Saturday, May 26th 5:00pm 2018

Kindred by Giovanni di Mola

Book Launch and Signing. Free.

Join us for the official release at Spotty Dog Books & Ale of Gio’s first book of photography “KINDRED” on Saturday May 26th from 5-8pm of Memorial Day weekend.

He will be signing books and showing a selection of outtakes from the portrait sessions with the final images in a slideshow + have a soundtrack mixed to go along with the evening.

“In 2004, photographer Giovanni di Mola moved from Astoria,Queens where he was born Upstate to Hudson, New York. Hudson gave him the chance to restart with no expectations but so much space and light to be inspired by again. The people he connected with became his Kin. These photographs featured in “KINDRED” were all taken and edited from June 2004-June 2017″
–writer Sparrow Hall

See you all there!MORE

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Friday, June 1st 8:00pm 2018

SVB Tape Release Show

With Ross Goldstein. $5.

SVB TAPE RELEASE SHOW
WITH ROSS GOLDSTEIN

SVB lives in Stottville and has made a tape she wants to share.
Ross lives in Catskill and is very talented.MORE

Saturday, June 9th 7:00pm 2018

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

RUTH DANON
is the author of Word Has It (Nirala, 2018), Limitless Tiny Boat (BlazeVOX, 2015), and Triangulation From A Known Point. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Florida Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Post Road, Noon, Versal, Mead, BOMB, The Paris Review, Fence, The Boston Review, 3rd Bed, Crayon, and others. She and her husband live in Beacon, NY.

EMMA SMITH-STEVENS
is the author of a novel, The Australian, and a forthcoming story collection, Greyhounds. She is currently working on a memoir. Her writing has appeared in many publications including BOMB Magazine, Subtropics, and Conjunctions. She teaches with the Bard Prison Initiative.

JEN BEAGIN
holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine, and is a recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award in fiction. Pretend I’m Dead is her first novel. A sequel, Vacuum in the Dark, is forthcoming from Scribner in spring of 2019. A former cleaning lady, she lives in Hudson, New York.

Followed by a DJ set from Caroline Elizabeth.MORE

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Past Events
Friday, May 25th 8:00pm 2018

HOME BODY + Special Guests

Blending electronic, new wave, and experimental pop. $7.

Home Body is Eric Hnatow and Haley Morgan.

Fever-pop duo Home Body ignores convention with their vivid blend of electronic, new wave, and experimental pop music, performed from the gut with wild abandon and art-school-cool theatricality. Balancing textured layers of juicy synthesizers, gritty beats, and tectonic bass with spirited, stormy vocals, synthesist Eric Hnatow and vocalist Haley Morgan create a visceral sonic landscape that feels equal parts cosmic, fleshy and electric. Emerging from the vibrant Western Massachusetts music scene, Home Body plays with form and improvisation while retaining a dreamy pop sensibility and demanding presence. Live, the duo punctuates their sound with dance and manual light manipulation, reaching beyond their performance to create a high-vibration spectacle that is buzzing with soul, shadow, and depth.

Sweethearts for over twelve years, Hnatow and Morgan have been been making music as Home Body since 2011. The duo’s chemistry and unique sound have garnered an enthusiastic fan base throughout New England and beyond. Drawing comparisons to The Knife, Bjork, Sylvan Esso, and early Eurythmics, Home Body has performed over 500 shows across the North America since their inception, supporting acts such as Dan Deacon, Boy Harsher, Marco Benevento, And The Kids, Guerilla Toss, Pumarosa, and Downtown Boys. In addition to releasing their debut full length In Real Life on Feeding Tube Records, and a follow up EP Guts in 2014, the duo has scored fashion shows and dance performances and has made music for films and commercials. Home Body is currently finishing up a new full length album, to be released in 2018.

– “Superbly talented…Haley Morgan and Eric Hnatow rewrite the basic DNA of electro-pop for their own nefarious purposes…creating purely original vistas of possibility.” – Byron Cooley

– “Home Body – Part musical show, part performance art, a Home Body gig is one you’ll never forget. Armed with an arsenal of keyboards, pedals and other musical gadgetry, Eric Hnatow creates a cosmic dance atmosphere that frames vocalist Haley Morgan’s powerful voice and words perfectly. Both members of this this post-techno duo move and dance like no one is watching, which, of course, makes everyone watch with intrigue.” – MassLive

– “Morgan dances, crawls around, and manipulates a light show while she sings, creating a seamlessly integrated expression of each song’s moods.” – The Montague Reporter

– “Few are able (or even attempt) to bridge the gap between music and visual art as well as Home Body does.” – Pioneer Magazine

– “Intelligent approach to construction that never surrenders to the impulse to be merely clever.” – The Wire

– “Subtle and piercing…they bring a raw energy to the stage leaving the audience begging for more.” – The Free George

-“…theatrical, art-pop glitch without unnecessary weirdness…” – The NoiseMORE

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Sunday, May 20th 8:00pm 2018

Schmave + Adrian Aardvark

Lo-fi Indie & Electric Freak Folk, respectively. $7.

