LIVE: The Figgs @ Valentine’s Music Hall, 12/20/13

January 6th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg
The Figgs

The Figgs

Review and photographs by Jason Spiro

How great are the Figgs? You don’t know? What are you kidding me, or do you live in the trees? Somehow even if you lived in the trees, say outside of Woodstock, I’d still expect you’ve heard of this great band piloted by Pete Donnelly, Mike Gent and Pete Hayes. They were legendary as young upstarts, stars of the upstate New York alt-rock scene before they left high school. Later they backed Graham Parker, an English rocker of some repute, lately a resident of the Woodstock area. Maybe you’ve heard of Parker – well, of course you’ve heard his tunes – or you saw him featured in Judd Apatow’s “This Is 40,” where his legendary status and talent were gently, lovingly lampooned.

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Five Firsts: Eric J. Krans of We Are Jeneric, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

November 15th, 2010, 12:00 pm by Greg
Eric J. Krans (photo by Jason Lehr)

(photo by Jason Lehr)

NAME: Eric J. Krans
BAND AFFILIATION: We are Jeneric, Sgt. Dunbar & The Hobo Banned
INSTRUMENT: Anything rhythmic or vocal

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Depeche Mode, “Violator”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Celebrant Singers. They were a traveling contemporary Christian song and dance troupe. (They’re apparently still around. Their website describes them as “musicians as missionaries.”) I think many of them stayed at our house. The first concert I ever “went to” was a Kansas concert my mother took the church youth group to while she was pregnant with me. Apparently, the place was a haze of smoke and the music was deafening, this according to my mom, and I kicked and kicked and kicked and maybe even flipped.

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