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Living Museum

by Josh Potter May 16, 2012

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Eric Krans is down in the streambed outside his Altamont home, tossing rocks from the middle up onto the banks. “It’s only recently that we realized how important this is,” he says. The stream has ...

Salt of the Earth

by Elyse Beaudoin May 10, 2012

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Brisk air and cold spattering rain envelopes the porch of Joe Michon-Huneau’s apartment. The lead singer of the post-pop indie rock band Alta Mira is nestled inside the papasan chair in his living room. Meanwhile, ...

Hallowed Ground

by Ann Morrow May 3, 2012

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Among music aficionados, there are few thrills more memorable than seeing bands who deserve to be big, that you somehow know are going to be big, and being there just before they become big. A ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter April 19, 2012

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On the MOVE If you’re reading this page, you’ve likely had this conversation. Maybe it was late-night at Valentine’s, raving over a killer, yet poorly attended, set by local band X. Or maybe it was half-drunk ...

From Boom Boom to Bust

by Al Quaglieri April 12, 2012

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If you live long enough, eventually you’ll see touchstones of your past vanish, one at a time. You’ll drive by an empty lot where your old home, or shop, or teenage hangout, or dive bar ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter March 29, 2012

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Swing Low Sweet Chariot It was with great sadness that the Capital Region music community learned of the death of bluesman Ernie Williams last Wednesday (March 21). The 87-year-old suffered a heart attack only days after ...

Men of the Flannel Cloth

by Josh Potter March 22, 2012

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It’s Friday night, and on one end of Pearl Street, megachurch televangelist Joel Osteen is saving souls at a packed Times Union Center; on the other end, Eastbound Jesus are drinking beer, smoking cigarettes and ...

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Beauty School Dropouts

by Josh Potter March 15, 2012

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“Recording scenarios are like bicycles,” waxes audio engineer Frank Moscowitz. If the analogy were taken one step further, it would make he and longtime collaborator Seamus McNulty some cross between Lance Armstrong and those guys ...

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Rough Mix

by The Staff March 1, 2012

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Two-Track Troy The four members of Girls of Porn—an all-male, acid-punk-experimental band from Albany with no discernable connection to the porn industry—are sitting around the brick-walled lounge of producer Don Fury’s Troy recording studio, showing off ...

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In the Name of Prog

by Raurri Jennings February 23, 2012

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In I Heart Huckabees, Dustin Hoffman’s existential detective character is explaining the interconnectedness of all the matter and energy in the universe to Jason Schwartzman using a blanket. He juts his hand through the cloth ...

On the Rise

by The Staff December 29, 2011

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DJ TruMastr and Lo-Fi Lobo, two parts of the Beatshot Collective, have been a force in the local hip-hop underground. With electric mandolin in-hand and a course set for the outer spheres, the Disposable Rocket Band ...

Rough Mix

by Josh Potter December 1, 2011

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Nose to the Grindstone One syllable is all Josh Mirsky usually needs to describe his musical projects. Last year he reduced the name of his hip-hop/R&B band Mirk and the New Familiars to simply MIRK. In ...

Gentle Weapon

by Josh Potter November 10, 2011

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When Sea of Trees songwriter Dylan Palazzo’s son Luka was six, he came to his dad with a drawing he’d just finished. “What is it?” Palazzo asked. “A raccoon with a sword-paw,” Luka replied. As guitarist ...

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Walking Mix Tape

by Josh Potter November 3, 2011

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At first glance, the Wikipedia entry for “Jed Davis” looks like a defense for every high school history teacher who’s banned the class from citing the user-edited online reference. Jessica Simpson’s former touring keyboardist and ...

Like a Rare Vintage 45

by Kirsten Ferguson November 3, 2011

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This week is a busy one for Knyghts of Fuzz, Albany’s premier striped-shirt-wearing, vintage-instrument-playing garage-rock trio. On Monday, singer-guitarist Ian Carlton finished up a tour of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states with Nashville’s Los Straitjackets, ...

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Landing on the Back Porch

by Glenn Weiser October 27, 2011

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Doc Watson’s dazzling bluegrass guitar. A harmonica-playing older brother tragically struck down in his youth. A midlife notion to play string bass. These three inspirations led to the unlikely combination of the Doornails: flatpicking guitarist ...

Sui Generis

by Jeremy D. Goodwin October 13, 2011

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Sitting hunched over his resonator guitar in front of the fiction section at the Spotty Dog Books and Ale in downtown Hudson, a man introduces himself as Evan. The 20 or so audience members give ...

Rough Mix

by Josh Potter September 7, 2011

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Cutting Session For the first time this year, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival (more info on page 28) will start its afternoon lineup with one deserving local act. How that act will be determined is the ...

Out of the Echo Chamber

by Josh Potter August 24, 2011

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“It’s a fixer-upper,” admits Mike Capritta, bassist for Albany postpunk band Severe Severe, standing in the kitchen of the apartment where he and guitarist Nico Jordan have lived since moving back to the region in ...

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Sonic Renovations

by The Staff August 24, 2011

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What started in 2010 as an exhibition of Capital Region bands and a fundraiser to preserve one of Albany’s coolest historic buildings has grown into a national music festival in only one year.  This weekend ...

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Tried and True

by KC Orcutt August 17, 2011

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  The average DJ will show up on time, power through a pre-determined playlist, privately grimace at requests but honor them, pack up when the bar closes and be on his way once he’s paid. One ...

Thoroughbred Rock

by David King July 20, 2011

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Cheddar-flavored goldfish and beer—that is what the members of Travis Gray and the Frontiers were full of after playing their fifth show—an opening gig for Third Eye Blind at the sold-out Roseland Ballroom in New ...

Mothership Connection

by Raurri Jennings July 6, 2011

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Interstellar electric mandolin? Check. Chromium-plated rocket dance shoes? Check. Tactical helmet with nitrogen conversion intake? Check. Armed with all the accouterments necessary for serious space travel, the Disposable Rocket Band set their gamma rays on ...

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Pretty World

by Jeremy D. Goodwin June 22, 2011

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By Jeremy D. Goodwin Flipping through a dog-eared musical composition book to find a song he’s been working on lately, Larry Chernicoff describes his process as one of “archeology.” A ...

Rough Mix

by Josh Potter June 22, 2011

SUMMER FUNSTIVITIES—Last year, the B3nson kids had a great idea: In order to help the Historic Albany Foundation rehab Ten Broeck neighborhood’s historic St. Joseph’s Church, why not use the palatial space to throw a ...