Photographs by Gene Sennes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”