featuring master percussionist Evelyn Glennie – earned their award in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category. The album was released last fall on the Naxos label.

“I was shocked and amazed and delighted,” said Miller when asked what his reaction was to hearing his name announced as the winner. “It’s just so exciting.”

Miller attended the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to accept the award, and during his acceptance speech he thanked John Corigliano for writing such great music, Evelyn Glennie for playing so beautifully and the Albany Symphony musicians who believe that “the best music of our time deserves its place in the center of our repertoire.”

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Name Game: The New “Valentine’s Music Hall” Has a New Name…

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Yes, Howe Glassman’s new venue – located at 335 Central Avenue in Albany (next door to Pauly’s Hotel) – finally has its moniker, the Low Beat, named after the Young Fresh Fellows’ 1992 album, It’s Low Beat Time. (Not coincidentally, Glassman’s radio show on WEXT-FM – heard at 10pm on Sundays – is titled “The Fabulous Sounds,” named after the Young Fresh Fellows’ 1984 album, The Fabulous Sounds of the Pacific Northwest.


What Is the Hudson Music & Arts Festival?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Michael Lang – the man who helped launch the 1969 Woodstock festival – is spearheading the effort to bring a three-day music fest – dubbed the Hudson Music and Arts Festival – to Winston Farms in Saugerties, the site of the Woodstock ’94 festival. Plans for the project won approval from the Saugerties Planning Board last month, according to The Times Herald-Record in Middletown.

But nothing is certain yet, and the festival still needs approval from Ulster County and New York State…

If it does happen, the fest is tentatively planned for July 10-13, and plans are that the fest will host 80 rock, electronic, indie and hip-hop acts, with a maximum attendance capacity of 30,000 people. The Hudson Music and Arts Festival is being organized by the Denver-based promotion outfit MCP Presents, who also produce Camp Bisco in Mariaville and CounterPoint in Atlanta.

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