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Mike Hotter

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Mike Hotter

Solid Sound Festival

by Mike Hotter July 2, 2015


  Last weekend’s Solid Sound Festival, the Wilco-curated music, comedy and art event now in it’s fourth incarnation, was impressive first and foremost for the beauty of its surroundings, which included that transporting mix of art ...

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Nelson Esposito Quintana

by Mike Hotter May 7, 2015


  Closing in on five years after the release of Here, longtime area guitar ace Todd Nelson’s debut as a solo artist, the one-time member of semi-legendary Albany new wave outfits the Units and Fear of ...

Jay Farrar with Gary Hunt, Anders Parker

by Mike Hotter February 12, 2015


  Alt-country icon Jay Farrar (progenitor of two classic bands in the genre, Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt) was in great form last Saturday evening, performing a career-spanning set alongside ace string accompanist Gary Hunt to ...

The Egg


by Mike Hotter February 5, 2015


  I purposely stayed away from reading any reviews or prerelease hubbub before purchasing this album for myself as a Christmas present, wanting to be as unswayed by others’ opinions on it as possible. A casual ...

Ariel Pink

by Mike Hotter January 29, 2015

  Ranked fourth in my Top 10 albums for 2010, the breakthrough album Before Today from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti impressed me for being “skuzzy, freaky, fun, unpredictable, maddening and ridiculous—a gander into a brainpan skewed ...

Ray LaMontagne

by Mike Hotter November 13, 2014

  Last Sunday afternoon, a few hours before Ray LaMontagne was to hit the stage of the Palace Theatre to mark his first concert appearance in Albany since a 2009 stop at the Egg, I could ...

Palace Theatre

The Flaming Lips

by Mike Hotter November 13, 2014


  The Beatles’ Summer of Love release, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is usually the album touted as their best, but if you give a close listen to the rest of their catalog, you would ...

Kurt Vile

by Mike Hotter May 15, 2013


  It seems the music critics of the world (i.e. anyone with Internet access) have agreed that this is the Philadelphia rocker Kurt Vile’s magnum opus, some grand summation of the studied and gifted musician’s aesthetic ...

Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy

by Mike Hotter May 2, 2013


  Ostensibly a tribute to the Everly Brothers, What the Brothers Sang finds compatriots and kindred spirits in the avant-folk scene, with Dawn McCarthy and Will Oldham delivering an album that should prove deeply enjoyable to ...

Dr. John

by Mike Hotter July 26, 2012


Shrugged off by some cynics as just a crossover move and a play for cred on the part of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Dr. John’s Locked Down is soulful and funky in such an ...

Beachwood Sparks

by Mike Hotter July 26, 2012

One of the first post-grunge bands to pick up on what dudes like Gene Clark and Gram Parsons were putting down (namely, a soulful melding of country, folk and rock that some have dubbed Cosmic ...

Kurt Vile

by Mike Hotter April 27, 2011


Rising out of the Internet’s constant musical maelstrom about three years ago (though he’s been writing songs and playing in bands for many years before), Kurt Vile’s early lo-fi missives drew ...

Cave Singers

by Mike Hotter April 27, 2011


There’s a lot of that classic Pacific Northwestern lonesomeness in the Cave Singers’ music. It’s in both the gray and depressive outlook of most of singer Peter Quirk’s lyrics, ...


by Mike Hotter August 18, 2010

Storied indie label Drag City has set itself up as a sort of underground version of Rhino Records in recent years, digging through the rock & roll vaults and reissuing albums it deems to be ...