May 13th, 2010, 11:30 am by Greg
October 21st, 2009, 9:16 am by Greg
(Hillbilly Pilgrim Records, 2010):
Mark Erelli is a sharp-eyed singer-songwriter, and “Little Vigils” – his ninth album in just over a decade – makes the most of his skills of observation and his keen attention to detail.
This album doesn’t shout at you. Or wave its arms around and yell, “Hey listen to me!” It’s a quiet gem of an album – 11 songs that examine the little things that we all too often overlook. And yet by focusing sharply on the small details, Erelli illuminates the Big Picture.
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September 10th, 2009, 4:01 pm by Greg
(photo by C. Corrigan)
NAME: Eric Margan
BAND AFFILIATION: The Red Lions
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I think it was either Radiohead’s “OK Computer” or Weezer’s “Pinkerton.” I was a late bloomer when it came to buying albums, as that was around sixth grade. I’m fairly certain I’ve listened to “OK Computer” on a regular basis ever since I bought it. I wish the first albums I bought were by the Beatles, but for some reason I didn’t listen to them until sophomore year of college.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … probably Richard Marx at the Starlite or Bette Midler at SPAC in the early 90s. I remember the Richard Marx thing because my family also went to see him play softball before the concert at a radio station event. I was probably 5 years old. The first concert that I ever drove to on my own will was probably Guster at the Palace Theatre or Weezer/Get Up Kids/Ozma at SUNY Albany. Or maybe it was John Brodeur and the Kamikaze Hearts at St. Rose.
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June 23rd, 2009, 12:41 pm by Sara
Consider this your Fall Arts Guide, the condensed version.
We picked five – count ’em, just five – events that you really shouldn’t let pass you by this autumn. Music, art, fashion, film, theater, books – we tried to cover ’em all in just Five Don’t-Miss Events.
You know things are going to get crazy. You know you’re gonna forget something. You know you can’t be everywhere you want to be.
So mark these on your calendar right now:
Friday, September 11: The Boredoms‘ Boadrum 9 with Deerhunter @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy
You didn’t really think that Yamatsuka Eye and his thundering crew could slip unnoticed into the Capital Region, did you? Drums, drums and more drums. You may not enjoy this show, but trust us, you’ll never forget it.
Saturday, September 19: LarkFest on Lark St. in Albany (FREE)
It’s Nippertown’s biggest free outdoor party. There’s art. There’s fun. There’s catching up with old friends. And there’s plenty of music – great music. Moby, Bell X1 and Matt & Kim. And that’s just on the main stages. The local music line-up is just as impressive.
Saturday, October 17: Discard Avant Garb @ the Grand Street Community Arts Center, Albany
Albany’s annual recycled fashion show marks its tenth anniversary this year, so you know that everyone’s gonna pull out all the stops. Approximately three dozen artists have signed on as designers this year. Part wearable art exhibit, part theater and all fun, Discard Avant Garb is a great charity event and simply THE social event of the season.
Friday, October 23: Benefit concert for WEXT-FM with Super 400 @ the EXIT Dome (aka the WMHT-TV Studios), North Greenbush
Super 400’s new album “Sweet Fist” kicks you upside the head like an atomic kiss. You can’t ask for more. But you’ll get it from Eric Margan & the Red Lions, Sean Rowe and some of the Railbirds. All to benefit the best radio station in Nippertown.
Friday, November 6: “The Man With the Golden Arm” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany (FREE)
Yes, it’ll be great to see this vintage jazzman-junkie film (starring a jittery, manic Frank Sinatra as Frankie Machine) on a big screen, but the real reason to head to this New York State Writers Institute event is that the screening will be followed by a discussion of the writings of Nelson Algren by literary lions Don DeLillo and Russell Banks.
So what’s on your don’t-miss list this fall?
Hit the comment button below, and let us know.
I’ll be on a panel discussion about home music recording with Dan Berggren and Troy Pohl and moderators Paul Rapp and Paul Czech. We’ll be talking about the hows and whys of home studios, recording, and probably lots of other tangents.
Prior to the panel discussion, there will be music by the very cool chamber-pop ensemble Eric Margan and the Red Lions beginning at 7pm. It should be an extra-special performance, as the band will be expanding to a larger-than-usual 10-piece group in order to perform their recently released debut CD “Midnight Book,” in its entirity from beginning to end.
CRUMBS Nite Out, 8 PM, Thursday June 25th at the Linda Norris Auditorium.