Schmave
From: New Paltz
ELectric Freak Folk

Adrian Aardvark
From Plattsburgh
Lo Fi IndoeMORE

Friday, May 18th 8:00pm 2018

Travis Johns, Max Hamel, + Others

Sound art saturation. $5.

Travis Johns is a composer and sound artist currently active in the United States and Central America. Using processed field recordings, prepared instruments and homebuilt analog electronics, he creates pieces that blur the lines between performance, composition and installation, often using the environment and biological processes as inspiration for his works. More info: www.vauxflores.com

Max Hamel is an artist, musician, and experimental instrument builder based in Hudson, NY. Drawing on influences from circuit bending, feedback systems, and chaotic circuit designs, Hamel builds synthesizers that rely on intuitive touch, gesture, and textural sound to create exploratory interactive experiences for the player.MORE

Sunday, May 13th 8:00pm 2018

Freddy+Gemma

w/ Head Separated From Body, Phantom Census & Clara Allison. $5.

Saturday, May 12th 7:00pm 2018

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

KATHLINE CARR is the author of Miraculum Monstrum (Red Hen Press 2017), winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize. Carr’s writing has appeared in many publications, and her visual art has been exhibited in NYC, New England, and Canada. Learn more at www.kathlinecarr.com.

SHIRA DENTZ is the author of Leaf Weather (Shearsman), black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press), FLOUNDERS (Essay Press), how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry), and the sun a blazing zero (forthcoming, Lavender Ink/Diálogos). More about her writing can be found at shiradentz.com.

SAM J. MILLER is the author of The Art of Starving, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017. His current novel, Blackfish City, is an Entertainment Weekly “Must Read,” and the Washington Post called it “an action-packed science fiction thriller” and “surprisingly heartwarming.” Read more at samjmiller.com

Followed by a DJ set from Ariel Hellwitz.MORE

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Friday, May 11th 8:00pm 2018

Kim Anderson

The Pohlmann Playlist. $7.

Kim Anderson is a New York-based composer/singer promoting her new album ‘Yarrow’, which will be released on April 6th on Biophilia Records. Her husband Bram, the drummer in her band, is also one of the owners of Bad Seed Cider. The record is produced by Benjamin Lazar Davis (Joan as Policewoman, Cuddle Magic) and features stellar musicians such as Will Graefe (Jesse Harris, Star Rover).MORE

The Pohlmann PlaylistKim Anderson
Wednesday, May 9th 7:00pm 2018

Human Host

+ Ethan E + Personal Crisis Management. $5.

Mike aka Anthony Apichella aka Human Host
NYC // PA

humanhost.tumblr.com

ETHAN E
https://ethanemusic.bandcamp.com/
CELLO DELICIOUSNESS, MUSICAL WONDER, SMOOTH VIBRATIONS

PERSONAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT:
will help you solve all your problems. just throw them in a parachute and let them fly away.MORE

Human HostEthan E
Saturday, May 5th 8:00pm 2018

lauri mcnamara / francis / bridge of flowers

Stick in the mud spring string rock. $7.

Thursday, May 3rd 8:00pm 2018

Jarva Land + Yeah, Baby + Leor Miller + Pderi Jerio

$7.

Saturday, April 28th 8:00pm 2018

Wreckless Eric

Much loved and often underestimated. WIth Tom Heyman. $7.

He won’t recreate 1978 for you, he’ll blow your mind instead.

Eric’s new album Construction Time & Demolition came out on April 6th

“…we all thought he’d just play a few songs from his new album, “amERICa”, a few classics from his Stiff Records years, and we’d go home after hearing “Whole Wide World”. But this was not a night of an old rocker going through the motions. It was an evening of pure rock and roll; an evening of performance art with a garage-rock flavor.It was a combination of Neil Young’s “Ragged Glory” era, Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”, Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music”, and any album in the Sonic Youth catalog. Songs began with layers and layers of different frequencies of noise and ended with these sounds blending into the next tune…”
–Scott Hudson, Argus Leader / Live Ledge

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Wreckless Eric is Eric Goulden. He was given the name to hide behind. After a while he realized he was stuck with it. Onstage he hides behind nothing, he tells the truth with big open chords, lilting enchantment, squalls of feedback, dissonance, bizarre stories and backchat.

Eric began his recording life on Stiff Records in 1977 with his enduring hit Whole Wide World when he was little more than an ex-teenage art student. Eventually he sidestepped the mechanics of stardom to become Britain’s biggest underground household name, much loved and often underestimated.

He shuns the dictates of nostalgia and doesn’t do comebacks for the simple reason that he never went away. His 2015 album ‘amERICa’ reminded those who’ve kept the faith and new generations of fans what he’s all about.

