Rosary Beard to Debut New Album May 4th

Photo by Laura Harris

Rosary Beard, comprised of Albany’s own Matthew Loiacono and Hunter Sagehorn (of Matthew Carefully and Alta Mira, respectably), will be presenting their debut album Halfmoon Fever on Friday May 4th at the Steamer 10 Theatre in Albany.

Rosary Beard is an instrumental acoustic guitar duo and have been writing highly-detailed, emotive compositions since January 2010. I’ve given their album several listens at work and found it to be excellent for the office environment. I also have total faith that Rosary Beard in the live setting is a completely different experience – in a good way – than it is as a calming soundtrack at my job.

Additionally, the album itself was recorded completely live, with no overdubs, over the course of this past year at a historic ballroom in Troy, by Ian White of Swordpaw. The record was mixed by Troy Pohl (The Kamikaze Hearts, producer of Sean Rowe’s Magic LP) and then was mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering in Brooklyn.

Lots of care went into making this album and it makes for an intelligent, interesting and creative take on guitar-based instrumentals, while remaining whimsical and not boring at all. (For those of you who feel like you absolutely “need” lyrics to enjoy music, Rosary Beard will likely prove you wrong).

The album officially comes out on June 5th, and May 4th will be a special opportunity for locals to hear it first.

The Steamer no. 10 Theatre is located at 500 Western Avenue, and I, for one, have never been there before, and am excited to check out what the venue is all about. (Consider this a perfect break in routine from seeing shows at Valentine’s, Bogies, or other commonly frequented spots in Albany).

Opening the night will be Northampton, MA-based indie-pop band Winterpills.

Tickets are available at the door ($13) and in advance ($15) by calling 518-438-5503.

Recap: Rest Fest ’11

Although in theory, the 2nd-annual Restoration Festival took some hits from Irene — such as two of the national acts, A Hawk and a Hacksaw and The Music Tapes both canceling and the consecutive choice to allow free entry on Sunday — in practice, the festival and its attendees became a textbook example for making the best of a potentially grim situation.


Deer Tick at Rest Fest © Andrew Franciosa

The b3nson family affair brought together a tediously crafted line-up and schedule of the Capital Region’s best in indie folk/rock/etc. mixed in with nationally touring bands Deer Tick and Titus Andronicus and a late(r) night DJ set from Looney of Deep Children and Party With Tina on Saturday. Sunday’s schedule was delayed and slimmed down due to the storm, but arguably one of the best parts of the entire weekend was seeing the tireless efforts and actions of volunteers and friends alike come together to ensure that Irene didn’t eff up a good time. People wanted this event go to happen and that energy was just as contagious as was freaking out about the storm.

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