LIVE: Better Pills @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 12/26/13

January 14th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Video and photographs by Timothy Reidy

It was a day-after-Christmas CD release party for Better Pills’ new Blood Chant, and while Brent Gorton and friends were the main attraction, the evening was also a bittersweet farewell to Valentine’s Music Hall, which is about to shutter its doors and be demolished. So Better Pills shared the spotlight with – Lincoln Money Shot, Small Axe and Gay Tastee – a batch of Local 518 faves who have graced that homey “No Pepper” stage many times over the years.

As it turns out, Valentine’s has survived into the new year, and at least for the moment, the doors are still open. But as they say, “The end in nigh.” And the upstairs stage and PA have been dismantled…

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LIVE: Small Axe @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 5/24/12

June 1st, 2012, 3:30 pm by Greg
Small Axe: (L to R) Thom Hall, Kelly Murphy, DJ Miller

Small Axe: (L to R) Thom Hall, Kelly Murphy, DJ Miller

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.

They were one of the best local bands of the past decade, but Saratoga County’s stoner-rock trio Small Axe has been mostly dormant since bassist Kelly Murphy and drummer Thom Hall relocated to Central New York a couple of years ago.

They returned last week at Valentine’s Music Hall, showing no signs of rustiness during a set that sounded like vintage Small Axe and included both unrecorded material and songs familiar to the faithful: murky, heavy-riffing tunes with easy-to-catch grooves like “Fight Song,” “Inner Ear,” “Garage Sale” and “My Goat.”

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