Orange is the New Black
It’s been (at least) a two-costume Halloween this year, with most festivities taking place last weekend in advance of tonight’s (Thursday) official masquerade. So make the most of your opportunity to go as both Walter White and Jessie Pinkman, Miley Cyrus and Hannah Montana, or sexy Bert and Ernie. You have no excuse with so much going on tonight. Check the Night and Day, Noteworthy and calendar pages for the big shows in the big venues. Otherwise, here’s a roundup of some of the Halloween shows going on in area clubs:
Greg Bell is throwing a two-floor, six-band fiasco at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany) called Invasion of the Mutant Rockers. Slated to perform are Eastbound Jesus, Stellar Young, the Lucky Jukebox Brigade, Black Mountain Symphony, the Blind Owl Band and Olivia Quillio. The show starts at 8 PM and tickets are $9.
MIRK will be celebrating the holiday and the release of the first music video (“Let It Go”) from their forthcoming EP Run at Red Square (388 Broadway, Albany). The band will be supported by Loyal Mindset, Stephen Babcock and Carl Daniels. Dress nice because there will be a $100 cash prize for best costume and $50 bar tab prizes in the sexiest, most original and best look-alike categories. Show starts at 8 PM and there’s a $10 cover.
Putnam Den (63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs) booked the area’s heaviest for the dark night, including Skeletons in the Piano, Tentacles, Neutron Rats and New Red Scare. Show at 8 PM, only $5.
McGeary’s (4 Clinton Square, Albany) is getting conceptual with the Miss Tits Halloween Bash. No, it’s not burlesque; it’s a Misfits (get it?) tribute show featuring Tex Railee’s Doomtown and SS Web. Call 248-7361 for cost and show time.
A similar tribute is happening up at Pauly’s Hotel (337 Central Ave., Albany), with Black Sabbath tribute Walpurgis, Misfits tribute American Nightmare, the Erotics and Beast God. This one has a $100 cash costume prize as well. Show’s at 8 PM.
Down Hudson-way, DJ Blacktwitter will be holding court at the Half Moon with DJ Lacrimosa, spinning house, grime, dubstep and trap. This one’s free and it starts at 9 PM.
Off the Rail
While they all still lived in the Capital Region—hadn’t they heard that Troy’s the new Brooklyn?—Saratoga band Railbird earned the Metroland Best Band honor a few years straight. First they reinvented themselves from a blues-based roots act into an electro-tinged experimental pop band (to great effect) and now they’re going through a full-scale rebranding effort. Via a press release last week, the band unveiled their new name: Lip Talk.
In their words, “it’s about representing the current state of the music and vision behind the band members. One thing that we would like to share, relating to the process of changing the name, is that it feels great to have finally arrived at a name for this musical beast of ours. It’s a happy, moody, experimental pop beast, and it’s definitely steering the ship, not us . . .”
Check out their new SoundCloud page for the first track they’ve released under the new name, “After All.” I’ve got a sneaking suspicion they’ve been on a Prince binge.