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Ian Hunter and the Rant Band

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  For years there was a local singer-songwriter named “Ian Hunter,” and we’d list his gigs, always thinking for a split second, “that Ian Hunter?” before realizing, no, it’s the nice, talented local dude with the ...

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Liz Miele

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  Like all comedians worth their salt, New York City-based Liz Miele has been doing stand-up forever. Well, at least since she was a teenager. She’s been on Conan’s show and Jon Stewart’s old show and ...

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Idina Menzel

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  Broadway audiences have known and loved Idina Menzel, who’s performing at Tanglewood on Saturday night, for almost two decades. This is thanks in large part to her star-making turns as the fiancée/girlfriend from hell in ...

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by The Staff August 27, 2015


  There was a pretty terrible movie called Hitchcock released a couple of years ago. It was a petty and not particularly insightful portrait of director Alfred Hitchcock at the time he was taking the biggest ...

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Counting Crows

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  Anyone who listened to the radio in the mid-‘90s knows Counting Crows: Their breakout album, August and Everything After, featured the hit songs “Mr. Jones” (commence earworm), “Rain King” and “Round Here,” a prettier cover ...

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Albany LatinFest

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  Come celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Hispanic cultural heritage at an all-day Latin festival in Washington Park with musical performances that highlight Hispanic musical genres, good food, art, children's amusements and more. There ...

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Roomful of Teeth

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  This Grammy-winning vocal nine-piece call themselves "a band not a choir" while stating their dedication "to mining the potential of the human voice," including Tuvan throat singing, Appalachian yodeling, operatic Persian trilling, and whispered speech, ...

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Powered Narratives

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  American-born John Stanmeyer is an internationally acclaimed photographer for National Geographic and Time, and large-scale examples of his work are the focus of Powered Narratives, the solo show opening this weekend at the Berkshire Museum. Curator ...

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Kevin Hart

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  Kevin Hart is the biggest comedian in America today—and probably tomorrow, too, thanks to the likelihood that his second buddy cop movie with Ice Cube is going to be as big a hit, if not ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie

by The Staff August 27, 2015


  The summer arts season is winding down near and far—but not in Chatham, where today (Thursday), the Mac-Haydn Theatre is opening its next production, the effervescent 1920s-style musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie. It’s the story ...

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Blackbutton, Pitchfork Militia, Noise Between Stations

by The Staff August 20, 2015

  The Boston-based grunge trio Blackbutton will be releasing their last album later this month and will be stopping in Albany as part of their final tour. Described as “relentlessly gritty and unapologetically raw,” these guys ...

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Life in Film

by The Staff August 20, 2015

  Influenced by artists such as Belle and Sebastian and the Smiths, this British indie-pop/jangle-rock quartet got together in London in 2010. The same year, British fashion label Burberry selected one of their songs to open ...

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Anders Osborne

by The Staff August 20, 2015

  Anders Osborne was born in Sweden but grew up in the States, where his early musical inspirations were the singer-songwriters Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Jackson Browne; then, when he heard the blues of Robert ...

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Bob Schneider

by The Staff August 20, 2015

  Austin's favorite singer-songwriter, Bob Schneider, is breaking out of the Longhorn corral with his straight-ahead folk rock and "lyrics of loss, betrayal, sorrow." A preeminent winner of the Austin Music Awards, Schneider recently hit the ...

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Victor Varnado

by The Staff August 20, 2015


  Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show’s monthly presentations at Proctors continue Saturday with comedian, actor, writer and director Victor Varnado. He’s appeared with his stand-up act on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Conan O’Brien’s old NBC ...

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Discover the Dinosaurs

by The Staff August 14, 2015


  Your kids really, really want to go to this. Hell, don’t kid yourself: You want to go to this as much as your kids do. What is “this?” It’s Discover the Dinosaurs, an exhibit, show, ...

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PigPen Theatre Co.

by The Staff August 13, 2015

  The PigPen Theatre Co. is both a theater troupe and an energetic indie-rock act who create fully staged productions and also put on concerts. At MASS MoCA, they will be in concert mode—but expect theatrical ...


Buke and Gase, Landlady

by The Staff August 13, 2015

  Experimental musical duo Buke and Gase are named after their handmade instruments: the "buke," a six-string baritone ukulele, and the "gase," a guitar-bass hybrid (plus foot-pedal percussion). Though the concept is eccentric, their prog- and ...


Laney Jones

by The Staff August 13, 2015

Laney Jones
Grey Fox 2013

  Laney Jones is an Americana-bluegrass performer from Florida who is making her way into hearts across the country with the "conviction and charm" of her songwriting, as well as the country textures and pop hooks ...


Gallim Dance

by The Staff August 13, 2015


  PS21’s annual dance festival is in full swing. Last week they hosted Brian Sanders’ Junk; next week (Aug. 21-22) they’ll welcome Keigwin + Company. Our focus is on this weekend, however, when Gallim Dance will ...

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Graham Nash

by The Staff August 13, 2015


  He’s probably too self-effacing and too much of a social activist (remember “No Nukes”?) to describe himself in these terms, but Graham Nash is rock & roll royalty. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and member of ...

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Brantley Gilbert

by The Staff August 13, 2015


  Judging from some of the reviews, Brantley Gilbert has managed to piss off more than his share of country’s cultural gatekeepers. Why? Because, according to them, he incorporates either too little country or too much ...

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Malpaso Dance Company

by The Staff August 6, 2015


  Celebrate our newfound national friendship with Cuba at Jacob’s Pillow with the Malpaso Dance Company, performing today (Thursday) through Sunday at Jacob’s Pillow. Accompanied live by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, Malpaso ...

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Bard Music Festival

by The Staff August 6, 2015


  The heart of BardSummerscape begins this weekend as the Bard Music Festival directs our attention to Chávez and His World. Carlos Chávez (1899-1978, pictured) is the central figure in 20th-century Mexican music. Though venerated by ...

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The Psychedelic Furs

by The Staff August 6, 2015


  If your memory of the Psychedelic Furs goes back only as far as the titular soundtrack song for the 1986 John Hughes movie Pretty in Pink, then you missed the English band’s formative early-‘80s years ...

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