LIVE: The Catbirds @ the Ale House, 10/25/14

November 20th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Chandler Travis

Chandler Travis

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Singer-songwriter-ringmaster Chandler Travis makes his home on Cape Cod, but Nippertown has become his home-away-from-home. Heck, he plays more Local 518 gigs than most local bands do.

On his latest stop, he brought his fab Catbirds to the Ale House in Troy, and as usual they ripped the place up with their unique, oh-so-sweet brand of rock ‘n’ roll. And once again the getting-a-little-less-reclusive Pete LaBonne was sharing the bill, both as the opening act in and joining the Catbirds in some delicious, five-piece musical mayhem.

The Catbirds have flown the Nippertown coop for now, but never fear, it’s never long before Travis returns in one of his many musical merauding incarnations or another. OH WAIT… the Chandler Travis Three-O will be returning to the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge for a free show at 9pm on Saturday (November 22). See, I told you it wouldn’t be long…

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LIVE: The Catbirds @ the Ale House, 4/5/14

April 10th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
The Catbirds

The Catbirds

Photographs by Joseph Deuel

Chandler Travis roared back into town last weekend, this time around fronting the Catbirds as they ripped up the Ale House in Troy. And once again the getting-a-little-less-reclusive Pete LaBonne was sharing the bill as the opening act and joining the Catbirds in some five-piece musical mayhem.

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LIVE: The Catbirds @ the Ale House, 1/19/13

January 25th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Greg

The Catbirds

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Denise Borden

If you missed one of the best rock and roll shows this area has ever seen, here are some suggestions for how to gain some freedom from thankless responsibility and mundane self-absorption, so that you can experience the indelible buzz that should be rightfully yours the next time the Catbirds roll into town:

1) Put your kids up for adoption with Russian host families.
2) Return your dog, cat or other pet to the animal shelter.
3) Unplug your television and leave it on the curb or under a neighbor’s rain gutter.
4) Apply a sledge hammer to your iPhone and/or iPod.
5) Tell Grandma you’ll play Call of Duty and Halo with her on a week night.

The Dos Equis man has got nothing on Chandler Travis, who is arguably the Most Interesting Man in the World. Leading more bands than George Clinton in his prime, a barefoot Travis brought the Catbirds into Troy for their Ale House debut, and 37 songs later the crowd was still howling for more.

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LIVE: The Catbirds @ Keegan Ales, 1/18/13

January 21st, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

Review and video by Joel Patterson

Familiarity breeds contempt? I don’t THINK so.

The more time I spend with the Catbirds, both individually and collectively, the more deeply I fall under their spell. The sound they make drives twenty-something girls into feats of athletic frenzy, and their boyfriends to dive head-first toward the stage. It roars in with all the gentleness of a hurricane, loud and slamming and savage. You might mistakenly think people who play that blaring, thunderous rock and roll music all night are somehow brutes, at least a little brusque, if not totally downright beastly – you couldn’t be more wrong. These are four of the most sensitive, vulnerable spirits – with curious eyes wide open to the world – that you’ll ever meet in the time-space continuum.

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New Release Rack: The Catbirds’ “Catbirds Say Yeah”

September 13th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg

Catbirds Say Yeah

Review by Greg Haymes

Who are the Catbirds, you ask?

Well, according to their website, “If Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga had quadruplets, except somehow they ended up being kind of musical in addition to being rather large and rubbery, and it happened about 50 or 60 years ago, well, presto! – the Catbirds.”

And according to the promo sheet that was wrapped around the band’s delightful full-length debut when it landed in my mailbox, “We’re old and weird looking, just like everyone else, but louder.”

But, of course, if you’ve been paying attention, you already know that the Catbirds are one of the 347 bands led by the mighty musical maverick Chandler Travis, who also serves as the ringleader for the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the Chandler Travis Philharmonette, the Chandler Travis Three-O, Chandler Travis and, well, you get the idea, right?

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LIVE: The Catbirds @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 12/29/11

January 3rd, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Catbirds: Chandler Travis, Rikki Bates, Steve Wood and Dinty Child

The Catbirds: Chandler Travis, Rikki Bates, Steve Wood and Dinty Child

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photograph by Joseph Deuel

“Welcome to Rich and Denise’s Christmas party!” exclaimed Chandler Travis as he adjusted the microphone, strapped on his bass and smiled at his friends in the audience. It was time for the Catbirds to rock Valentine’s very foundation and for a guitar amplifier to warm up for its inevitable demise.

Twenty-six songs, spanning two sets, and all reverberating on the last real rock and roll venue in Albany on a Thursday night. Yep, you’re probably kicking yourself for not leaving the house.

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CD: The Catbirds’ “Viborate”

August 12th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Catbirds: Viborate

The Catbirds: Viborate

(Iddy Biddy, 2011):

Despite the fact that we’ve often seen him performing in pajamas, we really don’t know when the hell Chandler Travis sleeps. It would seem that he must be playing music around the clock, considering that he plays solo shows in addition to leading the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the slightly down-sized Chandler Travis Philharmonette and the Chandler Travis Three-O, not to mention the Incredible Casuals and perhaps a Travis Shook & the Club Wow reunion or two along the way.

But apparently the ridiculously restless Mr. Travis was not satisfied.

Which brings us to the Catbirds, Travis’ latest gang of musical merauders. As always, Travis has a pretty good handle on what he’s doing, and what he’s doing isn’t loopy pop or surrealist dixieland. No, the Catbirds are a straight-up, no-frills, four-piece rock ‘n’ roll band.

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LIVE: The Clang! Thang @ the Clarion Inn, East Windsor, CT, 6/24-25/11

July 6th, 2011, 4:30 pm by Greg
Chandler Travis Philharmonic

Chandler Travis Philharmonic

Wow, what a weekend, nothing to do except sit back and listen to one great band after another.

Originally, I signed up for the Clang! Thang mainly because Chandler Travis and his different projects (Chandler Travis Philharmonic and the Catbirds) were scheduled to play, but I was also curious about the revamped NRBQ with Terry Adams. I had missed him both times he came to Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park with the Rock and Roll Quartet. With all performances in the East Windsor Clarion Inn’s ballroom, weather would certainly not be a problem (good thing too, because Friday and Saturday saw some soaking rains). Going in with an open mind about the other performers I had never heard of, I found I was in for a great surprise as each one was wonderful.

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