“Many artists of Wreckless Eric’s era and tradition have imitators, but few of yesteryear’s outliers can catch up with their descendants, let alone best them. amERICa is that rare record.” –Pitchfork

Forty two years of touring and recording have left Eric in good shape and his brand new album Construction Time & Demolition does exactly what the title suggests.
He’s coming to town.MORE

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Friday, April 27th 8:00pm 2018

Otto Hauser / Kurt Kotheimer / Jonathan Talbott / Tyler Wood

Spring Sounds. $7.

Musician Otto Hauser is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator best known for his work as a drummer.

In addition to solo performances, Hauser directs the ensemble Expectations and co-leads the groups Etheric Currents, Half Hearts, and the Gamble/Hauser/Wood Trio. Over the past twenty years, he has performed on over one hundred studio albums and innumerable concerts across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, working with diverse artists such as folk legends Kath Bloom, Vashti Bunyan, Mike Heron, Michael Hurley, and Bert Jansch; rockers The Black Crowes, Gary Louris, Philip Selway, Jeff Tweedy, and Tony Visconti; drum legends Steve Gadd and Bobby Previte; the unclassifiable Meshell Ndegeocello; and many contemporary indie and folk acts, including Nat Baldwin, Devendra Banhart, Richard Buckner, Espers, Josephine Foster, Fruit Bats, Cass McCombs, Juana Molina, Elvis Perkins, Luke Temple, Sharon Van Etten, Vetiver, The War on Drugs, and Jonathan Wilson.

Originally from Rochester, New York, Otto currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

www.ottohauser.com

*****

Born in 1979 in Akron, Ohio, Kurt Kotheimer grew up just blocks from the one-time home of noted abolitionist John Brown. He started playing the guitar at age eight and shortly thereafter switched to the bass in a scheme to get more gigs. He spent most of the aughts in the San Francisco Bay Area playing improvised music, plugging audio mixers back into themselves, and reading everything on the internet about digital synthesis. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York and maintains a busy performance schedule playing bass with his band ROMCOM and as a sideman. Recently he has performed with artists such as Bobby Previte and The Visitors, Chris Cohen (Deerhoof), Michael Coleman (Michael Rocketship), Ava Mendoza, Matt Nelson (Tune-Yards), Gerald Cleaver, and Shahzad Ismaily.

www.kurtkotheimer.com

*****

Jonathan Talbott is a composer and multi-instrumentalist living in upstate New York. He studied privately with Joan Tower (the Grammy-winning contemporary American composer, concert pianist, and conductor). Jonathan has brought his skills in violin improvisation to a wide variety of musical projects including the energetic ska of Mother Fletcher, Bobby Previte’s Voodoo Orchestra, and The Lucky 5 jazz band. Jonathan is a co-founder of the trio Quiet In The Head, of which Steve Walter of The Cutting Room NYC, said “a truly unique sound…phenomenal musicianship, imagination and talent”

*****

Tyler Wood was born and raised in the northeast corner of the U.S. Although Presque Isle, Maine is known more for its potatoes and skidoos, he had a rich musical upbringing and nurturing teachers. His first instruments were piano, trumpet, and cardboard-box drums.

When Tyler went off to college, his plan to study astrophysics was virtually eclipsed by the purchase of a real drum-set and a new-found love for hip-hop and recording. The campus had a dingy basement studio, where he encountered his first reel-to-reel tape machine and his first sampler. He began playing, recording, and mixing music of all kinds. A weekly restaurant gig paid the bills, and a hip-hop radio show kept the vinyl flowing in. But New York beckoned, as it will…

Upon arriving in Brooklyn in 2006, Tyler was greeted by a bed-bug infestation and a furniture moving job. Not to be thwarted, he soon began to tour and record with acts such as Luke Temple, Glass Ghost, Chester French, and Joan As Police Woman. During this time, he also built a studio and a parallel career producing, recording, and mixing records.

In 2009, Tyler reconnected with an old acquaintance. Immediately recognizing her brilliance, Tyler teamed up with fellow Mainer and fellow “T.W.” Therese Workman to form Oh My Goodness. Their debut album was released in 2011 and the follow-up is nearly complete.

Tyler also has been traveling the world as chief audio engineer with the non-profit group Remix <--> Culture, recording remote video shoots of incredible folkloric music from Morocco to Brazil.

Tyler currently resides in the Hudson Valley of New York, is bed-bug free, and continues to make, record, and mix music every day.

www.tylerwood.comMORE

Saturday, April 21st 8:00pm 2018

The Quartet

Live Jazz at the Spotty $8

Stuart Quimby is a classical and jazz composer, as well as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist – playing flute, most of the baroque wind instruments, Balinese gamelan, various other woodwinds, keyboards (esp. early synths), and several experimental instruments of his own design). In addition he’s been a music educator, network analyst and designer, digital security consultant, computer programmer, geometer, applied mathematician, lecturer on childhood education, toy designer and manufacturer, mechanical engineer, chef, restaurateur, and general fool.

Quimby has studied with Richard Davis, Paul Robeson, Les Thimmig, Roscoe Mitchell, Robert Dick, Doc Cheatham, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Frans Brüggen among many others.

