My fave new local music discovery of the past month is Eric Margan and the Red Lions, who were simply fabulous at Valentine's two weeks ago, opening for Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned. Elegant, sophisticated and refreshingly open-hearted, singer-guitarist Margan pens wonderfully literate and melodically inventive songs that he has orchestrated for a most unusual but oh-so effective ensemble of musicians featuring drums, bass, keyboards, violin and two flutes. This is chamber music for the 21st century, and it simply sparkles.
Margan and the Red Lions next step into the spotlight at Red Square (388 Broadway, Albany) at 8 p.m. Friday, where they'll share the stage with hometown heroes Palatypus, Brooklyn's Basement Band and Boston folk-rockers Grimis. If you'd like to hear a taste before then, log on to http://www.myspace. com/theredlions.
Greg Haymes can be reached at 454-5742 or by e-mail at ghaymes@timesunion.