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Elyse Beaudoin

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Elyse Beaudoin

Jack White

by Elyse Beaudoin July 3, 2014


There is little that Jack White seems to do without meaning. Lazaretto, his latest album, is layered with intricate instrumentals and passionate lyrics that speak volumes from his personal experiences to broad views of humanity ...

Against Me!

by Elyse Beaudoin May 15, 2014

  It’s curious to note when punk rock stopped smelling like body odor and started smelling like Herbal Essence and dryer sheets. However, the moms waiting outisde Upstate Concert Hall to drive their kids home were ...


by Elyse Beaudoin May 8, 2014

  The mood was dark and ominous at the Fuze Box during the MOVE Music Festival. Drizzling rain set a fitting scene for Brooklyn-based “avant-womp” trio Durians. MOVE was just one stop on the band’s album-release ...

Big Gigantic

by Elyse Beaudoin February 20, 2014


  Albums don’t seem to mean much in the world of EDM. The generally young and tech-savvy fan base accesses full-length streaming catalogues effortlessly and at no cost. Album releases have become more of a jumping-off ...

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Umphrey’s McGee

by Elyse Beaudoin February 14, 2014

  It’s easy to label Chicago-based sextet Umphrey’s McGee as just a progressive-rock jam band, but after years of touring and recording, the group’s improvisation has generated an eclectic catalog of musical styles. And they’ve developed ...

The Upstate Concert Hall

Wild Style

by Elyse Beaudoin January 30, 2014


  On Saturday, the cold gripped gallery reception attendees before they entered the cozy store front of the Swinehundt Design Gallery in Troy. There was an immediate feeling of warmth as guests were greeted by The ...


by Elyse Beaudoin October 9, 2013

  Glaring laser lights greeted EDM lovers at Upstate Concert Hall on Sunday. The crowd, who seemed to all be under 30, was decked out in neon clothes and accessories. Many wore flat-brimmed caps, one guy ...

Franz Ferdinand

by Elyse Beaudoin October 3, 2013


  As the title of their new album suggests, the Scottish band Franz Ferdinand returned from a four-year hiatus with conviction. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions drives through tracks with simple marching beats and a ...

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Dropkick Murphys

by Elyse Beaudoin June 19, 2013


  Green shirts and Guinness drafts dotted the sold-out crowd for the Dropkick Murphys’ Upstate Concert Hall stop, promoting their eighth studio album, Signed and Sealed in Blood. The band have raised more than $400,000 to ...

A Graphic Process

by Elyse Beaudoin November 8, 2012


  On Friday night, the Opalka Gallery spread out its usual crudité which serves as a centerpiece for art receptions ranging from student studies to renowned artists. This time the veggies and dip were surrounded by ...

Opalka Gallery

Keller Williams

by Elyse Beaudoin September 27, 2012

  Hoots, hollers and applause rose up from the crowd as one-man band and looping master Keller Williams strolled onto the Upstate Concert Hall stage with a jolly smile. He wore the same familiar haircut, earth-tone ...

The Upstate Concert Hall


by Elyse Beaudoin August 30, 2012

With a name like Japanther, the Brooklyn-based punk duo seemed like they would shred up the stage, but their performance at Valentine’s proved otherwise. In fact, they are the ones who are about to be ...



by Elyse Beaudoin August 23, 2012

With a name like Japanther, this Brooklyn-based punk duo seemed like they would shred up the stage, but their performance at Valentine’s proved otherwise. In fact, they are the ones who are about to be ...

Spoiling the Party

by Elyse Beaudoin August 23, 2012


Sprinkles of rain dotted the pavement at Townsend Park in Albany on Monday. Half of the hundred or so protesters huddled under trees and umbrellas; some stood behind the Spanish-American War Monument to avoid the ...


Immortal Technique

by Elyse Beaudoin June 20, 2012

After three hours of opening acts, Peruvian-born, Harlem-based rapper Immortal Technique graced the stage at the Upstate Concert Hall on Friday. His most recent tour is promoting the documentary The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique, which ...

Jack White

by Elyse Beaudoin May 24, 2012


Jack White has finally oficially gone solo, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. With his divorce from Karen Elson and the White Stripes splitting in 2011, it was wise for White to find ...

Salt of the Earth

by Elyse Beaudoin May 10, 2012


Brisk air and cold spattering rain envelopes the porch of Joe Michon-Huneau’s apartment. The lead singer of the post-pop indie rock band Alta Mira is nestled inside the papasan chair in his living room. Meanwhile, ...

A Barrel of Fun

by Elyse Beaudoin April 4, 2012


Two musical monsters, That 1 Guy and Buckethead, combined their power to make crowds come alive at Northern Lights last week. They first teamed up as the Frankenstein Brothers in 2008 when they released the ...

Northern Lights

Mindless Self Indulgence

by Elyse Beaudoin March 15, 2012

The crowd at Northern Lights was dotted with spiky dyed hair and piercings on Friday. Some were dressed as teddy bears or a cross between Cookie Monster and Sully from Monsters Inc. One man even ...

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Harnessing Vertical Dance

by Elyse Beaudoin February 9, 2012

  On Saturday (Feb. 4), a diverse audience laid down on a stage in the Theater at RPI’s EMPAC. Each face in the crowd looked up at choreographer Yves Fauchon, who was perched on a large ...

Ani DiFranco

by Elyse Beaudoin January 25, 2012


Folk singer Ani DiFranco’s latest album, Which Side Are You On?, sways between liberating marches and light airy tunes. DiFranco’s staccato guitar carries her live-and-let-live spirit, anti-corporate messages, and feminist ideals. Every word, from soft ...

Artists in Need

by Elyse Beaudoin December 21, 2011


Upstate Artists Guild (UAG), a non-profit organization devoted to bringing artistic culture and education to Albany, is in danger of losing its headquarters. This 800-square-foot gallery on Lark Street is the home base to the ...

More Than Skin Deep

by Elyse Beaudoin November 10, 2011


  In today’s society, perfect skin is an obsession. When walking down the aisles of the grocery store, one can find a plethora of products to reduce pimples, wrinkles, age spots and more. Any blemish, scar ...

Opalka Gallery

Same-Sex Sells

by Elyse Beaudoin August 31, 2011


On Aug. 7, the large ballroom window at Birch Hill Catering Co. illuminated a decadent wedding expo. In the corner of the room, melted chocolate rolled smoothly over the tiers of a fountain. Near the ...

Play Dates for Adults

by Elyse Beaudoin July 28, 2011


“And now we need a volunteer to spin the Wheel of Endowment,” said the host in a lofty voice. With a swift spin from an audience member, the wheel landed on the “pop culture” category. Two ...

Proctors Underground