An abbreviated list of his credits include stints with Luther Allison and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and performances with Paquito D’Rivera, Ben Sidran, Vassar Clements, Jimmy Schwall, Gordon Lightfoot, the Brüggen Quartet, several chamber groups and classical ensembles, as well as the jazz quartet M.2.Q, which he co-founded. He has recorded on numerous albums over the years in multiple genres.

Quimby has spent almost four decades exploring psycho-acoustics, especially microtonal tunings. He designed and built several experimental instruments – including a guitar with movable frets and an organ that plays 43 notes per octave. He has published articles in national journals on microtonal techniques for the flute, pitch perception, and the multi-dimensional representation of wave forms.

Otto Hauser
Musician Otto Hauser is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator best known for his work as a drummer.

In addition to solo performances, Hauser leads the ensemble Expectations and co-leads the trio Late Regulars. Over the past twenty years, he has performed on dozens of studio albums and hundreds of live shows across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, working with diverse artists such as folk legends Kath Bloom, Vashti Bunyan, Mike Heron, Michael Hurley, and Bert Jansch; rockers The Black Crowes, Gary Louris, Philip Selway, Jeff Tweedy, and Tony Visconti; drum legends Steve Gadd and Bobby Previte; the unclassifiable Meshell Ndegeocello; and many contemporary indie and folk acts, including Nat Baldwin, Devendra Banhart, Richard Buckner, Espers, Josephine Foster, Fruit Bats, Cass McCombs, Juana Molina, Elvis Perkins, Sharon Van Etten, Vetiver, and Jonathan Wilson.

Hauser endorses Istanbul Agop cymbals and C&C drums.

Originally from Rochester, Hauser currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Mark Dziuba

Mark Dziuba has been performing and teaching internationally for over 30 years. Starting at age 14 the guitar has rarely left his hands. He has studied guitar with Pat Martino, Steve Kahn and Dale Schenekl, improvisation with George Garzone and composition with Paul Zonn, Sal Martirano, Herbert Brun and others. Mark directs the Jazz Studies Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz where he serves as a tenured professor. His workshops on guitar styles and improvisation have been featured at the International Guitar Festival (Bath, England) the acclaimed National Guitar Workshop for 25 years (various US and European locations) and the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival (Montana). He has had the opportunity to teach and perform with a who’s who of guitarists including Julian Lage, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, John Jorgeson, Tal Farlow, Larry Carlton, Trey Anastasio, Reeves Gabriels and the list goes on…

Mark has performed with Dewey Redman, Victor and Alison Krauss, Mark Egan, Steve Bailey, Jay Anderson, Anthony Jackson, Gary Willis, Adam Nussbaum, Joel Kroznik (Julliard String Quartet), Joan Rivers, Lucy Arnez and many others. In addition to his performing career Mark is also a published author of various guitar and improvisational learning materials (Alfred Publishing). His teaching pedagogy is “based on presenting information that’s fun and engaging while always providing convincing examples”. Mark is comfortable performing and teaching within a variety of musical styles and he is also an accomplished electric bassist, drummer, lap steel player and composer/arranger. His playing combines cutting edge eclecticism with sublime traditions which often defies description. A unique voice that invites the listener deep inside for a provoking musical experience.

Terence Murren

Terence Murren is a string bassist, electric bassist and guitarist. He studied classical string bass and composition with Sue Powell and Annea Lockwood at Vassar College. A jazz musician at heart he has studied bass with Tim Ferguson, Steve Neil and Drew Gress; as well as doing course work with Mike Richmond at NYU’s Graduate program in Jazz Performance. Along with leading his own group, the Eternal Now, Terence is an active member of the cajun alt. country group the Doc Marshalls and Matt Bauders’ Doo Wop group The White Blue Yellow and Clouds.MORE

Saturday, April 14th 7:00pm 2018

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

Monika Woods is a writer, a literary agent at Curtis Brown, and an editor at Triangle House. Her writing has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, Joyland, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn with her family, and teaches at Catapult. Find her at booksijustread.com & @booksijustread.

Rachel Lyon is the author of Self-Portrait with Boy (Scribner 2018). Her shorter work has appeared in Joyland, Iowa Review, McSweeney’s, and other publications. She teaches for Sackett Street, Catapult, and elsewhere, and co-founded the reading series Ditmas Lit. Visit her at rachellyon.work.

Bud Smith is the author of nine books, including the novel Teenager (Tyrant Books, 2018), and the short story collection Double Bird (Maudlin House, 2018). He lives in Jersey City and works heavy construction. He blogs at tinyletter.com/Bud_Smith, and tweets at @bud_smith.

