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6 Live Music Shows in the Hudson Valley to See in May 

Last Updated: 05/02/2019 10:48 am
click to enlarge Meat Puppets play Colony in Woodstock May 13.
  • Meat Puppets play Colony in Woodstock May 13.
From the inaugural O+ Festival in North Adams to the Felice Brother's latest album tour to the chameleonic sounds of the Dirty Projectors, here are our top picks for live shows to catch this month in the Hudson Valley.

Chris Corsano/Mark Trecka

May 3. The Hi-Lo cafe is quickly becoming a hot spot for cool music. Witness this double bill featuring New England-based drummer Chris Corsano (Björk, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore) and Hudson Valley sound artist Mark Trecka (Pillars and Tongues, Dark Dark Dark). Corsano, who has also done time with freak folkers Sunburned Hand of the Man and Six Organs of Admittance, has been called "a peripatetic ace of the avant-garde" by the New York Times, and "arguably the most riotously energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz" by The Wire. Trecka, also a writer whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and The New Enquiry, will perform selections from his upcoming release, Everything Falling Crosses Over. (Kulton the Maker raps May 2; Bobby Previte and Tony Kieraldo jam May 4.) 8:30pm. Donation requested. Catskill. Hilocatskill.com.

O+ North Adams

May 10-11. Nine years on from its local launch, the revolutionary O+ Festival franchise of music, art, and wellness continues to expand its healing reach into other cities. This month sees the celebration arrive in Western Massachusetts with the inaugural O+ North Adams festival. Headlining the happening is French-Cameroonian duo Les Nubians, who are known for their inimitable fusion of Francophone hip-hop and sweet R&B. Also among the event's 20 musical acts are Frenchy and the Punk, Home Body, JB!! AKA Dirty Moses, Kortnee Simmons, MSL, Spero, Hill Haints, Belle-Skinner, Mama's Marmalade, Jagweed, and Weegee and the Wondertwins. Nine visual artists will be showing their work, and wellness clinics will be open to participating artists. See website for passes and schedule. North Adams, Massachusetts. Opositivefestival.org.

The Felice Brothers


May 11. In a manner befitting the biblical-parable vibes of many of their songs, the prodigal sons of Palenville return to the regional stage with this night in BSP's back room to unveil their first album in three years, Undress. In the time since 2017's In the Dark, main songwriter and vocalist Ian Felice became a father and released his first solo record and his first book of poetry, and the band welcomed new bassist Jesske Hume (Conor Oberst) and drummer Will Lawrence. Last month brought the third single from Undress, "Special Announcement," a timely snipe at political corruption. With Jonathan Rice. (And the Kids kill it May 5; Los Mirlos make psychedelic Peruvian chicha sounds May 13.) 7:30pm. $25, $30. Kingston. (845) 481-5158; Bspkingston.com.

The Meat Puppets

May 13. In the mid-1980s hardcore scene, Arizona's Meat Puppets stood out like a tie-dye T-shirt in a room full of black leather. Although they began as blistering thrashers, with their 1984 album Meat Puppets II they found their defining M.O.: a surreal, sunbaked blend of loping country, Grateful Dead-ish psychedelia, hard-rock boogie, and noisy punk. The Pups' crazy-cactus cocktail influenced many who caught them during their own tours or with their SST label mates Black Flag, Hüsker Dü, and the Minutemen—notably the members of Nirvana, who invited them to collaborate on "MTV Unplugged"; 1994 brought their hit "Backwater." Colony welcomes the original trio of brothers Chris (bass, vocals) and Kurt Kirkwood (guitar, vocals) and Derrick Bostrom (drums) augmented by Kurt's son Elmo (guitar) and Ron Stabinksi (keyboards). With Sumo Princess and Steve Maglio. (Kevin Devine and John K. Samson sing May 12; Carla Olson and Todd Wolfe come by May 19.) 7pm. $25, $30. Woodstock. (856) 679-7625; Colonywoodstock.com.

Dirty Projectors

May 25. Since being launched in 2002, Dirty Projectors have seen enough transitory members pass through their ranks to fill a phone book (do they still make those?). Led by main man David Longstreth (vocals, guitar), the Brooklyn-born collective's 30-plus list of past players includes notable names like Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Tyondai Braxton (Battles), and Olga Bell. Currently a sextet, the group is still basking in the glow of last year's Lamp Lit Prose, their 10th album of arty, lo-fi pop confections. In preparation for their playing the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona at the end of the month, the Projectors have trained their lenses on Hudson Hall, where they'll be rehearsing before doing this rare area date. (Shenel Johns and the Dominick Farinacci Quintet pay tribute to "Ladies of the Blues" June 1.) 8pm. $35. Hudson. (518) 822-1438; Hudsonhall.org.


May 28. Unquestionably among the leading lights of the early Los Angeles punk scene, X, which formed in 1977, will play Daryl's House. The foursome's formula of bassist John Doe and singer Exene Cervenka's skewed harmonies and desperate lyrics, guitarist Billy Zoom's rootsy/buzzsaw riffing, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake's rock-steady, unflinching beat sounds like nothing else that came out of LA during the era. Crystallized across their first four Ray Manzarek-produced albums—1980's Los Angeles, 1981's Wild Gift, and 1982's Under the Big Black Sun, and 1983's More Fun in the New World, all of them essential American rock 'n' roll records—the band's deep sound crosses the straight-punk attack of contemporaries the Ramones and the Sex Pistols with timeless rockabilly, country, folk, and blues influences. (Rhett Miller returns May 3; Chuck Prophet plays solo May 19.) 7pm. $40. Pawling. (845) 289-0185; Darylshouseclub.com.

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