FIVE FIRSTS: Mike Trash of the Erotics

October 27th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg
Mike Trash

Mike Trash of the Erotics

NAME: Mike Trash
INSTRUMENT: Vocals, guitar and sometimes bass

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … First album I ever bought was Elton John’s Greatest Hits, when I was in second grade in 1976/77. I also unknowingly bought my first hard rock album that year, too. I bought Go to Hell by Alice Cooper because I really liked the ballad “I Never Cry,” not realizing the rest of the record would scare the hell out of me…

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LIVE: The Vespers @ the Low Beat, 8/7/15

September 9th, 2015, 3:20 pm by Greg


The Vespers

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

WEXT-FM’s annual birthday bash was a tad belated this year – actually, by about a month – but when you’re talking about a party, late is indeed better than never.

The celebration took place at the Low Beat in Albany featuring rollickin’ Nashville-based Americana band the Vespers in support of their new album, Sisters and Brothers. And, yes, the title also serves as an apt description of the band. The festivities also included Local 518 faves Pony in the Pancake.

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LIVE: Blotto @ the Low Beat, 8/5/15

August 12th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
(photo by Martin Benjamin)

(photo by Martin Benjamin)

Photographs by Martin Benjamin, Timothy Reidy

Blotto – those merry pranksters of ’80s pop culture – slipped into the Low Beat in Albany last week, whipping through a run-through of such vintage gems as “My Baby’s the Star of a Driver’s Ed Movie,” “Goodbye, Mr. Bond” and even “Metal Head” in preparation for their big Alive at Five concert with Blue Oyster Cult the following evening.

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LIVE: Home Body @ the Low Beat, 7/9/15

August 11th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Home Body

Home Body

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

WHO: Home Body
WITH Slowshine
WITH Eternal Crimes
WHERE: The Low Beat, Albany
WHEN: Thursday, July 9

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LIVE: Rebuild Nepal Benefit Concert @ the Low Beat, 5/16/15

June 12th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Super 400

Super 400

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Local 518 musicians came together once again to help those in need. The Low Beat in Albany hosted the Rebuild Nepal Benefit Fest last month to raise money for the victims of the recent devastating earthquakes in Nepal.

The line-up of bands who performed included Troy power trio Super 400, surf-fuzz combo Kimono Dragons, rock wunderkinds Dearest Vendetta, funk powerhouse Victory Soul Orchestra, country-blues troubadour Henry’s Rifle and indie faves Bear Grass.

All proceeds from the concert benefited the Shikshya Foundation Nepal, which is committed to supporting long-term, sustainable rebuilding efforts.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Renée DaVink of the Magdalens

May 18th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg
Renée DaVink

Renée DaVink

​NAME: Renée DaVink
INSTRUMENT: Lead Vocals & Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT … with my own money – the Police’s
Zenyatta Mondatta. My father had a huge record collection and bought me a few Paul Simon albums and a KC & the Sunshine Band album.

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LIVE: Lumpen Proles @ the Low Beat, 5/9/15

May 13th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg
Lumpen Proles

Lumpen Proles

Photographs by Tom Lindsay

“You Can’t Forget” was the title of their contribution to the seminal 1982 Local 518 compilation album, Hudson Rock. And they haven’t forgotten.

During the course of their four-year life-span (from about 1982-85), post-punks Lumpen Proles ran through a number of personnel changes, recorded a knock-out single (“She Wasn’t Home” b/w “Positive Thinkin”) and churned through “Worlds in Darkness” for the 1983 comp, Live at 288.

Then it was all over for the band. Or was it?

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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…

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