Five Firsts: William Rees

July 3rd, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg
William Rees

William Rees

NAME: William Rees
INSTRUMENT: Viola, Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Not sure, but Fugazi’s Repeater was the first vinyl I bought, at age 15.

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LIVE: Mike Gent @ Spring Street Gallery, 3/23/13

April 26th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

Mike Gent @ The Springs Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

“Is there anything more boring than watching one man onstage?” asked Mike Gent before his recent solo show at Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs. “I find watching people play solo to be incredibly boring, so I’m glad you came out,” he added a few minutes later. But Gent – who plays guitar in Saratoga-born rock and roll band the Figgs – kept the crowd in the small art gallery/music venue rapt as he played a mix of Figgs tunes, solo songs, newly written numbers and covers.

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Be Here Now: Cuddle Magic @ Spring Street Gallery, 12/16/09

December 15th, 2009, 3:08 pm by Greg


Featuring some of the Northeast’s finest instrumentalists and songwriters – including Ben Davis, who also lends his considerable musical talents to Saratoga’s own RailbirdCuddle Magic plays carefully arranged acoustic avant-pop music with rhythmic
sophistication and an undeniable groove.

Drums, hand percussion, violin, trumpet, ukulele, clarinet, vibraphone, electric piano and banjo are just some of the ingredients to be found in the group’s eclectic, yet potent mix.

Beginning as a small chamber ensemble in the fall of 2006, Cuddle Magic has slowly accrued a cast of a talented songwriters and instrumentalists from New England Conservatory’s fertile musical community and grew into the large ensemble that exists today. Bandmembers hail from Philadelphia, Boston and NYC.

Cuddle Magic’s sophomore album, “Picture,” is slated for release on February 9, on FYO Records, but you can catch a sneak peek at the songs when Cuddle Magic drops into the intimate Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday (December 16). Showtime is 8pm, and admission is $10.

LIVE: The Flower-Corsano Duo @ the Spring Street Gallery, 10/28/09

November 2nd, 2009, 2:30 pm by Greg


Experimental and creative improvised music in any given town has a very few outlets for the practitioners of this unique art form.

But here in Nippertown, we are blessed.

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10/28: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

October 28th, 2009, 8:46 am by Greg

MUSIC: Emeline Michel with Beverly Teixeira @ MCLA’s Church Street Center, North Adams, Mass.: Popular Haitian singer-songwriter Michel returns to MCLA in support of the latest of her nine albums, “Reine de Coeur.” 7:30pm. $12; students $5.

LECTURE: Max Brooks @ Sage College of Albany‘s Kahl Campus Center Gym, Albany: Son of the legendary Mel Brooks and author in his own right, Brooks delivers a lecture/reading/Q&A/book-signing of “The Zombie Survival Guide,” “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” and the new “Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.” 9pm. $5.

MUSIC: The Michael Flower/Chris Corsano Duo with the Andy Crespo-Ron Schneiderman Duo @ Spring Street Gallery, Saratoga Springs. Drummer Chris Corsano has fueled the percussive drive for such forward-thinkers as Thurston Moore, Bjork and Nels Cline. Now he’s teaming up with Michael Flower on shaahi baaja (a kind of Japanese banjo). 7:30pm. $5.

FILM: “Art 21: Systems” @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy: A special screening of the fourth episode from season five of the award-winning PBS-TV series, featuring Julie Mehretu, John Baldessari, Kimsooja and Allan McCollum. 7:30pm. Free.

FILM/MUSIC: “The Unknown” with Eric Halder @ Albany Public Library, Albany: For the final installment of the Silent Film Spectacular series, classically trained guitarist Eric Halder (of the Ashley Pond Band) performs his newly composed soundtrack to accompany the screening of 1927’s “The Unknown,” starring Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford. 7pm. Free.

MUSIC: Gregory Douglass @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs: Burlington, Vermont-based singer-songwriter Douglass returns to the Lena stage in support of his latest album, “Battler.” 7pm. $5.

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