LIVE: The Feelies @ BSP Lounge, 4/24/15

April 29th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Glenn Mercer and Stan Demeski

Glenn Mercer and Stan Demeski

Review by Ross Marvin
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

There’s this stereotype of music nerds that we horde away our favorite music, arrogantly holding the knowledge of secret unknown bands over the unenlightened, the ignorant, the square. I’ll confess to the fact that I probably am a rock snob, but I’m not a selfish snob. One of my great joys is sharing the music I love with as many people as possible. And while the art of the mix tape may be beyond its half-life here in 2015, introducing my friends to a fantastic live band like the Feelies is always an exercise in altruistic pleasure.

This time, my old college roommates met me at the BSP Lounge in Kingston, driving up from Brooklyn for the sold-out show. Neither of them had heard of the Feelies, and when they asked me what to expect, I simply told them to trust me — it would be the best $20 show they would see all year.

They looked at me cross-eyed when the band took the stage. There was lead guitarist Glenn Mercer with his long skinny face and Dylan shades; rhythm guitarist Bill Million in his pleated khakis; bassist Brenda Sauter with her muted “thank you” at the microphone; and percussionists Stanley Demeski and Dave Weckerman, looking more like they were heading to the university chemistry lab than the stage. It was hard for my buddies to figure out what they were in for. They started downing the $3 PBR cans at an alarming rate. I’d dragged these guys to some pretty strange scenes before, nights where I take in strange avant-garde sounds while they awkwardly count minutes until the after-party and self-medicate until they get there.

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LIVE: Kate Pierson @ BSP Lounge, 2/24/15

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

Photographs and video by Tim Reidy

Kate Pierson made her recording debut back in 1978 on the B-52s’ debut indie single of “Rock Lobster.” The fun-loving band has racked up a number of hits since those new-wave days, but they’ve only recorded one album – 2008’s Funplex – in more than two decades. Which makes it something of a surprise that Pierson hasn’t gone the solo route until now.

Finally last month, Pierson released her long-overdue debut solo album, Guitars and Microphones, which features several songs co-written with publicity-shy “it” girl, Sia. And in support of her new disc, she hit the road for tour stops that included the City Winery in NYC (joined by Deborah Harry), “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and a sold-out stop at Kingston’s BSP Lounge, where Shokan-based experimental acoustic duo Skeye opened the show.

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LIVE: Widowspeak @ BSP Lounge, 2/15/14

March 6th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg


Photographs and videos by Timothy Reidy

OK, we’re officially declaring today to be Timothy Reidy Day, in honor of the photographer, sports fan, Metroland columnist (read his “Ton Lokal” column in today’s issue), artist, regular Nippertown contributor and uber music fan. The tireless Mr. Reidy is always on the go around town, and throughout the day today at, we’re offering a sampling of his musical marathon during the past couple of weeks…

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Yuka Honda, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

February 5th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
Yuka Honda

Yuka Honda

“‘The Godfather’ theme.

I didn’t grow up in a very musical household. Once in a while, my father would play a jazz album by Miles Davis, and sometimes my mother would play a classical record, but otherwise, I didn’t really hear much music – except television theme songs and music from the movies. The soundtrack to ‘The Godfather’ was the first album that I bought.

Then I remember going to see the movie ‘Let It Be,’ and I became a huge Beatles fan.”

Yuka Honda and co-leader Miho Hatori bring the reunited Cibo Matto to the BSP Lounge in Kingston on Sunday to preview selections from their upcoming album, “Hotel Valentine,” slated for release on Friday, February 14 (yup, Valentine’s Day). It’s their first album in 14 years. Salt Cathedral opens the show at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

LIVE: Mother Falcon @ BSP Lounge, Kingston, 1/14/14

February 3rd, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Mother Falcon

Mother Falcon

Videos and photographs by Timothy Reidy

Tired of the same old bass, drums and guitar line-up?

Well, then check out Mother Falcon… In support of their new album, You Knew, the sprawling, Austin-based, 17-piece, chamber-rock collective winged its way north last month, landing at the BSP Lounge in Kingston, sharing the stage with And the Kids.

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LIVE: Told Slant / Florist @ BSP Lounge, 9/23/13

October 8th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Photographs and videos by Timothy Reidy

Told Slant recently teamed up with Emily Sprague’s Florist for a dynamic double-bill at the BSP Lounge in Kingston, and intrepid photographer Timothy Reidy was there to capture the action…

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LIVE: “It Came from New Jersey”: Yung Wu/East of Venus/Wild Carnation @ BSP Lounge, 1/19/13

March 7th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
Dave Weckerman (l) with Ed Seifert (r) (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Dave Weckerman (l) with Ed Seifert (r)

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.

On May 17, the Feelies return to the area for a much-anticipated show at Club Helsinki in Hudson – their first local appearance since their Helsinki gig last spring. But members of the cult-status band did play locally back in January, when they brought a rare “It Came from New Jersey” triple-bill of side guises and projects (previously unseen outside of Hoboken) to Kingston’s stylish BSP Lounge.

Wild Carnation, a somewhat sporadic, 21-year-old band featuring Feelies bassist Brenda Sauter and her husband, guitarist Richard Barnes, opened with a pastoral set of strummy indie-pop ditties about the Brooklyn Dodgers (“Dodger Blue”), getting lost in Germany (“The Road to Bielefeld”) and summer nostalgia (“Let’s Pretend It’s Summer”), with Sauter sounding a touch Moe-Tucker on the vocal lead.

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Be Here Now: A Viberatto @ BSP Lounge, 11/29/12

November 27th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jimmy Goodman and his band A Viberatto are gearing up for a release party in honor of their sophomore album of all-original instrumentals, “A Viberatto B” (on King of Beasts Records). The celebration is slated to take place on Thursday evening (November 28) at BSP Lounge in Kingston.

The live trio performance will feature the album’s core musicians – Jimmy Goodman on vibes and piano; former Ministry keyboardist, producer/engineer Kol Marshall on bass, acoustic and electric piano and synthesizer; and multi-instrumentalist Guthrie Lord, on guitar, bass, piano, bells and “Guituthrie,” a guitar/bass hybrid of his own creation.

In 1999, Goodman opened Transporterraum NYC recording studio with Gordon Raphael, and they hit big with the debut album by the Strokes, Is This It?, with Raphael producing. That album was named “Best CD of the Decade” by NME magazine (UK) and #2 of the decade by Rolling Stone.

Goodman relocated to the Hudson Valley in 2001, opening Leopard Studio in Stone Ridge, where he has since recorded over 100 bands from around world, including several with Garth Hudson, former keyboardist for Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Band.

On Thursday evening at BSP Lounge in Kingston, Emily Sprauge will open the show at 8pm, followed by A Viberatto at 9pm and Todd Nelson’s TN3 at 10pm. Admission is by donation at the door.

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