LIVE: The Charlie Watts Riots @ the Low Beat, 4/10/15

May 4th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
The Charlie Watts Riots

The Charlie Watts Riots

Photograph by Timothy Raab

When the Charlie Watts Riots released their sophomore album, A Break in the Weather, back in September of 2013, it looked like the band was about to break big. Like nationally. Or even a Japanese tour.

But instead, the power popsters pulled back on the reins of stardom, and they all but stepped out of the spotlight altogether. In fact, for a while there, it seemed as though maybe CWR had quietly called it quits without telling anyone.

Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. After a hiatus from the Local 518 spotlight of nearly a year, Charlie Watts Riots emerged from hibernation last month and rattled the roof of the Low Beat as though they’d never left.

Hopefully, we won’t have to wait so long for their next show…


Song o’ the Week: The Charlie Watts Riots’ “Bottom”

December 17th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg

THE CHARLIE WATT’S RIOTS – BOTTOM from Niki Rossi on Vimeo.

The Charlie Watts Riots take the stage at Putnam Den on Saturday night (December 21), opening for the Figgs’ annual holiday homecoming show. (NOTE: The Figgs will also be playing at Valentine’s Music Hall on Friday [December 20], with Kitty Little opening the show.)

And if you can’t make it out on Saturday night, you’ll have one more chance to catch Charlie Watts Riots in action before the calendar flips over to 2014. CWR will be playing the Saratoga Springs City Center at 9pm as part of the city-wide First Night Saratoga celebration on New Year’s Eve (that’s Tuesday, December 31).

LIVE: The Charlie Watts Riots @ LarkFest, 9/21/13

October 3rd, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Seth Powell (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Seth Powell (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Photographs by Timothy Reidy and Gene Sennes

The Last Conspirators weren’t the only band that took advantage of the huge crowds at LarkFest to celebrate the release of their new album. Suit-and-tie clad power-pop rockers the Charlie Watts Riots – featuring guitarist Seth Powell, bassist Mike Pauley and drummer Joe Putrock – pumped out a rollicking mid-afternoon set on the Washington Avenue stage, unleashing selections from their brand-new, long-awaited sophomore disc, A Break in the Weather.

But LarkFest was only half of CWR’s double-header celebration, as the power trio headed up the street to Valentine’s Music Hall later that same evening to headline the LarkFest after-party.

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Five Firsts: Joe Putrock of the Charlie Watts Riots

September 20th, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

Joe Putrock

Joe Putrock

NAME: Joe Putrock
BAND AFFILIATION: The Charlie Watts Riots

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I actually bought three cassettes simultaneously from Columbia House Record Club. J. Geils Band’s Freeze Frame, the Rolling Stones’ Tattoo You and Abacab by Genesis. I got three new records for a penny, and my mother was stuck paying full price for 12 more records over the following two years!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Steve Miller Band at the Palace Theatre. I went with a couple of girls that I went to high school with; we thought it was the best to be out that late on a school night. Unfortunately, it was his Born 2B Blue tour, and half the show he was playing covers of old jazz standards!

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CD: The Charlie Watts Riots’ “A Break in the Weather”

September 19th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg

The Charlie Watts Riots: A Break In The Weather

Review by Greg Haymes

A Break in the Weather
(MCDMAN Records)
11 songs; 36.5 minutes

Wings meet the New Pornographers…
Cheap Trick produced by Nick Lowe…
The Records overdosing on steroids…

Boil it all down, and it simply means that undeniable hooks are sticking out of every possible orifice of every verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus gem that the Charlie Watts Riots plow through on their long-awaited, 11-song sophomore album.

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Five Firsts: Seth Powell of the Charlie Watts Riots

September 19th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Seth Powell

Seth Powell

NAME: Seth Powell
BAND AFFILIATION: The Charlie Watts Riots

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Kiss’ Destroyer. Same shopping trip.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … I think it was Steve Miller or Rush after jumping the fence to get in at SPAC. Don’t remember the concert, only the thrill of jumping the fence. Last concert I saw there, I tried jumping the fence to get out.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … My parents got me my first acoustic for Christmas when I was about eight years old from Boardman’s Ltd.

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Nippertown Music Notes

July 11th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg

Dick Solberg

Dick Solberg

Dick Solberg – known to many of his fans as the Sun Mountain Fiddler – was seriously injured on May 28, when he was aboard a cabin cruiser that hit an unmarked submerged rock on the Fall River in Massachusetts. He went flying, breaking a table and ending up on his back on the deck unable to move his arms or legs. He was Medivaced to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence with a scalp wound, two broken ribs and trauma to his neck and spine. He’s home now after lots of hospital time and many more hours of physical therapy. “I’m on the mend. Everything works – just not that well,” says Solberg. “63 years of the world’s best luck, followed quickly by a fraction of an instant’s bad luck…ups and downs.” He was forced to cancel six weeks of gigs, but he’s hoping that he might be able to get back in the spotlight in time for upcoming gigs later this month at the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge at 8pm on Sunday (July 17) and the Inn at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs (7pm on Friday, July 22). Stay tuned to his website for updates.

No, it’s not about the economy, but the Charlie Watts Riots have down-sized from a quartet to a trio, following the departure of guitarist-vocalist Brendan Pendergast. The parting is amicable (Pendergast was in the crowd cheering on his former band at McGerary’s last Thursday), and as a power trio, CWR pump out a somewhat leaner, more muscular sound, packing more power into their power-pop. New tunes – like “Omaha” and the stompin’ “Caveman” – take advantage of the band’s new less-is-more approach.

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