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It’s the Weekend!

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Brrr!

Big congrats for making it through the week, so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some weekend fun. But before we head out for the weekend, we’d like to send a great big thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support, proof-reading and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about Nippertown.com.

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful scope of art and entertainment offerings around Nippertown without a dedicated bunch of wonderful writers, photographers, artists, tipsters and other assorted enablers who continually enrich us all with their contributions. So a big salute goes out to this week’s community contributors:


FlyerSquad
Timothy Reidy
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Rudy Lu
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, rant, crayon drawing or whatever’s on your mind. Remember, Nippertown is your hometown, and we can’t possibly do this without your help.

Thanks to the fine folks who provided us with cool give-away merch – tickets, CDs, downloads and other swag – for the faithful Nippertown readers:

The Ale House/The Hangar, Troy

And thanks to all of the folks from the area venues and organizations who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

The Ale House, Troy
Club Helsinki, Hudson
The Falcon, Marlboro
Newberry Music Hall, Saratoga Springs

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week, including a HUGE parade of major concert announcements…

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. SPAC Announces Another New Rock Concert (by Staff)

2. SPAC Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

3. Palace Theatre Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. UPDATE: Eric Church Is Coming to the Times Union Center (by Staff)

5. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert (by Staff)

6. New Concert Announced for Tanglewood (by Staff)

7. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

8. Two New Concerts Announced for the Washington Avenue Armory (by Staff)

9. COMMENTARY: The Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary Reunion (by Staff)

10. JANUARY 22: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History (by Staff)

Bi-lingual Latin Music at MASS MoCA: Helado Negro’s “Island Universe Story” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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Roberto Carlos Lange, aka Helado Negro, produces bi-lingual music that is “a sonic landscape that reflects 21st-century Latin America” (NPR). Fresh off a release on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label, Lange sets out on his new musical/visual project “Island Universe Story,” which will be developed at MASS MoCA in North Adams with a team of eight musicians including Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco and David Byrne percussionist Jason Trammell, as well as members of the William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb Band and Marc Ribot’s band. Helado Negro will perform a work-in-progress concert of his latest project, “Island Universe Story,” at MASS MoCA on Saturday (January 24) at 8pm.

Born into the vivid colors and pounding boom box beats of 1980s south Florida, experimental electronic producer and performer Lange incorporates the sensual tropical storms and irresistible Latin groove of his childhood into the eclectic, reflective sound of his most recent musical identity, Helado Negro. Spanish for “black ice cream,” Helado Negro’s style is at once primal and sophisticated, characterized by layers of ethereal Latin rhythms and contemporary beats that combine Lange’s rich, soulful voice and poetic lyrics in hypnotic soundscapes that have earned him the title of “experimental psych maestro” (Pitchfork). A multi-tasker on stage, Lange merges music and art in mesmerizing multi-media performances that often incorporate video, laser lights, fog and back-up dancers.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

It’s the Weekend!

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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Big congrats for making it through the coldest week of 2015 (again), so now it’s time to get out there and soak up some weekend fun. But before we head out for the Martin Luther King Day weekend, we’d like to send a great big thank-you to everyone who dropped by this week to add encouragement, support, proof-reading and, yes, criticism, too. And thanks for helping to spread the word about Nippertown.com.

Of course, we couldn’t possibly cover the wide, wonderful scope of art and entertainment offerings around Nippertown without a dedicated bunch of wonderful writers, photographers, artists, tipsters and other assorted enablers who continually enrich us all with their contributions. So a big salute goes out to this week’s community contributors:

Kirsten Ferguson
Andrzej Pilarczyk
Fred Rudofsky
J Hunter
Wanda Callagy
Larry Murray

Please consider adding your name to this list. Just send us something – a review, preview, interview, photo, list, rant, crayon drawing or whatever’s on your mind. Remember, Nippertown is your hometown, and we can’t possibly do this without your help.

And thanks to all of the folks from the area venues and organizations who were gracious enough to provide us with review tickets and/or photo passes for their events:

Club Helsinki, Hudson
The Linda, Albany
First Night Saratoga, Saratoga Springs
The Low Beat, Albany
Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs

Thanks for keeping Nippertown alive… and lively,

Sara Ayers
Greg Haymes

HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week, including a HUGE parade of major concert announcements…

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. New Concert Announced for the Palace Theatre (by Staff)

2. New Concert Announced for the Times Union Center (by Staff)

3. SPAC Announces a Pair of New Rock Concerts for Summer 2015 (by Staff)

4. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

5. New Concert Announced for The Egg (by Staff)

6. Another New Concert Announced for the Times Union Center (by Staff)

7. Festival Fever: Capital Area Indie Fest @ The Linda (by Staff)

8. Washington Avenue Armory Announces New Concert (by Staff)

9. Proctors Adds Four More New Concerts (by Staff)

10. BEST OF 2014: Kirsten Ferguson’s Top 15 Concerts (by Kirsten Ferguson)

HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week…

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. New Concert Announced for SPAC (by Staff)

2. Festival Fever: Country Con 2015 Comes to the City (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

3. The Egg Announces New Show (by Staff)

4. THE DOZEN: January’s Must-See Concerts (by Greg Haymes)

5. BEST OF 2014: Steve Nover’s Top 51 Concerts (by Steve Nover, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

6. COMIN’ SOON: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

7. BEST OF 2014: Richard Brody’s Top 11 Concerts (by Richard Brody, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

8. BEST OF 2014: Greg Haymes’ Top Concerts & Albums (by Greg Haymes, Rudy Lu)

9. LIVE: Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue @ The Egg, 12/19/14 (by Fred Rudofsky, Ed Conway, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

10. Nippertown’s 2014 Year in Review Pop Quiz (by Greg Haymes)

Ten Indelible Moments of Theater Magic in the Berkshires in 2014 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The curtain falls on 2014

By Larry Murray and Gail M. Burns

End of the year, time to reminisce. Gail Burns and I considered the state of health and energy of theater in this earlier article.

But the beginning of a new year is always a good time to look inward, too.

One of the reasons many of us love theater so much is the impact it can have on our minds and emotions. I love theater because it lets us see and consider things we don’t usually have a lot of time to think about in our daily life. Like the provocative scene below, one of ten memorable moments I had going to theater – lots of theater – this past year.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage

READ OTHER “BEST OF 2014″ LISTS:
Richard Brody’s Top 11 Concerts
Michael Eck’s Top 10 Albums
Fred Rudofsky’s Top 21 Live Music Events
Albert Brooks’ Top 11 Albums
Gene Sennes’ Top Concerts & Albums
J Hunter’s Best Jazz Albums, Part II
The Capital Land Crate Digger’s Cultural Top 10
J Hunter’s Best Jazz Albums, Part I
Stanley Johnson’s Favorite Things
Rudy Lu’s Top 10 Concerts
J Hunter’s Top 10 Concerts (And More)
Tim Livingston’s Top 10 Albums

ANSWERS: Nippertown’s 2014 Year in Review Pop Quiz

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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By Greg Haymes

How good is your musical memory? On Friday, we published a pop quiz about the past 12 months around the Nippertown music scene – 14 quick questions for 2014. Here’s the quiz again… this time with the answers below:

1. Who headlined at both Albany’s Alive at Five and Troy’s Rockin’ On the River?

2. Who was the only Local 518 rocker to grace SPAC’s amphitheater stage this summer?

3. Who played the last show at Valentine’s Music Hall?

4. Who played at both SPAC and the Times Union Center?

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