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Local Music Listings

by Metroland Staff on November 6, 2013


Radio Stations

Whatever your favorite flavor, it’s probably somewhere on the Capital Region radio dial and streaming online.


96.3 FM, offices: 786-6600; request line: 476-9696. Hip-hop and R&B.


90.3 FM, 1400 AM, 465-5233. National Public Radio, news programs, BBC news, Fresh Air, Piano Jazz, Car Talk, and more.


90.9 FM, 442-5262. University at Albany college radio. Free format including underground and urban music.


102.7 FM, office line: (802) 362-4800; request line: (802) 362-1027. Alternative rock.


97.7 FM, 880-3400. Public radio station, featuring rock and alternative, with a nifty amount of regional artists in rotation.


92.3 FM, request/contest line: 476-9200. Contemporary hit radio; Top 40.


107.7 FM, offices: 782-1474; contest/request line: 476-1077. Country music.


90.7 FM, 828-0290. Community-powered radio.


810 AM, 103.1 FM, news line: 452-4848; talk line: 476-1949. News/talk radio.


100.9 FM, 476-1009. Adult contemporary and pop standards.


102.3 FM, 452-5800. Dance-oriented Top 40.


89.1, 88.7 FM, 357-1700; request line: (800) 933-WRHV. Public radio station featuring classical music.


980 AM, 452-4800. Fox Sports Network.


106.5 FM, 476-9799. Classic and contemporary rock; Waking Up with the Wolf.


101.3 FM, 899-1013. Soft rock.


103.5/103.9 FM, 881-1515; request line: 476-1039. Classic rock.


105.7 FM, 476-1057. The 90s and more, Crush FM.


590 AM, 476-5900. News/talk radio.


91.5 FM, 276-6248; business office: 276-6271. RPI free-format college radio; Democracy Now!, VG Memories, Tribute and more.


89.7 FM, 388-6151. Union College radio station.


99.5 FM, (800) 995-9783. Contemporary adult-oriented rock.


91.1 FM, 580-5787. Skidmore College free-format radio.


104.5 FM, 1300 AM), 881-1515. ESPN all-sports radio.


476-WTRY. Oldies.


900 AM and 1160 AM), 581-0900. Big Band.


88.3 FM, 783-2990. Siena College radio station; variety hits.


1240 AM, 899-3000. Classic hits of the ’50s and ’60s.


93.7 FM, (800) YES-AIR1. Christian rock.


95.5 FM, 476-2955. Adult contemporary/soft rock.


94.5 FM, (800) 525-LOVE. Contemporary Christian music.


104.9 FM, 476-1049. Alternative/hard rock.

Musical Instruments

Where to find everything from Stratocasters to saxophones to synthesizers.

Adirondack Guitar and Pro Audio

3 Lafayette St., Hudson Falls, 746-9500. Washburn, Fender, Soundtech, Hartke bass systems and more.

Adirondack Strings

1316 Central Ave., Colonie, 458-7717. Guitars and amps, with a wide selection of acoustic guitars; PA equipment; repairs; guitar and bass instruction.

Blue Sky Music Studios

118 Adams St., Delmar, 478-7862. Instruments and accessories, method books, rentals, guitar repair, and lessons.

Burnt Hills Music

772 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills, 399-6047. Classical and rock instruments, lessons, repairs, and assorted music merchandise.

Celtic Treasures

456 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-9452. Musical instruments from the Emerald Isle, as well as the region’s biggest Celtic music collection.

Cole’s Woodwind and Brass

360 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Saratoga Springs, 450-0333. New and used instruments, specializing in repairs. Also instrument rentals. Serving the Capital Region for more than 25 years.

Collar City Guitars

82 Ferry St., Troy, 833-6699. Sales, repair and maintenance for all fretted instruments by certified Luthiers.

Drome Sound

3486 State St., Schenectady, 370-3701. Wide selection of new and used equipment; also occasional clinics with touring musicians.

Guitar Center

145 Wolf Road, Colonie, 446-1500. National chain with wide selection of top-name equipment for all areas of music production.

Hermie’s Music Store

Parkwood Plaza, Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-4455; 727 State St., Schenectady, 374-7433. The requisite guitars, basses and drums, plus woodwinds, brass and more. Lessons and special orders available.

John Keal Music

819 Livingston Ave., Albany, 482-4405. Specializing in band and orchestra instruments with rental and purchase options.


17 N. 4th St., Hudson, 828-1045, goodmusica.com.  Classical and rock instruments, lessons, rentals, repairs, and studio space. Lots of sheet music.

