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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3486 State St., Schenectady, 370-3701. Wide selection of new and used equipment; also occasional clinics with touring musicians.
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.
Westgate Plaza, 40 Russell Road, Albany, 459-8298. Guitars, drums, PAs and more. Lessons and repairs available.
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.
438 Broadway, Saratoga, 581-1604. New, used and vintage guitars in this cozy store, along with repair service. Willing to buy and trade.
44 3 rd St., Troy, 266-9732. New and vintage violins and violas.
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.
456 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-9452. In addition to musical instruments, the store carries more than 2,500 Celtic-music titles on CD.
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.
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.
173 Quail St., Albany, 432-7736. Choose from a wide array of rare vinyl records (both new and used), CDs, tapes, and more.
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 Broadway, Albany, 427-7463. Various styles.
The Ale House
680 River St., Troy, 272-9740. Various styles.
154 Jay St., Schenectady, 382-9277. Various styles.
Phila and Putnam streets, Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. Various styles.
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.
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.
47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-0022. Folk, acoustic, open mic.
392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1106. Jazz, acoustic, open mic.
405 Columbia St., Hudson, 828-4800. Various styles.
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.
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.
33 Second St., Troy, 266-9200. Folk, rock, blues.
184 Glen St., Glens Falls, 743-9026. Acoustic, rock, blues.
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.
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.
1 Gridley St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4909. Blues, rock.
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.
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.
121 Wall St., Schenectady, 395-5999. Rock, blues, more.
241 Union St., Saratoga, 584-9643. Various styles.
32 Clamsteam Road, Clifton Park, 373-9409. Various styles.
2624 Broadway, Schenectady, 393-0879. DJs, karaoke.
4 Clinton Square, Albany, 463-1455. Various styles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 689-7777. Jazz, world music, piano.
63A Putnam St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8066. Jam, rock, etc.
1021 Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-8771. Various styles.
418 Broadway, Albany, 432-8584. Various styles.
River Street Beat Shop
197 River St., Troy, 272-0433. Various styles.
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.
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.
1 N. Church St., Schenectady, 346-3400. Jazz.
Oakwood Community Center, 313 10th St., Troy. Various styles.
13 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 580-0155. Various styles, karaoke, DJs.
159 Bridge Ave., Cohoes, 211-1085. Rock, blues, open mic.
Upstate Concert Hall
Route 146, North Country Commons, Clifton Park, 371-0012. Various styles.
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.
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.
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.
Note: This list does not include studios that offer music production only for commercials and other non-entertainment applications.
654 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, 869-5935, email@example.com. Analog and digital recording, sound for picture and digital remastering.
Black Dog Recording Studio
Stillwater, 541-3590, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
148 Jay St., Schenectady, 357-2465, myspace.com/goldenproductionsny. Live music recording studio.
31 Bradford St., Albany, 434-1552, hylandrec.com. ProTools and analog. Nice room, great rates and gear.
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
94 Methodist Hill Road, Rensselaerville, 797-5139, email@example.com. 24-track digital.
249 Green St. Schenectady, 377-0919, successrecording.com. Full-service recording studio.
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.