Followed by a DJ set from Volume writer Taylor Larsen.MORE

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Friday, April 13th 8:00pm 2018

Lorkin O'Reilly

with Brad Armstrong, and Niall Connolly $7

Lorkin O’Reilly:
He may call Hudson home, but Lorkin O’Reilly’s music exudes the Scottish terrain from whence he recently came with naught but a guitar on his back, a head full of song, and hands schooled in UK folk avatars John Martyn and Nick Drake. Which is not to say his spare, gorgeous debut EP After the Thaw sounds purely vintage. It does not. Although it could hold its own against, say, Pink Moon, O’Reilly weaves in a distinctly postmodern ache, a la Elliott Smith, and the occasional turn of 21st-century phrase. All is lovingly swaddled in quietly defiant lo-fi production courtesy of Jesse Lauter and Kenny Siegal (Johnny Society), whose Catskill studio/record label, Old Soul Studios, proudly offers the services of a tape machine. Thus, each song on this too-short offering begins and ends with distinctive, rarely heard hiss, conveying unfussy analog warmth, left in like sweet, tobacco-tinged breath.

After the Thaw’s five tunes feature mostly just O’Reilly, with minimal overdubs of resonator guitar, plangent cello, understated percussion, and subtle mystery sounds. The effect is bracingly intimate, allowing the depth and considerable power of the tunes to rise unimpeded to the fore. Lyrically, the man is a wily poet. He may only be 22, but O’Reilly’s been through some shit. Yet for him, it’s only amplified the beauty of life.

https://www.chronogram.com/hudsonvalley/cd-review-lorkin-oreillys-after-the-thaw/Content?oid=2353437

Niall Connolly:

1977. The year that punk was born. With only hours left to spare it also produced a baby boy in the suburbs of Cork, Ireland, born with his ears piqued to the murmurs and clatter around him.

As he grew the soundtrack changed. Nirvana on the Walkman. Leonard Cohen on his sister’s stereo. The surge of bands and songwriters emerging from the 1990’s Cork music scene. Later it became snippets of eavesdropped New York conversation. Tales of woe on the radio. The sights and sounds of tours across Europe.

All of it gets woven into a tapestry of words. Then melody. Harmonies added in the studio. Electricity, sincerity, and humor on the stage. At the core of every Niall Connolly song is the story, one that unfolds a layer with each listen.MORE

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Monday, April 2nd 5:30am 2018

>>!!Zine Fair!!<<

w/ Readings and Music ! $7

Readings @ 6:30 by:
C. Lavender
http://www.clavender.net/

Rebecca Wolff
http://rebeccawolff.com/

Bibbe Hansen
http://www.bibbe.com/

Music @ 7:30 by:

Lily & Horn Horse:

Lily: Sometimes Matt just pulls out a cowbell and just starts smacking on it during one of the songs, and it’s very distracting when he does it. But sometimes we add a little percussion.

Matt: Yeah, according to Lily it’s never attractive. It never sounds attractive.

The cowbell?

Matt: Yeah, confusing and not appealing to you. Right?

Lily: It’s just… Yeah, I would have to say yes.

Scott Yoder:

Seasoned musician Scott Yoder has travelled a persistent & diverse path since he first began performing as a young teenager. From starting out with the noisy garage pop of his former band The Pharmacy to playing as a backing musician for Kimya Dawson he has always reinvented himself. All the while opening for bands such as Fleet Foxes, Smith Westerns, Black Lips & Kevin Morby.

As a solo musician he further evolved his sound into fronting an electrified & theatrical band of glammy freaks across the US & Europe. After a series of cassettes he released his first solo LP “Looking Back In Blue” to critical acclaim in May 2016. “Lyrically impressive songs & melodies drive this album” (Surviving the Golden Age) “No matter what the sound the songwriting remains the strongest part of Scott’s work” (Clunk Magazine).

His new 7” “Ways Of Love” (Greenway Records) comes out in September as he embarks on a US tour. Drawing inspiration from T. Rex, The Damned & Kate Bush the new single evokes a moody & danceable darkness that compels you to follow him deeper. Look for him & his band (featuring Shawn Randles from Boyfriends, Bryant Moore from The True Loves & Brent Zmrhal from Slushy) this fall as he tours the USA.

Howardian:

Howardian is an American pop collective fronted by Ian Vanek (x-Japanther.) The group uses loose poly rhythms, sticky synth melodies and dynamic vocal hooks to make strange songs for weird people. The resulting infectious art-rock is authentic and catchy. Howardian’s tracks feature fuzzy, distorted walls of sound and plenty of samples, all with a scuzzy garage-rock vibe.

Flyer by Logan VisscherMORE

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Sunday, April 1st 7:00pm 2018

Johanna Warren

🌿 Plant Medicine Tour 🌿 $10

Featuring:
Good Fight Herb Co.
Vesper Thyme Designs
The People’s Cauldron

On the record release tour for her new album, “Gemini II,” out February 16 on Spirit House Records, Portland singer-songwriter Johanna Warren is aligning with local herbalists, farmers and activists in every city to share herbal medicine and weave community around connection to the Land.

