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Last month, reclusive British IDM (intelligent dance music, natch) pioneer Aphex Twin announced the release of his first new record in 13 years via blimp and the deep-web browser Tor. The electronic music world is beside itself with excitement, but it’s not as if the legacy of Aphex Twin has been dormant in his absence.

Laurel Halo is a classically trained electronic producer who has risen to international prominence thanks to her complex sense of rhythm and command of textural intensity. She’s released two records and an EP through Hyperdub, the London-based label headed by Kode9 (who performed at EMPAC earlier this week). In one of only a couple of American performances this fall, Laurel Halo will debut new material in EMPAC’s blimplike Concert Hall.

Laurel Halo will perform at EMPAC (110 8th St., Troy) tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 12) at 8 PM. Tickets are $18. Call 276-3921 for more info.

 

 

Biography, the exhibit opening tomorrow (Friday) at the Photo Center in Troy, will showcase the work of James Fossett and Stephen Honicki. Fossett teaches visual arts at SUNY New Paltz, and recently completed a series of images of family trips; Honicki, a Niskayuna High School teacher, complements his images with “written narratives.”

Pictured is Fossett’s Family Farm.

Biography opens Friday (Sept. 12) with a reception from 5 to 9 PM at the Photography Center of the Capital District (404 River St., Troy). The show will remain on view through Oct. 26. For more info, e-mail info@photocentertroy.com or call 273-0100.

 

 

It’s time again for the “halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” fest, the Irish 2000 Festival. With three stages for music and one stage for dance, there’s Celtic entertainment for everyone. Bands on the contemporary stage are Black 47 (pictured, and on their farewell tour), the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Emish, the Screaming Orphans and two more; and the traditional stage will host the Makem & Spain Brothers, the McKrells and four more bands. There will be seven bands on the third stage and the Schenectady Pipe Band will perform all around the fairgrounds.

The will be 100 food and craft vendors; for the kids, there’s a petting zoo, amusement rides, games, pony rides and magician Jim Snack.

The Irish 2000 Festival will be held tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 12) from 5 to 11 PM and Saturday (Sept. 13) from 10 AM to midnight at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds (162 Prospect St., Ballston Spa). Tickets are $20 for Friday and $25 for Saturday; tickets at the gate are “cash only.” Kids 12 and under admitted free. For more info, visit irish2000fest.com or call (888) 414-3378.

 

 

Yes, the Cassandra of Patrick Longo’s Cassandra: The Musical is that Cassandra: the Trojan princess who is blessed with the gift of prophecy, but cursed because no one will believe her in her visions. In this concert performance of Longo’s crowd-funded musical—he raised more than $23,000 on Kickstarter—Cassandra will be portrayed by Brittney Lee Hamilton (pictured).

Longo’s passion project has taken 13 years to get to this weekend’s performances; this is your chance to experience it first, as the long process to get the show to New York City begins.

Cassandra: The Musical will be presented at 2 and 8 PM on Saturday (Sept. 13) in the GE Theatre at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). Tickets are $36 and $42. For more info, call the box office at 346-6204.

 

 

One could argue (as we might) that the summer festival season is really just warmup for the big regional fall fest—Basilica SoundScape. For the third straight year, Basilica Hudson has curated one of the most compelling, challenging and exciting two-day festival bills. Like last year, this year’s event has been programmed in conjuntction with Pitchfork editor Brandon Stosuy.

Camping is available this year, so you can get yourself all situated before the music begins at 7 PM on Friday. Performers include Julia Holter, Tim Hecker, Richard Reed Parry, Gamelan Dharma Swara, Endless Boogie, Michael Chapman and Torn Hawk.

On Saturday, the lineup will feature Swans, Deafheaven, White Lung, Majical Cloudz, Guardien Alien, Emily Reo and readings from Mira Gonzalez, White Lung’s Mish Way and Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves.

Beyond that, there are a ton of extras, including site-specific art, official afterparties featuring Blazer SS, Rainbow in the Dark and Soft Pink Truth at the Half Moon, as well as Sunn0))) listening sessions throughout the day on Saturday at Future Past Studio.

