Win FREE TIX to the Rob Skane 3 @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region on Saturday

March 21st, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

Rob Skane

Rob Skane

When veteran singer-songwriter-rocker Rob Skane released his latest album, “Phantom Power Trip,” he knew it was time to leave his one-man-rocker show behind. He assembled a trio to help him flesh out the sound, and the Rob Skane 3 was born.

On Saturday night, Skane is slated to unveil a new line-up for his trio in concert at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. Newly recruited bassist Mike Lisi will be making his debut with the threesome, joining drummer Phil Lanz in the pumpin’ rhythm section. Nippertown music fans may remember Lisi from such bands as C. Jane Run and 3 Minute Pop.

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Live: The Blisterz/Rob Skane 3/Charmboy @ Putnam Den, 1/20/12

January 30th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Blisterz

The Blisterz

Review by Matt Mac Haffie
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Critics’ darlings Charmboy took the Putnam Den stage in Saratoga Springs promptly at 9pm armed with a batch of songs culled from their debut CD “Let it Feed.” The unassuming cool of bassist Sarah Clark belies her ridiculous command of the instrument which, when locked with the versatile drumming of Scott Smith, forms a dangerous rhythm section.

Guitar ace Eric Halder (AKA the Birthday Boy) unleashed a grand parade of classic riffs, familiar yet fresh, from behind his lead vocals. Songs that kill on the album – “The 18,” “White Nights” and especially “Werewolves” – are just as killer in concert. Live you also got a gem-of-a-cover: the obscure Alice Cooper track “Is It My Body.”

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CD: Rob Skane’s “Phantom Power Trip”

September 21st, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

Rob Skane: Phantom Power Trip(Lofi Records, 2010):

I remember the first time I heard Rob Skane. Back when I was writing for Metroland (about 100 years ago), he was a young whippersnapper who sent me a cassette-only release by his Utica-based band – which shall remain nameless to protect the guilty.

It wasn’t very good. And in my review, I said so rather forthrightly, as I recall, although I also tried to point out the bright and promising elements – few though they might have been.

Since those long-ago days, Skane has become a longtime Capital Region music scene mainstay, doing his thing with such now-defunct, endearingly lo-fi bands as the Dugans (with Howe Glassman) and the Lawn Sausages (with Jim Barrett and Artie Fredette), which, in fact, was actually more of Troy street gang than a band.

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Five Firsts: Rob Skane

November 17th, 2009, 3:30 pm by Greg
Rob Skane performing at ArtCentric on Troy Night Out back in June

Rob Skane performing at ArtCentric on Troy Night Out back in June

NAME: Rob Skane

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Cosmo’s Factory” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The J. Geils Band with the Jon Butcher Axis opening. It was at the Syracuse War Memorial Auditorium.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A guitar that my parents mail ordered from Sears.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Brand New Cadillac.” It was written by Vince Taylor, but my band at the time did the song similar to the version on “London Calling.”


Rob Skane performs at Positively 4th Street this Friday, November 20.

Hanging Out at Troy Night Out, 7/31/09

August 4th, 2009, 4:10 pm by Sara

Troy Night Out is an arts walk that takes place the last Friday of every month from 5-9 pm, and it’s always hopping. Here’s some of the highlights of what we saw last Friday:

John Cooley’s “Window #1” at The Atrium:

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Be Here Now: Troy Night Out, 7/31/09

July 30th, 2009, 1:32 pm by Greg
Hand built electronic instrument by Dewanatron at Casper Land

Hand built electronic instrument by Dewanatron at Casper Land

Troy’s last-Friday-of-the-month arts walk is the best in Nippertown, and this Friday’s event offers plenty of reasons to get out for a stroll through the downtown of the Collar City.

Here are just a few of the reasons to hit the streets for Troy Night Out on Friday, July 31:

The Arts Center of the Capital Region @ 265 River St., Troy: The opening reception for “The Fence Select” exhibit. Awards ceremonies at 7:30pm. Dance performances by Nacre in the theater at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.

The Photography Center @ 404 River St., Troy: Reception for the third annual members’ exhibit.

Casper Land @ 469 Fulton St., Troy: One of the very cool new Nippertown spots where visual art and music intersect. Electronic music with heart. Free performance by Dewanatron at 7pm.

The River Street Beat Shop @ 197 River St., Troy: Tons of vintage vinyl and a free performance by the Static Port.

The Clement Art Gallery @ 201 Broadway, Troy: Opening reception for “Group Show, Pt. 1” featuring artworks by some of Nippertown’s finest, including David Brickman, Elizabeth Dubben, Mark Gregory, Gary Shankman, Michael Bergt, Charles Bremer, Tom Clement, Corneila Schmitter, Kaars Syperstein.

Artcentric @ 95 4th St., Troy: Opening reception for G.C. Haymes‘ “little moments: digital photograms” and live music from rockin’ singer-songwriter Rob Skane at 6pm.

Vacant Storefront Artist Project @ 29 3rd St., Troy: Live music from alt-country combo Tern Rounders, in celebration of the release of their debut CD, “A Different Land.”

Quickly Aging Here by G.C. Haymes at Artcentric

Quickly Aging Here by G.C. Haymes at Artcentric

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!Albany PoetsHudson SoundsBerkshire On StageArtist and Musician Michael Eck