AFRO-GRAM Saratoga Springs’ own Phantogram made their network-TV debut on Wednesday with a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The duo, who are currently prepping a new EP for release this spring (we think), performed the single “Mouthful of Diamonds.” And though they’ve been playing as a trio in recent months (with drummer Tim Oakley), they brought in the big guns for the NBC audience: None other than Roots rhythm man Quest-love was on the kit for their Late Night performance. If you missed the debut of Questogram, you can watch it online at latenightwithjimmyfallon.com.
KICK IT The Interwebs have been kind to Capital Region bands this month. Both Alta Mira and Railbird have fan-funding site Kickstarter for fueling their latest endeavors. Alta Mira’s campaign to raise $5,000 for the production of a new studio album came right down to the wire, meeting its goal in its final 24 hours. The Albany rockers now have the cash to finish tracking, mixing and mastering; and, they promise, they’ll press it to vinyl when its finished.
Meanwhile, Railbird’s project was literally fueled by fans: The band were looking to raise $3,000 to cover expenses for their planned March tour to SXSW (and back), and they met their Kickstarter goal in just three days. Obviously it’s not just their moms pitching in here.
MAGIC MAN Capital Region singer-songwriter Sean Rowe has been making the rounds in preparation for the Feb. 22 Anti- Records rerelease of his album Magic. Just in the last few weeks, he’s toured the West Coast with the Handsome Family, made appearances on The Madeline Brand Show and WNYC’s Soundcheck, and had the song “Jonathan” premiered at Paste.com. Next up is a record-release show on Feb. 24 at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall—the same night as Railbird’s record release on the Rockwood’s second stage. Rowe and Railbird will team up in Albany the following night for a dual-release show at the old Albany Baptist Church on Delaware Avenue.
KEEP IT TOGETHER Who knew that the winter of 1995-96 would have been so important for the Capital Region music scene? Indeed, two of our area’s best-loved bands—the Erotics and Super 400—formed during that icy season, and they’ll both celebrate their 15th anniversaries this month. The Erotics’ birthday party is this Saturday at Valentine’s; they’ll share the affair with Blasé Debris, Society High, and the Dirty Stayouts. Super 400 light ’em up and blow ’em out next Saturday (Feb. 12) at Ale House in Troy, after which they’ll head to the western U.S. for a tour with Stockholm Syndrome.
Also celebrating a birthday this month is area blues legend Ernie Williams, who marks his 86th year with a show at the Linda this Saturday. Just to put that 15-years thing in perspective.
BIG BEATS On Feb. 12, the Linda, typically known for hosting singer-songwriters and film events, becomes a breeding ground for the hip-hop of the future. The Producers Face-Off will bring together the fans and the makers of hip-hop music for a showcase and networking event sponsored by Bricks Barber Shop. Twelve slots are available for a fee of $25, and the registration deadline is Feb. 8. Organizers promise that industry A&R reps and executives will be on the premises, and the winner will receive a cash prize and a chance to have their track featured on a nationally distributed mixtape. Contact Deryl McCray for more info at 210-6440.