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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Upstate Concert Hall

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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Ton Lokal: On the Movember

by Timothy Reidy December 4, 2013

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  It seemed like a quieter month for me, but here’s some of what I caught this month. The first show was at Valentine’s with Jake Moon, Pony in the Pancake and Laura Murphy. Laura Murphy's ...

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B3nson Family Funsgiving

by Josh Potter November 26, 2013

  Things got a touch sentimental Friday night (Nov. 22) at the sixth annual B3nson Funsgiving. The event is the collective’s biggest and most cohesive gathering of the year, aside from Restoration Festival, and is something ...

Fitz and the Tantrums

by Metroland Staff November 13, 2013

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  Despite their 2011 monster hit “MoneyGrabber,” LA neo-soul band Fitz and the Tantrums have always been a live act first. They showed why and how on Oct. 29 at Upstate Concert Hall.

Elvis Costello

by John Rodat November 13, 2013

  When Elvis Costello illuminated the large stage-floor-level “Request” light three-quarters of the way through his show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, I did not call out. Amid hollers for “Pump It Up,” and “Oliver’s ...

John Fogerty

by Metroland Staff November 13, 2013

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  Credence Clearwater Revival disbanded before the era of arena rock was really underway. That hasn’t prevented wayward frontman John Fogerty from growing into an arena-packing solo force though. The 68-year-old brought a fleet of his ...

Langhorne Slim and the Law

by Metroland Staff November 13, 2013

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  Tombstone meets Van Halen? We’re not really sure what the costume theme was for Langhorne Slim and the Law’s Halloween show at Upstate Concert Hall. All we know is they rang it in with whiskey-fueled ...

Omaha Diner

by Paul Rapp November 13, 2013

  What a concept: a quartet of modern ace jazzbos doing nothing but interpretations of number-one hits. What’s not to like? Absolutely nothin’! The combo consisted of Helsinki’s monster drummer-in-residence Bobby Previte, the guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter, ...

Ton Lokal

by Timothy Reidy November 6, 2013

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  Tim Reidy is kind of a legend. I’m not the first person to make this proclamation. If you’ve recently been to see a local band, peruse galleries at Albany’s 1st Friday or Troy Night Out, ...

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The Features

by Metroland Staff October 24, 2013

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  It was beautiful disorder at the Hollow Bar and Kitchen on Oct. 12 when Nashville-based rock outfit the Features rolled through. Their fourth LP is finally earning the band a national spotlight and rightly so. ...

Rusko

by Josh Potter October 24, 2013

  Two years ago, there would have been hundreds of half-naked kids shivering on the sidewalk outside Upstate Concert Hall, waiting to get in for a Monday night dubstep show. It wouldn’t have mattered who was ...

Mark Kleinhaut and Neil Lamb

by Jeff Nania October 16, 2013

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  The catchiest tune on Mark Kleinhaut and Neil Lamb's new duo guitar album is easily “Trickster.” Its short start-stop intro leads into a melody that chugs along on a dancing minor groove, which gives Lamb ...