Friday, December 13th 7:00pm 2019

Human Host / Yes Selma / Personal Crisis Management

Collaboration and Enchantment. $8.

Human Host began in December 2002. The creative core of the group includes Mike Apichella and a rotating ensemble of diverse collaborators and figments of your imagination.

Yes Selma is the bedroom recording project of Chad Beattie.

Hudson’s Personal Crisis Management are BACK too. Keep an eye out for their parachute.MORE

Saturday, December 14th 7:00pm 2019


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 Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

Volume is proud to present the 4th annual HOME TEAM lineup – a special night of emerging writers!

Deenie Hartzog-Mislock is a writer and freelance copy director living in Hudson, NY. Her essays touch on the messiness of being human with heart and humor, and have been published in the New York Times Modern Love column, Refinery29, and, with a forthcoming piece in Longreads. You can find her at @deenkat on Instagram.

Anna Victoria is a photographer and writer living in Hudson, NY. She uses her art to collect memories, ask unanswerable questions, and get all emotional and stuff. She studied English Literature at the University of Connecticut, and her work has appeared in Chronogram, Long River Review, and existentia. You can find her work at @annavictoriaphotography on Instagram.

Dani French is a writer based in Hudson, NY. She currently co-hosts the Volume Reading & Music Series and was a co-founder of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in NYC. She holds an MFA in fiction from the New School, and her work has been published in Broken Pencil and Playgirl. When she’s not writing short fiction or working at her day job as a technical writer, Dani helps her oldest daughter write disgruntled letters to Jon Favreau.

Kate Devine is a writer from the shores of central New Jersey. Her essays and poems have been published in Crab Fat Magazine, POND Magazine, Breadcrumbs, and others. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She currently lives in Hudson, New York.

After a decade as a critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter (“the neo-Stevie Nicks” The New York Times), Alexa Wilding received her MFA in 2017 from The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College. She has been featured in Vogue, Allure, Bust, and Style Like U, and her writing recently appeared in Parents. You can follow her diary of #alchemicalcancermom @alexawilding on Instagram. Alexa lives in Hudson with her husband and twin sons. She is working on a memoir and new music.

Followed by a set from DJ Dan Bunny.

“Two Hudson writers seem to have found a new formula, turning the traditional reading into a party celebrating the best in new lit.”
–Jamie Larson, Rural Intelligence

“Two ‘dorks’ pump up the Volume in Hudson, NY. Reclusive literati come out and play in a converted firehouse on the second Saturday of every month.”
–Benjamin Cassidy, The Berkshire Eagle

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Monday, December 16th 7:00pm 2019

Sondra Sun-Odean / Arone Dyer / Iva Bittová

Sounds to be especially beautiful. $8.

Sondra Sun-Odeon is a Los Angeles and Brooklyn based voice, composer, and recording artist.

A classically-trained pianist and self-taught guitar player, her music aims to describe the inexpressible, and reach for what is higher-than, and beyond the realms of our tangible everyday lives.

Arone Dyer is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer & founding member of duos Buke and Gase & Mistresses, as well as the composer and director of Dronechoir, a project which examines social dis/comfort through long-durational choral performance, metamorphosing through a moving meditation of sometimes subtle sonic changes.

Iva Bittová’s countryman Milan Kundera wrote how Europe’s “small nations” form another Europe. The violinist-vocalist may be ‘small nation’ Czech but her musical worldview and visionary creativity acknowledge no borders. Her powers of spontaneous creativity are more bountiful than it is fair to confer on one person. Witness and marvel.


Tuesday, December 17th 6:30pm 2019

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night

Our Bi-weekly All-Nerd Throwdown. Free.

Join us for The Spotty Dog Trivia Night. Since 2006, we’ve held this bi-weekly trivia event.

Teams of up to four people compete against each other over four rounds of 15 questions, a worksheet of (usually) 20 questions, and four bonus questions. The winning team gets their bar tab on the house. Anyone can play. See you there!MORE

Past Events
Sunday, December 8th 7:00pm 2019

Book Release Party with Live Music

Local Author Bill Shannon Releases his book, The River's Never Full. Free.

A new novel based on a controversial 2012 eviction of anglers occupying fishing shanties in Hudson, N.Y. is set to be released by Two-Headed Calf Press on December 8.

To celebrate the occasion, Spotty Dog Books and Ale at 440 Warren Street in Hudson plans to host a book release party featuring live music and a book signing with the author, William Shannon, on Sunday, December 8, at 7 p.m.

The River’s Never Full follows a group of eccentric anglers who face eviction from their long-held river shanties on public land in Hudson, N.Y. A young newspaper reporter is fascinated with the shanty dwellers and seeks to make sense of their plight, while they spend most of their time fishing for herring and striper, target-shooting, steaming clams, cooking eel and talking about better days. But once guns are drawn, whose side will you be on?

This is the debut novel from William Shannon, a freelance journalist whose feature stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. He covered the Occupy Wall Street protests and murders in the Bronx while interning at The New York Daily News and earned a M.S. in 2012 from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. His oral history project seeking memories of earlier eras in the Hudson Valley culminated in a book titled Hudson River Zeitgeist: Interviews from 2015. He lives in Germantown, N.Y., with his wife, Rena, and their daughter, Arabella.

To sign up for pre-order information or for other inquiries, write to Devyn Waitt of Two-Headed Calf Press at

Saturday, November 30th 7:30pm 2019

Claude and Ola Aldous & Brian Dewan

Ready? Set? Transmit. $8

Claude and Ola are experimental musicians working in improvised sound. They utilize modular synthesizer, piano, bowed banjo, voice, and various electronics to create a deep listening experience with audiences. In addition to their sound practice they publish Deft Esoterica, a zine dedicated to experimental music and sound art.

Brian Dewan is an artist who works in many media, including art, music, audio-visual performances, decorative painting, furniture design, poetry and musical instrument design. Dewan writes, narrates and illustrates I-CAN-SEE Filmstrips, and collaborates with his cousin Leon Dewan in the electronic music duo Dewanatron. He has produced four albums of songs and concertized extensively as a solo artist, as well as having performed in various collaborations and as a sideman. His musical releases include: Tells The Story, The Operating Theater, Words Of Wisdom, and Ringing At The Speed Of Prayer. Dewan lives in Catskill, New York.MORE

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Saturday, November 16th 7:00pm 2019

Cameron Dezen Hammon

In Conversation with Hallie Goodman. Free.

Author and musician Cameron Dezen Hammon’s memoir of faith and faltering weaves her zealous conversion to evangelicalism with the search for a more progressive and fluid theology, and the endurance of marriage with an unexpected obsession that threatens to upend her carefully constructed life.

