band Monade will make their first area appearance this weekend,
on the heels of the release of their second album, A
Few Steps More. The group—Laetitia Sadier, Marie Merlet,
Nicolas Etienne and Xavier Chabellard—practice a smoky,
understated brand of pop music, colored by analog synthesizers
and trombone, and topped with Sadier’s enchanting coo. And
if you think that coo sounds at all familiar, you’re right:
She’s also the voice of long-running avant-pop group Stereolab.
But she’s apparently a bit too prolific to contain all her
ideas in just one band, which says a lot, considering that
Stereolab just released a 3-CD and DVD box set and have
another new album scheduled for later this year. In the
meantime, it’s all about Monade.
Monade will perform at the Hudson River Theater (521 Warren
St., Hudson) tomorrow (Friday, May 20). Thrill Jockey recording
artists the Zincs will open. Tickets for the 8 PM show are
$20. For more information, call 828-9550.
Spencertown Academy continues its classical songbook series
this weekend with a performance by pianist George Lopez.
Brooklyn-born Lopez—who apparently is unrelated to the same-named
comedian—has been praised by the Los Angeles Times
for his “musical perspective, continuity and kaleidoscopic
colors.” Saturday’s program will include Bach’s Partita
No. 4 in D major, Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilerias
No. 4, Ginastera’s Creole Dance, Rachmaninoff’s
Cinc Etude-Tableaux and three Gershwin tunes.
George Lopez will perform Saturday (May 21) at 8 PM at the
Spencertown Academy (Route 203, Spencertown). Tickets are
$25, $18 members. For more information, call 392-3693.
funnier than aliens murdering U.S. Congressmen? (We’re thinking
of Tim Burton’s underrated Mars Attacks, in which
green bubble-brained Martians roast our legislators with
a heat ray, much to the amusement of daffy grandma Sylvia
Sidney—not noncitizens literally offing legislators.) Well,
a satirical group making fun of ’em: the Capitol Steps.
The Capitol Steps know intimately what they make fun of,
as each member is a current or former congressional staffer.
They’re equal-opportunity funsters, roasting Republicrats
and Demolicans alike. So, you can bet Tom DeLay and Nancy
Pelosi will both take it in the neck in this show.
The performance is sponsored by WAMC. For $100, you can
get VIP seating, admission to a post-performance reception
and a CD of the show. Since it’s a WAMC event, Alan Chartock
probably will be there too—if that’s any additional incentive.
The Capitol Steps will perform on Saturday (May 21) at 8
PM at the Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany). Tickets are
$35-$100. For reservations, call 473-1845.