February 26th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Greg
January 30th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
Yes, it kinda looks that way…
Just last month we wrote about how the Local 518 rock trio had been immortalized in “The Concrete Pearl,” the latest mystery-thriller from the pen of author and former Blisterz drummer Vincent Zandri.
But now after one album (“Rebels Without Applause”) and seven years on the Nippertown music scene, the Blisterz are no more.
“Yes…you heard it correctly…The Blisterz are officially on hiatus. Will they ever come back…good question…nobody knows,” announced guitarist-vocalist-bandleader Davey Blister. “In the infamous words of Neil Young, ‘It’s better to burn out than fade away.’ We’d like to think we burned out like a white-hot flame at our last show.” For the record, that last show was on Saturday, January 19 at the Niverville Pub.
So what’s next on the horizon? Apparently fans of the Blisterz’s sound won’t have to wait long for the next chapter… Davey Blister has already moved on and formed a new band – Legendary Losers, who are currently scheduled to step into the spotlight for their debut at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Saturday, March 16.
July 20th, 2011, 9:56 am by Greg
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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June 10th, 2011, 10:14 am by Greg
Spin magazine named Phantogram as one of the “20 Must-Hear Artists at Lollapalooza 2011,” which takes place August 5-7 in Chicago’s Grant Park. Phantogram phans won’t have to travel quite that far to get a dose of their “blending of electronic loops, hip-hop beats, shoegaze, soul and pop,” as Spin puts it. Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter will be stepping into the spotlight at Pearl Street in Northampton at 9pm on Sunday, sandwiched inbetween opening act Com Truise and headliners the Glitch Mob. Tix are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
The Ill Funk Ensemble has advanced to the semi-final round of voting in Soulive’s Royal Family Affair Battle of the Bands. Eight bands are currently in the running for two performance slots at the Royal Family Affair music festival that’s taking place at Stratton Mountain in Bondville, Vermont on August 12-14. Based on online voting, the top five bands will advance to the final round where the two winning bands will be selected by Eric Krasno, Neal Evans and Alan Evans of Soulive. You can vote here. The winner will get a main stage performance slot, while the runner-up will perform at the fest on an indoor stage. Voting continues through Monday (July 25).
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“The Land Rover headlights drill through the early morning desert darkness, two fiery eyes burning on the silent horizon barely an hour before the sun rises over Monterrey.
The appointed time.
She’d been waiting for them, per instructions from her L.A. contact. The Halogen signal promised just last night in Houston when finally, over caviar, Dom and cocaine, she signed on to do the deal.”
– the opening lines of Vincent Zandri’s 2000 novel, “Godchild”
Writer-drummer Vincent Zandri will be behind the drum kit for his pentultimate performance with the Blisterz at 8pm on Saturday at Dublin’s in Troy. Sharing the stage will be Hijinx and Public Noise Concern. Admission is $5.
Take It From the Top: Vincent Zandri’s “As Catch Can”