the Bear, Phantogram, Maps and Atlases
it seems like only yesterday that Sarah Barthel and Josh
Carter were generating local buzz for their band Charlie
Everywhere one opening gig at a time. And, well, there’s
good reason for this. The past year has been huge for the
“street beat, psych pop” duo who, in the past 365 days,
changed their name to Phantogram, signed to Barsuk Records
(Rilo Kiley, Ra Ra Riot, Nada Surf), toured nationally,
got a shout-out from NPR’s Bob Boilen, and recorded their
first LP Eyelid Movies, which is slated for release
Friday marks a sort of homecoming for Phantogram (pictured),
as they share the stage with Seattle’s ambient indie rockers
Minus the Bear, and Chicago’s quirky math rockers Maps and
Minus the Bear, Phantogram, and Maps and Atlases play Northern
Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton Park) tomorrow (Feb. 5)
at 7 PM. Tickets are $18. Call 371-0012 for more info.
Lewis Black, who came to national prominence with his short
and not-so-sweet guest spots on The Daily Show, is
a master of the delicate art of the rant.
Delicate? Rant? What on Earth does the first have to do
with the second? A lot, because the comic doing the ranting
has to gauge the appropriate amount of ranting. Then
there is the important matter of the quality of the
rant to consider. Lewis Black has great quality control.
And with his carefully calibrated apoplectic outbursts,
harried demeanor and joyous anger, he’s the comic everyman
of our confused moment. Everyone seems to be pissed off
about something; Black helps us focus our discontent (and
piss ourselves laughing).
Lewis Black will perform tonight (Thursday, Feb. 4) at 8
PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany). Tickets
are $32.50 to $49.50. For more info, call 465-3334.
a classic Ludwig von Beethoven story. The temperamental
composer dedicated his fiery ninth violin sonata to the
musician that debuted it; then, following the first performance,
got into a fight with said musician (over a woman) and retracted
the dedication. Subsequently, Beethoven rededicated it to
another violinist, Rodolphe Kruetzer—who deemed the damn
thing “unplayable,” and never performed it.
Local virtuosos Capitol Chamber Artists, however, will perform
it this weekend, twice, along with Beethoven’s Cello
Sonata in A-major and Six Variations on Ich Denke
Dein, and Robert Schumann’s Prophet Bird, in a program
called Romantic Virtuosity.
Capitol Chamber Artists will perform Saturday (Feb. 6) at
8 PM at the First Congregational Church (405 Quail St.,
Albany). There is a preconcert recital at 7 PM. They will
perform Sunday (Feb. 7) at 3 PM at Community Hall (Benson,
Vt.), with a preconcert recital at 2 PM. Tickets for each
performance are $16, $8 students. For more info, call 458-9231.