Friday, October 26th 8:00pm

Ross Goldstein

with Brian Dewan! $5

The last we heard from Ross Goldstein was his second solo album Inverted Jenny, a collection of blissful and exploratory orchestral pop that arrived in the late summer of 2017. Just a little over a year later Goldstein returns with The Eighth House, a complete shift of gears that finds him immersed in a cinematic dreamworld of instrumental sounds that still hold glimmers of the psychedelic spirit inherent to everything he touches.

The initial inspirations for the album began during sessions for Inverted Jenny, an album where Ross actually recorded and then removed vocals from many songs, opting for instrumentals that said more than lyrics could. Already leaning towards exploring deeper expression with instrumental compositions, he entered a phase of obsession with science fiction books and movies, as well as listening closer to soundtracks and incidental film music. Turning to an arsenal of classic Chamberlin and Mellotron sounds, he began composing the pieces that would become The Eighth House, fantastical and often slightly damaged scores to imagined scenes of both cosmic and Earthly.

While plenty of homage has been paid to the anxiety-heavy synthy soundtracks of 70’s b-movie horror flicks or the acid rock freak outs that soundtracked movies from the early days hippie subculture, The Eighth House goes in a very different direction. More than those popular entry points, the music here is subdued and slow-moving, curiously inspecting ideas as the album moves through various fantastical passages. Even when cartoonish sound effects meet with tense swells of strings or dramatic orchestral flourishes (early Chamberlin models recorded their sounds using players of the Lawrence Welk Orchestra, no less!), the result is never garish but always patient and communicative. Bells ring in the distance, memories and possibilities are implied but left open to interpretation and strange but friendly sounds linger for just a moment before melting into something else. The result is a muted and wintery paradise that envisions Smile-era Brian Wilson scoring the softer moments of a Jodorowsky film.

What’s most striking about The Eighth House is how much of Goldstein’s sonic personality comes through, even in music that’s in some ways striving to disappear into the background. Whether it’s lilting chamber pop, the screaming psychedelia of his band Fogwindow or in this case a slowly-unfolding narrative of celestial instrumentals, it’s all unmistakably Ross, reflecting an intrinsic kindness that’s always at odds with a restless searching. It’s definitely present on this album of drifting wordless compositions, as he offers us ripples of boundless imagination and just-out-of-reach impressions of other worlds.
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~releases October 26, 2018~

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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Monday, August 26th 7:00pm 2019

Another Michael + Bruiser & Bicycle + Diana Jones

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

Another Michael (solo)
~Philadelphia~

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

Diana Jones
~Hudson~
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

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Monday, July 22nd 7:00am 2019 - Friday, September 20th 5:00pm

Call For Entries!

for The Spotty Dog Occasional International Short Film Festival! Free!

Short Films and Videos
Recent Work
8 Minutes Max
Stop Motion
Collage
Animation
Narrative

Deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 20th
The film festival will be held on Sunday Oct. 6th, 2019 at 7pm

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Past Events
Saturday, August 10th 7:00pm 2019

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 Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

ADAM TEDESCO
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.

SARAH ELAINE SMITH
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.

RYAN CHAPMAN
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.

NICHOLAS MANCUSI
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.

Listen: http://charmingdisaster.com/music

“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.

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Wednesday, July 31st 7:00pm 2019

Lily & Horn Horse

w/ Kulton the Maker, Jodie, and Daniel Meyer + Ben Rempel. $8-10 (sliding scale)

Lily Konigsberg is a member of the experimental punk band Palberta and Matt Norman performs as Horn Horse, and together they formed a group called Lily And Horn Horse. The duo will release a collaborative album next month, on the heels of Palberta’s most recent album Bye Bye Berta, by way of Philly’s Ramp Local Records. Lily On Horn Horse is 28-tracks long, and due to its interpretive nature, we’re premiering three of the album’s songs at once so listeners can get a feel for the project. Konigsberg and Norman are both multi-instrumentalists, and their versatility can be heard on “George Jones’ Greatest Hits,” “Dancing In The Tubes,” and my favorite of the trio: “Today.” All three of these tracks recall some of Arthur Russell’s deconstructed pop demos, and on “Today,” Konigsberg and Norman piece together the scaffolding for a pop song that has the melodic potential to be developed into something much, much bigger

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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 13th 7:00pm 2019

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 Dog. Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

NINA BOUTSIKARIS
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 WAKEFIELD
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.

DOMENICA RUTA
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 ESME.com.

COURTNEY MAUM
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.

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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

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

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 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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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

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 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.

