Feb. 16: The dichotomies of Warmer When It Rains are perfectly illustrated in two contrasting (and stellar) ballads: “Midnight,” an entirely contemporary, hip-hop-inflected bit of production R & B, is all friction; stilted, glitch rhythms; electro-minimalism; and a huge hook. Five tracks later, the finale “So Easy to Love” is an exquisite and utterly naturalistic homage to uptown soul and Motown.
Saturday, Feb. 17: It may have begun as unpretentious novelty, but through hard work and sweat, the Bacon Brothers have evolved into a reliable, road-tested rock ‘n’ roll outfit, live and in the studio, that just happens to feature a movie star.
Everyone knows that a rose represents an expression of romantic love. But watch out! According to my little book, you had better heed what kind of rose you pull out from behind your back to present to the one you love.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Named America’s Best Architect by Time Magazine, which praised him for designing “buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye,” Rhinebeck’s Steven Holl is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Croton Point Park, Boscobel and other venues host annual EagleFest featuring Dar Williams. If you want to start your day early, catch the Metro-North Eagle Train leaving Poughkeepsie at 8:50 a.m. and ride to Croton-Harmon in the same car with a naturalist, who’ll be pointing out winter bird life along the Hudson River.
Sledding party at Clermont; celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Snowy Day; make a Sailor’s Valentine
The facts are clear: second season post-Warren Haynes; no Spearhead; lots of indie-rock and pop; no jam, just a mountain bracing for a different clientele from the one who made it big in the first place. It has been underway for a while, however. The screen reads not “Red alert! Identity crisis” but rather, “Transformation complete.” We’ve moved on.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Little Red Wagon is lovely, spirited and reflective. Traditional in instrumentation and in overall sound, and with plenty of rural blues and café folk reference throughout, Little Red Wagon yet delivers a stern warning about doctrinal traditionalism in its lead track.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Go jump in the lake! The mid-Hudson chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has put out its annual call for brave souls to take an icy dip at the reservoir at Berean Park in Highland.
Friday, Feb. 9: The program takes audiences on an exploration of the music of 1860 to the 1930s for strings, piano and voice, ranging from the spirituals, art songs and poems of Harry T. Burleigh and Laurence Hope to the melodic chords of Samuel Barber and the hit songs of George & Ira Gershwin.