on Purpose, Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s
we’re so captivated by a band’s name that we never manage
to actually listen to their music. Such is the case with
the Indianapolis octet Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s:
When the band made their last area appearance in December,
we simply couldn’t get past the grammar-geek question, “Nuclear
So and So’s what?” (Sorry.) But when their debut
record, The Dust of Retreat (scheduled for rerelease
on the Artemis label in March) finally made its way to our
ears, we kicked our own ass for not having heard it sooner.
Dust is a nifty collection of exquisitely crafted
commune rock; kinda like Broken Social Scene, but with actual
songs. Expect to hear a lot more from this band.
Another band from whom we expect big things in 2006 is Dirty
on Purpose (pictured), a Brooklyn four-piece whose debut
EP, Sleep Late for a Better Tomorrow, is littered
with electric guitars doing their best imitations of seagulls,
machinery, fluffy white clouds, and the Edge. That is to
say, it’s a very Brooklyn sound—plenty of skronk to keep
the hipsters entertained, with enough pop smarts and post-disco
drumbeats to let the rest of the world in on the party.
The band currently are working on a full-length for release
later this year.
Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s will cram themselves
onto the stage at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany)
this Saturday (Feb. 18), along with Dirty on Purpose and
Scientific Maps. Admission for the 9 PM show is $7. For
more information, call 432-6572 or visit www.valentinesalbany.com.
Joseph McCarthy’s Committee on Government Operations, the
FBI, and the House Un-American Activities Committee (may
have) violated the Constitutional rights of thousands of
U.S. citizens when they investigated them for possible ties
to the Communist Party in the late 1940s and early 1950s,
a period that came to be known as the (second) Red Scare.
Revisiting this very scary time is popular this year—George
Clooney’s Oscar-nominated Good Night, and Good Luck.
examined the same era to great effect last fall—and
apt, too, as the Bush years probably will be looked back
upon as one of the most paranoid eras in American history.
(This newfound interest in the McCarthy transcripts is not
coincidental: Thousands of pages of testimony were declassified
and made available for public perusal in 2003.)
Written by Ed. Lange, associate artistic director at New
York State Theatre Institute, Inalienable Rights: Denied
incorporates actual testimony from the McCarthy hearings,
weaving them into a story that shows, according to the NYSTI
folks, “how the turmoil affected the common men and women
of the nation.”
Rights: Denied will be presented as a staged reading
this weekend at the New York State Theatre Institute (Schacht
Fine Arts Center, Russell Sage College, Troy). Performances
will take place tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 17) at 10 AM and
8 PM, and Saturday (Feb. 18) at 8 PM. Tickets are $10 for
adults, $5 for students and children ages 12 and under.
For more information, call 273-3256 or visit www.nysti.org.
of Mozart Festival
case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a lot of music by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart being performed lately. There’s
a good reason: This year marks the 250th anniversary of
his birth. And this weekend at the Troy Savings Bank Music
Hall, there will be three top-shelf concerts featuring the
best in local and out-of-town talent.
Tomorrow (Friday), the Albany Symphony Orchestra, under
the direction of David Alan Miller, will present an all-Mozart
program including Divertimento in D and Symphony
No. 41 (Jupiter). Clarinetist Susan Martula will join
the ASO for the popular Clarinet Concerto, and pianist
Frederic LaCroix will be featured on Piano Concerto No.
19. According to Miller, the concert was programmed
much in the manner of concerts Mozart himself organized
in Vienna in the 1780s.
On Saturday, one of the most popular NPR music programs,
From the Top, will be taped in front of a live audience
at the Troy Music Hall. (It’s heard locally on WMHT-FM every
Saturday at 5 PM.) Host Christopher O’Riley and some of
the most talented young musicians in the country are returning
to the hall after a three-year absence; performers will
include a 12-year-old pianist performing Sonata in F-major,
and a pair of 17-year-old prodigies joining O’Riley on Clarinet
Trio in E-Flat major.
The Mozart celebration concludes with a Sunday performance
by the New York Philomusica (pictured), presenting an especially
beguiling program. Works will include March and Divertimento
in C, Horn Concerto No. 3, Piano Quintet in
D and Piano Concerto No. 24.
Now everybody: “Happy birthday, dear Wolfie. . . . ”
The ASO will perform tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 17) at 8 PM
at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Second and State streets,
Troy). In addition to this Magic of Mozart performance,
the ASO will present the same program tonight (Thursday,
Feb. 16) at 7:30 PM the Canfield Casino (Congress Park,
Saratoga Springs) and Saturday (Feb. 18) at 7:30 PM at the
First United Methodist Church (55 Fenn St., Pittsfield,
Mass.). Tickets are $41.25 to $21. For more information,
call the ASO at 465-4755.
the Top will be presented Saturday (Feb. 18) at 8 PM
at the Troy Music Hall. Tickets are $31, $28 and $20. For
reservations, call 273-0038.
New York Philomusica will perform Sunday (Feb. 19) at 4
PM at the Troy Music Hall. Tickets are $35 and $32. For
reservations, call 273-0038.