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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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Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela

by Alexander M. Stern October 9, 2014

  For those of us who came of age in the ’80s, South Africa was the human-rights cause. College campuses were filled with signs urging divestment and condemning apartheid, the South African policy of institutional segregation. ...

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John Pizzarelli Quartet

by Tim Mack October 2, 2014

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  Where better to build a solid foundation in the classics than a college campus? School was in session at the College of Saint Rose Saturday night, even if the students on hand didn’t know it. Nearly ...

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Roots and Beyond

by Glenn Weiser September 25, 2014

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  The fourth annual Fresh Grass Music festival came just at summer’s end this year. The timing of this stellar three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music—a change of seasons—also symbolized the lineup, which included newer, ...

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Chris Isaak

by Tim Mack September 18, 2014

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  Chris Isaak wears his love for rockabilly music on his sleeve. Or he would if it weren't already covered in sequins and filigree. The 58-year-old Californian owns one of the most curious resumes in modern music: ...

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Clifton Anderson Quintet

by Jeff Nania September 18, 2014

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  A Place for Jazz opened its 2014 season with one of the most melodic trombonists and composers on the scene today, who also happens to be jazz royalty. Clifton Anderson may have made a name ...

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Jason Aldean

by Tim Mack September 4, 2014

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If you caught the parade of classic rock/legacy acts soldiering through SPAC this summer, you weren't alone if you looked at the age of the bands, the age of the audience and the current state ...

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Ton Lokal

by Timothy Reidy August 21, 2014

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There were lots of shows this summer and they took me all over the region. On my first trip to Hudson, I saw Swamp Baby and Ryder, Hazel and the Dustbowl Faeries at Club Helsinki. ...

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Conor Oberst

by Metroland Staff August 14, 2014

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Conor Oberst will always be described as the former Bright Eyes frontman, but his solo career has really eclipsed that early era. Oberst wrapped up the American leg of his tour for Upside Down Mountain—his ...

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Drake vs. Lil Wayne

by Josh Potter August 14, 2014

Rap battles—like their jazz precursor, the “cutting contest”—have been a part of hip-hop from the start. The microphone, a modern symbol of influence, belongs, like Thor’s hammer, to he (or she) who can hoist it. ...

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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

by Alexander M. Stern August 14, 2014

On paper, the partnership of Joshua Redman and the Bad Plus seems unlikely. The saxophonist was embraced by the jazz mainstream on the release of 1994’s Moodswing, and he’s been both a critical and commercial ...

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Kiss, Def Leppard

by Tim Mack August 7, 2014

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It may or may not qualify as irony that, at the height of the Saratoga summer, at the midpoint between the Bolshoi Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as the Racing City teems with the sort ...

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Osheaga Music Festival

by Metroland Staff August 7, 2014

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Yes, folks, Phantogram have become an international festival headliner (and so we’ll probably stop delivering these “Look how far they’ve come” dispatches until they win a lifetime acheivement award at the Grammys). The Saratoga duo ...

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Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

The bass drum got a workout during Bang on a Can’s Summer Music Festival. Its capacity for dramatic punctuation proved irresistible to most of the young composers whose works premiered during this high-spirited event, and ...

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Manchester Orchestra

by Metroland Staff August 7, 2014

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  On their way up to Osheaga, Atlanta rockers Manchester Orchestra stopped in at the Upstate Concert Hall on July 31, proving that their brand of guitar-driven indie rock can cook inside intimate confines even while ...

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Sarah McLachlan

by Tim Mack July 23, 2014

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Sarah McLachlan is a brave woman. P!nk has her trapeze, Wayne Coyne has his hamster ball, but if you really want to live on the edge, bring your couch. McLachlan hauled some sofas and a loveseat ...

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Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

by Glenn Weiser July 23, 2014

The Grey Fox Bluegrass festival in Greene County drew a capacity crowd of 5,000on Saturday, and for good reason. No doubt, mild temperatures in the upper 70s helped the daytime attendance, but all 4,000 weekend-long ...

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James Taylor

by Alexander M. Stern July 23, 2014

James Taylor certainly knows how to draw a crowd. Saturday night saw a multitude descend upon SPAC to see the Capital Region’s favorite next-door neighbor perform his greatest hits. This is not an exaggeration. Even Taylor ...

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Queens of the Stone Age

by David King July 17, 2014

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Queens of Stone Age turned Albany’s regal Palace Theater into a dirty, sweaty, grinding desert fuck shack on Sunday night. With the strum of his electric guitar, the swaggering leader of QOTSA, Josh Homme, transformed ...

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Hudson Project

by Josh Potter July 17, 2014

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By now, you’ve likely seen the iPhone videos of kids tumbling down mudslides and flash-flood rivers carrying camping gear away from dumbfounded revelers. As of Tuesday, farmers were still busy tractor-yanking cars out of a ...

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Paul McCartney

by Shawn Stone July 10, 2014

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“How is he gonna top this?” This was what I wondered as Paul McCartney ended his concert at the TUC on Saturday night. He and his band had just finished a breathtaking run of songs that, ...

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Phish

by Metroland Staff July 10, 2014

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  It’s called the “Trey face,” you noobs. And the more you see it at a Phish show, the more it means the boys are going off. And for three days we got to see it ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

by Paul Rapp July 10, 2014

After a two-year absence, I was able to get back to the Montreal Jazz Festival. I was delirious with excitement, as my previous visits had been about the most fun I’ve ever had. This time ...

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Ton Lokal

by Timothy Reidy July 10, 2014

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On Sunday, I saw my favorite band, Yes, at the Egg. The songs got deep into my chest and the event seemed more like a trip to the pharmacy than a show. They did a ...

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