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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


  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 ...

GE Theatre at Proctors

The Mavericks

by Tim Mack November 13, 2014


  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 ...

Palace Theatre

Ton Lokal: Seasons Change

by Timothy Reidy November 6, 2014


  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


  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 ...

Washington Avenue Armory

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 ...

The Linda


by Jeff Nania October 23, 2014


  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


  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


  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, ...

Mass Moca

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: ...

The Egg

Clifton Anderson Quintet

by Jeff Nania September 18, 2014


  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


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. ...

Conor Oberst

by Metroland Staff August 14, 2014


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 ...

Drake vs. Lil Wayne

by Ali Hibbs 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. ...

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 ...