Nothings, Scientific Maps, Better Pills
Hey cool kid! If you’ve been searching for the next Black
Kids, for some reason, look no further: 19-year-old Dylan
Baldi, the mastermind behind Cleveland band Cloud Nothings,
makes the kind of juiced-up, lo-fi indie-pop that’s made semi-stars
out of Wavves and Girls in recent years. (Imagine, if you
will, the Apples in Stereo on a case of Four Loko.) Expect
to hear a lot more from Cloud Nothings as Baldi prepares to
release his first proper full-length this year. In the meantime,
catch the band at Valentine’s along with two of our favorite
indie-pop minds, Aaron Smith and Brent Gorton, with their
respective band projects, Scientific Maps and Better Pills.
(Jan. 20, 8 PM, $8, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572)
Franti and Spearhead, Fitz and the Tantrums
We had a feeling this would be popular. Friday night’s show
at Northern Lights is a rescheduled date for Michael Franti
and Spearhead, who had to postpone a previously scheduled
show a few months back. The change in calendar date also meant
a change in support band, and Clifton Park lucked out: Fitz
and the Tantrums, perhaps the least cloying of the myriad
soul-revival bands making the rounds, is booked to kick things
off. Led by singers Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick and Noelle
Scaggs, the six-piece band create a guitar-free version of
throwback soul that thrives on tunefulness over gimmickry.
And people seem to be getting it: Friday’s show is sold out.
(Jan. 21, 7 PM, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)
Falls Civic Center, Sunday
This whole Four Loko ban is really a shame on a number of
levels. But what bothers us is all the missed opportunities
for caffeine-and-(lotsa)- alcohol-fueled rock and roll promotions.
While it’s proper that this weekend’s Music As a Weapon double
bill of Disturbed and Korn is being put on by Monster Energy,
can you imagine the type of brainless debauchery that would
ensue with Four Loko in the mix? We’re talking Gathering of
the Juggalos- caliber self-destruction. So, it’s some consolation
that Sevendust and In This Moment have been added to the mix.
(Jan. 23, 7 PM, $39.75, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls,
Look over there, behind the up right bass. Look closer . .
. there she is! Esperanza Spalding, the little gal with the
big instrument and bigger chops (and hair), comes to the Egg
this week on her hottest year yet, which is saying a lot for
a high-school dropout who was hired by Patti Austin for an
international tour after one semester at Berklee. But indeed,
in the last few months her stock has risen significantly:
Last month, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best
New Artist; she followed that by opening for and performing
onstage with the one and only Prince at a rare run of New
York shows. On Sunday she’ll perform music from her album
Chamber Music Society, which fuses a variety of musical
styles to her already established jazz-fusion sound. (Jan.
23, 7:30 PM, $29.50, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)
Malin and the St. Mark’s Social
Maybe it’s on account of Jesse Malin’s early start (at age
13) in the music industry, fronting New York City Hardcore
band Heart Attack, or maybe it’s because he owns two bars
in the East Village that his rockstar Rolodex is so thick.
Malin’s bio includes collaborations with Ryan Adams, a duet
with Bruce Springstein and a side project with members of
Green Day, but this year he’s been touring hard on the merits
of Love it to Life, the debut by his new band the St.
Mark’s Social. The title comes from a Joe Strummer quote,
and that should give you an idea for what Malin deals in.
(Jan. 25, 9 PM, $12, 59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997)
(Thursday) at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock,
L.A. pop group the Malibooz teams up with
one of New Jersey’s finest classic-garage acts,
the Doughboys (8 PM, $15, 845-679-4406).
. . . The Egg’s mega-busy music week is not dark
on Friday, as jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton
and her band bring the smooth to your weekend
(8 PM, $28, 473-1845). . . . New York trio the
Wiyos are back in the Capital Region again
on Friday, this time at Caffe Lena (8 PM, $20,
583-0022). . . . At Jillian’s on Saturday, catch
rootsy jam band Barefoot Truth along with
Saratoga’s own Heddy Brothers (8 PM, $12,
432-1997). . . . The great acoustic quartet known
as Red Hen bring their take on Americana
to the Eighth Step at Proctors on Saturday (7:30
PM, $16, 434-1703). . . . Valentine’s brings the
noise on Saturday, with the Michigan-based, SST-style
punk act Lenin/McCarthy, plus four (four!) of
Albany’s best rock acts: Charmboy, the
Slaughterhouse Chorus, Complicated Shirt,
and the Killerados (8 PM, $5, 432-6572).
. . . Teamwork: The inimitable Lyle Lovett
and the just-as-inimitable John Hiatt team
up for a sold-out evening of songs and stories
at the Egg on Tuesday (7:30 PM, sold out, 473-1845).
. . . Quite the opposite: Cali-based pop-punkers
This Time Next Year team up with Transit
and Daytrader for an ear-shredder at Bogie’s
on Tuesday (7 PM, 482-4393).