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Victor Varnado

by The Staff August 20, 2015

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  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

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  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 ...

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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 ...

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Laney Jones

by The Staff August 13, 2015

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  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 ...

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Gallim Dance

by The Staff August 13, 2015

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  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

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  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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The Philadelphia Orchestra

by The Staff August 6, 2015

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  The Philadelphia Orchestra are now in residence at SPAC. Tonight (Thursday), pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet (pictured) will join them to perform Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Egyptian”); also on the bill will be music of Berlioz ...

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New York State Food Festival

by The Staff August 6, 2015

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  This is the festival that, all day, lures office workers from their desks. Starting at 11 AM, enjoy 100 food vendors offering an array of cuisines—and New York’s best food, wine and beer. The music starts ...

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Heather Pierson

by The Staff August 6, 2015

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  An award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer-songwriter, arranger, bandleader and performer, Heather Pierson began reading music at age 5. The product of a difficult youth, she has channeled her travails into an impressive collection of genre-defying albums—featuring ...

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Kate Pierson

by The Staff August 6, 2015

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  We could say that Kate Pierson was the co-vocalist for the space-age new-wave band the B-52's and leave it at that, simply because the B's were so fun and original. But since Pierson has just ...

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Wolf Alice

by The Staff August 6, 2015

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  Since their inception as a folk-pop duo in London five years ago, Wolf Alice—who took their name from a collection of short stories by British novelist Angela Carter—have evolved into a four-piece alt-rock/post-grunge band who, ...

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Blue Oyster Cult, Blotto

by The Staff August 6, 2015

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  Albany’s Alive at Five goes out with a bang today (Thursday) with Blue Őyster Cult and Blotto. Long Island-hatched Blue Őyster Cult (pictured) first made their name with buzz-saw rockers (“7 Screaming Diz-Busters”) and atmospheric ballads ...

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Ariana Grande

by The Staff July 30, 2015

  Ariana Grande brings her Honeymoon Tour to the Times Union Center tomorrow (Friday), as the ex-tween star continues her transition to adult pop songstress. Interestingly, her “honeymoon” with public seemed in danger of ending when ...

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U.S. Girls, Savior Self

by The Staff July 30, 2015

      Fast-rising lo-fi pop act U.S. Girls are mostly vocalist and studio deconstructionist Meg Remy, a Toronto expat who recently was signed to 4AD, and whose minimalist dance music, released on four-track tapes, has been earning ...

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Ray Bonneville

by The Staff July 30, 2015

  He’s been compared with JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, which puts singer, songwriter and guitarist Ray Bonneville in some very interesting company. This “song and groove man” has lived the life of a bluesman: a ...

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Saint Motel

by The Staff July 30, 2015

Long a popular L.A. band, Saint Motel have spent the last several years watching bands who once opened for them—Imagine Dragons and Young the Giant, for example—go on to play larger national venues. Their single, ...

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The Julie Ruin

by The Staff July 30, 2015

  Girls to the front! If you were a feminist in the '90s, then you may remember a radical female punk movement called Riot Grrrls, and especially its onstage spearhead, Kathleen Hanna, the ferocious singer-songwriter for ...

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JP Harris and The Tough Choices, Donny Dinero

by The Staff July 30, 2015

  JP Harris plays country music. “Not ‘Americana,’ not ‘roots,’ ‘folk,’ or any other number of monikers used to describe a slew of spin-off genres.” JP Harris is a throwback to the classic country music sounds ...

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Great Rides! Film Festival

by The Staff July 23, 2015

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  Every summer, PS 21 in Chatham hosts a wide-ranging film series, screening everything from gritty indie documentaries to glossy Hollywood musicals. That’s true this summer, too, but this week they’re having a festival within a ...

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Brad Paisley

by The Staff July 23, 2015

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  Brad Paisley is still touring no the strength of his most recent album, 2014’s Moonshine in the Trunk, which became the singer’s eighth Billboard No. 1 country album last September. But you probably knew that ...

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