“A generous and unflinchingly brave memoir about faith, feminism, and freedom.” 

Monday, November 11th 8:00pm 2019

Fran (from Chicago) and Jodi (from Valatie via Montclair)

The trick is to make a confession entertaining. $8.

The trick is to make a confession entertaining. A Private Picture, the debut album by Chicago’s Fran, delivers a collection of extremely personal experiences that have been distilled and abstracted to the point that you can see yourself in their imagery, find analogs to your own emotional history in their scenarios –when you hear them, it’s a conversation. It’s therapy, if therapy was allowed to turn you on and make you shake what you got. At its core, Fran’s music is about sharing a truth -–telling it, confessing it, yelling it—in the service of human connection. Or, as Jacobson puts it, “I feel that I am a songwriter for the same reason I wanted to be an actor. I want to tell the truth. I want to challenge myself to get closer and closer to the core of an experience, an emotion- I want to say it, sing it, in a way that says exactly what it is. I cry when I write songs because I am constantly making discoveries, about myself, about the world, about the best way to convey and connect and get closer.”

jodi (Valatie via Montclair, NJ)

Gentle, cathartic songwriting with a languid drawl.

$8 cover, music starts around 8pm!MORE

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Saturday, November 9th 7:00pm 2019


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 Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

NICK FLYNN has worked as a ship’s captain, an engineer, and a case-worker with homeless adults. He is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times best-seller memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. His most recent book is I Will Destroy You, a collection of poems.

MARCO RAFALÁ is a first-generation Sicilian American novelist, musician, and writer for award-winning tabletop role-playing games. He earned his MFA in Fiction from The New School and is a co-curator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in New York City. Born in Middletown, Connecticut, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York. How Fires End is his debut novel.

CHLOE CALDWELL is the author of the critically acclaimed novella WOMEN and the essay collections I’ll Tell You in Person and Legs Get Led Astray. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, Vice, Nylon Longreads, and many anthologies including Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC. She teaches creative nonfiction classes in NYC at Catapult and lives in Hudson.

Followed by a DJ set by DJ Kate Hewett.

“Two Hudson writers seem to have found a new formula, turning the traditional reading into a party celebrating the best in new lit.”
–Jamie Larson, Rural Intelligence

“Two ‘dorks’ pump up the Volume in Hudson, NY. Reclusive literati come out and play in a converted firehouse on the second Saturday of every month.”
–Benjamin Cassidy, The Berkshire Eagle

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Thursday, November 7th 8:00pm 2019

Otto Hauser and Friends

EP Release Tour. $10.

The ‘Dreams Outside’ EP presents the post-jazz instrumental trio dustlights at their collective spirit’s edge, moving in moments, with psychedelic peaks, synergic transitions, and melodic reveries singing and screaming over their signature foundation of minimalist groove and layered effects. Featuring many songs improvised right on stage when they toured their critically-acclaimed 2018 debut ‘In A Stillness’, dustlights’ second release with Ropeadope Records captures the raw energy and sonic explorations of true live performance, while still delving deeply into the same core of dark beautiful moods that captured critics attention in 2018:

“The sax/bass/drums threesome is like well-designed mood lighting. Quiet and thoughtful, beautifully minimal, this is background music for the foreground, occasionally feeling like an instrumental Morphine on morphine.” – Jambase

“Saxophonist Joe Wilson, drummer David Christian and bassist Ran Livneh make judicious use of electronic effects, and its harmonic influence is the sign of its strength. Every now and then, I field a “what next” question, both for people looking to get into modern jazz and those just looking for similar music to explore. If Portishead is the foundation of that what-next question, then Dustlights would make a fine answer. They’ve got just enough post-jazz in their delivery to make it an easy crossover from ambient rock tastes.” – Bird is the Worm

Saturday, November 2nd 9:00pm 2019


Disco, House, AfroBeat, Cuban Salsa. $5.

Saturday, October 26th 8:00pm 2019

Lorkin O'Reilly and Lemoncello

Artists from around here and from Ireland! $8.

Since emigrating from his native Scotland in 2014 Lorkin O’Reilly has been making a name for himself throughout the Northeast. His unique transatlantic approach blends Celtic inspired open tunings with direct and personal lyrics. His writing reflects not only his own reality, but a reality faced by most of us; the purgatory between childhood and adulthood, between new home and old home and finally the overarching struggle of finding a new identity.

Lemoncello are Carlow and Donegal natives Laura Quirke and Claire Kinsella. Harmonious vocal melodies simply accompanied by cello and guitar, lend a sincere and honest rootsy sound. Borrowing from wide range of influences, traditional and alternative, the duo create an immersive experience through a dynamic expression of lyrical story. Their writing weaves their personal insights of human nature & behavior with the imagery of the contrasting modern and natural world that surrounds them.MORE

Wednesday, October 23rd 7:00pm 2019

Geneva Zane: Stringbean and the Grace of Dog

Release party for the new novela. Free.

Join us Wednesday October 23rd at 7pm, at The Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson, for a book release party celebrating Geneva Zane’s debut novela, Stringbean and the Grace of Dog.

Little Stringbean is coming of age in a strange yet strangely familiar small town. Grown from a seed and raised as a miracle by a religious cult leader and his reclusive companion, Stringbean struggles with the challenges created by her outsider upbringing. In a series of compelling vignettes Stringbean and the Grace of Dog brings into focus the heartbreaking vulnerability of a childhood played out on the dusty stage of a ruptured world.

Geneva Zane received her BA in creative writing from Bard College in 2018, where she was awarded the Lockwood Prize in Creative Writing. Her novel, Stringbean and the Grace of Dog, was a finalist in the 2018 Fence Modern Prize in Prose: Literature Appropriate for Children. She has been published in PCC Inscape, Cathexis Northwest, The Mighty Line, The Bangalore Review, The Perch, and Hanging Loose magazine. She lives in the Hudson Valley, by the river.MORE

Saturday, October 19th 7:00pm 2019

The Writers Studio Reading Series

Featuring six writers Reading from their work. Free.

The Writers Studio Reading Series is a quarterly event at The Spotty Dog, where its instructors and students read from their work. The Writers Studio Hudson Valley welcomes students at all stages, from those who have only dreamed of writing fiction or poetry to those with MFAs hungry for additional serious, ongoing instruction.

October’s event includes:
Doris Cheng and Lydia Slaby, with Gene Aronowitz, Daisy Freund, Shaina Loew, and Kate Staples.

Doris Cheng’s fiction has appeared in The Normal School, The Cincinnati Review, The Pinch, New Delta Review, The Southampton Review, CALYX Journal, and other literary publications. She is a 2017 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award Finalist. Doris teaches for The Writers Studio in its online program.

