Photographs by Timothy Reidy
Three new homegrown hip-hop albums are dropping around Nippertown this weekend, and here’s the info on where the parties are:
Friday (October 18), 9pm
Red Square, Albany
$10 in advance; $13 at the door; first 50 will get the new albums by JPlus & Sin-City FREE
with Sin-City (see below), MIRK, the Ameros, Knowle’ge, Jaja Gibore, Ghostryder, Nerezza, Appocalypz
JPlus’ sixth solo album, Tripolar, explores the three personas J has created to survive his childhood in the post-industrial urban ghetto. Jessie is a hopeful, intelligent young man who wants to have the same opportunity to succeed, regardless of color, creed or culture. JPlus is entrepreneurial and confident — the Urban King — whose street-smarts allow him to escape the toils of the ghetto. Muzzle Off is the third, the darkest,and most ruthless, the metabolite of societal churning: he is a hateful monster who stews in blame — blame towards a world that stole his humanity and forced a personal choice between poverty or violent crime.
Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy
If you were up at the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC back in June, then you already know that New Orleans’ Big Sam’s Funky Nation pump out a mighty blend of jazz, funk and hip-hop that has everyone within earshot shakin’ their booty.
And when you squeeze the powerhouse combo into an intimate setting like Red Square in Albany, you just know that they’re gonna raise the roof, especially if Local 518 funkateers the Chronicles are signed on to open the evening’s festivities. But when bandleader-trombonist-vocalist Big Sam Williams slid onstage to wail with the Chronicles, well, let’s just say that the funk bomb was detonated early, and the party was in full force before the Funky Nation even took the stage.
Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Herb Karnes
It’s all too rare that you hear music that simply glows, but that’s the only description for the glorious sounds of Canadian quintet Chic Gamine, who made their Albany debut at Red Square last month.
Their voices almost visibly shimmered in the air… hypnotizing, mesmerizing, utterly captivating.
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Metallica’s Black Album
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … KISS in Detroit, MI
After honing his chops and earning serious road-dog status with electro-rockers the Brothers Past, Tom Hamilton ventured off on his own, forming the American Babies, a like-minded collective of a band with a more organic Americana sound. With a revolving line-up of musicians, Hamilton and American Babies have released a pair of acclaimed albums – their 2008 self-titled debut and 2011′s Flawed Logic – and earned rave reviews at their live performances, including high profile gigs at such prestigious festivals as Bonnaroo, SXSW and the Newport Folk Festival.
BAND AFFILIATION: Doctor Magnum
INSTRUMENT: Electric Bass
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I think it was Lateralus by Tool. I had gotten into Tool through a friend, and it was one of the best things that happened to me. I was only 14 years old at the time, and it was the first album that really made me think about music in a bigger picture. I owe a lot of my own personal evolution to that album.