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BIG RED LETTER DAY The musical lineup for LarkFEST 2007 was announced yesterday (Wednesday) and, in keeping with the whole ’90s-revival theme that’s rampant in modern music right now, Boston’s Buffalo Tom will headline the festival’s main stage. The trio, who reunited for this year’s New West release Three Easy Pieces, had a few alternative-radio hits in the early part of the last decade, including the indelible “Taillights Fade.” I’m more than a little surprised to see these guys back at it—singer-guitarist Bill Janovitz has become a big-time realtor in the greater Boston area over the last decade or so, making his return to the music industry all the more unlikely—but it’s nice to have them back. Also appearing on the LarkFEST main stages, which will bookend Albany’s Lark Street at the intersections of Washington and Madison Avenues, are New Zealand band Steriogram (best known for their song “Walkie Talkie Man,” which was featured in a 2001 iPod commercial), Texas-based rocker Ian Moore, and newcomers Astra Heights, along with four regional acts: Sirsy, Blackcat Elliot, the Casual Fiasco, and Vermont’s Twiddle. Manchester, Vt.-based radio station WEQX 102.7 FM presents the main-stage music for the third straight year.

Appearing on the LarkFEST Hometown stage, hosted again this year by MotherJudge, will be an array of Capital Region talent: the Black Fuel, Jim Gaudet, Ben Karis, Ramblin Jug Stompers, the Last Conspirators, Palatypus, Hannah Imbesi, MotherJudge (obviously) and Mitch Elrod, and—am I reading this right?—Gay Tastee. (I’m just saying he’s not exactly known for his family-friendly fare.) Albany Poets also will perform throughout the day.

LarkFEST 2007 happens from 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday, Sept. 15, and admission is, as ever, free. For more, visit

I REMEMBER YOU The Edge, WZXR 104.9 FM, is bringing back an old favorite: Edgefest. On Saturday, Sept. 22, Altamont Fairgrounds will host the all-day affair, which further mines the ’90s—and ’80s—for its jam-packed lineup. They’re promising 20 bands for 20 bucks; by the looks of things, that 20-spot probably should include a free set of earplugs. The national acts, thus far, include Finger Eleven, Seven Mary Three, the Exies, Sponge, 12 Stones, Drowning Pool, and (oh yeah!) former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach. A handful of locals are included on this one, too, including Ten Year Vamp, College for Criminals, Society High and Last Call (featuring Ralph Renna, host of the station’s excellent Sunday-night local-music show “Capital Underground”). Visit


O HAI! WE HAS A PRODUCT It’s another CD-release-filled weekend in local-music land. Friday, catch a coming-out party of sorts for new label Indian Ledge Records at Red Square in downtown Albany. Two new EPs will see the light of day: Lazaretto, from acoustic duo Palatypus, and Fables and Fabrications, the outstanding first release from Clifton Park’s Alta Mira. Tickets to Friday’s show are $10, and include copies of both discs. For more information on the show or the bands, visit indianledge or call the club at 465-0444.

Also on Friday, K. Sonin’s latest project, Che Guevara T-Shirt, unveil their new disc at Valentine’s. Little has been revealed about the new product, but, going on the tracks posted at their MySpace page, you can expect a dose of noisy, punky indie-rock, a la Big Black. The show starts at 9 PM, and features sets by DJ Ornithomancy and the Tough. Give Valentine’s a call at 432-6572 for more on Friday’s show.

And on Saturday, Mochablend Café in Troy hosts the release party for the new album by Albany’s Idette and the Sunrunners. The violin-fueled quintet have been playing their brand of bluesy folk-rock around the area for several years now; by all accounts, the 15-song disc will be their first full-length release. The event begins at 8 PM; find out more at or

—John Brodeur

Let us know about local-music news and happenings for inclusion in Rough Mix: E-mail John Brodeur at jbrodeur@metro or call (518) 463-2500 ext. 145.

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