“A minutely examined and revelatory emotional upheaval, a view of a failed romance sung with meditative grace” – The New York

“Heartbreaking and stirring” – Pitchfork

“The spirit that animates much of Warren’s music and philosophy [is] an enduring belief that we can be better, despite the hurt and despair we put each other and ourselves through.” – NPR

“A luminous folk fantasia that’s really quite beautiful” – Stereogum

One of “4 Singer-Songwriters You Need to Know” – Rolling Stone Magazine

“Like the moon and stars in the sky that never fail to impress with their brightness no matter how well we have their movements mapped out, Warren’s music has the power to also shine through predictability” – PasteMORE

Music from Johanna
Saturday, March 10th 7:00pm 2018

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

CELIA BLAND is the author of Madonna Comix, a poetry/visual art book with artist Dianne Kornberg, and the collections Soft Box: Poems, and Cherokee Road Kill (2018). Her nonfiction has recently appeared in the “Second Thoughts” series for the National Book Critics Circle website.
WILLIAM LESSARD’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, FANZINE, Prelude, Hyperallergic, PANK, Brooklyn Rail, and Heavy Feather Review, and been featured at MoMA PS1. He co-curates the Cool As F**K Reading Series at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn, and is the poetry editor of Boog City.

KEM JOY UKWU’s fiction has appeared in PANK, Brooklyn Quarterly, Jabberwock Review, and elsewhere. Her short story collection, Locked Gray / Linked Blue (Brain Mill Press, 2018), was a finalist for the New American Fiction Prize.

Followed by a special guest DJ.MORE

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Thursday, March 8th 5:00pm 2018

All Women's Eve

The second annual event by Drop Forge & Tool + SVB in solidarity with International Women's Day. $7 (all goes to the artists).

Drop Forge & Tool + SVB present the second annual
ALL WOMEN’S EVE
in solidarity with International Women’s Day

ART at Drop Forge & Tool @ 5pm
Kat Howard, Phoebe Grip, Emily Ritz, Caitlin Parker and more.
FREE

PERFORMANCES at Spotty Dog @ 7pm
$7 all proceeds to artists:

Amelia Moon
Bonnie Kane
Ifetayo Cobbins
Jen Kutler
Mistresses Solo
Perfect Ten After School
Shanekia McIntosh
Visual works by Bibbe Hansen and RRB

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Amelia Moon is a trans and queer multidisciplinary artist, performer, and writer based in Kingston. Lately she explores themes of vulnerability, madness, magic, and feral delight through experimental music, performance art, and storytelling. christinaamelia.bandcamp.com

Bibbe Hansen is a visual and performance artist currently residing in Hudson. Bibbe.com

Integrating saxophone, flute, feedback and electronics, electro acoustic pioneer and dedicated improvisor, Bonnie Kane, terms her work as avant-core: an extreme energy mix of pyschedelic rock, hard core, and avant garde jazz. Her bands have been known for “scalp shearing shows”, “feats of bravery”, and for music that is “…the algebra of heart, brain, and soul.” A conductor of energy, her music is not for the timid. Bonniekane.com

Ifetayo Cobbins lives in Hudson, and is a spoken word artist and poet. @ifetayo5123

Jen Kutler is a sound based performer, sculptor and maker. She modifies found objects that are cultural signifiers of power, gender and intimacy to create atypical instruments. Her performances feature many of her instruments incorporated with immersive field recordings to explore common and discrepant experiences of familiar sound environments. soundcloud.com/jenkutler

Mistresses is the side boob of Arone Dyer (Buke and Gase, Dronechoir) while the drummer, Ryan Oslance (Ahleuchatistas), is on a backpacking trip in sucka New Zealand. She pops, they bam bam. missarone.com

Perfect Ten After School was founded in 2010 by Paula Forman who saw that there was a need in Hudson for a place where girls might gather, support one another, and develop the skills and courage required for making their own dreams come true. With enormous support from the community, the Hudson City School District, the women of Hudson, and the girls and their moms who committed to Perfect Ten, this adventure became a reality. Each year we grow and change to suit our expanding vision.

Perfect Ten is about self-discovery, with the aim to build character through community engagement, skill development, academic support, and cultural exploration. We empower girls to become confident, independent women.
perfecttenhudson.org

RRB Rebecca Becker is a multimedia artist, composer and writer. Her work focuses on liminal spaces that exist between definitions and are therefore undefined. She currently lives in Hudson, NY. liminalspacecadet.com

Shanekia McIntosh is a writer, poet, programmer, and educator born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. McIntosh has performed her writing at the New Museum, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, September Gallery, Powrplnt, and Basilica Hudson, among other places. Her writing has been exhibited in shows at the 511 Gallery in Portland, Basilica Hudson, and the New Museum. McIntosh has programmed for a variety of art spaces and educational institutions. She is based in Hudson, NY. shanekiamcintosh.comMORE

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Saturday, February 24th 8:00pm 2018

Kulton the Maker

With DJ Fulathela, Mounanou Badilla, and Dee and the Sunny Saps. $8.

