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BORN TO ROCK Stuck on Stupid, a rock band of young teenagers from Scotia, are making waves on national TV. CBS’s The Early Show has a feature called “Living Room . . . Live! Kids Edition!” in which talented kids compete against each other over a series of weeks. Stuck on Stupid—made up of bass player Adam Albright, 14; guitarist and lead vocalist, Dominic Brino, 14; and Garrett Damore, 13—competed against two other kids’ acts in the first week of the competition. They performed an original song, “Used,” and they won the first round with 39 percent of the viewer’s votes. They’ll battle other favorites from upcoming weeks in the first finalist round. Check for more information. Catch the band when they perform at Schenectady County Community College’s Midwinter Music Festival on Jan. 6 and 13. Proceeds from the music festival will benefit Noteworthy Kidz. For more information about the band, visit You can also sample their music at pidrocks.

LEARN TO DRUM LIKE BITTNER! Shadows Fall have been busy finishing their latest album, Fallout From the War, due out in the spring or summer of 2007, and they’ve been planning a full-fledged tour to immediately follow. In the meantime, Shadows Fall drummer and Albany native Jason Bittner has done a bang-up job of cashing in on the popularity of the band in recent years—the Berklee College of Music graduate has been interviewed in all sorts of music magazines, he’s performed at a plethora of drum clinics around the globe, and he won Best Drummer this year for the second year in a row in the Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll. He even has a drumstick named after him (the Jason Bittner Signature model 5BX by Pro-Mark). Bittner has made a name for himself not only as a terrific drummer, but as an reputable drum-clinician. His latest foray into the world of drumming education comes in the form of a book. Due to be released in January, Out of the Shadows: The Drumming of Jason Bittner and Shadows Fall will include full transcription charts for songs from Shadows Fall’s collection of albums, including War Within, Art of Balance and Fallout. Included with the book will also be a play-along CD for War Within. For more information about Jason Bittner, visit his Web site at

FUNNY GIRL We’re not the only ones who think Capital Region artist-comedienne Laura Roth (pictured)is a hilarious firecracker of a performer. Roth, who regularly tours the Northeast with the political-comedy group Only in New York (OiNK), has been experiencing success with her solo show in Atlantic City of late. Last week, she performed two shows on consecutive nights in front of 2,000 people at the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort. According to her press release, her “one-woman Christmas shows drew such large audiences that Hilton management intends to simultaneously video her next shows live and project them on large screens on both sides of the stage.” Roth, who is also known for her impersonations of everyone from Betty Boop to Judy Garland and Dolly Parton to Shirley Temple, has been called “a show stopper” by the New York Post. For more information about Laura Roth, visit

—Kathryn Lurie

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