WE’RE THREE! Rensselaer-based,
listener-supported radio station WEXT 97.7
FM has become an integral part of the local-music
community since debuting in summer 2007, having
played more regional artists in regular rotation
than any station we can think of. So it’s only
natural that the local-music community would pitch
in to help WEXT celebrate their third birthday.
This Saturday, four B3nson Recording Company
acts will share a bill—and cake and balloons,
we have to assume—at Valentine’s to mark the occasion.
On hand to perform will be Sgt. Dunbar and the
Hobo Banned, Barons in the Attic, the Rain in
Spain, and Sea of Trees. Visit wext.org or valentinesalbany.com
for more on the birthday bash.
of Trees will also use the occasion to roll
out a new, self-titled, six-song EP. Singer-guitarist
Dylan Palazzo calls the new release, recorded
by Seamus McNulty at Collar City Sound, a “more
playful” and “organic” collection than last year’s
Animal Sounds. The quintet, named by Metroland
as 2009’s Best New Band, will have hand-crafted
copies of the new disc for sale at Saturday’s
show; if you sign up for the band’s mailing list
at seaoftrees.com, you’ll be able to download
the tracks for free.
Word has it that the Saturday event will serve
yet a third function: as a fundraiser for the
yet-to-be-officially announced B3nson Music
Festival, tentatively scheduled for August
28 and 29 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Albany.
Keep tabs at b3nson.net.
URGES The Erotics, Albany’s very own
glam-punk maestros, are gearing up for the release
of their seventh album, the awesomely titled Today
the Devil, Tomorrow the World. The band is
currently previewing two new tracks at myspace.com/theerotics
and facebook.com/theerotics; while it would be
dismissive in some instances to say the album
is “more of the same” or “exactly what you’d expect,”
in the case of the Erotics these are high compliments.
The album drops Sept. 13, but you can hear a live
preview when the band plays Valentine’s on Friday.
YET UNFINISHED The dude’s been all over the
planet this year, but this week journeyman Sean
Rowe brings it all back home. On Friday, he’ll
play a special show at Cohoes venue Bread and
Jam, in an effort to raise funds for the recording
of his next LP, Long Way Home, which he’ll
begin this month backed by members of Railbird
(who also have new music on the way, which we’ll
get into at a later date). Friday’s show, titled
“Exile On . . . Abbey Road,” will find Rowe performing
songs by the Beatles and Rolling Stones. The ticket
price includes a copy of the Black Magic
EP, which features re-invented selections from
last year’s Magic LP by Rowe and Railbird’s
Chris Kyle. Advance tickets and album pre-orders
are available (together or separately) at seanrowe.net.
Rowe and Railbird will team up again for a free
show at Amsterdam’s Riverlink Park on July 31;
that bill also features Ben Karis-Nix, and will
be hosted by yours truly.
LA VISTA, CD Chamber-pop maestro Eric Margan
and his band the Red Lions are preparing
to return to the studio to record the follow up
to last year’s excellent Midnight Book.
The group have a half-dozen new songs ready to
go, and a special way in which they plan to release
them: on big, beautiful, unbeatable vinyl. They’re
using kickstarter.com to raise money for studio
time and packaging; fans who pony up will receive
a copy of the finished product plus an array of
rewards based on their donation level. Hear the
songs in all their live glory when the band plays
Valentine’s this Sunday, and visit donate.redlions
music.com for more on the project.
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