New Music

Westgate Plaza, 40 Russell Road, Albany, 459-8298. Guitars, drums, PAs and more. Lessons and repairs available.

Parkway Music

1602 Route 9, Clifton Park, 383-0300. Vintage/used equipment and repairs, plus band instruments, PA equipment, lessons and rentals. Full drum section, and a great selection of guitars and amps.

Rock ’n Learn

476 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, 783-2215. Music instruments, lessons, repairs.

Saratoga Guitar

438 Broadway, Saratoga, 581-1604. New, used and vintage guitars in this cozy store, along with repair service. Willing to buy and trade.

Segel Violins

44 3 rd St., Troy, 266-9732. New and vintage violins and violas.

Record Stores

Vinyl’s never gone away. Here are a few places to get yours—as well as music CDs, DVDs and other ephemera.

Blue Note Record Shop

156 Central Ave., Albany, 462-0221. Although Blue Note’s on-hand stock is about 75-percent vinyl—the store’s specialty is old 45s—it also stocks cassettes and CDs. The store also does a big mail-order business.

Celtic Treasures

456 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-9452. In addition to musical instruments, the store carries more than 2,500 Celtic-music titles on CD.

Devinyl Revolution

437 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 226-0811. Formerly Last Vestige, this place has tons of, well, vinyl.

Disc Go Round

2080 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-0338. Buys and sells new and used CDs, DVDs and video games, including imports.

Fuzz Records

209 Lark St., Albany, 729-4566. New vinyl, lots of local releases, in-store performances and workshops.

John Doe Records

434 Warren St., Hudson, 212-7653. Used records, books, gear, posters and ephemera.

Last Vestige

173 Quail St., Albany, 432-7736. Choose from a wide array of rare vinyl records (both new and used), CDs, tapes, and more.

Red’s Underground

13 Broad St., Glens Falls, 798-2040. Unique store specializing in recycling CDs, DVDs and games. Most music genres found here.

River Street Beat Shop

197 River St., Troy, 272-0433. Troy’s only record store featuring new and used vinyl, CDs, cassettes, DVDs and VHS tapes. Also regular, free live music.


The following venues regularly host live music or DJs. For more, check our regular club and concert listings.

9 Maple Avenue

9 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-CLUB. Jazz.

74 State Bar

74 State St., Albany, 434-6798. Jazz.

677 Prime

677 Broadway, Albany, 427-7463. Various styles.

The Ale House

680 River St., Troy, 272-9740. Various styles.

Ambition Café

154 Jay St., Schenectady, 382-9277. Various styles.


Phila and Putnam streets, Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. Various styles.

Basilica Hudson

110 Front St., Hudson, 822-1050. Various styles.

The Bayou Café

507 Saratoga Road, Glenville, 384-1568. Various styles.

Black Cat Ale House

25 White St., Cohoes, 235-3199. DJs, karaoke, blues, jazz, more.

Brindisi’s Restaurant

390 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-6262. Various styles.

Brown’s Brewing Company

417 River St., Troy, 273-2337. Rock, acoustic, open mic, more.


617 Union St., Schenectady, 357-8628. Various styles.

Caffe Lena

47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022. Folk, acoustic, open mic.

Circus Cafe

392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1106. Jazz, acoustic, open mic.

Club Helsinki

405 Columbia St., Hudson, 828-4800. Various styles.

Club Phoenix

348 Central Ave., Albany, 462-4862. Karaoke, DJs, more.

The Coffeehouse at Burnt Hills

Route 50, Burnt Hills (in United Methodist Church), 882-6427. Folk, jazz, acoustic.

Coffee Planet

Malta and Milton avenues, Ballston Spa, 884-9913. Various acoustic music, open mic.

Crooked Lake House

Routes 43 and 66, Averill Park, 674-3894. Various styles.

Daisy Baker’s

33 Second St., Troy, 266-9200. Folk, rock, blues.

Davidson Brothers

184 Glen St., Glens Falls, 743-9026. Acoustic, rock, blues.

Dee Dee’s

647 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, 785-4410. Karaoke, more.

The Dream Away Lodge

1342 County Road, Becket, Mass., (413) 623-8725. Acoustic folk, rock, blues.

Elbo Room

170 Delaware Ave., Albany, 257-7300. Rock, blues, more.

Emack and Bolio’s

366 Delaware Ave., Albany, 512-5100. Acoustic, various styles.


16 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-7359. Rock, blues, more.

