FLOWERS You’ve been
mighty busy over the winter. Here’s how I can
tell: This weekend, the Capital Region music scene
celebrates no less than four new releases, from
every corner of the rock globe. Throw a stick
and you’ll hit an artist releasing a new CD.
The rush begins tomorrow (Friday) night, downstairs
at Valentine’s, where Mike Gent will play
songs from his new self-titled solo disc. Mike
Gent is a sharp little 10-song collection
that finds the Figgs singer- guitarist backed
by not-un-Figgs-like guitar-bass-drums-and-sometimes-keys
arrangements. For Friday’s show, Gent will be
joined by backing band the Rapid Shave;
local pop wizards Scientific Maps open.
Never fear, Figgs fans—word has it Gent and the
boys are working on their bajillionth record for
later this year, and you can keep tabs at thefiggs.net.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg; Saturday brings
the flood. Rockers Big Nixon are finally
set to release their debut EP; they’ll unveil
it at Tess’ Lark Tavern Saturday night. And it’s
taken quite the path to get here: In 2007 the
then-new band went on hiatus when frontman Andrew
Elder was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer;
when Elder returned to performing following treatment,
the band went on a tear, landing appearances at
LarkFest and Metroland’s Feedback. Get
your hands on sixfourfive Saturday night;
Big Nixon will play two sets (which is, like,
four EPs), and 28N will open. Check out
myspace.com/bignixonband for more on the show.
Revolution Hall will get treated to some Grizzle
N’ Bone Saturday when Albany’s Tas Cru
and the Slow Happy Boys take the stage. Cru’s
last disc, gravi-Tas, received an ovation
from the big blues publications; now the renowned
guitarist and his band return with Grizzle
N’ Bone, which features a rousing cover
of Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher,” one of
their recent live staples. Saturday’s show also
features Joe Lowry and the Second Mile Blues
Band and Right Coast Soul; CDs will,
of course, be available. Find Tas Cru at tascru.com.
And on the hardcore-punk side, back at Valentine’s
on Saturday, it’s a CD release from After the
Fall. Fort Orange was recorded
at the legendary Blasting Room in idyllic Fort
Collins, Colo.—the Blasting Room is the studio
SST built, in a sense, where Black Flag, All and
the Descendents cut many of their classic records.
After the Fall follow neatly in the musical tradition
of those bands, and the record sounds like a beast.
Savvy fans might already have it, but it’s never
too late for a party: Fort Orange will
be available Saturday, as will the music of It’s
Alive, Legit, Infidels and Foreign
Objects. After the Fall is online at myspace.com
And the supply doesn’t dry up there—there’s already
one notable release on the books for June. Singer-songwriter
Rob Jonas will celebrate his new disc,
Take Me Anywhere, with a release show at
Valentine’s on June 13. Jonas recorded his earnest,
heartlandy (in a good way) rock songs over the
last 18 months at Collar City Studios in Troy,
and the record features contributions by nearly
a dozen area names, including Katie Haverly,
Kamikaze Heart Troy Pohl, and Steve
Candlen. Catch a preview when Jonas plays
solo at Emack and Bolio’s this Friday.
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