Lydia Slaby is the author of the debut memoir Wait, It Gets Worse, which chronicles her own survival and transition from control freak to human being. She is an advocate and storyteller focused on empowering people, communities, and organizations faced with upheaval.MORE

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Thursday, October 17th 8:00pm 2019

Howardian and Jen Kutler

Sound sculptures and songs for weird people. $8.

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.

Jen Kutler is a multidisciplinary artist and performer. She modifies found objects that are cultural signifiers of power, gender, queerness and intimacy to create atypical instruments and sculptures. Her performances feature many of her instruments incorporated with immersive field recordings to explore common and discrepant experiences of familiar social tones in immersive sound and media environments.MORE

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Sunday, October 13th 7:00pm 2019

The Spotty Dog Occasional International Short Film Festival!

A one night only screening of original short films and video. Free!

The Spotty Dog is an avid fan of many art forms, not the least of which is cinema. We occasionally host an open Short Film Festival, the singular aim of which is to showcase the work of local artists. Our approach has always been inclusive since revelations abound in the very act of creation.

This year’s program reflects the awesome diversity of our creative community. We are truly grateful to the filmmakers and artists for giving us an opportunity to present their work. Join us!MORE

Saturday, October 12th 7:00pm 2019


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 Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

LELAND CHEUK is the author of three books of fiction, including The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong and No Good Very Bad Asian (forthcoming from C&R Press in November 2019). His work has appeared in Salon, Catapult, Joyland Magazine, and Literary Hub, among other outlets. He has been awarded fellowships at The MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden Castle, Djerassi, and elsewhere. He runs the indie press 7.13 Books and lives in Brooklyn. You can follow him on Twitter @lcheuk and at

SHIRA DENTZ is the author of five books, including the sun a blazing zero and two chapbooks. Her writing appears in many venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day Series, and NPR. She’s been the recipient of the Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award, and the Poetry Society of America’s Cecil Hemley Memorial Award. She serves as Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky and lives in upstate NY.

ELISSA ALTMAN is the author of the memoirs Motherland, Treyf, Poor Man’s Feast, and the James Beard Award-winning narrative blog of the same name. Her work has appeared everywhere from Narrative Magazine and O: The Oprah Magazine to LitHub, Tin House, the Wall Street Journal, On Being, and the Washington Post, where her column, “Feeding My Mother,” ran for a year. A finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, she has appeared live on the TEDx stage and The Public. She lives in New England.

“Two Hudson writers seem to have found a new formula, turning the traditional reading into a party celebrating the best in new lit.”
–Jamie Larson, Rural Intelligence

“Two ‘dorks’ pump up the Volume in Hudson, NY. Reclusive literati come out and play in a converted firehouse on the second Saturday of every month.”
–Benjamin Cassidy, The Berkshire Eagle

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Thursday, October 3rd 7:00pm 2019

Caitlin Moscatello, author of See Jane Win: The Inspiring Story of the Women Changing American Politics

in conversation with Hallie Goodman, co-founder of Volume Music and Reading Series. Free.

Caitlin Moscatello is a journalist and writer covering gender, reproductive rights, and politics. Her writing has appeared in New York Magazine’s The Cut, Vanity Fair, TIME, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, O: The Oprah Magazine, and more. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and son. See Jane Win is her first book.

“In this rousing debut, journalist Moscatello follows left-wing women who ran for American public office for the first time in the 2018 midterms…This optimistic and well-reported look at the post-Trump blue wave will inspire progressive readers.”
–Publishers Weekly

“Searching for a bright light in the Trumpian chaos, the former magazine editor made a decision: ‘I am going to find diverse women who are running, for different levels of office, in different parts of the country, and I am going to follow their journeys to show the realities of running while female.’”
–Vogue Magazine

“If you were depressed about the 2016 election, See Jane Win is a balm—and a playbook.”
–Jill Filipovic, author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of HappinessMORE

Thursday, September 26th 7:30pm 2019

STEELY DIN: Hardcore Easy Listening


Two pianos, Celtic Harp, Steel Drum, Flute, Synthesizers, Alto and Tenor Saxophones, Recorder, Electric Bass and only three musicians in the band? Steely Din. Groovy tunes at talkable volumes.MORE

Saturday, September 14th 7:00pm 2019


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 Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

has published two full-length poetry books and two chapbooks, most recently The Music of Hands. Poems from her newest manuscript can be found in Stirring, Gargoyle, The Nervous Breakdown, Thrush, Diode, Rogue Agent, Mom Egg Review, Menacing Hedge, and MOIRA. Edwards is the Editor-in-Chief of The American Poetry Journal.

is the author of This Is Not a Love Song, which Vogue called “vibrant, risk-taking realism.” His work has twice appeared in The Best American Short Stories. His novel, The World of Tomorrow, was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. He lives in Lenox, MA.

is the author of American Barricade and Trébuchet, a 2015 National Poetry Series selection. He’s the recipient of a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from Poetry Foundation. His recent work appears in Poetry, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart and the essay collection, Abandon Me, which The New Yorker called “mesmerizing.” Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in The Believer, Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Guernica, The New York Times,Vogue, and many others.MORE

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Monday, August 26th 7:00pm 2019

Another Michael + Bruiser & Bicycle + Diana Jones

Music from Philadelphia, Albany and Hudson. $10 suggested.

Another Michael (solo)

Another Michael is a band that defies immediate classification. While they incorporate a wealth of stylistic touchstones, their uniqueness presents as a thoughtful amalgam of indie pop carried by crispy, subdued electronic percussion. The eponymous Michael Doherty nimbly lavishes and bolsters each song with an angelic, agile vocal style, occasionally harking back to early 2000s R&B. But the group’s crafty instrumentation and production sit center stage too, consistently driven by a diverse sound palette that flashes with a distinct compositional elegance.

Bruiser and Bicycle
Bruiser and Bicycle is the creative outlet of Nick Whittemore and Keegan Graziane.
“Rock is dead, but we like dead things.”

Diana Jones
Singer-Songwriter and poet, Diana Jones uses music to explore her own intimacy, as it relates to both relationships with others and exploration of self.

