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Joe Jackson

by Tim Mack October 29, 2015


  Albany loves Joe Jackson. Turns out, this was news to . . . Joe Jackson. The 61-year old piano man from the south of England was genuinely humbled by the sold-out Hart Theater crowd, the standing ...

The Egg

That’s the Way He Does It

by Tim Mack October 15, 2015


  A documentary crew spent the day Sunday at the Palace lugging heavy-duty cameras and tripods around the stage, preparing to record that night’s show for a concert film about the headliner. And when a guitarist ...

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Theo Hill Quartet

by Jeff Nania October 8, 2015


  This past Friday saw the second performance of the year at Schenectady’s A Place For Jazz. “It’s very meaningful to be back,” pianist Theo Hill said Friday night when first addressing the crowd. Born and ...

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Skerik’s Bandalabra

by Jeff Nania October 1, 2015

  This past Sunday night as the moon was approaching a full eclipse, Parish Public House saw the return of the viscerally heady Seattle alt-jazz power foursome Skerik’s Bandalabra. Led by saxophonist Skerik, who is well ...

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by Jeff Nania September 24, 2015

  An hour and a half south of Albany is an oasis of avant-garde known as Quinn’s. Curator (and former Metroland writer) James Keepnews has been hosting far-out free jazz, laptop-based groove nights, and jazz legends ...

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Fresh Grass

by Glenn Weiser September 24, 2015

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  Fresh Grass, an annual three-day event at MASS MoCA, was launched in 2010 to highlight innovative trends in bluegrass. Since then the festival has broadened its scope to include folk-rock, honky-tonk country and other strains ...

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With His Roots On

by Tim Mack September 3, 2015


  This must have been what it was like . . . . . . When rock & roll was new and people packed into small clubs for something they’d never heard before. That was the experience JD ...

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The Spaces in Between

by David Greenberger August 6, 2015

  There are times when one is swimming in warm water and encounters a cold current. Its source in the river or lake is indiscernible, and just as quickly as it appeared it is gone, actually ...

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Straight On For You

by Tim Mack July 30, 2015


  An opening set of hits from some Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. A closing set from the world's greatest Led Zeppelin cover band. That’s a heck of a double bill for a Monday night ...

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Country Lights

by Glenn Weiser July 23, 2015


  Many country music fans have been lamenting the decline of the genre with its new “bro” sound and pining for the golden era of three chords and the truth. If any of those disaffected folks ...

Walsh Farm

Up Close and Personal

by Tim Mack July 16, 2015


Last Thursday night, the Lone Bellow opened for country-music bad boy Eric Church in front of 16,000 people at a waterfront pavilion in Bangor, Maine. On Friday night, the Brooklyn-based folk-rockers were the headliners in ...

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Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

by Jeff Nania July 2, 2015

  One thing that the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival consistently does well is put together a weekend of diverse performances. From the cutting-edge NYC fusion of trumpeter-congero Etienne Charles’ group at the gazebo to the down-home ...

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Solid Sound Festival

by Mike Hotter July 2, 2015


  Last weekend’s Solid Sound Festival, the Wilco-curated music, comedy and art event now in it’s fourth incarnation, was impressive first and foremost for the beauty of its surroundings, which included that transporting mix of art ...

Mass Moca

Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion

by Paul Rapp June 18, 2015


  What I owe to Ginger Baker is immeasurable. Suffice it to say that in my early teens I, along with a generation of players, absorbed all of those Cream records, especially the live ones with ...

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The Lioness and the Lion

by Tim Mack June 11, 2015

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Walking by the man with the stuffed monkey on his shoulders and past the other man in a clown costume, rounding the corner in the rainbow vendor village by the Govt. Mule merch tent and ...

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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


  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


  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


  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 ...

The Egg

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. ...

Williams College Thompson Memorial Chapel


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 ...

The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

Jay Farrar with Gary Hunt, Anders Parker

by Mike Hotter February 12, 2015


  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 ...

The Egg


by Tim Mack February 5, 2015


  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, ...

The Low Beat

ZSoloSZ: Patrick Higgins, Greg Fox, Sam Hillmer

by Jeff Nania January 22, 2015


  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 ...

The Half Moon

Best Concerts of 2014: Timothy Mack

by Tim Mack December 31, 2014


  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 ...