LIVE: Alex Bleeker & the Freaks @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 7/30/13

August 22nd, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg
Alex Beeker & the Freaks

Alex Bleeker & the Freaks

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Led by the bassist from Real Estate, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks rumbled into Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany recently in support of their new sophomore album How Far Away.

Adding to the festive mood – the evening was something of a going-away party for Local 518 concert promoter Nicole Dellarocca – was a sweet set from the Parlor, as well as new spin-off band Shark Weak, featuring members of Barons in the Attic.

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LIVE: The Figgs @ Valentine’s, 12/21/12 & Putnam Den, 12/22/12

January 3rd, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg

The Figgs @ Putnam Den

Reviews and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson
See more of Kirsten’s photos of these shows here and here

Two sets:
On both nights the first set was just the trio (including songs from the latest album and other more recent material) and the second set with Guy Lyons (heavy on Couldn’t Get High and other albums of that era).

Two holiday songs:
On Friday night: “Merry Christmas, Girl” (which Jed Parish of the Gravel Pit wrote as a joke to imitate a Figgs song, and then the Figgs covered on their Christmas single from long ago
On Saturday night: “(Sucking on a) Holiday Treat” by the Gravel Pit

Two nights MIA:
No “Father Christmas” this year – maybe it’s the line about wanting a machine gun to scare the kids on the street? Just speculating…

Joel Patterson’s review and photo at Nippertown

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