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Freihofer’s Jazz Festival

by Alexander M. Stern July 3, 2014

Toward the end of his set in the amphitheater of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Terence Blanchard introduced the members of his quintet by saying that they have been “blurring the lines of jazz since ...

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Old Songs Festival

by Glenn Weiser July 3, 2014

Glorious summer weather greeted fans last weekend as Old Songs held its 34th annual traditional folk festival at the Altamont Fairgrounds. Although the weekend-long gathering always offers a broad spectrum of roots genres, the strong ...

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The Gaslight Anthem

by Metroland Staff June 26, 2014

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The Gaslight Anthem have a new record, Get Hurt, coming out in August, but they stuck with time-tested material for their show at Upstate Concert Hall on June 19. Frontman Brian Fallon was in a ...

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Beck

by Josh Potter June 26, 2014

You might have assumed Solid Sound was in effect judging by the number of folks who packed into MASS MoCA’s largest performance space, Joe’s Field, for Beck’s Tuesday night show. And with the annual Wilco ...

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Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell

by Alexander M. Stern June 26, 2014

The banjo was developed by African slaves who fashioned gourd-bodied instruments similar to ones used in Africa. One of the most likely direct ancestors of the modern banjo is the akonting, found in Senegal, Gambia, ...

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Fishbone

by Tim Mack June 26, 2014

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How do you give so much to so few for so little? On some level, the members of Fishbone must have made peace with the course their career has taken. How else could they keep ...

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Ton Lokal

by Timothy Reidy June 12, 2014

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  It was the last weekend of April. It was exhausting and thrilling. Some fine art was on show in Troy that Friday, punctuated by photos at the Fulton Street Gallery and Spiritual Cylinders at the ...

James McMurtry, Bottle Rockets

by John Rodat June 12, 2014

  Looking back on the music of the early ’90s, it’s easy to forget that there were popular forms other than grunge. The spectacular success and traumatic demise of Nirvana loom large in musical memory. But ...

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David Lindley

by David Greenberger June 12, 2014

  Last Friday’s performance by David Lindley at the Van Dyck was rich with the ephemeral architecture of music. One man, one stringed instrument, and every song he played created a palpable structure that dissipated in ...

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Modest Mouse

by Metroland Staff June 5, 2014

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  A little rain hardly deterred Seattle indie-rock titans Modest Mouse from turning out two solid (and sold-out) performances at Brewery Ommegang last week (May 23-24). Isaac Brock and company had been out of the spotlight ...

Mysteryland

by The Staff May 30, 2014

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Despite intermittent rain showers, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts was transformed into an interactive wonderland of dance music for this year’s Mysterland this weekend. Between a stage fashioned into a pirate ship and ...

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Lou Donaldson

by Alexander M. Stern May 30, 2014

  Lou Donaldson brought the funk to Schenectady on a Friday night. His extraordinary quartet features Akiko Tsuruga on the Hammond B-3 organ, Randy Johnston on guitar, and Fukushi Tainaka on drums. Each musician is a star ...

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Al Kooper 70th Birthday Concert

by Alexander M. Stern May 30, 2014

  Toward the end of the first half of Al Kooper’s 70th Birthday Concert, Kooper introduces the next number as the one song everybody expects him to play. “I’ve played it so many times,” he says, “I ...

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

by Paul Rapp May 15, 2014

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  1. Well, that was interesting. 2. Thank god for Tom Morello. It wasn’t a cookie-cutter show, that’s for sure. The Boss and band began the final week of their five-month “High Hopes” tour with a wild, ...

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Against Me!

by Elyse Beaudoin May 15, 2014

  It’s curious to note when punk rock stopped smelling like body odor and started smelling like Herbal Essence and dryer sheets. However, the moms waiting outisde Upstate Concert Hall to drive their kids home were ...

Rhett Tyler and Early Warning

by Alexander M. Stern May 15, 2014

  At 8 o’clock on the dot, veteran blues guitarist Rhett Tyler hit the stage at Schenectady’s Van Dyck Lounge for a Saturday night show that rocked the Stockade. With his band Early Warning, consisting of Bo ...

Ton Lokal

by Timothy Reidy May 8, 2014

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  March was a mad month wherein I saw a lot of pep bands, and the best was the UMBC Drumline for their exiting moves and beats. I also get to see some shows that month ...

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Durians

by Elyse Beaudoin May 8, 2014

  The mood was dark and ominous at the Fuze Box during the MOVE Music Festival. Drizzling rain set a fitting scene for Brooklyn-based “avant-womp” trio Durians. MOVE was just one stop on the band’s album-release ...

Bloody Brilliant

by Alexander M. Stern May 1, 2014

  It could be any bar in Albany on a Saturday night. The crowd is young. The air is close, smelling of sweat and beer. The sound of shouted conversation fills the air, while a telephone ...

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 Vaughan? 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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