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Sean Rowe

Photo: Mark Bond

SEE? 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 or for more on the birthday bash.

Sea 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, 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

EVIL 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 and; 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.

AS 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 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.

HASTA 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 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 for more on the project.

—John Brodeur

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