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Year in Live Concerts

by Kirsten Ferguson January 3, 2013

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Best of 2012 Critic: Kirsten Ferguson 1. Bruce Springsteen Times Union Center, April 16 Despite the recession-themed material of his latest Wrecking Ball album—and the Clarence Clemons eulogy this tour demanded—the Boss turned a wake for both economic justice ...

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The Art of Conversation

by Kirsten Ferguson November 1, 2012

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David Greenberger with Jupiter Circle: Never Give Up Study David Greenberger and Ralph Carney: OH, PA David Greenberger & Bangalore: How I Became Uncertain David Greenberger & Mark Greenberg: Tell Me that Before David Greenberger & Dozens: Near the ...

Living Arts

by Kirsten Ferguson August 16, 2012

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Drive down a residential side street in the village of Salem, and you’ll find something unusual even for a small town in rural Washington County. Next to a railroad crossing on a street lined with ...

Avett Brothers

by Kirsten Ferguson April 26, 2012

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The Avett Brothers played at the Palace Theatre just three days after Woodstock drummer Levon Helm died, a reminder that they are one of several young, exceedingly popular current bands who owe a huge debt ...

Bruce Springsteen

by Kirsten Ferguson April 19, 2012

“We are alive,” sang Bruce Springsteen at the Times Union Center on Monday night, by himself in the spotlight during a new song about how the spirit and voices of the dead live on in ...

Tommy Stinson

by Kirsten Ferguson April 12, 2012

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“Thanks for all coming out and supporting this little school in Haiti I fell in love with,” said Tommy Stinson at the start of his rock benefit on Tuesday night at Club Helsinki to raise ...

Chris Cornell

by Kirsten Ferguson November 22, 2011

“I think there are certain emotions you forget when you live without the seasons,” said Chris Cornell at the start of his sold-out show at the Egg last Thursday. The Northeast autumn air outside had ...

The Feelies

by Kirsten Ferguson November 16, 2011

An empty plastic beer cup sailed over the crowd and onto the stage at the Hunter Center when the Feelies launched into the instantly recognizable three-chord riff from “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” during one ...

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Like a Rare Vintage 45

by Kirsten Ferguson November 3, 2011

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This week is a busy one for Knyghts of Fuzz, Albany’s premier striped-shirt-wearing, vintage-instrument-playing garage-rock trio. On Monday, singer-guitarist Ian Carlton finished up a tour of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states with Nashville’s Los Straitjackets, ...

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Sam Roberts Band

by Kirsten Ferguson October 6, 2011

The Sam Roberts Band are one of the biggest rock acts in Canada, with multiple gold records and six Juno awards (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy). But musical success often seems to stall out at ...

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Stevie Nicks

by Kirsten Ferguson September 7, 2011

“Destination Unknown,” a near-forgotten hit for the ’80s new-wave band Missing Persons, blared from the sound system before Stevie Nicks charged onstage at SPAC last Tuesday night. Her preshow opener for this summer’s “In Your ...

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Def Leppard, Heart

by Kirsten Ferguson August 10, 2011

To anyone of a certain age, a few riffs from a Def Leppard anthem is all it takes to be transported back to the 1980s, when the British pop-metal band ruled the airwaves with two ...

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Mötley Crüe, Poison, New York Dolls

by Kirsten Ferguson July 27, 2011

It’s harder to imagine now, but when Mötley Crüe released their second album, Shout at the Devil, back in 1983, the title track stirred controversy (however misplaced) with its implications of Satan worship. When the ...

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

by Kirsten Ferguson June 29, 2011

West African singer Angelique Kidjo took matters into her own hands on Sunday night at the close of the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival. The second night of the weekend-long jazz ...

Dance Your Ass Off

by Kirsten Ferguson January 26, 2011

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"Albany is in the house tonight,” sang Sharon Jones as she ran onstage at the Egg in a turquoise dress that glittered with fringe and sparkles. Backed by her eight-piece Brooklyn retro-soul revue the Dap-Kings, ...

Hat Band

by Kirsten Ferguson August 4, 2010

Devo are clearly a band who inspire a level of devotion among fans, thanks to their compelling blend of futuristic kitsch, subversive humor and twitchy new wave that never seems to go out of style. ...

Adult Themes

by Kirsten Ferguson February 11, 2010

A year ago last February, the four members of Poestenkill rock band Blue Factory converged on a friend’s rustic lake house deep in the Adirondacks to record their debut album, Limekiln. Slated for release this ...

Vinyl Solution

by Kirsten Ferguson January 14, 2010

Albany punk trio After the Fall christened their latest full-length album Fort Orange, the name given by colonial Dutch settlers to their fur-trading post along the Hudson River where Albany sits today. And the band’s ...