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Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

by The Staff May 7, 2015

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With videos scoring more than 200 million views on YouTube—those are series cat-plays-the-piano level numbers, kids—Postmodern Jukebox are doing something right by taking contemporary hits and refashioning them via 20th-century pop musical forms. And so Miley ...

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Kopecky

by The Staff May 7, 2015

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Formerly the Kopecky Family Band, this prodigiously membered indie rock group from Nashville recently decided to simplify their name with the release of their second album, Drug for the Modern Age. Their 2012 debut album, ...

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Baby Animal Days

by The Staff May 4, 2015

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Spring is finally here. The birds are singing; soon, the bees will buzz. And speaking of the birds and the bees, it’s time again for Baby Animal Days at Indian Ladder Farms. Bring the whole ...

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Halestorm

by The Staff May 4, 2015

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  It was the kind of awesome moment most of us can only dream about: On Dec. 5, 2012, during a show in Madison, Wisc., Halestorm lead singer-guitarist Lzzy Hale was about to start a piano ...

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Souvenir

by The Staff February 26, 2015

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  There were a variety of ways a wealthy early-20th-century socialite could express her interest in music, from hosting salons to becoming a patron of the symphony or opera. Manhattan’s Florence Foster Jacobs was different: Despite ...

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Ashu

by The Staff February 26, 2015

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  Although the saxophone is most closely associated today with jazz and rock & roll, inventor Adolphe Sax clearly had neither genre in mind when he patented the first saxophone design in Paris in the 1840s. ...

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37th Annual Photography Regional

by The Staff February 26, 2015

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  Beginning this week, the Opalka Gallery will host the 37th Annual Photography Regional, a juried exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists within 150 miles of Albany. This year’s show will feature 39 photographers, including the ...

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Justin Townes Earle

by The Staff February 26, 2015

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  Alt-country legend Steve Earle gave his son Justin a middle name in tribute to his own mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Although Steve Earle left Justin’s mother when he was 2, Justin eventually played in—and was ...

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The Bridge Jazz Festival

by The Staff February 26, 2015

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  This is an exciting idea. When music lovers around here think of jazz festivals, they think of summer; the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and the Massry Center for the Arts have teamed up to ...

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On Animation and Workflow

by The Staff February 26, 2015

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  This screening Saturday night at EMPAC is part of a colloquium that brought together “small groups of artists, curators, visual effects specialists, engineers, and theorists to informally discuss ideas centered around the conditions of the ...

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Troy Night Out

by The Staff February 26, 2015

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  It’s a double celebration for this month’s Troy Night Out on Friday. TNO will honor Troy’s connection to the glass creations of Tiffany & Co.—Troy is home to some of the most beautiful surviving examples ...

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Ye Olde ALSO NOTED

by The Staff February 26, 2015

  Tonight (Thursday), the good times will roll with Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. (7 PM, $25, $22.50 advance, 413-586-8686). . . . Tomorrow (Friday), veteran folkie and ...

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Two Cow Garage

by The Staff February 26, 2015

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  Two Cow Garage are an alt-country band from Ohio who have been compared with Dinosaur Jr. and Nirvana as well as the Jayhawks and Blue Rodeo. “Fierce and edgy,” these guys tour so tirelessly that ...

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Silverstein

by The Staff February 26, 2015

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  Named for delightfully peculiar children’s author of Where the Sidewalk Ends, Silverstein will be headlining a delightfully punk rock night of emo, screamo, pop punk, hardcore and post-hardcore tonight at Upstate Concert Hall. Solid innovators ...

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F.A.Q. Circus

by The Staff February 21, 2015

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  Aaron M. Marquise, the artistic director of F.A.Q Circus, says the cavernous and circular Troy Gas Light Company aka the Gasholder Building reminds him of the circus venues he observed while performing in France. Though ...

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Three Stooges Film Festival

by The Staff February 21, 2015

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  They may have spent a a lot of time and effort slapping each other around, but Moe Howard was adamant that the Three Stooges were not slapstick comedians. They were, in his estimation, expert practitioners ...

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Mavis Staples

by The Staff February 21, 2015

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  In her early career, Mavis Staples was part of a gospel group known as “God’s greatest hitmakers”—the Staple Singlers, led by the family patriarch, Roebuck “Pops” Staples, and including Mavis’ siblings Cleotha, Yvonne, and Purvis. ...

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Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman

by The Staff February 21, 2015

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  From the U.K., Mark Fell is a multimedia artist who incorporates mathematics and algorithms into his electronica and techno sets. Less than two years ago, he transformed EMPAC’s public spaces into a multisensual experience using ...

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Albany Symphony Orchestra

by The Staff February 21, 2015

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  There are many things to love about the Albany Symphony, but one of their most admirable qualities is the range of programming they offer. In addition to the expected pianists and violinists, the ASO often ...

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And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

by The Staff February 20, 2015

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  The new show from the Theatre Institute at Sage, James Still’s And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, is a “multimedia exploration of the Holocaust that combines live actors with ...

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Kongos

by The Staff February 20, 2015

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  “I’m Only Joking” may be the most addictively propulsive song you’ll hear in many a moon, and there are 11 more songs just as intensely rhythmic on Lunatic, the Epic Records debut of Kongos, a ...

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Phil Samuels Memorial with Capitle, Vertebrae, the Plague, Phantom Signals

by The Staff February 20, 2015

  Phil Samuels was the bassist for two of the punk bands that put Albany on the map of the upstate punk scene; his main gig, Capitle, were the area’s virtuosos of Loud Fast Rules. Samuels ...

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George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

by The Staff February 20, 2015

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  This funk and soul collective should need no introduction. P-Funk have been around since the 1960s and have become widely known for their psychedelic experimentation, political lyricism, futuristic conceptualizations and far-reaching influence on music and ...

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Umphrey’s McGee

by The Staff February 20, 2015

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  Umphrey’s McGee defy genre. Often referred to as “improg,” or progressive improvisation, their sound has been influenced by such diverse artists as Frank Zappa, Iron Maiden, the Police and early Genesis; they play everything from ...

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Goldman or (Another Round of Oscar Musings by Metroland Writers)

by The Staff February 20, 2015

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  By Ann Morrow and Shawn Stone There’s a good deal of uncertainty about which film might take home the Best Picture and Best Director statues, thanks to scattered and contradictory wins at the various award clambakes ...

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