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Saturday, May 4th 7:00pm 2019

The Writers Studio

Hudson Valley Reading Series. Free.

Featuring NYC writers/faculty Liz Kingsley and Lucinda Holt, along with students from Hudson Valley.

Liz Kingsley
Liz’s poetry has appeared in New Ohio Review, The McNeese Review, The Round, and Euphony; her fiction has appeared in The William and Mary Review; her essay appears in the collection “BLENDED: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience”; and her poems were nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2013 and 2020. She studies poetry with Philip Schultz at The Writers Studio where she is the Administrative Director. During regular business hours, she is an elementary school special education teacher. She lives with her partner, their five children, and their two dogs in Westfield, New Jersey.

Lucinda Holt Lucinda is the director of the online writing program at The Writers Studio and director of communications at Answer where she edits a sexual health magazine and website for teens. Lucinda also writes and edits for The Pickaninny Papers. She is at work on a novel.MORE

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Saturday, May 4th 10:00am 2019 - Saturday, May 4th 3:00pm

The 2019 Hudson Children’s Book Festival

80 Children's Book Authors and Illustrators Under One Roof! Free!

The Hudson Children’s Book Festival, established in 2009, is held each year in the historic city of Hudson, NY, and strives to create, sustain, and nurture a culture of literacy in partnership with our community and schools. This free, public event fosters a love of reading as families meet and greet world-class creators of books for children of all ages.MORE

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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.


https://mvandee.bandcamp.com
https://mvandee.blogspot.com

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
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

Friday, April 26th 8:00pm 2019

Girls On Grass and House of Kin

The Spotty Rocks on a Friday Night. $7.

Brooklyn-based Girls on Grass, despite their moniker, is precisely 50% girl—Barbara (writer, singer, guitarist), drummer Nancy Polstein (the Friggs, Cheri Knight, Star City)—and 50% boy: blues/alt-country vet David Weiss on lead guitar(replacing Sean Eden), and WFMU’s own Dave Mandl on bass.

Upon her arrival in NYC in 2004, Barbara served time in a handful of bands; it took a decade for her songwriting identity to blossom, and when it did, it contained multitudes: not only her Wisconsin working-class folk-country sensibility, but all the strains she took in as a kid andas a working musician. Think very, very melodic roots-y but also psych-inflected bands: the dBs, the Rain Parade, plus a big dose of surf and rockabilly. Plus, just warm as heck.

But that’s not all: she’s sort of a guitar hero. Think Dickey-Betts-meets-Tom-Verlaine. Precisely executed, angular lines, played left-handed. But that’s not all, either, because this is really a band, one that, upon their 2014 live debut (at Freddy’s Back Room) seems to have become the favorite of an alarming number of people. On Barbara’s left is Dave #1: the Tele guy who can effortlessly channel the likes of Roy Buchanan, Clarence White, or Richard Thompson as he plays in deft counterpoint to Barbara’s guitar. On her right is Dave #2, the melodic-but-grooving bass guy, who seems to always come up with the perfect but completely unexpected part. And behind her, holding everything together is Nancy, a drummer who really knows how to support a song, but can unleash a Bonham-esquestadium fill when such a thing is called for.

Dirty Power, their about-to-be-released sophomore effort,is a stunning collection that continues Barbara’s lay-it-on-the-lineapproach to songcraft but ups the ante musically witha more-developedguitar interplay that’s equal partsSticky FingersandMarqueeMoon.Girls on Grass recorded Dirty Powerwith producer Eric Ambel (alum of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Del-Lords, Blood Oranges)and engineer Mario Viele, with mixing by Michael James.

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House of Kin weaves words from the heart into dynamic vocal melodies and harmonies that shake the soul into the present moment. Live looped vocals, piano, bass and percussion create a soulful pop sound and a story of redemption. With ethereal incantations, humor, and raw truth, Jess Kin and Michael Lesko offer their dreams of what could be with a personal mission to live in gratitude and treat all life as kin. Each song is a prayer and a testament to the lessons learned from the darkness.”MORE

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Saturday, April 20th 8:00pm 2019

BEASTMODE

Local Crew, Taking Over. Donations Accepted!

Saturday, April 13th 7:00pm 2019

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 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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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.

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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

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 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.

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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

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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 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

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:

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.”
–MOJO

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 12th 7:00pm 2019

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:

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.

Followed by a DJ set from DJ Jake Perry.MORE

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Tuesday, January 1st 5:00pm 2019

Spotty Holiday Hours!

Xmas Eve: 11-5ish, Xmas Day: CLOSED, NYE: 11-9ish, New Year's Day: 2-9ish