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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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Theo Hill Quartet

by Jeff Nania October 8, 2015


  This past Friday saw the second performance of the year at Schenectady’s A Place For Jazz. “It’s very meaningful to be back,” pianist Theo Hill said Friday night when first addressing the crowd. Born and ...

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Skerik’s Bandalabra

by Jeff Nania October 1, 2015

  This past Sunday night as the moon was approaching a full eclipse, Parish Public House saw the return of the viscerally heady Seattle alt-jazz power foursome Skerik’s Bandalabra. Led by saxophonist Skerik, who is well ...

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by Jeff Nania September 24, 2015

  An hour and a half south of Albany is an oasis of avant-garde known as Quinn’s. Curator (and former Metroland writer) James Keepnews has been hosting far-out free jazz, laptop-based groove nights, and jazz legends ...

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Fresh Grass

by Glenn Weiser September 24, 2015

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  Fresh Grass, an annual three-day event at MASS MoCA, was launched in 2010 to highlight innovative trends in bluegrass. Since then the festival has broadened its scope to include folk-rock, honky-tonk country and other strains ...

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by David Greenberger September 24, 2015


  Never partial to making “The” an official part of their moniker, Small Faces became Faces in one of the more surprising reinventions on any band from the ’60s. (The Beach Boys, circa So Tough with ...


Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats

by David King September 10, 2015


  Cambridge’s Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are purveyors of a unique brand of sinister nostalgia. Combining the foreboding doom of Black Sabbath with the bopping pop of the Beatles, the band are unafraid of wearing ...



by David King September 10, 2015


  In a recent feature titled “10 New Artists You Need to Know,” Rolling Stone described Windhand’s sound as “Nirvana vinyl played way too slow, way too loud and backwards.” Despite the magazine’s uncanny ability to ...


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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We’re Still Missing This One

by Ali Hibbs August 27, 2015


  Legendary producer Bob Johnston died earlier this month. This is an excerpt from my online book bobjohnstonbook.com. Now that Johnny Cash and Bob are no longer with is, maybe Columbia will finally release this extraordinary ...


Hope Drone

by David King August 20, 2015


  Australia’s Hope Drone fancy themselves an artistic black-metal band, and while they do employ some of the musical staples of the genre and convey the appropriate amounts of sorrow and dread, it's hard to fit ...


Ecstatic Vision

by David King August 20, 2015


  Fair warning: Sonic Praise ideally is listened to on drives on late summer nights, when it’s too hot to think and too late to care. When all there is to do is drive and forget ...



by David King August 20, 2015


  What's more frightening? An entire generation too strung out from last night’s foam party to care that the world is turning to shit, or one that is totally aware of all the world’s horrors but ...


One Clear Moment

by David Greenberger August 13, 2015

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  In 1971, at 17, I’d buy LPs from a disc jockey on the local Top 40 station who’d bring them home to sell for a dollar each. This was my portal into a world beyond ...


The Spaces in Between

by David Greenberger August 6, 2015

  There are times when one is swimming in warm water and encounters a cold current. Its source in the river or lake is indiscernible, and just as quickly as it appeared it is gone, actually ...

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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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Country Lights

by Glenn Weiser July 23, 2015


  Many country music fans have been lamenting the decline of the genre with its new “bro” sound and pining for the golden era of three chords and the truth. If any of those disaffected folks ...

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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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by David King July 9, 2015


  Lindemann, the side project featuring Till Lindemann of Rammstein and Peter Tagtgren of Hypocrisy, have released an album designed to shock, repel, infuriate and disgust, thanks to Lindemann’s sardonic lyrics on songs like “Ladyboy,” “Praise ...

Mutoid Man

by David King July 9, 2015


  The brainchild of Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky, Mutoid Man could be described as the concentrated tantrum of a man torn in multiple directions by the influences he wears proudly on his sleeve. Formed in ...

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

by Jeff Nania July 2, 2015

  One thing that the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival consistently does well is put together a weekend of diverse performances. From the cutting-edge NYC fusion of trumpeter-congero Etienne Charles’ group at the gazebo to the down-home ...

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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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Marc-André Hamelin, the Takács Quartet

by B.A. Nilsson June 25, 2015


  Classical music loves specialists, or, to put it a better way, is most comfortable with performers who are easy to pigeonhole. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin has made a career of resisting such definition, and underscores this ...

Charlie Hunter Trio

by Jeff Nania June 25, 2015


  Let the Bells Ring On is the latest in guitarist Charlie Hunter’s practical oeuvre of work. He is joined by drummer Bobby Previte and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes for a unique trio sound that conjures a ...