Suggested donation $10

Doors at 7, music at 7:30ish!MORE

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Saturday, August 10th 7:00pm 2019


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 Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

is a poet and video artist. He is the founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Fanzine, Fence, Gramma, jubilat, Laurel Review and elsewhere. His full-length poetry collection, Mary Oliver, was recently published by Lithic Press.

is the author of Marilou Is Everywhere (a novel), and I Live in a Hut (poems). She has studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Michener Center for Writers.

is a Sri Lankan-American writer and the author of the novel Riots I Have Known (Simon & Schuster). His work has appeared online at The New Yorker, GQ, Bookforum, and The Believer. A recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts, he lives in Kingston, NY.

has written about books and culture for the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Daily Beast, NPR Books, and other publications. His debut novel, A Philosophy of Ruin, was released in June from HarperCollins/Hanover Square Press and has been praised by the New York Times as “riveting fun to read.”MORE

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Friday, August 2nd 8:00pm 2019

Charming Disaster + Thistle

An evening of playfully dark storytelling music. $8.

Charming Disaster (as heard on Welcome to Night Vale), is on tour behind their new album SPELLS + RITUALS, and THISTLE!

About Charming Disaster:
Brooklyn, NY based musical duo Charming Disaster was formed in 2012 by singer/songwriters Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris. Inspired by the gothic humor of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, the noir storytelling of Raymond Chandler, the murder ballads of the Americana tradition, and the dramatic flair of the cabaret, they write songs that tell stories, combining vocal harmonies and clever lyrics with ukulele, guitar, and virtuosic foot percussion to explore dark narratives and characters with a playful sensibility. In their critically acclaimed albums Love, Crime & Other Trouble (2015) and Cautionary Tales (2017), they have explored themes like love, death, crime, ancient mythology, and the paranormal. Their song “Ghost Story” was featured on the hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and they have toured around the United States, playing bars, clubs, museums, and the occasional historic cemetery.


“Charming Disaster balances smart pop songs against a confident stage presence, sort of a swagger, that suggest the two people out front are destined for great things…these people are overflowing with musical ideas that simply defy categorization.” – The Vinyl Anachronist

“Charming Disaster sound like the music that Pugsley and Wednesday Addams might have made after listening to the Decemberists, Squeeze and some Chopin.” – Yes! Weekly

“Charming Disaster is a bit unusual. Ok, perhaps ‘unusual’ is putting it lightly. Ellia Bisker and Jeff Morris, the duo behind the music, revel in the offbeat and uncanny. Since 2012, they have made a name for themselves with literature-inspired songs that meld folklore and mythology with croon-worthy melodies.” – Hudson Valley Magazine

about THISTLE:
Thistle’s hauntingly beautiful songs for harp and voice are the product of her formal education in South Indian, Western classical and Jazz music, combined with her love of literature that grapples with the archetypal. Her self titled project, THISTLE, is based in New York City, and usually involves other folk and orchestral instruments. Her music is meant to be played in old churches and cathedrals, groves of trees, dark velvety clubs, castles, and anywhere there is natural or man-made beauty. THISTLE has been described as mystical and angelic, as well as evocative of death, ghosts, deep female energy and pagan magic. In addition to her own project, Thistle plays in the world renowned cello folk/rock band Rasputina as harpist and back up vocalist.


Saturday, July 27th 8:00pm 2019

Michael Roberts

w. Donny Dinero Opening. $8.

After a decade of leading the alt-country band Wooden Dinosaur, Michael Roberts is stepping out with his first collection of songs under his own name. Mixed Emotions finds the songwriter leaning on the stories of everyday lovers and losers to craft an album of narratives as rich and varied as the Vermont landscape he calls home.

The result is Roberts’ most mature collection of songs to date set against a classic country and folk backdrop: young men and women struggle to find love, work and contentment; dreamers struggle to find a level playing field; new parents try to make the most of their short time with their young children; and middle-aged men pass on one final chance for love.

To record Mixed Emotions, Roberts gathered a cast of collaborators new and old and conjured the late night vibes of The Rear Defrosters, the honky tonk bar band he leads in Southern Vermont. The album was recorded quickly and simply, often relying on a just a few ribbon microphones to capture the sound of old friends enjoying each other’s company.

Mixed Emotions is out June 14 on Lost Honey Records.

Donny Dinero is a Hudson Valley based songwriter, instrumentalist, engineer, shepard etc. He is a founding member and guitar/vocalists of NY based band, Mail the Horse. His latest release, A Sky of Glass, was set free to the world in October of 2018. It was recorded at his former in-house studio and was performed almost entirely by himself with guest musicians Dan Iead (pedal steel) and Greg Marino (flute).


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Friday, July 26th 6:00pm 2019

Jackie Showstopper and Night Pets

Early Show at 6pm! $8.

Saturday, July 20th 7:00pm 2019

The Writers Studio Reading Series

Featuring six writers Reading from their work. Free.

The Writers Studio Reading Series is a quarterly event at The Spotty Dog, where its instructors and students read from their work. The Writers Studio Hudson Valley welcomes students at all stages, from those who have only dreamed of writing fiction or poetry to those with MFAs hungry for additional serious, ongoing instruction.

July’s event includes:

Sylvie Bertrand
is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her stories and poems have appeared in Peregrine Journal, Epiphany, Cleaver Magazine, Chaleur Magazine, Alexandria Quarterly, and December magazine, among others. She received a Pushcart Special Mention in 2018 for her fiction and was a finalist for the 2019 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. She teaches at The Writers Studio in NYC and is the co-founding editor of Cagibi, a literary journal

Rachael Nevins
is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer whose poetry, essays, and book reviews have appeared in Rattle, Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Literary Mama, Hazlitt, Publishers Weekly, the Ploughshares Blog, and elsewhere. She teaches Online Advanced Poetry for The Writers Studio.

Amy Lyons
is a 2019 resident at Millay Colony for the Arts and earned a 2019 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship. She holds an MFA in fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars and was nominated for a 2015 Kirkwood Literary Prize in fiction from UCLA Extension.Deidre

Jaye Byrne
is a student at the Writers Studio Hudson Valley. Her work has appeared in The Avalon Literary Review, Forth Magazine, Down in the Dirt, Literally Stories (UK); a new story will be appearing in the Summer 2019 volume of Ginosko Literary Journal.

Thomas Pletcher
has published poetry in the US and the UK. He maintains a blog at

Elizabeth Sacre
grew up in Australia but has lived in the U.S. for much of her adult life. She lives between New York City, where she practices as a psychoanalyst, and the Hudson Valley, where she writes poetry and fiction.MORE

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Saturday, July 13th 7:00pm 2019


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 Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

is the author of I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry: An Intimacy Triptych. Her nonfiction has appeared in Los Angeles Review, Hobart, and the Best American Essays Notable List in 2016. Her essay “Surrender” is forthcoming in The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction. She made the leap from Brooklyn to Hudson last year.

