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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter August 28, 2014

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Slow Rave The new age is past. This is the now age. (Cue ’70s synthesizer drone.) It’s a time when the sacred and the kitschy have joined ecstatic forces. It’s a place where the party never ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter August 7, 2014

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The New Black We’re only a week away from the fifth annual Restoration Festival, which returns to the eerie grandeur of CAC Woodside in Troy for the second year. As with prior years, the B3nson Collective ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter July 31, 2014

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Moving on Up Jazz on Jay has, in recent years, grown to be a Schenectady summer institution, drawing crowds downtown for free weekly jazz performances. Starting on Monday, the town will add a second series, built ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter July 10, 2014

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Four Shades of Music Fest If you spend this coming weekend ogling someone else’s idyllic summer adventure on Instagram, you have no one to blame but yourself. It is upon us: the weekend of music festival ...

Voice of the Pride

by Josh Potter June 12, 2014

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  The cover of Sean Desiree’s debut EP depicts a lion wearing a collar of tiny bells. Designed by her partner Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, it’s a visualization of Desiree’s stage name, Bell’s Roar, itself a kind of ...

It’s Punk to Wear Sunscreen

by Alexander M. Stern May 22, 2014

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  “This band is really good,” says Ben Garrett. “They play surf rock.” The guitarist and vocalist for Saratoga band Party Boat sits with his bandmates on a curved sofa that’s seen better days inside their rehearsal ...

Navigating the Infestation

by Josh Potter May 8, 2014

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  “Going to Coachella? You’re a Loser and Part of the Problem and Probably Fat.” This was the headline of Luke O’Neil’s smart and hilarious takedown piece a few weeks back in Bullett. In advance of ...

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Talking Blues

by Alexander M. Stern May 1, 2014

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  At some point between the first and second gin and tonic, Evan Conway orders a corned beef sandwich on rye. We’re at Slick’s, a bar in Schenectady’s historic Stockade District, not far from Union Street. ...

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Rough Mix

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...