LIVE: The Parlor @ Design It Together, 7/28/12

August 1st, 2012, 3:30 pm by Greg

Video and review by Joel Patterson

If you’ve got any stockpile of karma at all, even a smidgen, you are bound to one day run across the Parlor playing at a Nippertown venue near you. This event will neatly cleave your life into a “before” and “after,” and the “after” is a pretty amazing place.

You will probably sense that their spare and spirited folk-rock is destined to become the soundtrack for the coming age. And it’s high time this age dawned, we have been waiting for it just about forever!

The Parlor’s master musicians Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans will be featured panelists (along with Eric Margan of the Red Lions) at the first Deciphering Songs songwriting workshop at Fuzz Records in Albany at 6:30pm on Thursday (August 2). The workshop is sponsored by the Albany Music Coalition, and attendance is free.

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LIVE: Amanda Rogers @ Design It Together, 4/27/12

May 31st, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

Video by Timothy Reidy

LIVE: Time Travels @ Design It Together, 11/11/11

November 17th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg
Time Travels

Time Travels

I was happy with the arrival of Design It Together in Troy over the summer. Not just because of my passing familiarity with the men involved, but also for the fact that it meant there would be a small, intimate music venue downtown that served something more than passe pseudo-blues and cover bands.

Last Friday, they brought singer-songwriter Time Travels and pop duo the Pleasants to an enthusiastic crowd of four.

Yes, four. And I’m counting the two men I mentioned earlier.

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LIVE: Kyle Carey @ Design It Together, 9/18/11

September 20th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

Smack dab in the middle of her East Coast tour, Gaelic Americana chanteuse Kyle Carey made a stop at Design It Together in Troy for a free performance on Sunday afternoon. Touring behind her recently released debut album “Monongah,” this is the title song, a sweet, heart-rending ballad about the despair in the wake of a West Virginia mining disaster.

Video by Joel Patterson

BOOK/CD: Sea of Trees’ “Fletcher and the Hendersons, Part One”

August 26th, 2011, 10:13 am by Greg

Sea of Trees: Fletcher and The Hendersons

(SwordPaw Music, 2011):

“It’s a book!”

“No, it’s a CD!”

Stop. You’re both right – it’s a book and a CD!

Albany’s own Sea of Trees has forged one of those fab, age-old, multi-media experiences with their new release, “Sea of Trees Presents Fletcher and the Hendersons, Part One.”

It’s something like a children’s book for all-ages. The book chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Florence, whose scientist-father goes exploring in the mountains and never returns. With the help of a ghost named Fletcher, the intrepid Florence goes on a dangerous journey to search for her father.

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