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Ali Hibbs

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Ali Hibbs

Best Recordings of 2014: Josh Potter

by Ali Hibbs December 31, 2014

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  1. Aphex Twin, Syro “He’s back . . . ” Like the whispered buzz of some techno-utopian prophesy—excitement cut with nervous dread—the news of IDM pioneer Richard James’s triumphant return to his most influential moniker changed ...

Rough Mix

by Ali Hibbs August 28, 2014

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Slow Rave The new age is past. This is the now age. (Cue ’70s synthesizer drone.) It’s a time when the sacred and the kitschy have joined ecstatic forces. It’s a place where the party never ...

Todd Terje

by Ali Hibbs August 21, 2014

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When Daft Punk released Random Access Memories last year, it seemed to prophesy a nu-disco revival, a return to EDM’s roots in the analog glitz of ’70s-vintage synthesizers, cocaine, and ostentatious evening wear. The revival ...

Drake vs. Lil Wayne

by Ali Hibbs August 14, 2014

Rap battles—like their jazz precursor, the “cutting contest”—have been a part of hip-hop from the start. The microphone, a modern symbol of influence, belongs, like Thor’s hammer, to he (or she) who can hoist it. ...

Rough Mix

by Ali Hibbs August 7, 2014

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The New Black We’re only a week away from the fifth annual Restoration Festival, which returns to the eerie grandeur of CAC Woodside in Troy for the second year. As with prior years, the B3nson Collective ...

Rough Mix

by Ali Hibbs July 31, 2014

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Moving on Up Jazz on Jay has, in recent years, grown to be a Schenectady summer institution, drawing crowds downtown for free weekly jazz performances. Starting on Monday, the town will add a second series, built ...

Shabazz Palaces

by Ali Hibbs July 31, 2014

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When contemporary rappers talk about “real hip-hop,” it’s usually an appeal to that art form’s “golden age” of the late ’80s and early ’90s—an era they view as more aesthetically compelling because the ethos was ...

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Hudson Project

by Ali Hibbs July 17, 2014

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By now, you’ve likely seen the iPhone videos of kids tumbling down mudslides and flash-flood rivers carrying camping gear away from dumbfounded revelers. As of Tuesday, farmers were still busy tractor-yanking cars out of a ...

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Rough Mix

by Ali Hibbs July 10, 2014

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Four Shades of Music Fest If you spend this coming weekend ogling someone else’s idyllic summer adventure on Instagram, you have no one to blame but yourself. It is upon us: the weekend of music festival ...

Beck

by Ali Hibbs June 26, 2014

You might have assumed Solid Sound was in effect judging by the number of folks who packed into MASS MoCA’s largest performance space, Joe’s Field, for Beck’s Tuesday night show. And with the annual Wilco ...

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Careers and Great Mutations

by Ali Hibbs June 19, 2014

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Guitarists get all the glory, but it’s the rhythm section that makes the band. While a melody or lyric often remains as the salient part of the song in a listener’s memory, it’s the way ...

The Lucky Jukebox Brigade

by Ali Hibbs June 19, 2014

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The Lucky Jukebox Brigade are a rock band, but the project might as well be a burlesque show or a Broadway musical, a Victorian novel or a coloring book. The seven-piece group will release their ...

Voice of the Pride

by Ali Hibbs June 12, 2014

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  The cover of Sean Desiree’s debut EP depicts a lion wearing a collar of tiny bells. Designed by her partner Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, it’s a visualization of Desiree’s stage name, Bell’s Roar, itself a kind of ...

Doctor Magnum

by Ali Hibbs May 30, 2014

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  The fact that the idea of an all-instrumental band covering contemporary hip-hop still feels edgy speaks both to how conservative the jazz establishment has become and how vital the jazz formula still remains, able to ...

Formula 5

by Ali Hibbs May 30, 2014

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  Central to the ethos of a jam band is that pure improvisation can bore a hole in the fabric of space-time, transporting musician and listener alike into uncharted realms of collective experience, at turns ecstatic, ...

Skrillex

by Ali Hibbs May 28, 2014

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  He’s the face—and haircut—of American EDM. Sonny Moore (aka Skrillex) started his musical career as singer of the post-hardcore band From First to Last, abruptly leaving the rock world for his meteoric solo rise within ...

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Navigating the Infestation

by Ali Hibbs May 8, 2014

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  “Going to Coachella? You’re a Loser and Part of the Problem and Probably Fat.” This was the headline of Luke O’Neil’s smart and hilarious takedown piece a few weeks back in Bullett. In advance of ...

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The Budos Band

by Ali Hibbs April 17, 2014

  In the movie Broken Flowers, every time the stoical Bill Murray character (Don “Juan” Johnston) drives off in his rental car to visit another of his former lovers (“I’m a stalker in a Taurus”), hoping ...

Everyone’s Favorite Class Is Lunch

by Ali Hibbs April 17, 2014

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  Environmentalists have always drawn their moral imperative from a duty to protect that which is common to us all: the air we breath, the water we drink, the land we share. While the fight to ...

Rough Mix

by Ali Hibbs April 2, 2014

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  Taking Woodstock Back A couple weeks ago, I offered a fairly grim forecast for the upcoming summer festival schedule. Two regional staples, Camp Bisco and Solid Sound, will not be happening this year. (Respect, however, to ...

YOMA

by Ali Hibbs April 2, 2014

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  The cover of Albany instrumental rock quintet YOMA’s new album Approaching Silence is serene enough from a distance. Hazy skyscrapers reach toward a pastel sky at sunset. Like the band’s music, things get disconcerting upon ...

Wild Adriatic

by Ali Hibbs April 2, 2014

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  There’s a reason why the official video for Wild Adriatic’s album single “Lonely” features live footage of the band playing to a writhing mass of a crowd (at Pearlapalooza). They’re one of this region’s most ...

Unflinching Gaze

by Ali Hibbs March 26, 2014

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  There’s a moment at the very end of the music video for Angel Olsen’s “High Five” where the camera pans out from Olsen’s side-lit face, a confetti shower falling from above. As the final bit ...

Rough Mix

by Ali Hibbs March 20, 2014

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  Pass the Hat Scary news came in last month about a hit-and-run accident that left Albany musician Emily Sprague badly injured and with sizable out-of-pocket medical expenses. To alleviate the financial burden, an injury recovery fund ...

Matthew Shipp Trio

by Ali Hibbs March 20, 2014

  There’s something that happens to the human brain when exposed to two hours of continuous free-jazz. Actually, there’s a whole series of things. Of course, no two performers within the once-experimental, now-canonical improvisational form are the ...

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