LIVE: Sgt. Dunbar / The Parlor @ Valentine’s, 2/8/14 (Part 2)

February 18th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned perform the final song at Valentine’s

Videos and photographs by Timothy Reidy

288 Lark…
J.B. Scott’s…
The Chateau…

Now we can add Valentine’s Music Hall to the list of beloved Nippertown music venues that have entered into history. Sometime early on Sunday morning February 9, the door to Valentine’s was closed and locked for the last time – but not before the nightspot hosted a mighty farewell celebration featuring B3nson Family stalwarts and Valentine’s regulars Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and the Parlor.

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LIVE: Sgt. Dunbar / The Parlor @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 2/8/14 (Part 1)

February 10th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

Videos by Timothy Reidy

And so it came to an end…

Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and the Parlor teamed up for one last B3nson Family blast last Saturday night (February 8) before Howe Glassman closed the doors for good on Albany’s beloved rock & roll dive, Valentine’s Music Hall.

Thanks for the memories…

LIVE: Chandler Travis Philharmonic @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 10/26/13

October 31st, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic (photo by Timothy Reidy)

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Photographs by Timothy Reidy and Rich Borden

Yes, it was Halloween weekend, but the truth of the matter is that the members of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic weren’t dressed up to go trick-or-treating. This is pretty much the same way they always dress when they leap into the spotlight to crank up their unique hybrid of Dixieland jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.

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Be Here Now: The Parlor & Sgt. Dunbar’s Hobo Banned Together Again @ Valentine’s

October 25th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Parlour

The Parlor

Photographs by Timothy Reidy
Additional photograph by Al Goldberg

The Parlor and Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned – two of the premier bands spearheading the B3nson Recording Company – are joining forces for the next installment of Sgt. Dunbar’s monthly CD release project.

The new disc, The Apres Garde, is being released on Saturday (October 26) as part of Sgt. Dunbar’s year-long campaign to release an EP each month during 2013. So far, each EP has been captained by one of the current bandmembers, who writes or arranges the material for the rest of the band.

As founding members of B3nson Records and veterans of four Sgt. Dunbar tours, the Parlor’s Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans were asked to participate on the October edition. They collected more than a dozen tracks – both old and new – that were written for or inspired by their tenure with Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned. The Apres Garde will feature six of those tracks, while the remainder will be released in early 2014 by the Parlor as the full-length album, Ghost House. (The busy, busy Parlor folks are also in the midst of working on yet another new album slated for release next year, Wahzu Wahzu, which Krans describes as “half funk, half folk.”)

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LIVE: Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 7/26/13

August 14th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned

Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

One night just wasn’t enough…

So WEXT-FM’s sixth anniversary bash at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany was spread over two back-to-back nights last month.

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LIVE: The Parlor @ Valentine’s, 4/7/12

April 12th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Jen O'Connor

Jen O'Connor

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Let’s put this to rest once and for all – there is absolutely nothing generic about the band formerly known as We Are Jeneric.

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LIVE: WCDB-FM’s 34th Anniversary Music Festival @ Valentine’s, 3/3/12

March 30th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Dave Minehan of the Neighborhoods (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Dave Minehan of the Neighborhoods (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Review by Kirsten Ferguson
Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson and Timothy Reidy

New Jersey indie-punk band Titus Andronicus kicked off their amped-up headlining set on the second night of the WCDB birthday bash with a charged cover of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town.”

The ‘70s anthem may as well have been the theme song for Boston trio the Neighborhoods, who played earlier in the night and peppered their high-energy set with remembrances from shows past in Albany, where they were a fixture on the local music scene – and a WCDB staple – in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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LIVE: Dryer @ Putnam Den, 2/17/12

March 22nd, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Dryer's Bob Carlton

Dryer's Bob Carlton

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Saratoga Springs indie-rock trio Dryer – who first formed in 1993 – reunited in 2010 after eight years apart. A disastrous 2002 tour and personal squabbles among guitarist Bob Carlton, bassist Rachael Sunday and drummer Joel Lilley had contributed to the band’s initial painful demise.

But the band – who were on producer Dominick Campana’s local Paint Chip Records back in the ‘90s – put their differences aside two years ago when New Jersey’s Fake Chapter record label offered to release a digital compilation called “Strut and Fret” of out-of-print Dryer songs. Label head Mike Gilligan convinced the band to get back together to support the release, and Dryer dusted off their instruments for a reunion show at Saratoga’s Putnam Den in April of 2010.

Since then, the band’s gigs have been somewhat rare, including a November performance last year at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City for Fake Chapter’s 15th anniversary. And a month ago, Dryer returned to Putnam Den for a free show with vaunted Albany indie outfit Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and Skidmore College party band Houseboat.

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