Basilica Soundscape comes to Basilica Hudson (110 South Front St., Hudson) on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 12-23). Ticket packages range from $35 to $60. Call 822-1050 for more info.

 

 

You’ve all heard the phrase “Troy crazy.” Beginning tomorrow (Friday), Troy is going screenprint crazy for a month with the first annual East Coast National Screenprint Biennial, organized by screenprinter (and RPI lecturer) Nathan Meltz. The main exhibit is at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, with “satellite” exhibits at Troy Cloth and Paper, the Daily Grind and other spots around town.

Pictured is Mark Hosford’s Demos Onoiroi. The work of a dozen or so nationally known artists will be showcased.

The East Coast National Screenprint Biennial opens Friday (Sept. 12) with a reception from 5 to 8 PM and will run through Oct. 11 in the Main Gallery at the Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River St., Troy).

A one-day symposium on screenprinting will be held Saturday (Sept. 13) from 12:30 to 1:30 PM at the Arts Center; admission is free.

For more info, call 273-0552.

 

 

When was the last time you visited Fort Crailo, AKA the Crailo State Historic Site in Rensselaer? Well, this Saturday’s Harvest Faire provides the perfect opportunity to drop in and take a trip back in time to explore Dutch colonial and Native American life.

According to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Harvest Faire is “an old fashioned agricultural festival devoted to all aspects of harvest time in the colonial-era Hudson Valley.”

Demonstrators and reenactors will show how the Indians lived: “Step into a re-created wigwam, watch baskets being woven or wampum being made.” As for the Dutch, see fishing nets being woven, and check out a wheat threshing demonstration. Period recipes will be prepared over an open fire; colonial-era music will be performed. For the kids, there’s pumpkin painting and an assortment of crafts and games.

And there will be free ice cream, for as long as it lasts.

The Harvest Faire will be held Saturday (Sept. 13) from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Crailo State Historic Site (9 1/2 Riverside Ave., Rensselaer). Admission to the fair is free; there is a nominal charge to visit the museum. For more info, call 463-8738.

 

 

As a child growing up in Stockton, Calif., Chris Isaak spent hours playing his parents’ 45s, and was especially taken with the many artists that were found and recorded by Sam Phillips at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis (Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison—you may have heard of some of these guys). He began his musical career in a rockabilly band, gradually developing his own stiripped-down style of alternative roots rock that characterized his early-’90s hits like “Wicked Game” and “San Francisco Days.” Best known to some for his sensual, Herb Ritts-directed videos featuring the likes of supermodels Helena Christensen and Laetitia Casta, Isaak also has numerous TV and film acting credits. But he’s still a roots rocker at heart, as his 2011 Sun Studios tribute album Beyond the Sun attests. (Sept. 16, 8 PM, $59.50-$75, Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845)

 

 

Brooklyn’s Rubblebucket have been a case study in musical evolution. The core horn section started out as kids with Ithaca reggae mainstay John Brown’s Body. Founded in Burlington, Vt., Rubblebucket started as a traditional afrobeat group before integrating other dance-oriented styles. With their new album Survival Sounds, penned in the wake of frontwoman Annakalmia Traver’s battle with cancer, the band are now bill themselves as an indie-dance band, mixing horns with synth and guitar for technicolor effect. Opening will be 2001, a side project of Cuddle Magic’s Ben Lazar Davis. (Sept. 14, 8 PM, $17, 79 North Pearl St., Albany, 426-8550)

 

 

Economics usually limit a band’s choices when building a recording/touring lineup. Formed as a collective in Denton, Tex., Snarky Puppy are maximalist exceptions to that rule. The family feature a rotating cast of 40 musicians, organized by bassist Michael League, and they’ve backed everyone from Erykah Badu to Snoop Dogg. This year it all paid off, as the jazz-funk big band won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance (edging out Miguel and Kendrick Lamar). While they have been nnown to perform in the round (that is, in a circle surrounded by their audience), this one looks like it will be a proper stage show with a slightly slimmed down touring squad. Albany’s Mister F will open. (Sept. 11, 8 PM, $22, 1208 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-0012)