Posts Tagged ‘Albany’

LIVE: Consider the Source / Mister F @ the Parish Public House, 10/31/14

Friday, November 21st, 2014
Consider The Source

Consider the Source

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

There’s always a big batch of entertainment options on Halloween, but the Parish Public House in Albany presented wild double bill that was quite worthy of your attendance.

It was a night of tricks and treats, and Consider the Source – purveyors of their patented “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion” sound – served up a bonus treat as they celebrated the release of their new EP, World War Trio, Part I, featuring the six-part suite, “Put Another Rock in That Bag.” Yeah, that’s a Halloween trick, to be sure…

Not only that, but they churned it all out while dressed as those mischievous little Droogies from “A Clockwork Orange.”

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Festival Fever: Ladyfest Upstate @ the Low Beat on Saturday

Friday, November 21st, 2014

LadyFest 2014

Ladyfest Upstate – an all-day music and arts festival showcasing women-identified, trans and gender nonconforming artists – is back for its second year in Albany, this time around landing at the Low Beat on Saturday (November 22).

The fest, which is slated to run from 1:30pm-1am, will feature live art, comedians, poets, storytellers and other spoken word artists, as well as a wide variety of music that ranges from rock to folk to hip-hop. Musical performers include Free Cake for Every Creature, Niedra Stevens, Moor Mother Goddess (Philadelphia), Cihuatl Ce (Los Angeles), Evan Greer (Boston) and more.

The event is one to those 18+ and is wheelchair accessible. Admission is $10-20 on a sliding scale, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Profits from the fest will go directly to the Sanctuary Fund, a Holding Our Own donor-advised fund for women and families who need to leave their homes without notice, as a result of disaster, divorce or domestic violence.

Here’s the schedule of performers at Ladyfest Upstate on Saturday:

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LIVE: Stephen Clair & the Millionaires @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 11/15/14

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Stephen Claire and the Millionaires

Stephen Clair and the Millionaires

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Carl Smith

“Skinny jeans, vasectomies, memory loss. I mean, who are we?” were the first words that Stephen Clair sang last Saturday night.

Back in the ’90s, Clair (aka Steve Ferguson) was a major mover ‘n’ shaker on the Albany music scene, playing in a variety of bands (Glaze, Cactus Loveseat, Wag, Sabotage & the Wrecking Crew, to name a few), publishing books of poetry, editing and publishing the audio-cassette magazine Talk Work, running the Central Avenue music venue Godfrey’s and more.

After rumbling around the country, he finally settled just downriver, where he’s ignited a vibrant music scene in Beacon – not only as a musician, but also as a concert producer (as Local 845) and music school founder/teacher (Beacon Music Factory).

Last weekend, when Clair returned to Albany for his first concert in recent memory, he was almost unrecognizable as he stepped out onstage at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre. But, yes, that was him wielding his guitar under underneath a wild-maned, electric blue woman’s wig.

No, he hasn’t gone glam…

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It’s Funsgiving Time Once Again!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Funsgiving 2014

Seven years ago a group of friends and musicians called themselves B3nson and held a small gathering on the first floor of their favorite local music hall and beer joint. Each year since then the celebration of music, fun, giving thanks, and facial hair has grown.

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JAZZ2K: Nels Cline & Julian Lage’s “Room”

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Julian Lage and Nels Cline (photo: Justin Camerer)

Julian Lage and Nels Cline (photo: Justin Camerer)

NELS CLINE & JULIAN LAGE
Room (Mack Avenue)
Realse date: Tuesday, November 25

In a 2013 interview, Nels Cline described his collaboration with Julian Lage as “200 percent power.” A cursory listen to the soon-to-be-released Room might make one wonder if there are sound files on a laptop somewhere with the Wilco uber-guitarist and the prodigy-made-amazing creating mutual screaming feedback that only the hearing-damaged could love. But once you get tuned into the subtlety and harmony throughout this mesmerizing duo date from these two guitar wizards, you realize that Room is one of the more intense projects of 2014. And the guitar duo is slated to preview the new album in concert at The Egg in Albany at 7:30pm on Thursday night (November 20).

The album’s opening track “Abstract” seems pretty straightforward. Lage lays down a simple riff that Cline works off of with remarkable restraint. A quick bit of formation flying, and the exercise is repeated… except this time, it goes from an established relationship to dueling monologues in nothing flat. The relative cacophony threatens to send the piece careening off the road and into the ditch, but Lage and Cline back together on the nominal melody line relatively quickly – only there’s an obvious edge to both players that sounds like people speaking quietly through very clenched teeth. The piece resolves as if both of them would like to leave this subject behind, but the intrigue has been hatched: If this isn’t a wail-fest, then what is this?

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LIVE: Lip Talk @ the Low Beat, 10/24/14

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Lip Talk

Lip Talk

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Ah, evolution…

Former Saratoga Springs singer Sarah Pedinotti has traversed across a wide musical spectrum to get to where she is these days. She started off as a jazz singer, but eventually the Sarah Pedinotti Band began drifting further and further toward a raw but sophisticated brand of Americana. When they switched band names to Railbird, Pedinotti was focusing on a bridge that blended the blues with a more experimental brand of rock.

After relocating to Brooklyn, Pedinotti, guitarist Chris Kyle and the rest of the band absorbed edgier, more urban influences, and finally, in October, 2013, another name change was in order, as Railbird became Lip Talk with the release of their EP, Lucky. At the time, the band declared, “It feels great to have finally arrived at a name for this musical beast of ours. It’s a happy, moody, experimental pop beast, and it’s definitely steering the ship, not us…”

Last month – a year after they adopted their current band moniker – the music steered them back to Nippertown, and after opening sets by Hudson 12-string guitarist Alexander Turnquist and Brent Gorton’s Better Pills, Lip Talk made their first official Albany appearance at the Low Beat, showcasing their new, more angular, sharp-edged sound. As you might expect, there were a few folks in the crowd who mourned the loss of some of the band’s older material and their earlier, warmer sound. But as Alvy Singer declared in “Annie Hall,” “A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies.” And the same can be said for a good band…

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LIVE: The End Men @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 10/15/14

Monday, November 17th, 2014
The End Men

The End Men

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Fresh off their big U.S. tour in support of their latest album, Odds & Ends, the End Men ripped up Albany’s Hollow Bar + Kitchen with a free mid-week show last month, sharing the stage with Seattle trio My Goodness.

Churning out their down-and-dirty blues-rockin’ sound, the Brooklyn-based End Men – the dynamic duo of Matthew Hendershot (guitar, vocals) and Livia Ranalli (drums, percussion, vocals) – sounded razor-sharp, their finely honed chops matching their go-for-the-throat attitude.

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Mary Pat Wager @ Albany Center Gallery [Get Visual]

Friday, November 14th, 2014
Mary Pat Water: Solitary Confinement, 2014

Mary Pat Wager: Solitary Confinement, 2014

Review by David Brickman

In the great tradition that Albany Center Gallery has become in its 35+ years of existence, the current retrospective by sculptor Mary Pat Wager is a big, sprawling show of important work covering a span of several decades. Wager is a familiar face on the regional art scene including at past ACG shows, but this major exhibition is still a long time coming and a welcome sight.

Featuring scores of works from 1978 through 2014, Collections: A Retrospective was independently curated by Jackie Weaver and includes wall-hung and free-standing pieces in steel, wood, copper, bone, bronze, stone, brass, glass, paper, and more, usually combining several of these materials in one piece. It’s organized clutter, marvelously inventive, sophisticated-yet-direct assemblage by an inveterate collector (some would say hoarder) of stuff.

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

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