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IS THAT A GUITAR IN YOUR POCKET,OR ARE YOU JUST HAPPY TO SEE ME? Many area musicians are still suffering due to their lockout from the Hilton rehearsal spaces. The doors to 448 and 450 N. Pearl St. in Albany, two warehouse buildings down from our friend Nipper, were padlocked July 22 after police arrested some folks for allegedly using one of the spaces for prostitution and pimping. During the arrest, their eyes must have wandered to the many things in the building not up to code. Wonder what they were looking at when investigating the huge gear heist from those spaces a year ago—apparently the lack of smoke alarms, sprinkler system and the abundance of electrical hazards were less important then. The buildings housed a slew of tiny rehearsal spaces, which were always full and always in use, as well as a couple of recording studios—and nobody can get back to work there until the buildings’ landlord, John Hilton, corrects the problems. He apparently has moved some musicians to spaces across the river, but many of the renters still can’t get into the place to get their stuff. And folks who made their living out of these buildings, Scarlet East Studios’ John Delehanty, for example, are shit out of luck.

CHANGE OF LIFE: The Sixfifteens keep going through changes, a transformation that has been occurring ever since the longtime power-pop band Dryer became the Sixfifteens—albeit with a new bassist. Their recent changes include the departure of bassist Gene Davenport—who’s fleeing our area for a taste of the Big Apple—and the addition of former Glitter of Cohoes drummer Jeffrey Fox. Fox plays guitar for the Sixfifteens, and his influence on the band, steering them closer to Mission of Burma, can be heard in their newest songs, to be put on record in the near future. The band will perform bassless until just the right fit shows up, but you can hear some of Davenport’s playing and influence on the band if you head to, as the mp3s on their site are of songs recorded with him.

LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NOISE: One of our favorite noise-rock bands, the Amazing Plaid, voted best new band in our recent Best Of (and though they’ve been around for, like, three or four years, their shiny luster still hasn’t worn off), will embark on their Amerika: Wha Happened Tour on Friday, starting in New York City and heading all over the damn place before returning for a show at Valentine’s on Aug. 24. They’ll reach as far west as Madison, Wisc., and midway through the jaunt they’ll be joined by their friends and rockers, the High Socks.

TRADING UP: Former Artie’s Lansingburgh Station proprietor Art Fredette has found a new home in downtown Troy’s All Sports Pub. He’s now managing the venue at 194 River St, and is thrilled to have found the large space (it’ll fit 350 people) with a full stage and PA. Expect the rocking to commence. We’ll keep you posted.

Space age hooligans: Giagni gives the Erotics some motivation.

SPACE IS THE PLACE: Local glam-punk band the Erotics (featured in our Best Of issue as the area’s best rock band) have sought out area filmmaker Dean Giagni, director of the recently released short film The Situationist, to shoot the video for “Space Age Mafia,” from their release All That Glitters Is Dead. The band are portrayed as mafia dons seeking revenge on a record honcho who apparently gets tossed into the Hudson for the trademarked sleeping-with-the-fishes scene. The footage was shot last weekend and some more will be captured this upcoming weekend. The band’s label, Cacophone, plans to include the video as a CD-ROM track on the album’s second pressing.

—Kate Sipher

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