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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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Alexis Cole Quintet

by Jeff Nania October 23, 2014

  “In addition to being my first time here, it's also my first time playing a full night of music with Harold Mabern,” Cole said. The group featuring Mabern on piano, saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist David ...

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Richard Thompson, the Mastersons

by Paul Rapp October 16, 2014

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  Part of my deal here at Metroland is a requirement that I check in with Richard Thompson every couple of years to see how he’s doing. I’m pleased to report that Richard Thompson continues to ...

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Paul Bley

by David Greenberger October 9, 2014

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  It’s rare that unadorned type alone can make for such an apt cover, but Paul Bley’s Play Blue is as fine an example as you’re likely to see. The inch-high uppercase sans-serif black letters fill ...

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Weezer

by David King October 9, 2014

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  Weezer suck. They’ve sucked hard, very, very hard for the better portion of their time as a band. And it seems all this sucking was done on purpose—well at least purposefully by frontman Rivers Cuomo, ...

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Stefon Harris and Nouveau Soul

by Jeff Nania October 9, 2014

  The group began the night with Stefon Harris' arrangement of Horace Silver's “Cape Verdean Blues,” which morphed its way through alternate feels and time signatures and culminated with an impressive drum solo by Jonathan Pinson ...

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Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela

by Alexander M. Stern October 9, 2014

  For those of us who came of age in the ’80s, South Africa was the human-rights cause. College campuses were filled with signs urging divestment and condemning apartheid, the South African policy of institutional segregation. ...

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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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Matt Garrison

by Jeff Nania September 25, 2014

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  Saxophonist Matt Garrison’s newest album is a collection of tunes and arrangements he has put together over a 15-year period. It features straight-ahead boppish originals like “Steppin Up,” standards like Lee Morgan’s “Ceora,” and pop ...

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Interpol

by David King September 25, 2014

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  Some bands need to die to to protect their legacy. If Interpol were a samurai, people would probably be lining up to give them swords to fall on. It’s not that Interpol were ever the ...

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Roots and Beyond

by Glenn Weiser September 25, 2014

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  The fourth annual Fresh Grass Music festival came just at summer’s end this year. The timing of this stellar three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music—a change of seasons—also symbolized the lineup, which included newer, ...

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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: ...

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Clifton Anderson Quintet

by Jeff Nania September 18, 2014

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  A Place for Jazz opened its 2014 season with one of the most melodic trombonists and composers on the scene today, who also happens to be jazz royalty. Clifton Anderson may have made a name ...

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