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The Loom

Looks like the B3nson Family’s perpetual game of pass-the-guitar just got bigger. Brooklyn sextet the Loom (pictured) are the spitting image of hometown troubadours Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, building sweet indie folk from a motley collection of guitars, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, trumpet, French horn and group vocals. It’s a formula that’s as old as the hills, so this duel bill with Sgt. Dunbar should be something akin to a good old-fashioned potluck with Valentine’s serving as a, er, humble living room.

The Loom have been racking up plenty of superlatives lately, earning a “Best of What’s Next” from Paste Magazine while The New York Times called them “the next big thing”—not to, like, put them under any pressure. Meanwhile, Sgt. Dunbar have been quietly crafting a ton of new music, floating rumors of a new full-length record and readying for a right-proper national tour this spring. Rounding out the bill will be Wailing Wall and Life Among the Trees.

The Loom and Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned will play Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany) on Sunday (Feb. 20) at 7 PM. Call 432-6572 for more info and ticket prices.

This Week

Feb. 17-23

9 MAPLE AVENUE (9 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-CLUB). Fri: Tim Olsen Quartet. Sat: Rick Rosoff Quartet.

THE ALLEY BAR (Long Alley Road, Saratoga, 587-9766). Tue: karaoke with Mark the Shark.

APPLEBEE’S (291 Route 9W, Glenmont, 426-7651). Sat: karaoke with Lila.

APPLEBEE’S (3 Lowes Drive, Saratoga Springs, 583-2606). Mon: karaoke.

BANGKOK BISTRO (268 State St. Schenectady, 374-3048). Wed: karaoke with Mark the Shark.

THE BAYOU CAFE (79 N. Pearl St., Albany, 426-8550). Thu: karaoke. Wed: Pat Tiernan.

THE BAYOU CAFE (507 Saratoga Road, Glenville, 384-1568). Thu: Mark Tommasone (5 PM).

BLUE 82 (82 North Pearl St., Albany, 445-8082). Tue: open mic with Charlie Smith.

BLU STONE BISTRO (661 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, 869-9976). Fri: Sensemaya.

BOGIE’S (297 Ontario St., Albany, 482-4393). Sun: the Black Tie Operation CD release.

BOMBERS BURRITO BAR (258 Lark St., Albany, 463-9636). Wed: karaoke with King Entertainment.

CAFFE LENA (47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022). Thu: open mic. Fri: Tern Rounders. Sat: Dance Flurry’s Folk Oasis. Sun: Magpie. Wed: Zeta.

CANTINA (430 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-5577). Thu: Tequila Mockingbirds.

CD BURNERS BAR (488 2nd St., Troy, 326-3712). Fri-Sat: DJ Neo.

CHICO’S BBQ & RESTAURANT (2490 Western Ave., Guilderland, 465-0940). Fri: karaoke with Sal Graziano.

CHIPSHOTS (Colonie Town Golf Course, 418 Consaul Road, Colonie, 688-1732). Fri: Swerve.

CHRISTY’S (1304 Lower Broadway, Schenectady, 370-3889). Thu, Sun, Wed: karaoke.

CIRCUS CAFE (392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1106). Thu: open mic with Nate Solomon. Sat: karaoke.

CLUB HELSINKI (405 Columbia St., Hudson, 828-4800). Thu: Rasputina. Fri: Slavic Soul Party. Mon: Dan Bern and Common Rotation, Falu.

THE DAILY GRIND (462 3rd St., Troy, 272-8658). Thu: open mic.

DEE DEE’S (647 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, 785-4410). Sun: karaoke.

THE DESMOND (660 Albany Shaker Road, Colonie, 869-8100). Thu-Sat: Ruth Hellkamp (6 PM).

DIAMOND EIGHT BILLIARDS (1 Johnson Road, Latham, 786-8048). Mon: karaoke with Mark the Shark.

THE DUANE LOUNGE (353 Duane Ave., Schenectady, 382-9726). Thu, Sat, Tue: DJ. Fri: karaoke.

DUKE’S PUB (9 Frontage Road, Glenmont, 210-7060). Thu: open old-time music jam.

EMACK AND BOLIO’S (366 Delaware Ave., Albany, 512-5100). Tue: open mic.

ENVY LOUNGE (99 Pine St., Albany, 694-3689). Thu-Sat: DJ Playground.

FRANKLIN’S TOWER (414 Broadway, Albany, 431-1920). Thu: karaoke with King Entertainment. Tue: open mic.

GAFFNEY’S (16 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-7359). Tue: open mic with Peter Pashoukos.

HONEST WEIGHT FOOD CO-OP (484 Central Ave., Albany, 482-2667). Sun: traditional music jam (5 PM).

