prospect of a psychedelic renaissance cropping up in the
mid-’80s is still pretty weird to think about. That decade
was many things, but “deep” it was not. These days, it’s
become a matter of course for bands to draw on music from
that period, but only the most innovative space rockers
and shoegazers look past the New Wavers and post-punks to
bands like Echo and the Bunnymen and the Jesus and Mary
Chain. This, in turn, has given many of those original bands
license to come back, but seminal neo-psychedelic band the
Church never needed anyone’s permission because they never
really went away.
After more than 25 years and almost as many albums, the
Australian quartet is touring in support of two 2009 releases,
Coffee Hounds EP and Untitled #23. Why 23?
Well, numerology (and that Jim Carrey movie) has it that
all incidents and events are somehow derived from it. And
the album? Duly heady.
Opening is former Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin, who’s
touring on the heels of the album Spent Bullets with
his band Bolts of Melody.
The Church play the Egg (Empire Plaza, Albany) on Friday
(July 10) at 8 PM. Tickets are $28. Call 473-1845 for more
knows Edgar Degas as a painter of dancers. He also, however,
was fascinated by the world of music and musicians, and
created a body of work with musical themes. Oddly enough,
however, no one thought to present an exhibit based on this
Until now. The Hyde Collection, with Degas scholars and
guest curators Jill DeVonyar and Richard Kendell, will present
Degas & Music beginning Sunday (July 12).
The paintings and drawings in the show will reflect Degas’
love of and interest in music, including “portraits of musician
friends, dramatic images of cabaret singers, and stunning
scenes of the music-filled world of the ballet.”
After all, you can’t separate music from dance.
Pictured is Dancer on the Stage (1877-80), from the
collection of the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton,
Mass. Other museums that have loaned works for this show
include the Art Institute of Chicago, Baltimore Museum of
Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of
Art, Musée d’Orsay, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and the
National Gallery of Art; combined with items from the Hyde’s
own collection, the exhibit will feature 30 “rich and varied”
works by Degas.
The Hyde has partnered with many local arts organizations
(and summer visitors, like the Philadelphia Orchestra at
SPAC) to present events related to the Degas & Music
exhibit, throughout the summer and fall.
& Music opens Sunday (July 12) and runs through
Oct. 18 at The Hyde Collection (161 Warren St., Glens Falls).
There will be numerous activities associated with the exhibit
over the coming months; visit hydecollection.org for details.
For more info, call 792-1761.