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Lucius, Bahamas

by David Greenberger December 18, 2014

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  We have some friends who are that rare breed who take us up on suggestions to attend musical performances by acts they’re not familiar with. We know each other well enough to have a good ...

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Keys to Success

by Jeff Nania December 18, 2014

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  “Sometimes I’ll put on a tiger mask and want to dance around on stage and be a freak and wear red pants,” Marco Benevento says as he talks about the freedom he has come to ...

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Gift Guide: Off the Beaten Path CDs

by David Greenberger December 11, 2014

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  The once wide and clear avenues for alerting possible listeners to the existence of a new release have become a thicket of narrow pathways. Hence, many recordings, even ones created by favored artists, can remain ...

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Gift Guide: Reissues

by David King December 11, 2014

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  The holiday season is always a good time for fond reminiscence of simpler times--when music arrived in a physical package made up of artwork and these things called liner notes. It is also a good ...

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Gift Guide: Classical Music

by B.A. Nilsson December 11, 2014

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  Four years ago, Sony Classical released all of Leonard Bernstein’s symphony recordings (with the New York Philharmonic) in one 60-CD box set that quickly sold out its initial pressing. Bernstein’s conducting is always reliable, often ...

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Gift Guide: Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, and Celtic Music

by Glenn Weiser December 11, 2014

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  If you’re scouting around for gift CDs in the folk, blues, bluegrass or Celtic music genres, look no further—I’ve scoped out the roots music landscape for you, and 2014 has given us a wealth of ...

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Gift Guide: Christmas Music

by Shawn Stone December 11, 2014

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  The jewel of this year’s holiday music releases is Renée Fleming’s Christmas in New York (Decca). The renowned soprano performs a mix of traditional carols, beloved holiday pop songs and a few ringers that fit ...

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Now You See Them . . . .

by Ali Hibbs December 11, 2014

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  Jittery. Claustrophobic. Bleak. These are words that the band Better Pills use when attempting to describe their sound on a Friday afternoon at the Low Beat in Albany. “I’d say we were postpunk, but that’s kind ...

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Sounds in Words

by Jeff Nania December 4, 2014

  You have to be careful about what musicians say. This was one of the most valuable pieces of advice anyone ever gave me. It has always helped me to stay focused when writing about music. It’s ...

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Aphex Twin

by David King November 26, 2014

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  For decades now Aphex Twin’s Richard James has maintained a mystique that paints him as both madman and genius. His work is like some sort of curse he is forced to pour out over homemade ...

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Run The Jewels

by David King November 26, 2014

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  In an age when Taylor Swift can release a jingle for New York City’s tourism campaign that simply says “New York: It’s waiting for you,” like it’s a fucking pot of gold waiting to be ...

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Mandela Celebration

by Jeff Nania November 26, 2014

  This past Saturday saw an incredible outpouring of positivity and inspiration that was generated in response to the dreams and reality of Nelson Mandela. The evening featured original works by the artist known as HA!Man (Francois ...

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Captain Beefheart

by David Greenberger November 20, 2014

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  The Captain Beefheart catalog has been in a shoddy state for some time. The new four-CD set Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972 remedies that in suitably dignified style. The peak of Beefheart’s powers with ...

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Arch Stanton Quartet

by Jeff Nania November 20, 2014

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  Blues For Soli is The Arch Stanton Quartet's sophomore release, which comes two years after their first record, and a year after the group collectively traveled to Egypt for a cultural exchange which featured a ...

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The Mavericks

by Tim Mack November 13, 2014

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  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 ...

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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 ...

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Marco Benevento

by Jeff Nania November 13, 2014

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  “Don’t sit down on them . . . what you’re feeling,” Marco Benevento sings on "If I Get to See You at All" from his newest record, Swift. This seems like an apt message for ...

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Pallbearer

by David King November 13, 2014

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  Someone call Ozzy Osbourne and tell him he’s allowed to die now. Satan has cut a deal with his replacement, and I’m not surprised to tell you that they are from Little Rock, Ark. Pallbearer ...

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The Flaming Lips

by Mike Hotter November 13, 2014

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  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 ...

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Ton Lokal: Seasons Change

by Timothy Reidy November 6, 2014

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  Late Summer is always a different time of year for music in this area; the last summer shows commence and day festivals pop up. Restoration Festival kept it pretty much local this past year, and ...

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Festival of the Dead

by The Staff October 30, 2014

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  The burlesque troupe Succulesque performed at Saturday’s Festival of the Dead at the Armory, the sixth annual Halloween event that also showcased Jeff Brower’s macabre artwork, partygoers’ extraordinarily creative costumes, and bands and DJs in ...

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A Welcome Face

by David Greenberger October 30, 2014

  Ian “Mac” McLagan has a musical history that dates back to the mid-’60s and the Small Faces (followed by their evolution into the Faces). After that band dissolved in the mid-’70s, McLagan has done touring ...

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A Harmony of Its Own

by David Greenberger October 30, 2014

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  Music is one of the primary elements by which I can chart my life. Through these events and ideas I see where I was and where I’ve gone. Records released more than 40 years ago ...

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OK Go

by Jeff Nania October 23, 2014

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  The musicians start playing, lights are flashing, confetti is flying, bass is thumping, and camera phones go up in the air to snap a shot. When the lights finally settle, the crowd goes wild as OK ...

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Habana Sax/Steven Wright

by Paul Rapp October 23, 2014

  This was a conumdrum. On Friday night, Habana Sax, the obscure but brilliant Cuban jazz quintet whom I go back with a ways, were making a rare stop in Albany at the Swyer Theater at ...

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