you getting enough pure joy from the rock & roll shows
you’ve been attending? No? Then, friends, step right up
this Sunday night and experience Matt and Kim at Northern
Lights. Their songs, simple but not simpleminded, are upbeat,
energetic and clever. The duo themselves—Matt Johnson, keys
and lead vocals, and Kim Schifino, drums and noises—are
tirelessly cheerful. We’ll go further, and suggest that
Matt and Kim are genuinely nice; they’re from Brooklyn but
don’t lord it over everyone.
Their current tour is earning critical raves, with scribes
trying to outdo each other with testimonials like “You let
loose, feel young, have a good time, and end the night all
smiles,” and, “It’s impossible to top Matt and Kim’s zany
live show.” Our favorite plaudit, “One of the most ridiculously
fun live shows on the planet,” is from Pitchfork.com, and
it’s our fave because we’re never sure if Pitchfork writers
want us to actually enjoy music.
Matt and Kim’s new album, Sidewalks, drops on Tuesday
(Nov. 2), but you can hear the entire thing at the pre-show
“listening party” when the doors open at 6:30 PM.
ATL-based rapper Donnis, his DJ, and his DJ’s two turntables
Matt and Kim, with special guest Donnis, will perform Sunday,
Oct. 31 (Halloween!) at 7:30 PM at Northern Lights (1208
Route 146, Clifton Park). Tickets are $20. For more info,
Cooke: Where You Been Baby?
late, great Sam Cooke was a towering figure in late-20th-century
American music. He came out of the gospel circuit and became
a pop hitmaker; he was a pioneering African-American musical
entrepreneur, forming his own publishing company and controlling
his recordings; he had a voice like no other, and a vocal
style that was tremendously influential. And he was killed
in a violent confrontation that was both tragic and profoundly
Michael Monasterial’s one-act play Sam Cooke: Where You
Been Baby? aims to convey something of all these facts,
and to suggest the many facets of the man. Monasterial,
who also plays Cooke, has earned plaudits for both his acting
and singing; the show incorporates such well-known hits
as “Cupid,” “You Send Me,” “Chain Gang,” “A Change Is Gonna
Come,” and “Twistin’ the Night Away.”
Cooke: Where You Been Baby? will be performed tomorrow
(Friday, Oct. 29) at 7 PM and Saturday (Oct. 30) at 8 PM
at the Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Ave., Troy).
Admission is $10. For more info, call 272-2390.
we think of Vienna and music, we must confess we’re stuck
in the glorious past. Well, actually, two glorious pasts:
the gilt-edged genius of Johann Strauss and son’s waltzes
and mazurkas, and the thorny-but-glorious 12-tone compositions
of Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg.
something entirely new is coming from Austria to delight
American music lovers, and it’s certified organic: the Vienna
Vegetable Orchestra. Their genre-hopping, contemporary sounds
are created on carrot flutes, pumpkin basses, leek violins
and cucumberophones. Each instrument is specially made for
each performance; preparation time ranges from zero minutes
(for “tomato”) to more than half an hour (for the “carrot
Sampling assorted offerings on their website, we judge these
musical vegetarians to be witty, compelling and, um, tasty.
The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra will perform Wednesday (Nov.
3) at 8 PM on the mainstage at Proctors (432 State St.,
Schenectady). Tickets are $10 to $20 adults, $5 to $10 for
those age 17 and under. For more info, visit proctors.org
or call 346-6204.