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Feedback 2007
January 20, 2007


About the Bands

Art-rock has a home in Albany thanks to Aficionado. Calling their music "prog with balls," the quintet cites among its influences prog pioneers like Yes and King Crimson, as well as latter-day metal heroes Converge and Every Time I Die. OR

Alta Mira are a quartet from Clifton Park whose sound, according to Greg Haymes of the Times Union, melds "the intricate arrangements and musicianship of the classic '70s progressive rock bands, the herky-jerky new wave rhythms of XTC and the passionate vocals of Jeff Buckley." OR

The Clay People are one of Albany's most popular and longest-running acts. Dan Neet's brainchild has evolved from its industrial-goth infancy to become a nationally known, cutting-edge metal band. Their new album, Waking the Dead, is due this winter. OR

Pittsfield, Mass.-based group Hector On Stilts have charisma, talent, and smoldering good looks, all prerequisites for a fabulous pop band. Their original alt-pop is intensely melodic and utterly danceable, with a live show that's part rock, part discotheque, and a touch '80s prom. OR

Paddy Kilrain and the Burger Band give the anti-folk movement a shot in the arm, thanks to the pairing of Kilrain's emotionally wrought, confessional songs with a churning rock & roll rhythm section. Kilrain is prepping her as-yet-untitled fourth album for release this spring.

Saratoga County rockers The Loyalty combine the intensity and dynamics of emo-pop with the more classically mod instincts of bands like Green Day. They're an exciting young band with a big future ahead of them. Look for their debut album in 2007. OR

The Luxury Flats are a Hudson-based group whose four members each sing, play guitar and drums, and write songs. Metroland named them Best Band in the 2006 Best of the Capital Region issue, and calling their music "raw, intense, full of promise, devoid of pretense." OR

Public Access "create jittery, raw, ska-tinged punk-rock anthems that keep listeners craving for more," says In other words, they're more Operation Ivy than Sublime, which is a very good thing.

Power trio Super 400 have brought their classic style and sound to the Capital Region for more than a decade. Their live show has inspired devotional fervor among clubgoers; evidence can be heard on the recent live CD, Live '05. OR

Two Gun Man are a new band out of Columbia County. Their dusty Americana sound is a mix of Johnny Cash, Gordon Lightfoot, and the Pogues.


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