Dynamite Double-Header at Valentine’s on Saturday

October 11th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Willie "Loco" Alexander

Willie “Loco” Alexander

You can’t go wrong at Valentine’s Music Hall on Saturday night (October 12). Two stages, no waiting.

The upstairs stage will host a benefit concert for Albany’s Damien Center, which suffered a devastating fire in late August. And the Local 518 music community is once again lending a helping hand with seven bands – the Ernst Project, Two Cats in Suits, Party Boat, Charmboy, Bryan Thomas and more – donating their time and talent to aid in the rebuilding.

Meanwhile, Valentine’s downstairs stage will be graced by none other than Willie “Loco” Alexander, the Boston rock legend and former member of the Velvet Underground. Alexander hasn’t paid a visit to Nippertown since the glory days of QE2, when he led the charge with the Boom Boom Band. On Saturday, he’ll be accompanied by the Fish Eye Brothers, featuring Jim Doherty (drums) and Mark Chenevert (clarinet, sax, vocals).

Sharing the stage with the Loco One will be Saratoga singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan – who will likely be showcasing some new tunes from her upcoming album, Skin & Bone, due out next month – and Greenwich master monologuist (and mayor of Duplex Planet) David Greenberger.

Here is the complete schedule of bands for both shows at Valentine’s on Saturday:

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LIVE: The Last Conspirators @ LarkFest, 9/21/13

September 27th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg
Tim Livingston of The Last Conspirators (photo by Gene Sennes)

Tim Livingston of The Last Conspirators (photo by Gene Sennes)

Photographs by Gene Sennes and Bryan Lasky

If you’re going to throw a CD release party, why not do it at Nippertown’s biggest free music festival, LarkFest? That’s exactly what the Last Conspirators did last Saturday (September 21), when they unleashed their new album, A Celebration of Fury. Featuring gravity-defying frontman Tim Livingston and powerhouse drummer Al Kash (both veterans of the very first LarkFest 32 years ago!), as well as razor-sharp guitarist Terry Plunkett and bassist Nick Bisanz, the band charged through a high-energy sonic assault, railing against corporate radio, mindless nostalgia and the powers that be. The themes may not be anything new, but the band played with the palpable passion of rebellion, adding a new-found metallic edge to their already potent brand of politico psych-punk.

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