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The Pixies, TV on the Radio, John Grant

by David King May 28, 2015

  “Wave of Mutilation," "Break my Body," "Monkey Gone to Heaven." That was the opening lineup for the Pixies on Friday night at the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown. It was a powerful reminder that it was ...

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The Funky Meters

by Jeff Nania May 4, 2015

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  The smiles, grins, and knowing looks shared between Art Neville and George Porter Jr. are the kind that can come only from making music with somebody for more than 60 years. At various times throughout the ...

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Kenny Chesney

by Tim Mack May 4, 2015

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  One of Kenny Chesney’s guitarists wore a Dark Side of the Moon T-shirt at the Times Union Center last Thursday night. Perhaps a more appropriate Pink Floyd choice would have been Welcome to the Machine. Chesney, ...

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Cyrille Aimée

by Tim Mack February 20, 2015

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  It was the hippest birthday party in all of downtown. And if you were there, it means you can tell your friends you’ve sung with a celebrated French jazz star. Cyrille Aimée, the acclaimed singer and SUNY ...

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Roomful of Teeth

by David Greenberger February 20, 2015

  Roomful of Teeth are an ensemble of eight classically trained singers, founded six years ago and dedicated to exploring vocal techniques from around the world. Indeed, that is what they do to a remarkable degree. ...

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MoonHooch

by Jeff Nania February 20, 2015

  “This is cave music,” saxophonist Mike Wilbur shouted to the crowd toward the end of the nonstop, high-intensity set of music they blew for nearly an hour and a half. While the feel of the night ...

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Jay Farrar with Gary Hunt, Anders Parker

by Mike Hotter February 12, 2015

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  Alt-country icon Jay Farrar (progenitor of two classic bands in the genre, Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt) was in great form last Saturday evening, performing a career-spanning set alongside ace string accompanist Gary Hunt to ...

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Starcode

by Tim Mack February 5, 2015

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  It was for their anniversary. Or to begin a new chapter. Or maybe they all just happened to be free that night, and that was excuse enough to get the band back together. Whatever the reason, ...

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ZSoloSZ: Patrick Higgins, Greg Fox, Sam Hillmer

by Jeff Nania January 22, 2015

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  ZSoloSZ was a set of music by the avant-garde trio known as Zs. The brainchild of saxophonist and electronic visionary Sam Hillmer, it is self-described “difficult listening.” This show at the Half Moon in Hudson came ...

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Best Concerts of 2014: Timothy Mack

by Tim Mack December 31, 2014

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  1. Paul McCartney Times Union Center, July 5 Too obvious? Too bad. Hands down, the best musical experience of the year. If you were one of the 14,000 on hand, you knew that already. 2. Kiss, Def Leppard Saratoga ...

Best Concerts of 2014: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 31, 2014

  1. Billy Eli The Ale House, March 1 2. Peter Mulvey, Suitcase Junket Caffe Lena, April 4 3. My Darling Clementine The Ale House, April 16 4. David Lindley The Van Dyck, June 6 5. Chandler Travis Philharmonette The Ale House, June 28 6. King ...

Brad Mehldau Trio

by Jeff Nania December 24, 2014

  The Brad Mehldau Trio might be made up of three incredible individuals, but they truly are a singular organism. From the shared lyricism, to the perfect execution of complex meters, to the necessary trust they ...

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Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets

by Paul Rapp December 24, 2014

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  When this show was announced it took my breath away. It all looked so good on paper. But that was nothing compared to how it played out on stage. Oh my god . . . Nick ...

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Lucius, Bahamas

by David Greenberger December 18, 2014

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  We have some friends who are that rare breed who take us up on suggestions to attend musical performances by acts they’re not familiar with. We know each other well enough to have a good ...

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Mandela Celebration

by Jeff Nania November 26, 2014

  This past Saturday saw an incredible outpouring of positivity and inspiration that was generated in response to the dreams and reality of Nelson Mandela. The evening featured original works by the artist known as HA!Man (Francois ...

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The Mavericks

by Tim Mack November 13, 2014

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  They walked out in the pitch black, found their instruments, fiddled with the tuning, then looked at each other as the lights came up and, without fanfare or formal introduction, started to play. Not the ...

The Egg

Ray LaMontagne

by Mike Hotter November 13, 2014

  Last Sunday afternoon, a few hours before Ray LaMontagne was to hit the stage of the Palace Theatre to mark his first concert appearance in Albany since a 2009 stop at the Egg, I could ...

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Ton Lokal: Seasons Change

by Timothy Reidy November 6, 2014

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  Late Summer is always a different time of year for music in this area; the last summer shows commence and day festivals pop up. Restoration Festival kept it pretty much local this past year, and ...

Festival of the Dead

by The Staff October 30, 2014

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  The burlesque troupe Succulesque performed at Saturday’s Festival of the Dead at the Armory, the sixth annual Halloween event that also showcased Jeff Brower’s macabre artwork, partygoers’ extraordinarily creative costumes, and bands and DJs in ...

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A Welcome Face

by David Greenberger October 30, 2014

  Ian “Mac” McLagan has a musical history that dates back to the mid-’60s and the Small Faces (followed by their evolution into the Faces). After that band dissolved in the mid-’70s, McLagan has done touring ...

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OK Go

by Jeff Nania October 23, 2014

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  The musicians start playing, lights are flashing, confetti is flying, bass is thumping, and camera phones go up in the air to snap a shot. When the lights finally settle, the crowd goes wild as OK ...

The Upstate Concert Hall

Habana Sax/Steven Wright

by Paul Rapp October 23, 2014

  This was a conumdrum. On Friday night, Habana Sax, the obscure but brilliant Cuban jazz quintet whom I go back with a ways, were making a rare stop in Albany at the Swyer Theater at ...

The Egg

Alexis Cole Quintet

by Jeff Nania October 23, 2014

  “In addition to being my first time here, it's also my first time playing a full night of music with Harold Mabern,” Cole said. The group featuring Mabern on piano, saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist David ...

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Richard Thompson, the Mastersons

by Paul Rapp October 16, 2014

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  Part of my deal here at Metroland is a requirement that I check in with Richard Thompson every couple of years to see how he’s doing. I’m pleased to report that Richard Thompson continues to ...

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Stefon Harris and Nouveau Soul

by Jeff Nania October 9, 2014

  The group began the night with Stefon Harris' arrangement of Horace Silver's “Cape Verdean Blues,” which morphed its way through alternate feels and time signatures and culminated with an impressive drum solo by Jonathan Pinson ...

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