LIVE: Dryer @ Putnam Den, 2/17/12

March 22nd, 2012, 1:00 pm by Greg
Dryer's Bob Carlton

Dryer's Bob Carlton

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Saratoga Springs indie-rock trio Dryer – who first formed in 1993 – reunited in 2010 after eight years apart. A disastrous 2002 tour and personal squabbles among guitarist Bob Carlton, bassist Rachael Sunday and drummer Joel Lilley had contributed to the band’s initial painful demise.

But the band – who were on producer Dominick Campana’s local Paint Chip Records back in the ‘90s – put their differences aside two years ago when New Jersey’s Fake Chapter record label offered to release a digital compilation called “Strut and Fret” of out-of-print Dryer songs. Label head Mike Gilligan convinced the band to get back together to support the release, and Dryer dusted off their instruments for a reunion show at Saratoga’s Putnam Den in April of 2010.

Since then, the band’s gigs have been somewhat rare, including a November performance last year at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City for Fake Chapter’s 15th anniversary. And a month ago, Dryer returned to Putnam Den for a free show with vaunted Albany indie outfit Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and Skidmore College party band Houseboat.

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Live: The Blisterz/Rob Skane 3/Charmboy @ Putnam Den, 1/20/12

January 30th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg
The Blisterz

The Blisterz

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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LIVE: Railbird @ Putnam Den, 3/4/11

March 9th, 2011, 4:40 pm by Sara
Sarah Pednotti

Sarah Pednotti

Last Friday night, Railbird was gearing up for their first national tour with a new album, a CD release party and tons of infectious enthusiasm from the band and its musical heart, Sarah Pedinotti.

Headlining the triple-bill at Saratoga Springs’ premier music nightclub, Railbird was the primary reason that the Putnam Den was nearly filled to capacity by time they took the stage. With a $6 entry fee, nothing happening in the region could even come close to matching the quality of the three bands for anywhere near that ticket price.

This time out, long-time fans noticed a reshuffling of the band’s personnel with Railbird’s original drummer Chris Carey taking over electric bass duties, while bassist James Gascoyne instead manned the electric guitar alongside the band’s premier guitarist Chris Kyle.

Occupying Railbird’s drum chair that night was Jeremy Gustin, the energetic drummer from the triple-bill’s opening band and tour-mates, the Rex Complex. And standing off to the far side of the stage was Phantagram’s lovely singer, Sarah Barthel, who provided back-up vocals and electronic synth-sounds to the band’s mix.

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The Figgs Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding for the Holidays!

November 1st, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg
`The Figgs

Mike Gent of the The Figgs performing earlier this year at The Putnam Den

Yes, Nippertown alum the Figgs are returning for their annual holiday homecoming stand once again.

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