Stacy’s Sunshine Crust Baking Factory makes vivid use of her firsthand experience in New York’s 1990s squatting scene. Her earlier nonfiction book on squatters, Not For Rent, is an underground classic. She is co-creator, along with Nick Zinner and Zachary Lipez, of 131 Different Things and Please Take Me Off the Guest List. She lives in the Catskills and Brooklyn.

is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, With or Without You. Her first novel, Last Day, published in May, was called “darkly glittering” by Theres Svoboda in the New York Times. She co-edited We Got This, an anthology of essays and poetry by solo mothers, forthcoming in September. She advocates for solo moms on

is the author of the novels Costalegre, Touch, and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, and the chapbook Notes From Mexico. Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book, is forthcoming from Catapult. She lives in Connecticut where she founded The Cabins, a creative retreat.

A DJ from Stacy Wakefield will follow the reading.MORE

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Friday, June 28th 7:00pm 2019

The Green Amendment - Book Talk & Signing

With veteran activist, attorney and Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum. Free.

Veteran environmentalist and original petitioner and leader of the Green Amendment movement Maya van Rossum will appear at Spotty Dog, discussing her book, The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment, followed by Q&A and signing.MORE

Saturday, June 22nd 7:00pm 2019

Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob

Book Reading and Performance of Dylan Songs (with Multiple Artists!). Free!

“I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.”
Perhaps the only subject more fascinating than the mysterious world of dreams is the mysterious world of Bob Dylan. Dreaming of Dylan brings the two together for a weird and wonderful romp through the ways the mercurial musical master shows up in our subconscious states.

Celebrated writer and musician Mary Lee Kortes lovingly curated this off-kilter collection of nocturnal visions. Paired with over 100 original images and illustrations, these dreams will captivate you in ways you never expected. There are plenty of musical dreamers here, from the incomparable Patti Smith to Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman Jimbo Mathus to Kevin Odegard. Not to mention the everyday dreamers, from plumbers to poets and pastors, from dentists to attorneys and psychotherapists. Some dreams are poignant; some are disturbing; and others are nothing short of bizarre. Taken together they’re an enthralling look at what the famously enigmatic singer/songwriter represents in the deepest recesses of our minds.

Mary Lee Kortes is a musician and author based in Brooklyn, New York. She has released five albums of original material to wide critical
acclaim, each of which landed on the Billboard critics’ top ten list in the year of its debut. Rolling Stone described her voice as “the high-mountain sunshine of Dolly Parton, with a sweet-iron undercoat of Chrissie Hynde.” She has toured the world both as a headliner and an opening act for established artists, including Dylan. Kortes is also a published short story writer. Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob is her first book.


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Friday, June 14th 8:00pm 2019

Alexander Turnquist + Lorkin O'Reilly

They're Local. They're Amazing. $8.

Alexander Turnquist is a guitarist and composer. He has released original albums on the VHF record label as well as limited released titles on the Kning Disk imprint and Textura record label. Turnquist has been compared to guitarists Jack Rose, Alex De Grassi, Kaki King, and James Blackshaw, as well as contemporary composer Philip Glass.

Since emigrating from his native Scotland in 2014 Lorkin O’Reilly has been making a name for himself throughout the Northeast. His unique transatlantic approach blends Celtic inspired open tunings with direct and personal lyrics. His writing reflects not only his own reality, but a reality faced by most of us; the purgatory between childhood and adulthood, between new home and old home and finally the overarching struggle of finding a new identity.MORE

Wednesday, June 12th 7:00pm 2019

Pride Reading with Karen Williams and Camille Spencer

Book Reading, Signing and Discussion. Free.

Please join OutHudson and Spotty Dog for an author reading and discussion.

As The Crow Flies

Karen Williams
is a writer and psychotherapist who lives between New York City and the Berkshires. In addition to novels and short stories, she has published articles on the human-animal bond and was awarded the Maxwell Medallion by the Dog Writer’s Association of America. She enjoys philosophical debates, and often asks the question we all ponder: is there a place for us beyond this life and, if so, can our dogs and cats come too? As the Crow Flies, a haunting romance with a good dose of humor and the right amount of spooky, is currently a finalist for a 2019 Golden Crown Literary Society award.


Truth or Dare

Camille Spencer
grew up in Southern California during the 70s and 80s, where she spent two years as an art major in college only to switch mid-way to English Literature. She’s worked as a freelance copywriter and editor since 2001. In 2013, she began writing fiction on the side. Truth or Dare was published in 2018. Her second romance, On Second Thought, is slated for release in February of 2020. She currently lives in Western Massachusetts with her wife and their daughter.

About the Publisher
Bold Strokes Books offers a diverse collection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer general and genre fiction. Our fiction includes romance, mystery/intrigue, crime, erotica, speculative fic (sci-fi/fantasy/horror), general fiction, and young adult. Since its inception in 2004, our mission has remained unchanged: to bring quality queer fiction to readers worldwide and to support committed authors in developing their craft and reaching an ever-growing community of readers via print, digital, and audio formats.MORE

Tuesday, June 11th 5:00pm 2019

Arts & Graft Night

A Cider Tasting for Hudson Valley Cider Week! Free!

With fine Ciders such as Salt & Sand, Comes and Gose, Lost Tropic and Bon Voyage.

Color your favorite Graft labels with the team! Raffle for prizes at 7pmMORE

Saturday, June 8th 7:00pm 2019


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 Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

REBECCA GODFREY’s first novel, The Torn Skirt, was a national bestseller and finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. Under The Bridge won the British Columbia Award for Canadian Nonfiction, and the Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Crime Writing. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony. She teaches writing at Columbia University, and lives with her family in upstate New York.

KELLY J. BEARD is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award for her memoir, An Imperfect Rapture. She has been a lawyer, an activist, a teacher, and a musician. Her essays and other work appear in Creative Nonfiction, Five Points, the Bacopa Literary Review, the Santa Ana River Review, and other literary journals.

LEE MATTHEW GOLDBERG is the author of the novels Slow Down, The Mentor, and The Desire Card. The second book in the Desire Card series, Prey No More, is forthcoming in 2019. His writing has also appeared in the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Millions, Cagibi, the Montreal Review, the Adirondack Review, the New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the co-curator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. He lives in New York City.

LUCY IVES is the author of the novels Impossible Views of the World and LOUDERMILK. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Vogue, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. A graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she holds a PhD in comparative literature from NYU, and received a 2018 Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

Followed by a DJ set from a special guest DJ.MORE

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Wednesday, May 29th 5:00pm 2019

Troegs Field Study IPA.

Tapping, Release Event and Giveaways. 5-8pm. Free.

