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Chain, Keep Us Together

by Raurri Jennings June 26, 2013


  It is June 14, and the window for interviewing Hand Habits is closing rapidly before the band embark on their first multistate tour from New York through the Midwest. They have been very busy, playing ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter May 22, 2013


  No Pepper As Albany Med slowly blobs its way down New Scotland Avenue, gobbling up any and all businesses in its path—including the fabled Quintessence—Valentine’s Music Hall and Beer Joint stands as one of the last ...


Dancefloor Showdown

by Josh Potter April 4, 2013


It’s been a long, dark winter for the Washington Avenue Armory. Ever since the Barstool Blackout foam party on Oct. 18 of last year, which resulted in a tussle between patrons and Albany police, the ...

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by Josh Potter March 28, 2013


Blue Keynote When you think of major-label record execs, you probably picture a fat white dude in an expensive suit, telling kids to “have a cigar, you’re gonna go far” before rocking James Taylor in their ...

Listeners Welcome Here

by Stephen Leon March 6, 2013

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A song ends, and a familiar voice enters the radio airspace. In dulcet tones and a mellow, deliberate cadence, Katie Gorham recites the names and performers of the last several songs her listeners heard, occasionally ...


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by Josh Potter March 6, 2013


North Albany Rising News trickled through local online media this week of two new ventures by Chris Pratt and Alessio Depoli, owners of the Barrel Saloon and the Pearl Street Pub. The first will be a ...

Get on a Good Book

by Raurri Jennings February 7, 2013

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Gathered around a wooden card table in the kitchen of Red Square, the Chronicles are in repose in a few folding chairs. The backdrop of metal countertops and lack of bystanders brings to mind a ...

Big N Tasty

by Josh Potter February 7, 2013

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The San Francisco 49ers may have lost the Super Bowl, but it’s still been a big week for Joe Montana, better known in these parts as DeeJay Element, who spins Friday and Saturday nights at ...

Packing the House

by Josh Potter February 7, 2013


Rock history is full of famous (and infamous) shows on college campuses. The Who’s performance at Leeds University in 1970 became arguably the best live record of all time. And the Grateful Dead are said ...

Everything in its Right Place

by Josh Potter January 31, 2013

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Drummer Curt Mulick is eager to recount the episode, as he was the only band member present in the audience for singer John Glenn’s first foray into stand-up comedy. “‘Being a musician and a substitute teacher,’” ...

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by Josh Potter January 10, 2013


Love Over Hate Organized by guitarist Matt McWatters and promoter Greg Bell with help from drummer Jim Felter, last weekend’s (Jan.4-5) Rock for Recovery benefit show for the victims of the Newtown school shooting was a ...

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by Josh Potter December 27, 2012


Welcoming the Year of the Snake On Monday (Dec. 31), the Gregorian calendar is prophesied to expire, marking the end of a 365-day cycle and the beginning of an age to be known as 2013. No ...

Gift Guide: Music Books

by David Greenberger December 6, 2012

There are musical biographies and memoirs aplenty this year. Top among them are two books that follow the artistic search and ascendancy of a pair of New Jersey-based acts: Bruce Springsteen and Yo La Tengo. ...

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Out the Trunk

by Raurri Jennings November 1, 2012


There’s a moment in the video for “Marshall Applewhite” where Giant Gorilla Dog Thing (rappers Dood Computer and Dezmatic), Gorilla Tao, and PJ Katz—dressed as Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello of the Teenage Mutant Ninja ...

Nintendo Baroque

by Josh Potter November 1, 2012

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“When I first told my friends I was doing this, they said, ‘That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life,’” says Chaz Buchanan, an electronic musician who works under the name Puzzle Boys. ...

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Pounding on the Celestial Jukebox

by Josh Potter November 1, 2012

Stream Like You’re Naked When I bought my new computer, Apple gave me a $100 gift card to the App store or iTunes. In lieu of Angry Birds or some other distraction device (Fantasy Football and ...

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by Josh Potter September 20, 2012


Running on Empty Laura Carrozza’s occasional flute parts might be the only element remaining from Aficionado’s original guitar-horn-synth prog-army sound the band used to march through the Albany scene and onto the national stage. Since being ...

Fall Pop Music Preview

by The Staff September 13, 2012


Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-446. Sept. 21: Jonathan Edwards. Sept. 28: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. Sept. 29: BoDeans. Oct. 5: the Johnny Monster Band. Oct. 6: Birds of Paradox. Oct. 8: Python Soup. ...

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by Josh Potter September 7, 2012


Beyond Restoration For all you festivalgoers gearing up for the über-busy weekend, it looks like there’s a chance of rain in the forcast. At this, the B3nson collective are likely rejoicing. After Hurricane Irene sunk the ...

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by Jaired Crofut August 9, 2012


Dawn of the Microfestival “The big thing I learned is not to overbook yourself,” says Shane Frasier, the 26-year-old behind Saturday’s Behemoth Music Festival—Albany at the Hudson River Coffee House.The idea began in 2010 when Frasier ...

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by Josh Potter August 2, 2012


Back to the Woodshed Is it a coincidence that the Albany Music Coalition logo looks suspiciuously like the Masonic Square and Compasses—or is it a vast conspiracy by global elites to transform the local music scene ...

Mantra Revolution

by Josh Potter July 12, 2012


“I don’t know if you know this,” Gaura Vani tells an audience assembled inside a geodesic dome at the recent Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival at Stratton Mountain, “but the fabric that this dome is ...


Hilltown Hootenanies

by Josh Potter June 14, 2012


Guthrie Center 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413)528-1955, guthriecenter.org. “Alice didn’t live in a restaurant. She lived in the church nearby the restaurant,” rambled Arlo Guthrie in “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” the song that both helped ...

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Circus of Sound

by Jeff Nania May 30, 2012


“Said to the river, don’t wanna fight no more. Now the river’s gonna move on out. I said to my baby, don’t wanna lose you no more. Now the river’s gonna move on out.” This ...

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by Josh Potter May 24, 2012

Upstate Pride “There’s nothing celestial about Clifton Park,” says Ted Etoll, owner of Step Up Presents and marketing director and talent buyer at the recently rebranded Upstate Concert Hall, describing one of a few reasons it ...