It’s been a bit hard to keep up with Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned this year. The local folk-rock mainstays and B3nson Records torchbearers have been on a prolific campaign to release a new EP every month of the year. Most installations have featured a different principal songwriter (of which there are many in and around the group) as well as limited-run original artwork.
This month’s project features Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans of The Parlor, themselves former members of Sgt. Dunbar and veterans of four tours with the group. The six-song EP is called The Apres Garden, but wait, there’s more. So prolific were the sessions that the Parlor are planning on releasing additional songs early next year on a full-legth album called Ghost House. But that’s not all. Another 2014 full-length was already in the works when Jen and Eric signed on to this project, so keep your ears open for another album from the band, Wahzu Wahzu, next year.
Both bands will join forces on Saturday (Oct. 26) at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany) to celebrate the EP release. And, get this, they’ll be joined by the ever-costumed Chandler Travis Philharmonic for one long, weird, pre-Halloween happening. The show starts at 8 PM and tickets are $12. Call 432-6572 if telephones are your thing.
All too often, this column announces a Kickstarter campaign and then lets the project drift without a proper follow up. Consider this one a happy ending. A few months back, local jazz-soul-hip-hop act the Chronicles announced plans to enter the studio with Soulive drummer Alan Evans in order to record their second full-length studio album. The funds were crowdsourced, the goals were met, and the album Spanning the Gap was set to wax. If this were one of those fancy, new-fangled iThingys, I’d hyperlink this word and direct you to a sweet video the band created documenting the recording process and snippets of the new tracks. But better yet, you can head over to Red Square (388 Broadway, Albany) on Friday (Oct. 25) to hear the fruits of their labor in its entirety. Vinyl copies of the album will be available for sale and the show promises mystery special guests (hmmm…). Opening will be Boston rockers Richard James and the Name Changers. Call 465-0444 for a good time.
Wear Your Sexy Pizza Costume
I’ll have plenty of Halloween shows to tell you about next week, since the world’s best holiday falls on next Thursday, but there will be plenty of folks in costume this weekend, especially if you’re in the vicinity of the College of Saint Rose (upper Madison Avenue, Albany). Jack’s Place, the greatly underratted student venue (seriously, go see a show there), will be throwing a Rocktoberfest bash on Saturday (Oct. 26) at noon, likely on the Saint Rose quad (weather permitting). Slated to headline are Albany chillwavers Titanics along with Quick and the Dead, Nicole DeMarco, Walls, Shannon Vanderlaan, and Rino House Band. Admission is free and open to the public, and like any great Halloween event (did I mention it’s the world’s best holiday?), there will be a costume contest with prizes. Just check out the Jack’s Place Facebook page.