About Field Study…
6.2% Abv


  • Malt:
    • Oats, Pilsner, Rustic Pale, Wheat
  • Hops:
    • Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado
  • Yeast:
    • House Ale

In the hop fields we daydream and study, and at the brewery we tinker and test. For Field Study, dry-hopping delivers notes of ripe grapefruit, mango, pear and melon. Add a backbone of local rustic pale malt, and Field Study is just what we were after: a slightly hazy yet bright summer daydream come true.

We taste: ripe grapefruit, pear, hint of melon


Thursday, May 23rd 7:00pm 2019

Damian Barr + Tim Murphy

Reading from their work on a Thursday evening. Free.

Damian Barr
is the author of Maggie & Me, which the Sunday Times named Memoir of the Year. He is Literary Ambassador for the Savoy in London where he hosts his Literary Salon, which been going for ten years with hundreds of prominent guests including Bret Easton Ellis, John Waters, Colm Tóibín, Jojo Moyes, David Mitchell, and Mary Beard. The Salon has partnered with the BBC Short Story Prize and the Man Booker, Hay, and the Windham-Campbell Prizes. Barr is also Literary Editor of the Soho House group and appears regularly on BBC Radio 4. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was 2013’s Stonewall Writer of the Year. He lives in Brighton, England.

Tim Murphy
is the author of the novels “Correspondents” and “Christodora,” both published by Grove Atlantic. “Christodora” was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal. Under the name Timothy Murphy, he is also the author of the 1990s novels “Getting Off Clean” and “The Breeders Box.” He has been for nearly 20 years a journalist focusing mostly on HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ issues, for publications including the New York Times, New York magazine, Out magazine, the Nation, POZ magazine, and for the magazines of the ACLU and Lambda Legal. He was a founding member of the NYC-based activist groups Gays Against Guns and Rise and Resist. He has taught journalism at City College of New York and currently teaches creative writing once weekly at Arts & Letters junior high school in Brooklyn, where he lives. A proud Boston-area native, he loves spending time in upstate New York/western Massachusetts as well as in Beirut, not far from the home of his maternal ancestors. He is at work on a new novel as well as some TV projects and, when not tethered to his laptop in his Brooklyn bedroom as he is right now, tries to see as much theater as one possibly can on a freelance writer’s salary.



Saturday, May 18th 7:00pm 2019

DJ Charles Washington

1 deejay. Three hours. Dance Music! Donations Accepted!

Spotty regular and friend Charles Washington is back with a mix of dance and hip hop grooves.MORE

Saturday, May 11th 7:00pm 2019


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 Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

JO ANN BEARD is the author of In Zanesville, a novel, and The Boys of My Youth, an essay collection. She teaches nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

DONIKA KELLY is the author of Bestiary and the chapbook Aviarium. Donika is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and winner the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She is an Assistant Professor teaching creative writing at Baruch College.

T KIRA MADDEN is an APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She is the founding editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. Her debut memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is out now from Bloomsbury.

Followed by a DJ set from Melissa FebosMORE

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Sunday, April 28th 8:00pm 2019

matt (mv) valentine + sky furrows + bulle

Three bands, for starters. $7.

Matt (MV) Valentine’s music blends aspects of the cosmic, the ancient, and the prosaic to create a sonic homebrew of purely distilled rural psychedelia. Multilayered guitar textures and off-the-cuff lyrical profundity exist side by side in MV’s songs, they’ll get you one way or the other. He’s released many records as a member of renowned bands MV/EE and Tower Recordings, and has recently been playing and releasing material with Pat (PG Six) Gubler as Wet Tuna.

sky furrows
Fronted by poet Karen Schoemer, Albany’s Sky Furrows combine various influences ranging from krautrock, NZ bands like the Clean and the Verlaines, the Minutemen, and early Sonic Youth. Burnt Hills vets Phil Donnelly (drums), Eric Hardiman (bass), and Mike Griffin (guitar) provide stark and propulsive backdrops to Schoemer’s evocative poetry.

Bulle are a side project of Wednesday Knudsen and Clark Griffin from Pigeons and Weeping Bong Band. Past performances have featured synth, guitar, and saxophone, and they’ve often collaborated with other musicians in the live setting.MORE

Saturday, April 20th 8:00pm 2019


Local Crew, Taking Over. Donations Accepted!

Saturday, April 13th 7:00pm 2019


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 Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

MARIANNE SHANEEN is a Lebanese/Mexican-American writer who’s been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and a NYSCA grant. Her work has appeared in Bomb, The Brooklyn Rail, Manchester University Press, Vanitas, and elsewhere. She’s currently finishing her first novel, Homing.

TESS BROWN-LAVOIE writes and farms in Providence, RI. She is author of Lite Year, winner of the Fence Modern Poets Series. Tess co-founded Sidewalk Ends Farm in 2011, and is President of the National Young Farmers Coalition.

PATRICK DONNELLY is the author of four books of poetry: Little-Known Operas, Jesus Said, Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin, and The Charge. He directs the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, now a center for poetry and the arts.

YZ CHIN is the author of Though I Get Home, premier winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. Her fiction and essays have appeared or will appear in Harvard Review, Electric Literature, and more.

Followed by a DJ set from Stephen BluhmMORE

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Friday, April 12th 8:00pm 2019

Johanna Warren

Returning for a Solo Show. $10.

Johanna Warren sometimes seems like a psychic medium moonlighting as a songwriter. The Portland native makes dreamy folk music that sparkles and sprawls with new age flourishes and crystal shop percussion, inspired by tarot cards, metaphysics, and the monastic teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. Even beyond her recorded work, Warren comes off like a person radiating with cosmic wisdom to the point that it starts leaking outward, seemingly unprompted. In an interview at SXSW last year, she offered this advice: “If you just make yourself really bright and shiny, everything around you becomes a reflective surface that shines back at you.” (The question she’s responding to—“How’s your South By experience so far?”).

Gemini II is the second album Johanna Warren has composed about a relationship (with a Gemini), and it mirrors its predecessor. Both feature nine interlinked songs, with Warren playing a wide variety of instruments including guitar, flute, mellotron, and synths. While the concept views love through an astrological lens, her lyrics expose life’s crushing banality—the things that make us look to the stars for answers in the first place. In “Cause or Effect,” she sings to a protagonist left bored and self-conscious when everyone at the party steps out for a smoke. “You got nothing else to do/Your phone is broken,” she sings as a rush of harmony enters, as if to mock the weight of such unglamorous ennui.

While recording prolifically as a solo artist, Warren has also developed a career accompanying folks like Julie Byrne and Iron & Wine, acts who’ve gained notoriety for just how unaccompanied their music sounds. You get the sense that Warren’s become a sought-after collaborator not for her ability to blend into the background but for her knowledge of exactly how to complement a song while maintaining its sense of solitude, tapping into an inherent aura. This skill makes the relatively brief Gemini II feel dynamic and sweeping and its songs consistently surprising.

