4/17/15: Today’s Top Tips: Friday

April 17th, 2015, 8:32 am by Greg

MUSIC: Neutral Milk Hotel @ MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, North Adams. The return of Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel — who influenced a generation of songwriters with a string of records in the ‘90s, culminating with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea — is one of the most welcome re-births in the history of indie music. Mangum was here in 2013 in what was one of his first shows in over a decade. This time he’s back with the whole band. With the Dot Wiggin Band. 8pm. $45.

MUSIC: Caroline Rose @ The Linda, Albany. She’s punky and witty, with a style teetering on rockabilly in its stripped-down, bluesy way. Her 2014 debut album I Will Not Be Afraid spins stories with a sense of adventure, a certain bad-ass swagger and a devil-may-care attitude. With Henry’s Rifle. 8pm. $15.

MUSIC: Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs. The founding members of Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band, the duo share a rare musical chemistry, as they reach into a deep songbag of acoustic folk, blues and ragtime. 8pm. $30. UPDATE: This show is officially sold out. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: Northern Faces @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany. The hometown CD release party for the band’s self-titled debut album. With Stellar Young and Royal Tongues. 9pm. $15, copy of album included with admission. GO HERE for more info…

MUSIC: The Wallace Roney Quintet @ Williams College’s Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Williamstown. The jazz trumpet master blows onto campus with bassist Buster Williams, drummer Lenny White, saxophonist Ben Solomon and pianist Victor Gould. 8pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Over the Rhine @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist lead the Ohio-based folk-Americana group as they bring their glistening harmonies and wistful ballads to town. 9pm. $25.

MUSIC: Roswell Rudd & Heather Masse @ the Falcon, Marlboro. In 2014, the Jazz Journalists Association named Rudd as Trombonist of the Year…for the fifth time. Here he’s joined by Heather Masse (vocals), Rolf Sturm (guitar) and Mark Helias (bass). With the young phenom Isabella Englert. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: The Lustre Kings @ Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga Springs. Mark Gamsjager lead the rockabilly faves for the monthly Saratoga Savoy Diamond Dance. 7:30pm.

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LIVE: Chuck Pyle @ Caffe Lena, 3/27/15

April 16th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

From Colorado, Chuck Pyle is a down to earth, warm and sincere singer, songwriter and storyteller. At his recent concert at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, the self-proclaimed “Zen Cowboy” weaved simple guitar melodies with complex and sometimes acute observations about everything from bumper-sticker philosophy to the ever-changing socio-political landscape of the country.

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Lenox Singer-Songwriter Katherine Winston @ The Garage on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

April 16th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Sara

Berkshire Theatre Group welcomes “American Idol” contestant and Berkshire native, Katherine Winston to The Garage in Pittsfield on Saturday (April 18) at 8pm. Tickets to Katherine Winston are $10 in advance and $12 day of performance.

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LIVE: Robby Krieger @ The Egg, 4/11/15

April 16th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

Review by Steven Stock

At its best the music of the Doors made masterful use of dynamics, tension and release, but there was an entirely different kind of tension during the first few songs of Robby Krieger’s performance at The Egg on Saturday (April 11). Both Robby and his son Waylon Krieger, the band’s erstwhile vocalist, were under the weather, fighting off colds. Worse still, Waylon’s performance was shaky at first, both vocally and in terms of stage presence – he seemed more like a Lizard King impersonator rather than a singer, and the overall effect early in the set was that of a cover band (albeit a cover band with a superb guitarist) rather than true heirs to the Doors’ sizable legacy.

Hence the drama: would the two Kriegers and their band overcome sickness, silence the heckler, win over the crowd and emerge triumphant? It didn’t seem likely…

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Song o’ the Week: The Stray Birds’ “Best Medicine”

April 16th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg

Saturday (April 18) is Record Store Day, and we couldn’t think of a better song to help us celebrate than the Stray Birds’ “Best Medicine,” the title track of their latest album on Yep Roc Records.

The Lancaster, Pennsylvania folk/Americana trio of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists – Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charlie Muench – was inspired to write the song by a visit to The Re-Collector on Jay Street in Schenectady, one of Nippertown’s classic record stores. So when it came time for the trio to make a video for the song, where did they go? That’s right, back to The Re-Collector where they turned the shop’s proprietor, Kurt Hellijas, into a music video star.