The Half Moon

48 S. Front St., Hudson. Various styles.

The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

79 Norht Pearl St., Albany, 426-8550. Various styles.

Horseshoe Inn

1 Gridley St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4909. Blues, rock.

Hubbard Hall

25 E. Main St., Cambridge, 677-2495. Acoustic, folk, pop.

Hudson River Coffeehouse

227 Quail St., Albany, 596-0959. Various styles.

Iron Horse Music Hall

20 Center St., Northampton, Mass., (413) 586-8686. Folk, rock, pop, Irish, blues, jazz, etc.

Jan’s Roadhouse

658 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills, 399-4261. Various styles.

Jose Malone’s Mexican Irish Restaurant

405 River St., Troy, 273-2196. Various styles.

The Judge’s Inn

254 Broadway, Troy, 279-7989. Various styles.


301 Lark St., Albany, 436-7008. Various styles.

Katie O’Byrnes

121 Wall St., Schenectady, 395-5999. Rock, blues, more.

King’s Tavern

241 Union St., Saratoga, 584-9643. Various styles.

Klamsteam Tavern

32 Clamsteam Road, Clifton Park, 373-9409. Various styles.

Last Resort

2624 Broadway, Schenectady, 393-0879. DJs, karaoke.


4 Clinton Square, Albany, 463-1455. Various styles.

Michael’s Lounge

43 Mall, Route 43, West Sand Lake, 674-5938. Various styles.

Mill Road Tavern

Mill Road Acres Golf Course, 30 Mill Road, Latham, 783-7244. Blues, rock, funk, rockabilly, jazz, more.

Moon & River Café

115 S. Ferry St., Schenectady, 382-1938. Acoustic, folk, rock.


40 Lincoln Ave., Watervliet, 273-9892. Karaoke.

North Pointe Coffeehouse

Route 9, Kinderhook (North Pointe Center for the Arts), 758-9234. Folk and other styles.

O’Brien’s at the Garden Grill

276 Second Ave., Albany, 462-0571. Various styles.

Oh Bar

304 Lark St., Albany, 463-9004. Karaoke.

One Caroline Street

1 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2026. Jazz, acoustic, blues.


Capital Plaza, 1814 Central Ave., Colonie, 464-1200. Various styles.

Panza’s Restaurant

Route 9P, Saratoga Lake, 584-6882. Jazz, blues.

The Parting Glass

40-42 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 583-1916. Celtic folk, bluegrass, acoustic, blues, rock.

Pearl Street Nightclub

10 Pearl St., Northampton, Mass., (413) 584-0610. Rock, rap, folk, blues.

Pinhead Susan’s

38-40 N. Broadway, Schenectady, 346-6431. Various styles.

Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary

217 Wolf Road, Colonie, 435-0843. Acoustic, folk, blues, jazz, open mic.

Provence Restaurant

Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 689-7777. Jazz, world music, piano.

Putnam Den

63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066. Jam, rock, etc.

Ravenswood Pub

1021 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-8771. Various styles.

Red Square

418 Broadway, Albany, 432-8584. Various styles.

River Street Beat Shop

197 River St., Troy, 272-0433. Various styles.

The Ruck

104 3rd St., Troy, 273-1872. Various styles.

The Rusty Nail

Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-9875. DJs, karaoke, various music styles.

The Sand Bar

306 Woods Hollow Road, Mayfield, 883-8080. Various styles, karaoke.

Sandy’s Clam Bar

Broad Street, Glens Falls, 792-9753. Various styles.

Spencertown Academy

Route 203, Spencertown, 392-3693. Classical, traditional folk, non-western, jazz, and cabaret.

The Spotty Dog Books and Ale

440 Warren St., Hudson, 671-6006. Various styles.

Stockade Inn

1 N. Church St., Schenectady, 346-3400. Jazz.

SwordPaw HQ

Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy. Various styles.


13 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0155. Various styles, karaoke, DJs.

Tugboat Tavern

159 Bridge Ave., Cohoes, 211-1085. Rock, blues, open mic.

Upstate Concert Hall

Route 146, North Country Commons, Clifton Park, 371-0012. Various styles.

Valenti’s Pub

729 Pawling Ave., Troy, 283-6766. Acoustic, alternative, rock, karaoke.


17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 432-6572. Rock, pop, folk, blues, hardcore, DJs, open mic. 

The Van Dyck

237 Union St., Schenectady, 348-7999. Jazz, folk, singer-songwriter.

Vapor Nightclub

Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, 342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs, 584-2110. Various styles.