Friday, February 23rd 7:00pm 2018

Amy Rigby

The acclaimed singer/songwriter performing at the Spotty. $7.

Amy is touring in support of her new album, The Old Guys.

She’s made many more records before this one, and has been featured on All Things Considered, CNN, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Mountain Stage, World Cafe<, PBS's Speaking Freely, PRI's Whad'ya Know, and on BBC 6 Music's Marc Riley Show<. She's been a panelist and performer at CMJ, Lilith Fair, South By Southwest, Folk Alliance and Rockrgl conferences and Southern Festival Of Books and has had her portrait drawn for the New Yorker. Her songs have been covered by They Might Be Giants, Ronnie Spector and Laura Cantrell and featured in films and TV shows. Her song "Dancing With Joey Ramone" is a staple of Little Steven's Underground Garage show on Sirius XM. She still loves to tour. We're as honored to have her here for the night as you should be. Come on by.MORE

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Saturday, February 17th 7:00pm 2018

Pooja Prema and Maya Green

Minstrel Magic Grooves. $7.

​Pooja Prema is a performance artist, theatre director writer and musician based in the Berkshires MA. She brings a sweet minstrel magic on her ukelele that has a way of “sticking gently to your soul.” She featured Maya on upright bass on her recent debut albumn “New Moon”.
For more info visit: poojaprema.com/music

Maya Green is a bassist, singer, songwriter, and arranger out of Boston MA. She plays acoustic bass, electric bass and ukelele bass; thorughout it all, a deep sense of groove underlies her playing. To learn more about Maya, go to: maya-green.comMORE

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Wednesday, February 14th 5:00pm 2018

Lonely Hearts Happy Hour and Open Heart Surgery DJ Dance Party!

Valentine's Day Events Start at 5pm. Happy Hour is Free. Dance Party $3.

5-7PM:
Lonely Hearts Happy Hour featuring Bell’s Ales (Hopslam, and other favorites)
Free!

8PM:
Open Heart Surgery
(Deep Cuts from the Knife)
$3 Cover

with
DJ SHanny
DJ Fulathela
SVBMORE

Saturday, February 10th 7:00pm 2018

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

DARCEY STEINKE is the author of the memoir Easter Everywhere and the novels Milk, Jesus Saves, Suicide Blonde, Up Through the Water, and Sister Golden Hair. She has taught at the Columbia University School of the Arts, Barnard, The American University of Paris, and Princeton.

NICK FLYNN has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a caseworker with homeless adults. He is currently a professor on the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston, where he is in residence each spring. His most recent book is My Feelings, a collection of poems.

Followed by a DJ set from Dawn Breeze.
REBECCA GODFREY is the author of the novel, The Torn Skirt, and Under the Bridge, an investigation into the murder of a 14-year-old girl. She teaches writing in the MFA program at Columbia University. Her new novel, The Dilettante, is forthcoming from Knopf.MORE

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Wednesday, January 31st 7:00pm 2018

sutra, living sax bridge, nunu canal

Some proceeds to benefit Lotus Outreach. $5-10 suggested donation.

you are all cordially invited to participate in a ritual performance featuring:

sutra
(Eliza Bishop & Omkar, featuring Jarrett Gilgore & John Chriest)

living sax bridge
(Jarrett Gilgore)

nunu canal
(Nurya Chana)

on the eve of wednesday january 31st beginning at 6:30pm at Spotty Dog Books & Ale.

january 31, 2018 is a rare occurrence astronomically. “super” as the full moon will be closest to the earth and appear large and bright, “blue” as the full moon will be the second full moon of the calendar month, and “blood” as this full moon is a lunar eclipse and will appear red. this will be the first super blue blood moon since march 31st, 1866.

the experience will begin at 7pm with a short performance by nunu canal, followed by a short break with sonic ambiance by living sax bridge. sutra will then invite and guide the participants into a woven tapestry of poems, songs, videos and sounds.

suggested donation is $5-$10, portion of proceeds benefit health and education of women in the developing world – lotusoutreach.org

(painting on the flyer is “aurora borealis” by Frederic Edwin Church ofOlana State Historic Site, painted in 1855, the year prior to the last super blue blood moon)MORE

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Sunday, January 28th 8:00am 2018

Rowden/Zarzutzki//Jen Kutler//HSFB//Alexander

Doors at 8, 7$MORE

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Friday, January 26th 7:00pm 2018

Aaron Roche and Katie Harkin (From Sleater Kinney)

Doors at 7, Show at 8. $7.

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Saturday, January 20th 7:00pm 2018

The Quartet

Live Jazz at the Spotty. $7.

Stuart Quimby is a classical and jazz composer, as well as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist – playing flute, most of the baroque wind instruments, Balinese gamelan, various other woodwinds, keyboards (esp. early synths), and several experimental instruments of his own design). In addition he’s been a music educator, network analyst and designer, digital security consultant, computer programmer, geometer, applied mathematician, lecturer on childhood education, toy designer and manufacturer, mechanical engineer, chef, restaurateur, and general fool.

