Halloween Freak-Out with BEWARE! The Other Head of Science @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 10/29/10

October 26th, 2010, 4:01 pm by Greg

Confetti filled skies: Richard Nolan Jr., Seth Tillinghast, Matt Ferguson

Beware! The Other Head of Science performing at LarkFEST (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

All this week, Nippertown.com is celebrating the haunted Halloween season. Here’s today’s suggestion…

It’s the third annual Halloween Freak-Out at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Friday night.

As coneisseurs of the Nippertown music scene already are well aware, nobody does trick-or-treating quite like weirdo-popsters BEWARE! The Other Head of Science.

And they’re back at Valentine’s once again, leading the charge with an all-star line-up of bands that includes B3nson labelmates Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, Around the World and Back (direct from their cover story on last week’s Metroland) and Sea of Trees.

Doors open at 7:30pm on Friday; music starts at 8pm. Admission is just $7 at the door.

As BEWARE! proclaims, “Expect tricks, treats, seizure inducing antics and an all-around great time!”

And, yes, of course there will be a costume contest, so get freaky.

The Mysteios’ “Cemetery Girl”


LIVE: The Neighborhoods @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 12/5/09

December 9th, 2009, 4:10 pm by Greg


The Return of the Reptile Men…

Boston’s Neighborhoods reunited in 2004 after 17 years of not being a band. The reunited ‘Hoods have played sparingly since – six New England-based gigs or so a year – but Albany has always been on the band’s radar.

The ‘Hoods/Albany relationship brought with it a heightened sense of anticipation on two fronts: would Albany represent and could the Neighborhoods still deliver?

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Be Here Now: The Neighborhoods @ Valentines, 12/5/09

December 2nd, 2009, 10:05 am by Greg

Dave Minehan

Dave Minehan

Fire is Coming!

That fire seemed extinguished on a Sunday night in ’92. But the Neighborhoods return to Albany on Saturday (December 5) at Valentine’s Music Hall, not as step-slow veterans, but as an incendiary club device 17 years later still burning oh so bright! As founder-guitarist David Minehan said at the band’s 2004 induction into the Boston Music Hall of Fame, the ‘Hoods are a band “not without shortcomings, but with a desire and unique ability to burn white-hot in performance.”

The Neighborhoods became a fixture on the Albany scene, blazing a trail through the landscape of clubs now long gone – The Château, 288 Lark and QE2 – and the frat houses of RPI. The ‘Hoods took full advantage of the Capitol Region’s 4am closing time, playing three-set shows that not only garnered the band a loyal fan base, but also inspired a new crop of Albany musicians to take up the torch. No strangers to the local college airwaves, the ‘Hoods were literally WCDB’s mid-80s poster children. Much to ‘CDB’s credit you can currently hear ‘Hoods tracks from a recorded legacy that spans five albums and a legendary first single “Prettiest Girl.”

“Albany was always a welcoming outpost for the Hoods back in the day,” recalls bassist Lee Harrington. “Lots of great supportive fans, some truly generous club owners, some amazing, long, late night gigs and plenty of warm long-lasting friendships.” As for a personal Albany highlight, Lee says, “I will never forget the night that Robin Zander got up on stage and sang with us.”

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Be Here Now: B3nson Records Triple CD Release Party @ Valentine’s, 12/4/09

November 30th, 2009, 3:06 pm by Greg

Not one…
Not two…
But three new CD releases will be celebrated at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 8pm on Friday (December 4).

And they’re all rolling out of that magical musical factory known as the B3nson Recording Company, Nippertown’s most charming and hardest working local independent record label and music collective.

B3nson is pleased to welcome brand new homegrown debut from the solo acoustic act Littlefoot (aka, Seth Tillinghast), who brings lush vocals to a sparse musical setting on “If You Give a Grouch a Guitar.”

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics (Ryan Stewart and Richard Nolan Jr. of fellow B3nson band Beware! The Other Head of Science) serve up a haunting batch of a dozen thoroughly original tunes on their full-length debut, “The End of Mont Pleasant.”