“You never know the gold you can find out there / ‘Til you put the needle down and do some digging in the air … if the body is a temple, the soul is a bell/ And that’s why music is the best medicine I sell.”

NOTE: The Stray Birds are headed back to Nippertown for a concert at The Egg’s Hart Theatre in Albany at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 30, when they’ll be sharing the stage with the Wailin’ Jennys. Tickets are currently on sale, priced at $36.25 & $46.25.

APRIL 16: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History

April 16th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen @ the Times Union Center, 4/16/12

Photograph by Kirsten Ferguson

It’s Throwback Thursday. So we’re back for another installment of our weekly feature: On This Date in Nippertown Concert History. Check out our round-up of April 16 concerts through the years…

2014: Secret Star Acoustic Jam with Easton Corbin, Justin Moore and Randy Houser @ Proctors, Schenectady
2012: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band @ the Times Union Center, Albany
2011: Iron & Wine, the Low Anthem @ MASS MoCA, North Adams
2010: Joshua Redman-Brad Mehldau Duo @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs
2009: Jefferson Grisman (featuring Paul Kanter & David Grisman) @ The Egg, Albany
2008: State Radio @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2007: Ramblin Jug Stompers @ Tess’ Lark Tavern, Albany
2006: Buckcherry @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2005: John Hammond @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
2004: Manhattan Transfer @ the Palace Theatre, Albany
2003: The Jazz Mandolin Project @ Revolution Hall, Troy
2002: Andrew WK, Apex Theory @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
2000: George Muscatello @ Justin’s, Albany
1999: Ellis Marsalis, Stefon Harris @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
1998: Electric Hellfire Club, Rhea’s Obsession, Killtech @ QE2, Albany
1997: The Average White Band, the Refrigerators @ Park West, Clifton Park
1996: Michael W. Smith, Jars of Clay, Three Crosses @ Knickerbocker Arena, Albany
1995: Treaty, Trauma School Dropouts @ QE2, Albany
1994: Yo La Tengo, 100 Acre Wood @ Bogie’s, Albany
1993: Sweet Honey in the Rock @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
1992: The Outlaws @ Charity’s, Clifton Park
1990: Jane Siberry @ the Iron Hose Music Hall, Northampton
1989: The Sidewinders, From Good Homes @ QE2, Albany
1988: Kenny Rogers, the Bellamy Brothers, Patti Loveless @ Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls
1987: Rockin’ Bones, the A.D.’s @ QE2, Albany
1985: The Ushers @ 288 Lark, Albany

ArtBeat: What To See

April 16th, 2015, 11:00 am by Sara


Rachel Papo: Roan with the Outhouse Guestbook @ Center for Photography at Woodstock

Rachel Papo: Roan with the Outhouse Guestbook @ Center for Photography at Woodstock

Homeschooled @ Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. For over a decade, the American-born Israeli photographer Rachel Papo has been examining the experience of youth within the framework of various cultural institutions, from female conscripts in the Israeli Army to ballet students in St. Petersburg, Russia, to crazed fans of boy bands across the United States. Opening reception: Saturday April 18, 5-7pm.(Through June 14)

Molly Lamb: In Their Purse Pockets

Molly Lamb: In Their Purse Pockets @ The Center for Photography at Woodstock

PHOTOGRAPHY NOW 2015 @ Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock. Juried by David Bram, editor, founder and curator of Fraction Magazine, this years’ installment of CPW’s annual Photography Now exhibition presents ten artists from across the US who approach the medium of photography from a wide range of directions. Opening reception: Saturday April 18, 5-7pm (Through June 14)

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Palace Theatre Announces New Concert

April 16th, 2015, 9:35 am by Greg

He’s sold more than 25 million records world-wide, and now the versatile pop singer Josh Groban is headed into Albany for a concert at the Palace Theatre at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 3. The 34-year-old Groban will be touring in support of his upcoming album, Stages, a collection of Broadway show tunes slated for release later this month.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday, April 24, priced at $51, $76, $96 & $151.

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