Posts Tagged ‘Hudson’

Be Here Now: Black Francis @ Club Helsinki on Wednesday

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

David Bowie declared that the Pixies made “just about the most compelling music of the entire ’80s.” Bono of U2 went one step further, calling the Pixies “one of America’s greatest bands ever.” And Thom Yorke of Radiohead proclaimed, “The Pixies changed my life.”

Indie-rock pioneers the Pixies – indie-rock pioneers and one of the most influential bands of the past quarter century – have been back in the spotlight again with a tour that wrapped up last weekend.

But there’s no rest for Pixies’ bandleader-singer-songwriter Black Francis (aka, Frank Black or Charles Thompson IV, which is his given name), who has immediately launched a solo mini tour that’s slated to make a stop at Club Helsinki in Hudson on Wednesday (October 15).

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ATTENTION: Music Collectors…

Friday, October 10th, 2014
And they work as coasters, too.

And they work as coasters, too.

Does your home suffer from sagging shelves? Vinyl albums, CDs, DVDs spilling out onto the floor, scattered hither and yon across your humble abode?

Don’t trust the cloud? Do you need to actually hold the album cover in your hand while you listen to the Japanese pressing of the Morells’ classic Shake & Push?

Well, bunky, we know just what you need to feed your habit – more cool stuff.

And what’s more, if you’re still looking for the Peter Criss action figure, the laser disc of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Rumblefish” or that rare live Jackie Leven album, well, we know where to look…

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LIVE: Buffalo Stack @ Club Helsinki, 9/19/14

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Buffalo Stack

Review and photographs by Eric Gleason

One of the things I love is finding new music in my own backyard, so when I read that a group that draws comparisons to both Jack White and the Band was performing at Club Helsinki in Hudson — and that Connor Kennedy was in the band — I knew what I was doing on Friday night. Kennedy seems to be the guitarist with the golden touch and has managed to be at the very center of all the good roots-rock music coming from the Hudson Valley.

The band was Buffalo Stack, and they were celebrating the release of their eponymous debut CD. And before the band got through the chorus of their first song, “Maryanne,” I was hooked. The laid-back chord progression was supported perfectly by Jeremy Baum’s classic B-3 sounds and Brandon Morrison’s huge bass, leaving plenty of room to showcase bandleader Andy Stack’s capable vocals. Adding just enough of his guitar to keep the song going and enough of Kennedy’s piano to make the song sparkle a little extra would provide the formula for the rest of the night.

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Festival Fever: Groundswell @ Olana on Saturday

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Groundswell

Over a dozen installations and performances will be featured in Groundswell, the second annual award-winning exhibition event at the 250-acre Olana State Historic Site in Hudson from 2-6pm Saturday (September 13).

The one-day-only fest includes site-specific performances and works in sound, installation, broadcast, and movement. Over a dozen artists will reflect on and react to Olana and its integral viewshed as an ambitious and early environmental work.

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Charles Busch Returns to Club Helsinki, Aug. 31 for “Pretty in Pink” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, August 29th, 2014

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After two sold out engagements at Club Helsinki in Hudson, Charles Busch, Tony Award nominee for his hit Broadway play, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and legendary drag star of such films as Die, Mommie, Die! and Psycho Beach Party, returns for a third engagement to Club Helsinki Hudson on Sunday (August 31) at 8PM as part of the Helsinki on Broadway cabaret series presented in association with Showstoppers New York.

Back with brand new stories, brand new songs and brand new gowns, the fabulous, flamboyant and forever fascinating Charles Busch is not to be missed in a rare appearance in these parts. His all new show Pretty in Pink features Tom Judson on the piano and promises to be an evening of glamour, music, gossip, comedy and general mayhem! As an author his plays include The Lady in Question, Red Scare at Sunset and the long running Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

LIVE: The Wood Brothers @ Club Helsinki, 8/15/14

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers

Review and photographs by Richard Brody

The sold-out, standing-room-only Club Helsinki crowd came expecting a great show. The Wood Brothers did not disappoint. They opened with “Sing About It” from their current album The Muse. The strolling bass line laid down by Chris Wood that began the song was quickly followed by the light touch of Oliver Wood’s acoustic guitar, and then Jano Rix’s melodica, and when the last instrumental note vanished into the night, the first vocal line was sung a cappella: “If you get too worried, what you ought to do is sing,” the second half of which was sung in three part gospel-like harmony. We were barely a minute into the show, and the band had displayed their ability to seamlessly integrate several musical styles that captured their essence.

Good songwriters need inspiration and the title track of The Muse is an homage to Oliver’s wife, who provides the space and support for the tunes to get created. But it was the birth of his child that helped him complete the song with the lines:

“And if I was thinkin’ I’d be thinkin’ thank God whoever you are
For the muse and the miracle right here in my arms.”

Yet the music was not all nice and tender. The band turned up the heat on a number of songs, most notably “Honey Jar,” a funk-influenced tune that began with some dizzyingly fast bass and drums that carried the song until it slid into a slower tempo blues bridge that transitioned back into the fast stuff and remained there until its crescendo finish. And then there was arguably the crowd’s favorite “Who the Devil” that began slowly with Chris’ bowed bass leading and building to a rocking instrumental break that provided numerous improvisational sparks led by Oliver’s electric guitar that was overtaken by Rix’s percussion and Chris’ thumping bass, and then slowly brought back to the song’s opening tempo by Chris’ bowed bass.

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Five Firsts: Dave Nelson of Nelson Patton

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson

NAME: Dave Nelson
BAND AFFILIATION: Nelson Patton
INSTRUMENT: trombone

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood

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Five Firsts: Mike Grundy of the Last Conspirators

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
Mike Grundy

Mike Grundy

NAME: Mike Grundy
BAND AFFILIATION: The Last Conspirators
INSTRUMENT: bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I got Meet the Beatles for Christmas when I was in elementary school. I remember being pissed it didn’t have the cutouts like Sgt. Pepper did. Dad had a pretty big record collection: classical, jazz, Broadway cast recordings. Mom listened to the Beatles and Herb Alpert a lot. I’m pretty sure the first one I pulled my own money out for was Back in Black by AC/DC.

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