In addition, Friday’s celebration and performance will also serve as the launching pad for the fourth full-length CD by original B3nsonites, the Hoborchestra. The brainchild of Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned‘s multi-instrumentalist Tim Koch, “I Only Eat You to Make Me Stronger” finds him collaborating with a who’s-who of B3nsonites, including Aaron Smith (Scientific Maps), Matthew Loiacono (courtesy of Collar City Records), Alex Muro (Sgt. Dunbar), Richard Nolan (the Boston Celtics), Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans (We are Jeneric).

At Friday’s celebration, all three new B3nson records will be available for sale individually ($5) and in a package deal for all three ($12).

LIVE: The Meat Puppets @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 11/20/09

November 25th, 2009, 11:55 am by Greg


The Meat Puppets performed with opening acts Complicated Shirt and Kirkwood Dellinger at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany last Friday.

In The Daily Gazette (Schenectady), John Dworkin wrote:
“They hit the stage and immediately launched into a number of formulaic, rock-radio-friendly tunes featuring brother Curt’s relatively indistinctive brand of psychedelic hard-rock guitar-hero wailings; think power trios like Cream or Robin Trower without the blues influence or nuance. ‘Plateau’ (covered by Nirvana) started to get the momentum going. Then later with ‘Up On The Sun’ Curt really tore into an extended, effects-laden freak-out, piling everything on, reverb, delays, tapping and wah combining to create a kind of bowed effect. This was the highlight of the first part of the show, eliciting the biggest reaction from the crowd up to that point.”

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11/5: Today’s Tips: Thursday

November 5th, 2009, 8:01 am by Greg

VISUAL ART/LECTURE: G.C. Haymes talk and opening reception for “Collected Works” @ The Yates Gallery, Siena College, Loudonville: No, we’re not above a little shameless self-promotion. Nippertown writer showcases his visual art side with an exhibition curated by Sergio Sericolo. Artist talk/interview with arts critic Timothy Cahill at 4pm; opening reception 4:30-6pm. Free.

MUSIC: Terra Naomi with Jon Sandler @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany: Local girl makes good. Singer-songwriter wins the first-ever YouTube Award for Best Music Video. Signs major label deal with Island Records. Plays in front of like 80,000 people in London’s Wembley Stadium as part of worldwide Live Earth festival. Records album for Island – hates it. Leaves Island Records. October 20, 2009: New EP, “You For Me,” available on iTunes. Naomi lands at Valentine’s for a homecoming concert. Now yer up to date… 8pm. $10.

OPEN MIC: The Eighth Step Open Mic Night @ Proctors’ Robb Alley, Schenectady: Hosted by singer-songwriter Cathy Winter, the Eighth Step’s open mic night takes place on the first Thursday of each month at Proctors’ Robb Alley (across from the Muddy Cup). Come on down and strut your stuff, and sit back and listen to new emerging talent. 7pm. Free.

MUSIC: Maria Muldaur @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock: Long before she was riding the hit parade with “Midnight at the Oasis,” the lovely Maria Muldaur was making funky acoustic music with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Even Dozen Jug Band. On her new album, “Maria Muldaur and Her Garden of Joy,” she revisits her roots with guest performances by her former bandmates John Sebastian, David Grisman and the late great jugmeister Fritz Richmond. (She’ll also be at the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Friday, November 6.) 8pm.

Be Here Now: Terra Naomi @ Valentine’s, 11/5/09

November 3rd, 2009, 9:55 am by Greg

Award-winning singer-songwriter, Nippertown native and master of Internet social media Terra Naomi plays a homecoming concert at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Thursday, November 5.

That’s about all you have to know. Well, that and, of course, this:

Parade of Shoes: Peter Buck

September 24th, 2009, 9:25 am by Sara
Peter Buck with Minus 5 at Valentine's, Albany, 9/21/09

Peter Buck with Minus 5 at Valentine's, Albany, 9/21/09

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