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Rough Mix

by Ali Hibbs December 1, 2011


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 Ali Hibbs November 10, 2011


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 Ali Hibbs 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


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


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 Ali Hibbs September 7, 2011


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 Ali Hibbs August 24, 2011


“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


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


  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


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


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 Ali Hibbs 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 ...

International Man of Metal

by David King June 8, 2011


"Come stay in the Leo Bar; we have a lion.” Those were the words that started the weirdest night of Jason Keyser’s life. In 2007, Keyser left the comfy ...

Style Wars

by Ali Hibbs May 25, 2011


If the heads start bobbing, you know the beat’s hot. No matter how much the producer jumps around on stage or pumps his fist in the air after pressing play, no matter how much his ...

Of Borscht, Flaubert and Hungarian Mustache Wax

by Jeremy D. Goodwin May 11, 2011


Bella’s Bartok started out as a party and became a band—albeit, one that comes with an automatic party pre-installed. Since their scrappy origins, busking in downtown Great Barrington, Mass., in the ...

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Rough Mix

by Ali Hibbs April 6, 2011

Space Cowboys It’s been a busy couple months for B3nson flagship act Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned. Before leaving for their first full-blown national tour—a wide orbit of SXSW—the new lineup, featuring Ryan Stewart ...

Better Living Through Revelry

by Ali Hibbs April 6, 2011


It’s been been about a decade since electronic music events featuring superstar DJs were being thrown in vast music halls, abandoned warehouses and vacant fields across the nation. The rave culture phenomenon, which originated in ...


Rough Mix

by John Brodeur February 2, 2011


AFRO-GRAM Saratoga Springs’ own Phantogram made their network-TV debut on Wednesday with a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The duo, who are currently prepping a new EP for release this spring (we think), ...

Monster Mash

by Ali Hibbs February 25, 2010

The verdict is unanimous. “Yes” and “easily” are the answers. It may be the only thing all six members of Beware! The Other Head of Science immediately agree on. There’s manic dysfunction in the way ...

Crystal Ball

by Shawn Stone February 21, 2010

When asked what the worst show Super 400 ever played was, bassist Lori Friday responds without hesitation with a funny story about a literal meltdown of their equipment. “I think something’s on fire,” she remembers ...

Adult Themes

by Kirsten Ferguson February 11, 2010

A year ago last February, the four members of Poestenkill rock band Blue Factory converged on a friend’s rustic lake house deep in the Adirondacks to record their debut album, Limekiln. Slated for release this ...

Music of the Spheres

by Ali Hibbs January 28, 2010

When Veena Chandra describes the raga she’s about to perform, it’s as if she’s introducing the audience to a momentary visitor. The song, like the deity it’s devoted to, is defined by its various aspects—the ...

Vinyl Solution

by Kirsten Ferguson January 14, 2010

Albany punk trio After the Fall christened their latest full-length album Fort Orange, the name given by colonial Dutch settlers to their fur-trading post along the Hudson River where Albany sits today. And the band’s ...