ILLUSIONS (228 Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-6345). Thu-Fri: Bobby James (6 PM). Fri: DJ Romeo. Sat: DJ Radar. Wed: karaoke with Rocky and Lilly.

IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL (20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686). Fri: Pousette-Dart Band (7 PM); Danny Pease and the Regulators, Roots of Creation (10 PM). Sat: Barefoot Truth. Sun: Los Straitjackets, Sarah Borges. Mon: the Feel, Who’da Funk It, Joy Conz. Tue: Buster Williams Quartet (7 PM); Latin night with DJ Joey Acevedo (10 PM). Wed: Jesse Cook.

JILLIAN’S (59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997). Fri: Start Making Sense. Mon: the Constellations. Wed: open mic.

J. J. RAFFERTY’S (847 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-6800). Fri-Sat: DJ. Wed-Fri: karaoke.

J.T. MAXIE’S BAR & GRILL (240 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-1551). Thu-Sat: DJ, Tue-Wed: karaoke.

JUSTIN’S (301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008). Sat: Brian Patneaude Quartet. Sun: brunch with Lee Shaw (11:30 AM).

KELSEY’S (Crowne Plaza, State and Lodge streets, Albany, 462-6611). Tue: John Charles Cook, Jim Licarda (5 PM).

LANIE’S CAFE (471 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, 438-5005). Thu: Doc Scanlon Trio (6 PM).

THE LOCAL PUB AND TEAHOUSE (142 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs, 587-7256). Sun: Traditional Irish Players (1 PM).

MAGGIE’S SPORTS BAR (1186 Western Ave., Albany, 935-2661). Fri-Sat: karaoke.

MICHAEL’S RESTAURANT (5 Elm St., Stockbridge, Mass., 413-298-3530). Fri-Sat: karaoke.

MOON & RIVER CAFE (115 S. Ferry St., Schenectady, 382-1938). Thu: Running the River. Fri: Nick Orbison, Peggy Cline, Joe Sinatra. Sat: Orange Flavored Orphans. Sun: open mic. Mon: Strum and Sing. Tue: Uncle Bootsy, Ryan Halliwell. Wed: Leather Jewels.

MUDDY’S (40 Lincoln Ave., Watervliet, 273-9892). Sat: karaoke.

MULLIGAN’S ROUND LAKE (Round Lake Road, Round Lake, 899-2050). Fri, Mon, Wed: karaoke. Tue: open mic.

NORTHERN LIGHTS (Route 146, North Country Commons, Clifton Park, 371-0012). Thu: White Chapel, Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin, I Declare War. Fri: Buckcherry, Hellyeah, All That Remains. Sat: Conspirator. Sun: Flogging Molly, Moneybrother, the Drowning Men.

OH BAR (304 Lark St., Albany, 463-9004). Thu: A-Man karaoke. Fri: DJ Chrome.

ONE CAROLINE STREET (1 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2026). Thu: Skidmore Jazz. Mon: Chris Carey. Tue: jazz piano. Wed: Masters of Nostalgia.

O’TOOLE’S (Kohl’s Plaza, 1814 Central Ave., Colonie, 464-1200). 2/18: Forgetting Mikey.

PEARL STREET NIGHTCLUB (10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686). Fri: Robert Randolph and the Family Band.

THE PUB AND GRILL (201 Columbia St., Cohoes, 237-4011). Fri-Sat: karaoke.

PUTNAM DEN (63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066). Thu: Olde English. Fri: UV Hippo, Jimkata. Sat: Stone Revival Band, Soule Monde.

QUINTESSENCE (11 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 434-8186). Thu: George Muscatello Trio. Sun: brunch with Paul Quigley (11 AM). Wed: open mic with Charlie Smith Blues Band.

RED SQUARE (388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444). Fri: Dirty Paris. Sat: God Street Wine Duo, Dana Montieth, John Scarpulla/Brian Shafer Duo.

ROADHOUSE GRILLE (27 Fuller Road, Colonie, 489-3170). Sun: blues jam.

ROCK HILL BAKEHOUSE (19 Exchange St., Glens Falls, 615-0777). Thu: open mic.

THE SAND BAR (306 Woods Hollow Road, Mayfield, 883-8080). Thu: open mic. Fri: karaoke. Mon: Aaron Mittler (6 PM).

SAVANNAH’S (1 S. Pearl St., Albany, 426-9647). Thu: bandaoke with the Ruddys. Fri-Sat: DJ Papa Giorgio.

SCHENECTADY GREENMARKET (432 State St., Schenectady). Sun: folk sing-along (11 AM).

