AROUND: The second album by a band that have
been together for seven years. Monkey Gone
Mad, a nine-piece band from Scotia, will release
Listen . . . on Tuesday, June 21.
A press release for the disc describes the album
as crossing boundaries “between ska, punk, funk,
reggae, hiphop, hard rock, jazz, Latin, R&B
and more.” Don’t worry, the disc is bound to not
have as much of an identity crisis as its press
release. The band have been working on this disc
(focusing on mixing and recording in particular)
for more than a year, and they’ve been writing
for as long as they have been together, so you
do the math. Some special guests featured on Listen
. . . include local rock star Paddy Kilrain,
Mudfunk’s Marco Haber and Sean Rowe, and Chris
“Skunk” Hanson of Perfect Thyroid. The CD-release
party is set to happen at Northern Lights (1208
Route 146, Clifton Park) on Thursday, June 23,
at 7 PM. Admission to the show is $7, $5 in advance.
If you’re dying to catch Monkey Gone Mad before
that, you can see them at Valentine’s (17 New
Scotland Ave., Albany) on Tuesday, June 21, when
they’ll share the bill with the Toasters, Public
Access, and Honeycreeper. Visit their Web site
at, you guessed it, www.monkeygonemad.com.
BLOOD: Grunge-rockers Matador are psyched
to have just released their first EP, Evidence
of Foul Play. Hailing from Saratoga Springs,
the band are made up of four 20-something musicians
who are ex-members of One King Down and End of
Line. See Matador when they play next at the Hudson
Duster (40 Third St., Troy) with Kingscastle,
Shift and Tripsonic on Saturday, June 17, at 8
PM. In the meantime, check them out at www.matadornet.com.
SHE IS, TWICE: Erin Harkes and the Rebound
will release their new live album, Special
I Am, with not one, but two release shows.
The first will happen at Lynn’s Uptown Tavern
(15 Colvin Ave., Albany) this Saturday, and will
feature Harkes and her band. The second, at Magnolia’s
on the Park (462 Madison Ave., Albany), will be
a special, intimate acoustic show with just Harkes
on Sunday, June 19. For more information on Erin
Harkes and the Rebound, visit the Web site at
TRANSMISSION IS STATIC-FREE: Our Best Band
pick for 2004, Saratoga Springs’ Sixfifteens,
will soon (if you consider September to be soon)
release their first full-length recording for
the New Jersey-based indie label Fake Chapter
Records. The band have been in the studio for
months now, and they’re happy to announce that
the album is nearing completion. Feature,
Conference, Transfer was produced and
mixed by Dave Reynolds at Hoex Studios in Albany,
and has a tentative release date of Sept. 13.
The Sixfifteens will tour the United States after
the album’s release in September. You can also
catch the Sixfifteens this summer when they embark
on a small East Coast tour with the Kamikaze Hearts.
For Sixfifteens fans right here in the Capital
Region, catch them on June 24 when they open for
Ted Leo + Pharmacists and Radio 4 at Valentine’s.
Check out their site at www.thesixfifteens.com.
NOW, LET’S CHANGE THE SUBJECT: The 10th annual
Art on Lark street fair will take place
from noon to 5 PM this Saturday (June 10) on the
famed street between Madison and Washington avenues.
Though Art on Lark has “art” in the name (and
accurately, we might add, considering how much
art is actually involved—both for sale and for
show), there will be lots of “music” stuff going
on as well. Musicians will litter the streets
from the beginning till the end of the festival,
providing a soundtrack to your strolling and browsing.
This year’s performers are Katie McKrell,
Tangled Web, Tom Ross, Tom Templeton,
MotherJudge and Colin Scallan, Brian
Bassett, Tom McWatters, Marc Jones,
Steve Candlen, and Widget and
the Widgettes. For a schedule of when the
performers will play, stop at the Art on Lark
information booth (in front of the Lark Street
BID at 245 Lark St.) for an event program. For
more about Art on Lark events, such as the Albany
Independent Film Forum and the People’s Choice
Art Show, refer to the special advertising section
in the middle of this issue. You can also get
the lowdown at the Lark Street BID’s Web site