In the moody opener, “Hopelessness Has Done Nothing For Me,” Warren textures a date night pep talk with gothic cobwebs of piano and guitar. When the drums kick in, they conjure the rush of road-trip indie rock, a subtle gust of familiarity and momentum. More straightforward songs like the strum-along ballad “Boundaries” also move in strange ways. With a melody that finds the middle ground between Red House PaintersSongs for a Blue Guitar and Taylor Swift’s Speak Now, Warren breaks in and out of character, injecting its sense of calm with conversational asides. You are unlikely to hear a more beautiful song that also includes the phrase, “so fucking stoked.”

Both as a guitarist and a vocalist, Warren has a knack for complex, unwinding melodies. The subtle “Mine to Take,” with its weary double-tracked vocals, taps into the mystical Laurel Canyon sound of Judee Sill. British folk serves as an inspiration for the more ambitious compositions: the hypnotic “inreverse” and the closing “Was It Heaven.” Wise and stately, these songs provide the album’s major moments of resolution. “I hope you’ll fly again,” Warren sings in the closing lines of “Was It Heaven.” “With you, I was infinitely lost.” As the departing sentiment of her Gemini saga, it offers a sense of peace, but Warren knows most journeys don’t end so clean. We never stop searching for answers: It’s what keeps all our most trusted songwriters—and psychics—in business.

— Sam Sodomsky, PitchforkMORE

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Thursday, April 11th 5:00pm 2019

Bell's Brewery: Launch of "Official" IPA

With the frst Oberon tapping of the season. Free Tasting!

Join Bell’s Brewery at Spotty Dog on Thursday, April 11th from 5-8 for the launch of their new hazy IPA: Official along with the first Oberon of the season. Score some giveaways from the brewery and raise a glass to the arrival of Spring!

* Official *
Two of our favorite ingredients come together in the brewhouse; pungent American hops and delicious wheat malt. This Hazy IPA is double dry-hopped (a combination of Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo and El Dorado hops) resulting in complex peach, stone fruit and tropical notes with a dry finish and balanced bitterness. A refined beer for those who love hops and for those who prefer wheat beers. Go ahead and make it Official.MORE

Saturday, March 23rd 8:00pm 2019

Josh Rutner + Terence Murren + Otto Hauser

The jazz trio plays music from Sonny Rollins' “A Night at the Village Vanguard.” $7.

The trio of Josh Rutner (saxophone) Terence Murren (string bass) and Otto Hauser (drums) play music of Sonny Rollins’ 1957 Blue Note recording “A Night at the Village Vanguard,” a highly influential album that paved the way for piano-less, jazz groups and exploratory interpretations of the standards. These three fixtures on the Hudson Valley jazz scene have appeared together in different groups but make their debut in this lineup exploring this repertoire.


Saturday, March 16th 8:00pm 2019

Viking Moses

With Bill Lee nd Underground River. $12.

The Baltimore artist, supporting his upcoming album, Cruel Child, being released on Friday, April 5th on Epifo music.

With Bill Lee (Hudson, NY) and Underground River (Binghamton, NY) opening!

Nearly 13 years since his proper debut as Viking Moses, Baltimore musician Brendon Massei is slated to release his fifth album, Cruel Child. As one would expect from someone who is noted for having consistently toured since 1993, Cruel Child offers a dozen dusty and deep and wistful explorations of the soul, written in such a manner they could only have come from a master traveler of dark and imposing paths both literal and philosophical.

Yet in darkness, light; it would be wrong to fully assume that Cruel Child is an album that wallows in its misery. Yes, Massei sings with a deep and haunted voice reminiscent of Mark Lanegan, Will Oldham, and David Eugene Edwards, but like those masters, Massei is adept at hiding beautiful, tender, and positive messages that are shrouded in mystery and melancholy. The power of devotion to love can be found in the swampy gospel grunge of “Let The Trouble Pass,” the slow jam R&B rhythm of “Killing Kind” builds upon the tension of impatience, and the desolate power of bleak country emboldens the unfolding beauty of love in the one-two knockout album-closing punch of “A World So Full Of Love” and “Take Tender,” both of which are astonishingly beautiful love songs presented in a heartbreaking arrangement not seen since Townes Van Zandt.

Cruel Child is an album of dark sounds, to be sure; it is a beautiful darkness, though–one that should not be feared, but embraced. It is an album that unfolds itself slowly; its foreboding and lonely trails growing lighter on subsequent listens, revealing hidden beauty and truth with every visit.

-Joseph KyleMORE

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Friday, March 15th 7:00pm 2019

DJ Charles Washington

1 deejay. Three hours. Dance Music! Donations Accepted!

Spotty regular and friend Charles Washington brings us a mix of dance and hip hop grooves.MORE

Saturday, March 9th 7:00pm 2019


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 Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

LUC SANTE’s books include Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and The Other Paris. He teaches at Bard.

VALERIE HSIUNG is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of three full-length poetry collections, including e f g. Poems can be found or are forthcoming in the Nation, the Believer, PEN Poetry Series, and others. Born and raised in Ohio by Chinese-Taiwanese immigrants, Hsiung is now based in New York.

JILLIAN MEDOFF is the acclaimed author of the novels This Could Hurt, I Couldn’t Love You More, Good Girls Gone Bad, and Hunger Point, which was made into an original cable movie. Along with writing novels, Jillian has a long career in management consulting.

Followed by a short DJ set.MORE

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Friday, March 8th 7:00pm 2019

Visionary Women

A Book Signing with Local Author Andrea Barnet Free.

**A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Columbia Land Conservancy**

: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World

by Andrea Barnet

Change is sometimes sparked by unexpected characters—outsiders whose clarity of vision and strength of purpose can catalyze a revolution. VISIONARY WOMEN: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World (Ecco; On-sale March 13, 2018) is the story of four renegades who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat.
With a keen eye for detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how the work of these visionaries collectively changed the course of history. While they came from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall and Waters found their voices in the early sixties. At a time of enormous societal upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950’s corporate culture and its war on nature. Consummate outsiders, they each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture.
All told their efforts ignited a transformative progressive movement while offering people a new way to think about the world and a more positive way of living in it.

About the Author
Andrea Barnet is the author of All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930, which was a nonfiction finalist for the 2004 Lambda Literary awards. She was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review for twenty-five years, and her journalism has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, The New York Times, Elle and the Toronto Globe and Mail, among other publications. She splits her time between the Hudson Valley and New York City, where she lives with her husband, the painter Kit White. Visionary Women is a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ Bograd Weld award for biography.MORE

Friday, March 1st 7:30pm 2019

Wreckless Eric

Much loved and often underestimated. $10 suggested.