SIDE DOOR CAFE (1656 Western Ave., Albany, 456-1720). Fri-Sat: karaoke with Mark the Shark.

THIRTEEN (13 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 581-1316). Fri-Sat: DJ Kamikaze.

TJ’S FLIGHTLINE PUB (20 Saratoga Road, Glenville, 399-8401). Fri, Wed: karaoke with Lenny Thomas. Tue: open mic.

TRADER ED’S (630 2nd Ave., Troy, 237-2717). Thu: open mic with Patrick Ruddy. Wed: karaoke with Rocky and Lillian.

TRICK SHOT BILLIARDS & SPORTS PUB (1602 Route 9, Clifton Park, 383-8771). Thu: open mic with Groovenomics.

TUGBOAT TAVERN (159 Bridge Ave., Cohoes, 233-1085). Thu: open mic with Rock Garden. Fri: DJ Ernie.

UNION INN (517 Union St., Schenectady, 382-9264). Thu, Sat: DJ. Tue: open mic.

VALENTINE’S (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572). Fri: Alta Mira, Ben Karis-Nix, Ashley Pond, Holly and Evan. Sun: Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned, the Loom, Wailing Wall, Life Among the Trees. Wed: the Deadbeats.

THE VAN DYCK (237 Union St., Schenectady, 348-7999). Thu: Colleen Pratt and friends.

VILLA VALENTI PUB (729 Pawling Ave., Troy, 326-9500). Fri: karaoke with DJ Ken Casanova.

WASHINGTON TAVERN (250 Western Ave., Albany, 427-0091). Wed: karaoke with King Entertainment.

WATER WORKS PUB (76 Central Ave., Albany, 465-9079). Thu, Sat: DJ Dave Barna. Fri: karaoke.

ZIGGY’S BAR & GRILL (821 New Loudon Road, Latham, 786-9238). Wed: open mic with Jericho Joe.


Beyond Feb. 23

ALTAMONT FAIRGROUNDS (Route 146, Altamont, 861-6671). 6/24-26: Old Songs Festival of Music and Dance.

BEARSVILLE THEATER (291 Tinker St., Woodstock, 845-679-4406). 2/25: Three. 2/26: Kane Brothers Blues Band. 3/4: Jonell Mosser. 3/5: Dave Mason. 3/8: Dr. John and the Lower 911. 3/16: Rachel Yamagata. 3/25: Bearsville Sessions 2. 3/26: tribute to Bob Marley. 3/31: Assembly of Dust. 4/2: Terry Adams Rock and Roll Quartet. 4/23: Shawn Mullins.

CAFFE LENA (47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022). 2/25: Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys. 2/26: the Tannahill Weavers. 2/27: Happy Traum, Andy Friedman. 3/6: Runa. 3/12: Chandler Travis Philharmonette.

CALVIN THEATRE (19 King St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686). 3/5: Loretta Lynn, the Secret Sisters. 3/6: the Saw Doctors, AM Taxi. 3/26: Gaelic Storm. 4/2: Martin Sexton. 4/13: Orla Fallon. 4/29: the Fab Faux.

CASTLE STREET CAFE (10 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass., 413-528-5244). 4/8: Armen Donelian Trio.

CLARK ART INSTITUTE (225 South St., Williamstown, Mass., 413-458-2303). 2/25: White Rabbits. 4/9: Roger McGuinn.

CLUB HELSINKI (405 Columbia St., Hudson, 828-4800). 3/4: Mary Gauthier. 3/6: ClaverackLanding. 3/12: MAdM. 3/26: the Felice Brothers. 4/30: Joy Kills Sorrow with Brown Bird. 5/20: Lucky 5, the Underscore Orkestra. 5/27: Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys.

COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE (Picotte Recital Hall, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, 454-5102). 2/26: Peter Buffett.

COLONIAL THEATRE (111 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., 413-997-4444). 2/26: the Travelin’ McCourys. 3/11: Loudon Wainwright III, Shawn Colvin. 4/2: Foghat. 4/16: John Hammond, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks. 5/21: Tom Paxton.

THE EGG (Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845). 3/4-5: Leo Kottke. 3/11: Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing. 3/12: Hammer of the Gods. 3/13: the High Kings. 3/19: the Radiators. 3/25: Al DiMeola. 3/25: Gaelic Storm. 3/31: Buddy Guy. 4/1: Toad the Wet Sprocket. 4/2: David Bromberg Big Band, Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty. 4/9: Britishmania. 4/15: Janis Ian, Tom Paxton. 4/30: Rockapella. 5/7: Bruce Cockburn. 6/8: Robin Trower. 7/8: Jake Shimabukuro.

