On Day Two of the Restoration Festival (aka RestFest, Restoration Funstival) at CAC Woodside in Troy, Titanics turned in a mid-afternoon set made up largely of new material with other favorites sprinkled in. A component of guitarist Derek Rogers warm yet glassy tone may have been revealed…
We’re still reeling from Wilco’s third Solid Sound Festival last month at MASS MoCA in North Adams, so we thought we’d take another look back at the bash through the eyes of photographer Andrew Gregory.
This pair of shoes only gives a hint at how young Fort Plain vocalist-keyboardist Jocelyn Arndt, her even younger brother guitarist Christian Arndt and their band burned up the Washington Avenue Stage, closing out the Art On Lark street fest on Saturday, June 8.
Following a win as Best Documentary at the Knickerbocker Film Fest in early April, Dana S. Owens’“Smallbany: A Documentary,” has been released for all to enjoy on YouTube. Coming in under 20 minutes, it’s a light-hearted look at the city and the cartoons that it inspires Owens to draw.
Featured in the film are a small, select group of people who live and work in Albany, providing their perspective of the city and of Owens’ ‘toons. Among the interview subjects are the bands the Latent – who provide the theme song, “The Heart of Smallbany” – and Stellar Young. Other “Smallbany” music and interviews are provided by DJ PySter and Uneven Steven.
Prior to playing their opening slot for Ingrid Michaelson at The Egg, up-and-coming British pop-rock band Scars On 45 made a stop at The linda in Albany, treating a select crowd of WEXT-FM listeners to an intimate, five-song mini-concert, on-stage interview session and a meet ‘n’ greet opportunity with the band last Monday afternoon.
You may not recognize Scars On 45 by name, but you might by their music. They are one of many bands that have gotten their big break by having songs placed during key emotional scenes in popular TV shows. Their break came just as they were about to call it quits, when they were informed that “Beauty’s Running Wild” was to be featured in an episode of “CSI: New York.” The money earned from that placement led to continued recordings and song placements, being signed to Chop Shop/Atlantic Records and the release of their self-titled debut album last month – a super confection of 10 well-crafted, romantic pop songs with lyrical content, harmonies and melodies that stick in your head for hours after your first listen.
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