ART ROCK Local singer-songwriters Matt
Durfee and Matthew Loiacono are in
the planning stages for heARTS, a one-of-a-kind
event that, they hope, will turn into a series
of one-of-a-kind events. The two performers have
enlisted visual artists Ben Suhr and Jason
Antonelli to illustrate 15 of their song titles
on 3-by-5 inch note cards—“song cards.” On June
20, the Matthews convene for a show at Bread and
Jam Café in Cohoes, at which audience members
will pick the cards from a bucket to determine
the setlist for the evening. Suhr and Antonelli
will also have their work on display at the café
for the month following the performance, and audience
members will get to keep the song cards as souvenirs.
Durfee and Loiacono hope to expand this concept
to include other artists and performers over coming
months. Visit myspace.com/mattdurfee for more
on the heARTS show and, possibly, series.
Loiacono also has a great new collection of songs
out called Penny Riddle. In the multi-instrumentalist’s
apparent attempt to out-short Princess Mabel’s
recent disc, Riddle features eight one-minute
songs, four of which can be heard at myspace.com/matthewloiacono.
ON PATROL Metroland-endorsed metal
soldiers Empire State Troopers are back
in action with a brand new disc and East Coast
tour. Turn Lights Out is the Troopers’
first full-length release, produced by Sebadoh/Fiery
Furnaces man Jason Loewenstein. Released
this week, Lights is a brisk blast of Sabbath-
and Motorhead-influenced hard rock, led by Kelly
Murphy’s primal howl. The band head out on the
prowl for a 10-day tour starting tonight; they’ll
be at Café Cabaret in Glens Falls on Monday. Check
out empirestatetroopers.com for tour dates or
to order the new CD.
BIG DEAL Carl Schultz, bass player and singer
for local progressive rock band Elf Project,
reported this week that his band has signed a
deal with Georgia label 10T Records. The
label is home to a growing roster of prog, experimental,
and contemporary Christian acts, with an eye on
a wider range of styles. Elf Project, which features
Israel Stark on guitar and Dave Wayne on drums,
will have their new release, Mirage, distributed
by 10T beginning June 23, with a street date (they
still have those?) of July 21. Find out about
Mirage at 10trecords.com.
BIG PICTURE You read about Flame, the
Johnstown band made up of people with disabilities,
here in Metroland a few years ago (“Making
a Connection,” Listen Here, June 21, 2007). Now
the band have announced a deal with Washington,
D.C.-based Interface Media Group (IMG)
to produce a documentary film about the band.
The film will focus on “the band members in their
daily lives, their rise to national prominence,
and the agency, Lexington, that makes it all possible.”
I’m not in the business of speculation, but I’d
say it’s a safe bet we’ll be hearing a lot more
over the next few years. Learn more about the
band at flametheband.com.
IMPRESSED If you’re the type of reader who
enjoys parsing pages upon pages of event listings,
you’ll really like our Summer Guide, coming in
next week’s issue. The Metroland gnomes
are busy compiling the June-September schedules
for most area venues and concert series, and from
what they tell me they’ve seen it’s going to be
a good summer. Though there are a few notable
absences (no more Monday Nights in the Park, and
the Empire State Plaza has cut way back on its
live schedule), the gaps are being filled elsewhere.
Tune in next week, same bat time, et cetera, for
all the details.
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