- Rufus Wainwright performs live at The Egg in Albany on January 18.
Frenchy & the Punk Record Release
January 5. Frenchy & the Punk call New Paltz home, but only nominally; the Franco-American twosome of singer and percussionist Samantha Stephenson (AKA Frenchy) and guitarist Scott Helland (AKA, that's right, the Punk) is eternally on the road, rocking art and music festivals and steam punk soirees with their can-can-kicking cocktail of cabaret folk. On the bootheels of Hooray Beret, their ninth album, the duo hits Colony to whoop it up in celebration of the release. For the jolly jubilee, they'll be joined by their fellow dark Hudson Valley acoustic act Dust Bowl Faeries. (Arc Iris arrives January 3; Robert Burke Warren's Acoustic Stardust honors David Bowie January 12.) 8pm. $8, $10. Woodstock. (845) 679-7625. Colonywoodstock.com
January 16. Although Scottish postpunkers APB were championed by legendary BBC DJ John Peel, outside of their native Scotland and parts of Europe the band found their biggest fame in the New York Metro area. In the early 1980s, their singles ("Chain Reaction," "I'd Like to Shoot You Down," "Rainy Day") filled the floors at Manhattan clubs like the Ritz and the Peppermint Lounge and even at venues way out on Long Island. Cut from a punk-funk cloth a la Gang of Four, Delta 5, and the Au Pairs, the group, initially a trio but at times expanded to a quartet or quintet, has been an influence on fellow Scotsmen Franz Ferdinand and other junior acts. They drop by Daryl's House this month. (Albert Lee picks January 3; Peter Asher and Jeremy Clyde croon January 17.) 7pm. $15-$25. Pawling. (845) 289-0185. Darylshouseclub.com
January 18. It's been a while since we've had a visit from this suave songsmith and native of Rhinebeck. Here, the Egg welcomes Rufus Wainwright back to his home region as part of its ongoing American Roots & Branches series. Blending Broadway with baroque rock, Tin Pan Alley pop, cabaret, folk, and opera (his second operatic production, "Hadrian," premiered in 2018), Wainwright has emerged as one of contemporary music's most significant artists—perhaps not surprising, given his lineage (he's the son of folksingers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and the brother and half-brother, respectively, of singer-songwriters Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche). His current tour trumpets the 20th anniversary of his eponymous debut and adds songs from his second album, 2001's Poses. Rufus's sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche opens, and will undoubtedly join her brother for a few songs. (Enter the Haggis comes in January 4; the Jayhawks alight January 17; the Dons of Comedy—"America's best Italian-American comedians"—bring the yuks on January 26.) 8pm. $45, $55. Albany. (518) 473-1845.
Chadwick Stokes and the Pintos
January 19. Folk rocker and activist Chadwick Stokes claims the Clash, Howard Zinn, and Woody Guthrie among his heroes, mirroring their progressive stances with his band the Pintos' socially conscious songs and charitable actions (see their women's advocacy initiative and Zimbabwean assistance efforts). Prior to forming the Pintos, the Boston-based Stokes fronted the popular outfits Dispatch and State Radio, whose reggae-punk-fusion songs his current group frequently revisits. There's also something of the Band in Stokes's rootsy, melodic, acoustic-centered music, so it feels perfectly appropriate for him and the Pintos to be paying this visit to Levon Helm Studios. With Brooke Annibale. (Rock Academy sings Stevie Nicks on January 11 and 12; Glad channels Traffic on February 2.) 7:30pm. $31-$46. Woodstock. (845) 679-2744.
Robert Gordon featuring Chris Spedding and Rob Stoner
February 1. Hear ye, hear ye: The Towne Crier welcomes some rock 'n' roll legends. Swivel-hipped New York singer Robert Gordon kicked off the rockabilly revival in the late 1970s, paving the road for the Stray Cats and scoring hits with his versions of Marshall Crenshaw's "Some Day, Some Way" and Bruce Springsteen's "Fire." His frequent sideman, English guitarist Chris Spedding, is a leading session musician as well as a solo artist and has worked with acts as diverse as Brian Eno, the Sex Pistols, and Jack Bruce. And, in addition to being Bob Dylan's band leader for years, guitarist and bassist Rob Stoner has, like Gordon and Spedding, done time with the late "Rumble" guitarist Link Wray. On drums is another Wray/Dylan/Gordon alumnus, "Late Night with David Letterman" percussionist Anton Fig, who has also worked with Kiss, Warren Zevon, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, and others. (Joe Louis Walker jams January 11; Garland Jeffreys returns January 12; Newburgh hip-hop sensation Decora January 19.) 8:30pm. $35. Beacon. (845) 855-1300.