a minute—didn’t we do this just nine months ago? The short
answer: Yes, we did. Feedback, Metroland’s annual
Local Music Bash and Food Pantries Benefit, which typically
accompanies the Local Music Issue (that is, the one you’re
currently reading), took a detour to late January for a
few years. But we’ve moved it back up to its rightful place
in time, and all is right again. So, 2006 had no Feedback;
2008 has two.
And what a lineup we have for you this time out! There’ll
be some trippy, hip-hop-laced pop courtesy of Saratoga duo
Charlie Everywhere (our pick for 2008’s Best New Band, pictured);
a rare acoustic duo set from Ben Karis-Nix and Amanda Rogers;
and a live electro-noise-rock multimedia freakout from Beware!
The Other Head of Science. And there’ll be plenty of rock
& roll, too: the bawdy barroom rock of the Sense Offenders;
the larger-than-life alt-rock hooks of 28N and Big Nixon;
the blues-infused boogie of the Black Fuel; the back-to-basics
guitar-pop of the Charlie Watts Riots; and the one and only
Rocky Velvet, who will shake butts into the wee hours with
their signature rockabilly rave-ups.
Feedback takes place tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 7) at Valentine’s
(17 New Scotland Ave., Albany). The music will flow on both
stages; doors open at 7 PM, with the first act beginning
at 8. Admission is $7, or $5 with the donation of a nonperishable
food item (or two, or three). For more information, call
the club at 432-6572, or visit metroland.net.
in 1972, Canada’s Arraymusic have evolved (shape-shifted?)
over the years, but remain dedicated to playing and promoting
new music. In fact, they’ve performed more than 200 works
by Canadian composers, which ought to be worth a gold Maple
Leaf with beaver-tail clusters (or some such cultural award).
Seriously, the Toronto-based ensemble were deemed “one of
North America’s more astonishing fonts of new music” by
the Village Voice. Saturday’s program will include
Claude Vivier’s Et Je Reverrai Cette Ville Etrange,
James Tenney’s Spectrum 1 and some “Arraymusic Miniatures.”
And no, it doesn’t matter in the slightest if you haven’t
heard of these works or composers.
Arraymusic will perform Saturday (Nov. 8) at 8 PM at EMPAC
(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy). Tickets are $15
and $10. Call 276-3921 for info and ticket purchases.
there’s a sizzling play of the moment,” says The New
York Times, “it’s Keely and Du, with productions
of the pro-choice/pro-life war of words popping up all over
the regional theater map.” Albany Civic Theater adds another
pin to that map this weekend, when they present their take
on the Pulitzer Prize finalist.
and Du tackles the controversial issue of abortion with
an intimate human story. Du, a right-to-life activist, confines
Keely, a pregnant rape victim, against her will, determined
to care for her captor and ensure that the pregnancy comes
to term. Despite the circumstances, the two women develop
an unlikely bond, while their interactions explore the pressing
moral dilemmas about life and freedom that frame the abortion
and Du begins tonight (Thursday, Nov. 6) at Albany Civic
Theater (235 2nd Ave., Albany) with a pay-what-you-will
preview at 8 PM, and opens tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 7) at
8 PM and runs through Nov. 23. Tickets are $15. For more
info, call 462-1297.