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

Eric’s new album Transience is coming out in May

“…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


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 three years of touring and recording have left Eric in good shape.
He’s coming to town.MORE

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Saturday, February 9th 7:00pm 2019


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:

JACLYN GILBERT received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and BA from Yale University. She is the recipient of a research fellowship from the New York Public Library, a contributor to the Bread Loaf and Tin House Writers’ Conference, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Late Air (Little A, Nov. 2018) is her first novel.

RICHARD KLIN is the author of the novel Petroleum Transfer Engineer, as well as two nonfiction books. His work—fiction and nonfiction—has been featured on Public Radio International’s Studio 360 and appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, the Atlantic, the Forward, Flyover Country Review, Adelaide, and others.

EMILY LIEBOWITZ is the author of the book National Park and the chapbook In Any Map. . Her writing has appeared in the Believer, Pen Poetry Series, jubilat, Lana Turner, and various other journals and magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she co-edits LVNG magazine.

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Saturday, February 2nd 7:00pm 2019

4 Poets Reading from New Work

Drewes / Poppick / Chin-Tanner / Hewett. Hosted by Jasmine Dreame Wagner. Free.

Join us on Saturday, February 2nd at 7pm (free!), for four incredible poets reading new work: Steffi Drewes, Daniel Poppick, Wendy Chin-Tanner, and Kate Leah Hewett.

More information about the readers:

Steffi Drewes is author of the poetry collection Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow (Kelsey Street Press, 2016) and four chapbooks, most recently New Animal (Dancing Girl Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in various journals and event series, including the 2018 Way Bay Poetry Assembly and postcard project at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She is also the recipient of writing and art residencies at Vermont Studio Center, The Desert House in California, and the Wassaic Project in New York, where she debuted an original set of photo-based tarot cards and performed readings at the Wassaic Summer Exhibition: Vagabond Time Killers. Today she works as a freelance writer and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Daniel Poppick is the author of The Police (Omnidawn, 2017). His poetry appears in BOMB, the New Republic, Fence, Bennington Review, the PEN Poetry Series, and other journals. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Kenyon College, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Coe College, and the Parsons School of Design, and has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He currently lives in Brooklyn, where he coedits the Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel and Rawaan Alkhatib.

Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the poetry collections “Turn” (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards, and “Anyone Will Tell You,” (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). She is a poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, and co-founder of A Wave Blue World, an independent publishing company for graphic novels. Some of her poems can be found at RHINO Poetry, Denver Quarterly, The Rumpus, Vinyl Poetry, The Collagist, North Dakota Quarterly, and The Mays Anthology of Oxford and Cambridge. A trained sociologist specializing in race, identity, discourse analysis, and cultural studies, Wendy was born and raised in NYC and educated at Cambridge University, UK. She is the mother of two daughters and the proud daughter of immigrants.

Kate Leah Hewett is a poet, writer and music promoter based in Hudson NY. She arrived in Hudson from the North of England, where she spent a number of years working with artists and musicians of many genres. Kate doesn’t believe in working in isolation, and feels that collaboration is key in producing work that resonates outside of her own brain. Her writing draws on her own queer experience and the vital influence that the wider queer and creative community has had on her life. Find her at @kateleahhewett on Instagram.MORE

Friday, February 1st 8:00pm 2019

Amy Rigby

A Literacy Benefit. Live at the Spotty. $7.

Amy Rigby’s first solo album in a dozen years, The Old Guys has received ecstatic reviews in the US and UK. NPR’s Fresh Air called it one of the top albums of 2018. The Old Guys measures the weight of heroes, home; family, friends and time. Philip Roth and Bob Dylan, CD/cassette players, touring, the wisdom of age and Walter White, groupies, Robert Altman, egg creams, fellow musicians and mentors are paid tribute. Twelve songs written unmistakably by Amy and recorded by Wreckless Eric in Catskill New York, The Old Guys is the sound of a good girl grown up, never giving up.

February 1, 2019, Amy will release a new single “The President Can’t Read” on Southern Domestic Recordings, available to stream or download.

“One of America’s greatest songwriters”
–Nashville Scene

“Her smart, thoughtful songwriting has been knocking the wind out of listeners since she first came on the scene as a solo artist with her 1996 debut Diary Of A Mod Housewife.”
–No Depression

“…one of the most inventive songwriters of her generation.”
–Jersey Beat

“Rigby’s old guys all benefit from the cult New Yorker’s pithy wisdom, acerbic pen and sterling American guitar classicism.”

Amy Rigby has made a life out of writing and singing about life. With bands Last Roundup and the Shams in eighties NYC East Village to her solo debut Diary Of A Mod Housewife out of nineties Williamsburg; through a songwriting career in 2000s Nashville and during the past decade with duo partner Wreckless Eric, she’s released records on visionary independent labels Rounder, Matador, Signature Sounds and reborn Stiff Records as well as her and Eric’s own Southern Domestic Recordings. Her songs have been covered by Laura Cantrell, Ronnie Spector and They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh.

For the last twenty-three years, Amy has toured the US, Canada, UK and Europe. She lives with Wreckless Eric in upstate New York. When she’s not writing and performing, she pours beer and sells books at The Spotty Dog bookstore in Hudson.MORE

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Saturday, January 26th 7:00pm 2019

The Writers Studio Reading Series

Featuring A.W. Barnes, reading from his just-published collection of essays. Free.

Featuring A.W. Barnes, reading from his just-published collection of linked essays, The Dark Eclipse: Reflections on Suicide and Absence.

“Barnes brilliantly understands the memoirist’s spiritual prerogative—we are able to bring the dead back to life in our prose. We can take the pictures off the wall and make them dance; we can take the facts of dry documents and make them into vivid stories. The Dark Eclipse is a beautiful example of this.”

–Susan CheeverMORE

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Saturday, January 12th 7:00pm 2019


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:

Priscilla Becker
is the author of Internal West, which won The Paris Review Book Prize, and Stories that Listen. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, NYU University, and several others. Her most recently published poem, prism, appears in Oddball magazine.

Laura Sims
is the author of Looker, a debut novel. She has published four books of poetry, most recently Staying Alive, and is the editor of Fare Forward: Letters from David Markson. She lives outside of New York City with her family.

Dave King
is the author of the novel The Ha-Ha, winner of the 2006 Rome Prize for Literature. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Village Voice, Fence, Conjunctions, and others. His story, “The Stamp Collector,” is included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2018.

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Tuesday, January 1st 6:30pm 2019

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