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DOWN HOME AT THE LARKIN: Ed Gorch, of the famed local alt-country group knotworking, was sitting at the bar at the Larkin one night and thought to himself, “Gee, I bet it’d be really nice to have some music down here.” Having played many a gig upstairs with his band, he realized that he had not yet conquered the first floor of the old restaurant. So, he decided to take action, and starting this Tuesday, will begin a series of solo shows at the Larkin—downstairs. You didn’t think it was possible, did you? Well, the idea is to create a cozy, intimate setting in which Gorch can do his croonin’ to the laid-back Tuesday night bar and restaurant crowd. Gorch says he’ll perform a bunch of songs from his upcoming solo album (to be released by the end of February), some obscure covers, and new versions of old knotworking songs. Each Tuesday night will feature special guests. Gorch’s solo series will begin this Tuesday (Jan. 27) at the Larkin (199 Lark St., Albany), and will continue with performances on Feb. 3 and 10. The solo sets, which are free of charge, start at 9:30 PM. For more information, call the Larkin at 463-5225.

FEEL THE BURN: Northern Lights is the new venue for the popular Club Burn, a rock & roll dance party featuring the Burners U.K. The band have had Club Burn now for three years, and it attracts more than 20,000 people a year. This year Northern Lights is planning some big-time renovations, complete with expanded restrooms, more parking, raised ceilings, and a 10,000 square-foot expansion that will open during Club Burn’s residence at the club. It should prove to be quite a season for both the club and the band—the Burners are planning on releasing their brand-new live CD, Burned Alive, during the first week of Club Burn. If you’re a really die-hard Club Burn fanatic, you may want to treat yourself to the Club Burn Gold Pass, a ticket that will get you into every show for $89. Plus, with a gold card, you get VIP status, which means—that’s right—no waiting in line. Club Burn will be happening every Friday and Saturday at Northern Lights (Route 146, North Country Commons, Clifton Park) beginning on Friday, Jan. 30, and running through March 27. All shows are 21-and-older, and admission is $8. For more information, call the club at 371-0012 or visit

AN INVITATION TO BE SHOT WITH an axe: Riffrockers Small Axe are making their gig next weekend at King’s Tavern work double-duty for them: They’re going to do a video shoot and live recording on top of rockin’ out for their live audience. And an audience they need, too—a live video always looks better when there’s enough of an audience to fill the frame. Help them out by showing up at the club! Small Axe will perform at King’s Tavern (241 Union St., Saratoga Springs) on Saturday, Jan. 31, and if you’re there, you’ll probably be in the video, and who knows, it may lead to the big-time acting career you’ve always dreamed of (Yeah, not really—but don’t pass up a great chance to see some rock). The show starts at 10 PM. Make sure to wave your arms wildly to get noticed. It’s so becoming. For more information, call the club at 584-9643.

FALLEN STARS: We thought Count the Stars were gonna go all the way to the top! With a contract with Victory Records and a video on, we were pretty confidant that those kids were going to help put Albany on the punk-music map. However, the successful group of four guys who’ve been playing together for years have since separated. Of course, when any group breaks up, rumors abound and there’s all sorts of speculation about who screwed who’s girlfriend and who stole who’s hair gel. But thank goodness we’re here to set the record straight! We pulled the band’s explanation off their site, and it goes something like this: “OK, here’s what you’ve all been waiting for, the truth. No more rumors. The first thing I’d like to say is that we have not broke up because of Chris winning the lottery or Clarke getting married; neither of those things are true. We also did not get in a big fight. In fact, we’re all still very close and we all intend to stay in touch with each other. We’ve simply decided that we’ve been doing this for a long time and some of us weren’t 100 percent into it anymore. We want to thank all the fans that have supported us. We can’t tell you how much it means to us.”

THE SHACK IS BACK: At the end of December, the Music Shack closed its doors at it’s location of 21 years, 65 Central Ave. The reasons the owners felt they had to move centered around issues with parking and crime in the neighborhood [Rockin’ the Suburbs, Dec. 18]. On Jan. 13, they reopened their doors at their new digs, 1272 Central Ave., Colonie.

—Kathryn Lurie


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