Washington Avenue Armory

195 Washington Ave., Albany, 512-5203. EDM, hip-hop, metal.

Water Works Pub

76 Central Ave., Albany, 465-9079. Live DJs in the club, dance parties, karaoke.

The Wine Bar

417 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-7777. Various styles.

Yanni’s Too

16 Marina Drive, Ravena, 756-7033. Rock, acoustic.


145 Barrett St., Schenectady, 370-9865. DJs, jazz, blues.

Ziggy’s Bar & Grill

821 Route 9, Latham, 786-9238. DJs, various music styles.

Promoters and Web Zines

Get the word out on your band, or get some virtual ink, with the help of these folks.

All Over Albany.com

Culture blog and news aggregator with a local focus.

Capital Underground Radio

This weekly online radio show brings talents of all genres to the frontline, also a television show, booking agency and stepping stone for marketing up-and-coming talent. capitalundergroundradio.com


Capital Region Unofficial Musicians and Bands Site. Serving the greater Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga area.

In Your Speakers.com

Music blog with local roots and national coverage.

Keep Albany Boring.com

Culture blog and promotional vehicle for music events.


Online magazine covering local music, art theater and more.

Upstate Black n’ Blue Productions

myspace.com/slamrat. Booking, management, event planning, security, promotion.

Recording Studios/Mastering

Note: This list does not include studios that offer music production only for commercials and other non-entertainment applications.

Arabellum Studios

654 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, 869-5935, arabellum@aol.com. Analog and digital recording, sound for picture and digital remastering.

Black Dog Recording Studio

Stillwater, 541-3590, info@blackdogrecordingstudio.com. A marriage of state-of-the-art equipment and vintage gear.

Blue Sky Recording

118 Adams St., Delmar, 478-7862, blueskyrecording.com. Full-service recording studio, mastering, vintage instruments, in-house CD duplication, vinyl and tape transfers.

Cathedral Sound Studios

1575 5th St., Rensselaer, 465-5689, cathedralsoundstudios.com. Commercials; original music and bands; CD duplication.

Cat Trax

249 Green St., Schenectady, 346-4684, cattraxrecording.com. Digital and analog recording.


70 Upper Hook Road, Rhinebeck, (845) 876-2653, clubhouseinc.com. Full residential recording facility, specialized rates for local and regional bands.

Cotton Hill Studios

13 Walker Way, Colonie, 869-1968, 869-1969, cottonhill.com. 24-track and ProTools digital performer.

DMS Studios

Box 186, Clarksville, 768-2673, dmsstudio.com. 48-track digital.

Dog Tired Studios

404 Deer Path, Schenectady, 878-1828, dogtiredstudio.com. Complete audio production studio.

Golden Productions

148 Jay St., Schenectady, 357-2465, myspace.com/goldenproductionsny. Live music recording studio.

Hyland Recording

31 Bradford St., Albany, 434-1552, hylandrec.com. ProTools and analog. Nice room, great rates and gear.

Rockwell Productions

766-0078, rockwellpro.com. One-stop source for recording, pro audio, video, lighting and acoustics.

Sand Creek Music

Colonie, 527-7127, sandcreekmusic.com. A recording studio and mastering facility serving the Capital Region for over 25 years.

Silvertone Mastering Inc.

Saratoga Springs, 581-8141, silvertonemastering.com. Dedicated mastering facility, servicing local recording studios and national and independent record companies, producers, independent engineers and corporate agencies.

The Soundcheck Republic

P.O. Box 360, E. Chatham, 392-5895, soundcheckrepublic.com. “One of the finest places you’ll ever work in.” –Graham Parker

Stonewall Studio

94 Methodist Hill Road, Rensselaerville, 797-5139, gspeck@aol.com. 24-track digital.

Success Recording

249 Green St. Schenectady, 377-0919, successrecording.com. Full-service recording studio.

Rehearsal/Teaching Studios

Jay Street Music

158-160 Jay St., Schenectady, 370-8083, jaystreetmusic.com. Piano, private guitar instruction, rhythm and movement.

New Music Sound Studios

40 Russell Road, Albany, 459-8298. Large rooms available hourly. Block rates available.

North Albany Studios

448 N. Pearl St., Albany, 368-8485. Rooms of various sizes for hourly and monthly rental.

School of Rock

592 New Loudon Road, Latham, 783-7625. Franchise location for rock instrument instruction.

Troy Music Academy

9 3rd St., Troy, 285-0145. Full-service music lesson studio.