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State Government Editor for Gotham Gazette. Freelance news editor, writer for Metroland.

David King

Email: davidhowardking@gmail.com

David King

Queens of the Stone Age

by David King July 17, 2014

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Queens of Stone Age turned Albany’s regal Palace Theater into a dirty, sweaty, grinding desert fuck shack on Sunday night. With the strum of his electric guitar, the swaggering leader of QOTSA, Josh Homme, transformed ...

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Mastodon

by David King July 3, 2014

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Once More ‘Round the Sun isn’t exaclty the kind of title that inspires excitement. It screams: “Here we go guys, another fucking album, another fucking touring cycle,” but the disc does provide a break in ...

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The Black Keys

by David King June 5, 2014

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  The Black Keys’ ambition outweighs their abilities. Turn Blue features the band doing what they are simply unequipped to do: play full-on rock songs. Anyone who has seen the Keys live knows the band can ...

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The Maestro

by David King May 14, 2014

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  Eddie Izzard brought his show screeching to a halt only a few minutes after its start at the Palace Theatre on Monday night. There was a beetle on stage, and Izzard was not about to ...

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The Major Lift

by David King May 8, 2014

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  The Pixies Indie Cindy The Pixies’ Indie Cindy gets ahead of itself pretty quickly: Opener “What Goes Boom” starts with a Frank Black shriek accompanied by a starchy riff that, taken together, sound like a garage band ...

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Eddie Izzard

by David King May 8, 2014

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  Eddie Izzard’s Force Majeure is being billed as “the most extensive comedy tour ever.” Izzard will play in 25 countries on 5 continents. Thankfully, Izzard says the show translates “exactly” between cultures. “Human sacrifice is ...

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Still Representing

by David King April 24, 2014

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  Every time New York state elects a new governor, Dominick Calsolaro writes the new head of the state a letter welcoming him to Albany. He also issues a challenge. “I say, ‘Welcome to the neighborhood,’ because ...

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Cynic

by David King April 9, 2014

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  On their last EP, Carbon Based Anatomy, Cynic unveiled their full transformation from early-’90s progressive death-metal band enamored with growling and deft riffing to a quirky prog band with finesses of jazz and glam rock. ...

Nothing

by David King April 9, 2014

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  Philadelphia’s Nothing have nothing new to offer their genre, and lyrically they have absolutely nothing new to say. That does not mean their album isn’t worth a listen. They are the unlikeliest of buzz bands—especially ...

Best Recordings 2013: David King

by David King December 24, 2013

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  1. Cult of Luna Vertikal A labyrinthian musical interpretation of Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis. One of the most challenging listens of the year in any genre but even more rewarding. Don’t let the metal genre fool ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Video Games

by David King December 12, 2013

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  Every so often during my childhood a video game company or two would release new game systems--and each year it was more a curse than a blessing. I would beg, plead and cajole my mother ...

The Orchestral Zelda

by David King November 13, 2013

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  It’s intermission at Proctors last Friday night and a mix of people of all ages are streaming out into the lobby—from five-year-olds in Mario Bros. shirts to elderly couples in neat, crisp formal attire, and ...

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Cult of Luna

by David King October 16, 2013

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  Sweden’s Cult of Luna are desperately trying to be human. No matter how much they want it, they just can’t be. Unlike other post-metal bands they are compared to, like Neurosis, Isis, Godflesh and Jesu, ...

Carcass

by David King October 3, 2013

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  Jason Keyser, former lead singer of local metal bands Skinless and Detriment and current front man for technical death-metal band Origin, recently stepped on an Internet metal land mine of sorts. Keyser mentioned in a ...

From Big Screen to Small

by David King October 3, 2013

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  Metroland ran a cover story titled “The Great American Videogame” in 2008. The premise was that some games have become so influenced by culture—literature, film, politics, science and religion—that they have the impact that that ...

Arctic Monkeys

by David King September 18, 2013

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  Welcome to Arctic Monkeys’ The Chronic. Perhaps the last thing you would expect from an early Internet buzz band like the Monkeys, whose pedigree was raucous garage rock and songs about sordid sexual hookups, would ...

Nine Inch Nails

by David King September 18, 2013

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  What brought Trent Reznor back to Nine Inch Nails? If you are intrigued by that question then you might be interested in Hesitation Marks, Reznor’s first album in five years. The entire album is dedicated ...

Dax Riggs

by David King July 2, 2013

  Dax Riggs, a slight-framed, cherub-faced bluesman from Houma, La., didn’t bring much with him to his set at the Putnam Den on Sunday night. He had his Guild acoustic guitar, a small amp, a ragged ...

The Major Lift

by David King June 19, 2013

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  Kanye West Yeezus “You see Kanye go all Trent Reznor on SNL?” my friend texted me last month. I hadn’t but I could just imagine it: Kanye in black leather stomping around to distorted beats and screaming. ...

The Major Lift

by David King March 6, 2013

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British indie darlings Alt-J have no soul. Like David, the android from Prometheus, and Superman before him, Alt-J’s problem is that they do everything and they do it well. Don’t think I’m saying the band ...

Tegan and Sara

by David King February 28, 2013

Tegan and Sara just want to be loved. It is embedded in the core of all of their songs: “Why don’t you love me?” “When will I forget you loved me?” “When will I find ...

Tweeting Verdi

by David King February 20, 2013

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  Opera with a Tweet. It may sound like a hokey idea—perhaps even one that could derail an opera. Why do we care about what characters are Tweeting at each other? Won’t it take the viewer ...

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The Major Lift

by David King December 13, 2012

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Why are Muse still a band? They seem bored, copping the same Radiohead poses that have gotten them through what seems like a dozen or so releases. But it’s not the band’s laziness and boredom ...

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Holiday Gift Guide: Video Games

by David King November 29, 2012

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  The gamer in your household is probably getting on your nerves just about now. With the holidays rolling in, game companies have let loose the floodgates and all the megasequels have hit the shelves. Halo ...

Between the Buried and Me

by David King November 15, 2012

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Between the Buried and Me are a metal band who speak a musical language all their own, but it’s one they have cobbled together with bits and pieces of the great work of others. With ...