THE EIGHTH STEP (GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady, 434-1703). 3/5: Susan Werner. 3/12: Munnelly. 3/26: Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams. 4/9: Tom Rush. 4/16: Capathia Jenkins and Louis Rosen. 5/7: Tret Fure. 5/8: Gadelle. 5/13: John McCutcheon.

GYPSY JOYNT (389 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass., 413-644-8811). 2/25: the Pines, Andy Friedman.

IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL (20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686). 2/25: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. 2/25: Kung Fu, Dopapod. 2/26: Dan Bern, Common Rotation. 2/26: Eric Stepanian. 2/27: Tennis, Holiday Shores. 2/28: Bobby Long, the Sun Parade. 3/2: Lake Street Dive, Girls, Guns, and Glory. 3/3: CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. 3/4: Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams. 3/5: California Guitar Trio. 3/6: the Sweet Remains.

JILLIAN’S (59 N. Pearl St., Albany, 432-1997). 2/24: Purple Haze, Kosmic Blues. 2/25: Stormfront. 3/3: the Heavy Pets. 3/4: Cosmic Evolution. 4/2: Young the Giant. 4/5: Tokyo Police Club.

THE LINDA (339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233, ext. 4). 2/26: Keys for Kids benefit with KJ Denhert, the Arch Stanton Quartet. 3/25: Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun.

MASS MoCA (87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., 413-662-2111). 3/5: the Low Anthem. 3/12: Chinese White Bicycles: Robyn Hitchcock and Joe Boyd. 3/26: Tragedy: All-Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees. 4/16: Iron and Wine. 4/23: the Shanghai Restoration Project. 6/24-26: Solid Sound Festival with Wilco, the Autumn Defense, more.

NORTHERN LIGHTS (Route 146, North Country Commons, Clifton Park, 371-0012). 2/25: Jaron and the Long Road to Love, Steve Azar, Skeeter Creek.. 3/5: Mac Miller. 3/12: Apocalyptica, Selfish Needy Creatures. 3/16: Sick Puppies, Adelitas Way. 3/17: Bring Me the Horizon. 3/18: Col, Egypt Central, Kopec. 3/25: Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, Freeky Zekey. 3/27: Born of Osiris. 4/3: Mimosa. 4/7: Peter Murphy. 4/10: Badfish. 4/17: Asking Alexandra. 4/23: Volbeat, Hourcast.

PALACE THEATRE (19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-4663). 3/23: Celtic Woman.

PEARL STREET NIGHTCLUB (10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., 413-586-8686). 3/2: Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins. 3/4: Gone by Daylight, the Riverwinds.

PROCTORS THEATRE (432 State St., Schenectady, 346-6204). 4/1: Cedar Walton, Jacky Terrasson, Hiromi.

PUTNAM DEN (63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066). 2/24: DJ Prophet, Peep This, Danejah. 2/25: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. 3/3: Robanic, Johnny 5000. 3/4: Railbird.

RED SQUARE (388 Broadway, Albany, 465-0444). 2/27: Stacey Midge, 21 Celsius, Chaos Incorporated, Last Year’s Heroes. 3/5: NY Funk Exchange. 3/12: That 1 Guy.

SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs, 587-3330). 6/25-26: Freihofer’s Jazz Fest with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Bad Plus, Michael McDonald, Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Dee Dee Bridgewater, more.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Carl B. Taylor Community Auditorium, 78 Washington Ave., Schenectady, 381-1336). 3/23: SCCC Jazz Ensemble with Vincent DiMartino.

TIMES UNION CENTER (51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 800-30-EVENT). 7/16: Keith Urban.

TROY SAVINGS BANK MUSIC HALL (2nd and State streets, Troy, 273-0038). 3/26: the Wailin’ Jennys. 4/2: Steve Tyrell. 4/9: Guitar Orchestra of Barcelona. 5/7: Glenn Miller Orchestra.

TURNING STONE RESORT AND CASINO (Verona, 877-833-SHOW). 3/3: David Cassidy. 5/18: James Taylor.

VALENTINE’S (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572). 3/4: El Duke, Slender Shoulders, Holly and Evan, Que Caro. 3/26: the Joy Formidable, the Lonely Forest. 4/1: the New Collisions, the Charlie Watts Riots, the Last Conspirators.

THE VAN DYCK (237 Union St., Schenectady, 348-7999). 3/1: Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble. 3/4: Bobby Dick and the Sundowners. 3/18: Searson. 3/25: David Lindley.

WASHINGTON AVENUE ARMORY (195 Washington Ave., Albany, 512-5203). 4/16: Rich Williams. 4/23: Bassnectar, EOTO.

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