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by Josh Potter April 2, 2014

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  Taking Woodstock Back A couple weeks ago, I offered a fairly grim forecast for the upcoming summer festival schedule. Two regional staples, Camp Bisco and Solid Sound, will not be happening this year. (Respect, however, to ...

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Unflinching Gaze

by Josh Potter March 26, 2014

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  There’s a moment at the very end of the music video for Angel Olsen’s “High Five” where the camera pans out from Olsen’s side-lit face, a confetti shower falling from above. As the final bit ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter March 20, 2014

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  Pass the Hat Scary news came in last month about a hit-and-run accident that left Albany musician Emily Sprague badly injured and with sizable out-of-pocket medical expenses. To alleviate the financial burden, an injury recovery fund ...

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Kismet or Consequence

by Josh Potter March 6, 2014

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  “Keep that in the van at all times,” the guy says, placing a tiny, battered liquor bottle on the café table before turning to walk away. “Thanks, man!” Mark Lombardo calls after him, “but what is ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014

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  This April marks the third installation of the MOVE Music Festival, a city-wide concert mega-event and industry showcase. Think South By Southwest but with less sunscreen and barbecue. This week, promoters Indian Ledge Music and the ...

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Ton Lokal: What Cabin Fever?

by Timothy Reidy February 14, 2014

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  I started off the year downstate at Pianos on Jan. 2 and saw a few bands of local interest, Woof Woof and Florist. It was a nice snowy way to start the year. When I got ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter February 6, 2014

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    It's Low Beat Time It’s got a sign, a Facebook page and, by all accounts, a pretty sweet interior makeover. All that’s left is to add the music. After a season of confusion, controversy, new plans ...

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All Sales Vinyl

by Drue Klinowski January 30, 2014

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  There was a time when listening to your favorite music required an appointment. There were no mobile devices, no car stereos and certainly no music recommendation services streaming directly to your Wi-Fi-enabled living room stereo. ...

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Slaying the Hydra

by Josh Potter January 23, 2014

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  “Epic” might be one of the most overused words in our contemporary vernacular. As a headline and a hashtag, it gets fixed to everything from video of a football player’s post-game rant, to an Instagram ...

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Grammy Numbers

by Josh Potter January 23, 2014

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  “Spotify Predicts GRAMMY Winners.” That was the subject line on an e-mail I received from the music streaming service yesterday morning, a few days in advance of pop music’s biggest awards show this Sunday. It ...

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Best Concerts 2013: Timothy Reidy

by Timothy Reidy December 24, 2013

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  1. Move Music Festival Albany, April 27 A one-day festival with plenty of nostalgia and new discovery, great performances and a good evening of fun. 2. Art on Lark Lark Street, Albany, June 8 Seeing Meg Duffy three times and ...

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Best Concerts 2013: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 24, 2013

  1. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby Catskill, Feb. 16 Billed as the Homemade Aeroplane Concert, this was a house concert in their own house, the deep, narrow room reimagined as an airline, an apt metaphor for the ...

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Best Concerts 2013: Josh Potter

by Josh Potter December 24, 2013

    1. Danny Brown, Action Bronson Skidmore College, Oct. 4 Hip-hop shows are too often a cursory run through the hits for artists whose true medium is the studio. Not so for Danny Brown, who brought anarchic energy ...

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That Back-Home Sound

by Jeff Nania November 6, 2013

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  It’s a strange contradiction of feelings. On the one hand, we local music fans root for our hometown heroes, cheer for them to bust through that glass ceiling of regionalism and earn that national audience ...

Celestial Bodies

by Joe D. Michon-Huneau November 6, 2013

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  My first impression of Ryan Slowey was that of a solemn figure leaning over a mixer, obscured by shadows beside the bar at Valentine’s. He’s lanky and serious, has a scraggly beard, a Dalí tattoo. ...

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Flourish Girl

by Christina Dillon November 6, 2013

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  “My new album is almost an uncomfortably good representation of me,” explains singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan. “My experiences with people, friends and relationships is really what inspired each song,” she says, drifting off into thought. The sound ...

Local Music Listings

by Metroland Staff November 6, 2013

  Radio Stations Whatever your favorite flavor, it’s probably somewhere on the Capital Region radio dial and streaming online. WAJZ 96.3 FM, offices: 786-6600; request line: 476-9696. Hip-hop and R&B. WAMC 90.3 FM, 1400 AM, 465-5233. National Public Radio, news programs, ...

Rough Mix

by Josh Potter October 31, 2013

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  Orange is the New Black It’s been (at least) a two-costume Halloween this year, with most festivities taking place last weekend in advance of tonight’s (Thursday) official masquerade. So make the most of your opportunity to ...

Rough Mix

by Josh Potter October 24, 2013

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  Family Reunion It’s been a bit hard to keep up with Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned this year. The local folk-rock mainstays and B3nson Records torchbearers have been on a prolific campaign to release a ...

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by Josh Potter October 9, 2013

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  Happy Valentine’s Good news broke this week regarding the future of venerable Albany rock club Valentine’s. While the building at 17 New Scotland Ave. is still slated for demolition in advance of Albany Med’s Park South ...

Hudson River Heavy

by Josh Potter September 11, 2013

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  “I’d love to see this keep on happening,” says Brandon Stosuy, editor of tastemaking music website Pitchfork and author of the site’s metal blog Show No Mercy. “Ten years down the road, people won’t even ...

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by Josh Potter September 4, 2013

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  Sharpen Your Ax It’s a big weekend for local music festivals, with Rest Fest and the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival giving audiences options on either side of the Hudson. Both events feature a mixture of national ...

The Fabulous Sounds

by Metroland Staff July 31, 2013

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  Let’s be clear: The outlook is anything but. When the Albany Medical Center released its Park South redevelopment plan last week, the block on which Valentine’s sits, at 17 New Scotland Ave., was slated for ...

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Best of Music 2013

by Metroland Staff July 24, 2013

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  Best Rock Band Wild Adriatic Saratoga quartet Wild Adriatic got a big bump last year from Relix Magazine, who debuted a couple of their videos from Lock and Key. Now they’re off playing big festival bills like ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter July 10, 2013

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  The Valley of Rising Stars Seth Powell knew exactly what sound he wanted on the sophomore album, A Break in the Weather, from his band the Charlie Watts Riots: “A big, heavy rock sound with pop ...