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Feedback 2007
Valentine's
January 20, 2007

 

About the Bands

Art-rock has a home in Albany thanks to Aficionado. Calling their music "prog with balls," the quintet cites among its influences prog pioneers like Yes and King Crimson, as well as latter-day metal heroes Converge and Every Time I Die. www.myspace.com/aficionado OR www.aficionadocult.com

Alta Mira are a quartet from Clifton Park whose sound, according to Greg Haymes of the Times Union, melds "the intricate arrangements and musicianship of the classic '70s progressive rock bands, the herky-jerky new wave rhythms of XTC and the passionate vocals of Jeff Buckley." www.myspace.com/altamiralive OR www.altamiralive.com

The Clay People are one of Albany's most popular and longest-running acts. Dan Neet's brainchild has evolved from its industrial-goth infancy to become a nationally known, cutting-edge metal band. Their new album, Waking the Dead, is due this winter. www.myspace.com/theclaypeople OR www.claypeople.com

Pittsfield, Mass.-based group Hector On Stilts have charisma, talent, and smoldering good looks, all prerequisites for a fabulous pop band. Their original alt-pop is intensely melodic and utterly danceable, with a live show that's part rock, part discotheque, and a touch '80s prom. www.myspace.com/hectoronstilts OR www.hectoronstilts.com

Paddy Kilrain and the Burger Band give the anti-folk movement a shot in the arm, thanks to the pairing of Kilrain's emotionally wrought, confessional songs with a churning rock & roll rhythm section. Kilrain is prepping her as-yet-untitled fourth album for release this spring. www.paddykilrain.com

Saratoga County rockers The Loyalty combine the intensity and dynamics of emo-pop with the more classically mod instincts of bands like Green Day. They're an exciting young band with a big future ahead of them. Look for their debut album in 2007. www.myspace.com/theloyalty OR www.theloyalty.net

The Luxury Flats are a Hudson-based group whose four members each sing, play guitar and drums, and write songs. Metroland named them Best Band in the 2006 Best of the Capital Region issue, and calling their music "raw, intense, full of promise, devoid of pretense." www.myspace.com/theluxuryflats OR www.theluxuryflats.com

Public Access "create jittery, raw, ska-tinged punk-rock anthems that keep listeners craving for more," says AbsolutePunk.net. In other words, they're more Operation Ivy than Sublime, which is a very good thing. www.myspace.com/publicaccess

Power trio Super 400 have brought their classic style and sound to the Capital Region for more than a decade. Their live show has inspired devotional fervor among clubgoers; evidence can be heard on the recent live CD, Live '05. www.myspace.com/super400 OR www.super400.com

Two Gun Man are a new band out of Columbia County. Their dusty Americana sound is a mix of Johnny Cash, Gordon Lightfoot, and the Pogues. www.myspace.com/twogunman

SEE THEM ALL ON JANUARY 20th @ VALENTINES!!


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