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B.B. King

by Alexander M. Stern April 23, 2014

  Don’t let anybody fool you: Robert Johnson had it easy. Jimi Hendrix? Stevie Ray Vaughn? They had it soft. They may have departed too soon, but by leaving in their prime, they left a legacy ...

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The Hold Steady

by John Rodat April 17, 2014

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  In an interview with Terri Gross a couple of years back, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn fielded a question about lyrical allusions to the Catholic upbringing he shares with some of the songs’ characters. Gross ...

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Dave Holland with the Empire Jazz Orchestra

by Jeff Nania April 17, 2014

  The Empire Jazz Orchestra are this region's premier repertory Jazz Big Band. Their conductor Bill Meckley always puts together larger-than-life playlists for the group to perform, and this night was no different. Before the heroic guest ...

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The Budos Band

by Josh Potter April 17, 2014

  In the movie Broken Flowers, every time the stoical Bill Murray character (Don “Juan” Johnston) drives off in his rental car to visit another of his former lovers (“I’m a stalker in a Taurus”), hoping ...

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Cloud Nothings

by Metroland Staff April 9, 2014

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  Fresh off a Pitchfork “Best New Music” nod, Cloud Nothings headlined the WCDB 36th Anniversary show at the Low Beat on April 5. The pairing couldn’t have been more appropriate: A station that has consistently ...

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Come Together (Over Robots)

by Jeff Nania March 27, 2014

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  “We’ve all had cool gigs in Schenectady,” guitarist Pat Metheny said when he first addressed the crowd. After making the album Unity Band in 2012 with saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, and bassist Ben ...

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Pat Metheny Unity Band

by Jeff Nania March 26, 2014

  “We've all had cool gigs in Schenectady,” guitarist Pat Metheny said when he first addressed the crowd. After making the album Unity Band in 2012 with saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, and bassist Ben ...

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The Felice Brothers

by Metroland Staff March 20, 2014

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  Club Helsinki is something like home for the Felice Brothers, who have been haunting Hudson Valley watering holes since their inception. Their return on March 17 featured a mixture of new songs and new covers, ...

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Deer Tick

by Metroland Staff March 20, 2014

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  It’s no secret that the Hollow Bar has seriously upped its game in recent months, booking an impressive spread of national performers and bringing sold-out rock shows back to North Pearl Street. The Deer Tick ...

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Matthew Shipp Trio

by Josh Potter March 20, 2014

  There’s something that happens to the human brain when exposed to two hours of continuous free-jazz. Actually, there’s a whole series of things. Of course, no two performers within the once-experimental, now-canonical improvisational form are the ...

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I Am the Past

by Timothy Reidy March 6, 2014

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  The final night at Valentine’s was a night of nostalgia and remembrance. Two of the friendliest acts around and a fine cast of characters graced the stage for the final time: the Parlor and Sgt. ...

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Band of Horses

by Metroland Staff February 27, 2014

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  Lamps, rugs and an open bottle of wine put Seattle indie-rockers Band of Horses at ease for their sold-out acoustic show at the Egg last Sunday (Feb. 23). Touring on a new record of live ...

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Kanye West

by Josh Potter February 27, 2014

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  It’s impossible to talk about Kanye West and the Yeezus Tour without talking about the phenomenon of Kanye West and the Yeezus Tour. It’s a meta layer to the persona that the rapper-producer-designer-conceptualist has spent ...

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Stacy Dillard and Victor Gould

by Jeff Nania February 27, 2014

  Saxophonist Stacy Dillard and pianist Victor Gould are not complete newcomers to the Capital Region. Dillard made an appearance at last year’s Freihofer’s Jazz Festival with Ben Williams and Sound Effect, and both Dillard and ...

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Umphrey’s McGee

by Elyse Beaudoin February 14, 2014

  It’s easy to label Chicago-based sextet Umphrey’s McGee as just a progressive-rock jam band, but after years of touring and recording, the group’s improvisation has generated an eclectic catalog of musical styles. And they’ve developed ...

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The Bad Plus

by Josh Potter February 14, 2014

  Over the years, watching the Bad Plus perform has consistently left me breathless. I don’t use that term as a lazy platitude to describe my astonishment at their virtuosity. I mean, I literally hold my ...

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Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

by Paul Rapp January 30, 2014

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  Charles Bradley’s bio is something out of a storybook. Homeless as a teenager, then itinerant, working as a cook and janitor for most of his life, he was discovered by Daptone Records in the early ...

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Peradam

by Josh Potter January 30, 2014

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  The modular synthesizer is something of a paradox. To the layperson, it can seem like an inscrutable tangle of patch cords spilling out of a soulless rack of machinery, more switchboard than musical instrument. Get ...

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Bettye LaVette

by Paul Rapp January 15, 2014

  One of the many great things about Club Helsinki is its ability get folks to play who have no business playing a club. Such is the case with Bettye Lavette, who, while often categorized as ...

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Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

by Paul Rapp January 15, 2014

  GODDAMN! I could really just stop there. A couple years ago I caught Trombone Shorty opening for Bootsy Collins at the Montreal Jazz Festival. I didn’t know anything about him. At the time, I wrote “Trombone Shorty ...

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Ton Lokal: The Darkest Days Are the Loudest

by Timothy Reidy January 2, 2014

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  There was lots to do this past month, with many member art shows in the galleries and last chances to see Valentine’s Music Hall before the wrecking ball. MS MR and Titanics at Vapor Nightclub on ...

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moe.

by Metroland Staff January 2, 2014

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  This (above) is what jam-rockers moe. looked like way back in 2013, when they played the Palace Theatre on Dec. 30. See, we went to press on Tuesday (with a bottle of champagne on every ...

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The Wooten Brothers

by Jeff Nania December 19, 2013

  “All we need is a drummer,” keyboardist-vocalist Joseph Wooten said after taking a selfie from center stage. His brother, Roy “Future Man” Wooten, walked on and started a funk groove from his drumset. Victor and ...

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Mundo Nuevo

by Jeff Nania December 19, 2013

  The sounds of Mundo Nuevo inspired women and men alike to get up from their seats and dance through Carmen's Cafe in Troy, while steaming-hot plates of Cuban fare graced the tables Friday night. Carmen's ...

Phantogram

by Josh Potter December 11, 2013

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  It’s no small thing that Phantogram sold out Upstate Concert Hall on Saturday. There was a time when we could have chalked up such a feat to fluke luck and the draw of a home ...

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