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Joe Jackson

by Tim Mack October 29, 2015


  Albany loves Joe Jackson. Turns out, this was news to . . . Joe Jackson. The 61-year old piano man from the south of England was genuinely humbled by the sold-out Hart Theater crowd, the standing ...

The Egg

That’s the Way He Does It

by Tim Mack October 15, 2015


  A documentary crew spent the day Sunday at the Palace lugging heavy-duty cameras and tripods around the stage, preparing to record that night’s show for a concert film about the headliner. And when a guitarist ...

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With His Roots On

by Tim Mack September 3, 2015


  This must have been what it was like . . . . . . When rock & roll was new and people packed into small clubs for something they’d never heard before. That was the experience JD ...

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Straight On For You

by Tim Mack July 30, 2015


  An opening set of hits from some Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. A closing set from the world's greatest Led Zeppelin cover band. That’s a heck of a double bill for a Monday night ...

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Up Close and Personal

by Tim Mack July 16, 2015


Last Thursday night, the Lone Bellow opened for country-music bad boy Eric Church in front of 16,000 people at a waterfront pavilion in Bangor, Maine. On Friday night, the Brooklyn-based folk-rockers were the headliners in ...

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The Lioness and the Lion

by Tim Mack June 11, 2015

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Walking by the man with the stuffed monkey on his shoulders and past the other man in a clown costume, rounding the corner in the rainbow vendor village by the Govt. Mule merch tent and ...

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Kenny Chesney

by Tim Mack May 4, 2015


  One of Kenny Chesney’s guitarists wore a Dark Side of the Moon T-shirt at the Times Union Center last Thursday night. Perhaps a more appropriate Pink Floyd choice would have been Welcome to the Machine. Chesney, ...

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The Mavericks

by Tim Mack February 26, 2015


  They shouldn’t be this happy. This should be their joyless, introspective “dark” album full of loss and regret. Instead, it’s the best dance album you’ve heard this year, and better yet, it sounds like a band ...

Cyrille Aimée

by Tim Mack February 20, 2015


  It was the hippest birthday party in all of downtown. And if you were there, it means you can tell your friends you’ve sung with a celebrated French jazz star. Cyrille Aimée, the acclaimed singer and SUNY ...

The Egg


by Tim Mack February 5, 2015


  It was for their anniversary. Or to begin a new chapter. Or maybe they all just happened to be free that night, and that was excuse enough to get the band back together. Whatever the reason, ...

The Low Beat

Punch Brothers

by Tim Mack January 29, 2015

  Will the mandolin be enough to save us from our iPhones? Not likely. Throw in a banjo, guitar, upright and fiddle? Maybe there's a fighting chance. On their fourth album, The Phosphorescent Blues, Brooklyn-based bluegrass collective the ...

Best Concerts of 2014: Timothy Mack

by Tim Mack December 31, 2014


  1. Paul McCartney Times Union Center, July 5 Too obvious? Too bad. Hands down, the best musical experience of the year. If you were one of the 14,000 on hand, you knew that already. 2. Kiss, Def Leppard Saratoga ...

The Mavericks

by Tim Mack November 13, 2014


  They walked out in the pitch black, found their instruments, fiddled with the tuning, then looked at each other as the lights came up and, without fanfare or formal introduction, started to play. Not the ...

The Egg

John Pizzarelli Quartet

by Tim Mack October 2, 2014

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  Where better to build a solid foundation in the classics than a college campus? School was in session at the College of Saint Rose Saturday night, even if the students on hand didn’t know it. Nearly ...

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Chris Isaak

by Tim Mack September 18, 2014

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  Chris Isaak wears his love for rockabilly music on his sleeve. Or he would if it weren't already covered in sequins and filigree. The 58-year-old Californian owns one of the most curious resumes in modern music: ...

The Egg

Jason Aldean

by Tim Mack September 4, 2014

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If you caught the parade of classic rock/legacy acts soldiering through SPAC this summer, you weren't alone if you looked at the age of the bands, the age of the audience and the current state ...

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Kiss, Def Leppard

by Tim Mack August 7, 2014


It may or may not qualify as irony that, at the height of the Saratoga summer, at the midpoint between the Bolshoi Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as the Racing City teems with the sort ...

Sarah McLachlan

by Tim Mack July 23, 2014


Sarah McLachlan is a brave woman. P!nk has her trapeze, Wayne Coyne has his hamster ball, but if you really want to live on the edge, bring your couch. McLachlan hauled some sofas and a loveseat ...


by Tim Mack June 26, 2014

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How do you give so much to so few for so little? On some level, the members of Fishbone must have made peace with the course their career has taken. How else could they keep ...

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