Quimby has studied with Richard Davis, Paul Robeson, Les Thimmig, Roscoe Mitchell, Robert Dick, Doc Cheatham, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Frans Brüggen among many others.

An abbreviated list of his credits include stints with Luther Allison and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and performances with Paquito D’Rivera, Ben Sidran, Vassar Clements, Jimmy Schwall, Gordon Lightfoot, the Brüggen Quartet, several chamber groups and classical ensembles, as well as the jazz quartet M.2.Q, which he co-founded. He has recorded on numerous albums over the years in multiple genres.

Quimby has spent almost four decades exploring psycho-acoustics, especially microtonal tunings. He designed and built several experimental instruments – including a guitar with movable frets and an organ that plays 43 notes per octave. He has published articles in national journals on microtonal techniques for the flute, pitch perception, and the multi-dimensional representation of wave forms.

Otto Hauser
Musician Otto Hauser is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator best known for his work as a drummer.

In addition to solo performances, Hauser leads the ensemble Expectations and co-leads the trio Late Regulars. Over the past twenty years, he has performed on dozens of studio albums and hundreds of live shows across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, working with diverse artists such as folk legends Kath Bloom, Vashti Bunyan, Mike Heron, Michael Hurley, and Bert Jansch; rockers The Black Crowes, Gary Louris, Philip Selway, Jeff Tweedy, and Tony Visconti; drum legends Steve Gadd and Bobby Previte; the unclassifiable Meshell Ndegeocello; and many contemporary indie and folk acts, including Nat Baldwin, Devendra Banhart, Richard Buckner, Espers, Josephine Foster, Fruit Bats, Cass McCombs, Juana Molina, Elvis Perkins, Sharon Van Etten, Vetiver, and Jonathan Wilson.

Hauser endorses Istanbul Agop cymbals and C&C drums.

Originally from Rochester, Hauser currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Mark Dziuba

Mark Dziuba has been performing and teaching internationally for over 30 years. Starting at age 14 the guitar has rarely left his hands. He has studied guitar with Pat Martino, Steve Kahn and Dale Schenekl, improvisation with George Garzone and composition with Paul Zonn, Sal Martirano, Herbert Brun and others. Mark directs the Jazz Studies Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz where he serves as a tenured professor. His workshops on guitar styles and improvisation have been featured at the International Guitar Festival (Bath, England) the acclaimed National Guitar Workshop for 25 years (various US and European locations) and the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival (Montana). He has had the opportunity to teach and perform with a who’s who of guitarists including Julian Lage, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, John Jorgeson, Tal Farlow, Larry Carlton, Trey Anastasio, Reeves Gabriels and the list goes on…

Mark has performed with Dewey Redman, Victor and Alison Krauss, Mark Egan, Steve Bailey, Jay Anderson, Anthony Jackson, Gary Willis, Adam Nussbaum, Joel Kroznik (Julliard String Quartet), Joan Rivers, Lucy Arnez and many others. In addition to his performing career Mark is also a published author of various guitar and improvisational learning materials (Alfred Publishing). His teaching pedagogy is “based on presenting information that’s fun and engaging while always providing convincing examples”. Mark is comfortable performing and teaching within a variety of musical styles and he is also an accomplished electric bassist, drummer, lap steel player and composer/arranger. His playing combines cutting edge eclecticism with sublime traditions which often defies description. A unique voice that invites the listener deep inside for a provoking musical experience.

Terence Murren

Terence Murren is a string bassist, electric bassist and guitarist. He studied classical string bass and composition with Sue Powell and Annea Lockwood at Vassar College. A jazz musician at heart he has studied bass with Tim Ferguson, Steve Neil and Drew Gress; as well as doing course work with Mike Richmond at NYU’s Graduate program in Jazz Performance. Along with leading his own group, the Eternal Now, Terence is an active member of the cajun alt. country group the Doc Marshalls and Matt Bauders’ Doo Wop group The White Blue Yellow and Clouds.MORE

Friday, January 19th 7:00pm 2018

Hot Dog Boat!

Collabotative Sogwriting Workshop and Performance about Hot Dogs with Burt Murder. Free!

Bring an instrument. Be ready to Play, to write,to sing, and jam.
There will be beer-boiled hot dogs, and a person dressed as a hot dog.

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Saturday, January 13th 7:00pm 2018

Volume

The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:
TAYLOR LARSEN is a graduate of Columbia’s MFA program and her debut Stranger, Father, Beloved came out in July of 2016 through Simon and Schuster. She is currently a fiction instructor at Catapult and The Sackett Street Writers Workshop. Her novel was selected as a “2017 Summer Must Read” by The Huffington Post.

JOE HAGAN has written for Rolling Stone, New York, and The Wall Street Journal, publishing profiles and exposés of Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger and many others. His new book, “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine,” was a two time NYT, Critics’ Top Books of 2017 pick.

MICHELE FILGATE is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Longreads, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Slice, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, and many other publications.

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