LIVE: Ian McLagan @ The Linda, 10/21/14

November 4th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Gene Sennes

“These bum notes you hear tonight will be different tomorrow night,” quipped Ian McLagan to a room full of fans at The Linda on a recent Monday night. Only a musician of his caliber, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, could find fault with his own performance midway through one of the best concerts in Nippertown this year.

Accompanied by Jon Notarthomas on bass, occasional guitar and harmony vocals, McLagan embraced his illustrious past with the Small Faces and the Faces while offering generous helpings from his fecund solo career. Standing behind his keyboard – the man just never sits down – he was a rocking raconteur, singing and storytelling with the raspy vigor of someone who has had a real good time despite the vicissitudes of crooked managers (“We made peace with Andrew Loog Oldham, but not the late Don Arden – so fuck ‘im!!”) and mercurial lead singers (“Rod Stewart hated the key, so Ronnie Wood chose to sing it”). He gave shout-outs to his adopted hometown (“Come to Austin! Come to the Lucky Lounge!” “), offered a hilarious substitute curse for when children are in the audience (“Gwyneth Paltrow! It makes me feel rather good just saying her name!”), spoke with great wit and love about his Irish relatives, and railed quite compellingly against the scam against musicians that is Spotify and the woeful sonic inadequacies of MP3s.

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LIVE: Graham Tichy @ LarkFest, 9/20/14

September 22nd, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Graham Tichy (photo by Gene Sennes)

Photographs by Gene Sennes

Guitar master Graham Tichy and his trio kicked off the festivities in fine fashion on the Madison Avenue stage of Saturday’s big LarkFest celebration in Albany.

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LIVE: The Charlie Watts Riots @ LarkFest, 9/21/13

October 3rd, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Seth Powell (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Seth Powell (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Photographs by Timothy Reidy and Gene Sennes

The Last Conspirators weren’t the only band that took advantage of the huge crowds at LarkFest to celebrate the release of their new album. Suit-and-tie clad power-pop rockers the Charlie Watts Riots – featuring guitarist Seth Powell, bassist Mike Pauley and drummer Joe Putrock – pumped out a rollicking mid-afternoon set on the Washington Avenue stage, unleashing selections from their brand-new, long-awaited sophomore disc, A Break in the Weather.

But LarkFest was only half of CWR’s double-header celebration, as the power trio headed up the street to Valentine’s Music Hall later that same evening to headline the LarkFest after-party.

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LIVE: The Last Conspirators @ LarkFest, 9/21/13

September 27th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Tim Livingston of The Last Conspirators (photo by Gene Sennes)

Tim Livingston of The Last Conspirators (photo by Gene Sennes)

Photographs by Gene Sennes and Bryan Lasky

If you’re going to throw a CD release party, why not do it at Nippertown’s biggest free music festival, LarkFest? That’s exactly what the Last Conspirators did last Saturday (September 21), when they unleashed their new album, A Celebration of Fury. Featuring gravity-defying frontman Tim Livingston and powerhouse drummer Al Kash (both veterans of the very first LarkFest 32 years ago!), as well as razor-sharp guitarist Terry Plunkett and bassist Nick Bisanz, the band charged through a high-energy sonic assault, railing against corporate radio, mindless nostalgia and the powers that be. The themes may not be anything new, but the band played with the palpable passion of rebellion, adding a new-found metallic edge to their already potent brand of politico psych-punk.

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Best of 2012: Gene Sennes

December 20th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

Gene Sennes Best of 2012

Story by Gene Sennes

Here are some of my faves from the past year:

1. Blunderbuss by Jack White. I listened to this everyday for a month straight. I need to be in this band, man!

2. King Animal by Soundgarden. I waited a long time for this one… and wasn’t disappointed. Matt Cameron is one of my all-time favorite drummers, and the whole band picked up right where they left off.

3. The Dark Knight Rises Soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. A perfect blend of electronic and orchestral music. This cat has it down.

4. Public Image Limited at the Upstate Concert Hall, 10/12/12. Johnny Rotten in a strip mall in Clifton Park. Who knew?!

5. “Across the Great Divide: A Tribute to Levon Helm and the Band” at Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany, 6/15/12. I was honored to be asked to play, and there was no way I was gonna turn this down. I never had the chance to play “Chest Fever” before, and loved every minute on stage.

Tim Livingston
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ArtBeat: Madison Avenue Mural Restoration

July 24th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

The Madison Avenue mural restoration (photo by Gene Sennes)

Photographs by Gene Sennes

A nearly lost outdoor art project in Albany is being given a major face-lift at the corner of Madison Avenue and South Main Street. So if you’re headed to the Upper Madison Concert Series or the Madison Theatres or just happen to be in the neighborhood, stop by and check it out…

Ann Morrow’s story and photograph at Metroland

The Madison Avenue mural restoration (photo by Gene Sennes)

LIVE: Rich Robinson @ Club Helsinki, 10/13/11

October 17th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
Rich Robinson

Rich Robinson

There’s no question that Chris Robinson’s voice is at the heart of the Black Crowes’ sound, but younger brother, guitarist Rich Robinson, has always been the band’s backbone.

Last Thursday night, Young Rich (“Not so young anymore,” he responded to a fan yelling out his nickname) drove his solo project band into Club Helsinki, and not surprisingly, the two-hour show focused on his new album, “Through a Crooked Sun.” That the songs from the album – which had been released just two days earlier – made up more than half of his set list may sound like a daunting prospect for the crowd, but that really wasn’t the case.

While the songs were brand new, the sound certainly wasn’t. The flashback mode was in full effect. Launching into the opening “It’s Not Easy,” my concert companion Dennis said, “They sound like every opening act at the Fillmore,” after a moment’s pause adding, “And I don’t mean that in a bad way.”

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