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Youth Lagoon

by Josh Potter May 8, 2013

  Trevor Powers has all the markings of a psychedlic savant: precocious age (22), obscure origins (Boise, Idaho), instantly identifiable voice (reedy and childlike), a couple of lush studio records (The Year of Hibernation and this ...

David Lindley

by David Greenberger May 8, 2013

  “Artist” is among the words that have become wobbly to the point of needing legions of clarifying adjectives (incorrectly and overused words similarly being pummeled into uselessness include genius, hero, victim, and survivor). Meanwhile, the ...

The Joy Formidable

by The Staff April 24, 2013

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It was such a big weekend of music two weekends back that we’re just waking up from the hangover following the Joy Formidable’s show at Upstate Concert Hall on April 14. The Welsh power trio ...

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90 Miles featuring Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton and David Sanchez

by Jeff Nania April 24, 2013

  “It’s always a good sign when a jazz band tunes up,” Stefon Harris said as the group centered themselves, and then dipped right into their emphatic Afro-Cuban opener, “E’cha.” Trumpeter Nicholas Payton’s solo on this one ...

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Deerhoof

by Josh Potter April 24, 2013

  “One bite each,” instructed Deerhoof singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki, passing a box of Fiddle Faddle into the crowd before their encore. So enamored was she of her first encounter with the candy-coated popcorn in the Valentine’s ...

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The Dirty Projectors

by Josh Potter April 17, 2013

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  If they’re not going to deliver, sometimes it’s best when one of your favorite bands just flop outright. When Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti have a bad show, like at Pitchfork Festival a couple summers back, ...

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Graham Parker and the Rumour

by Paul Rapp April 17, 2013

Graham Parker & the Rumour
The EGG, Albany, NY
April 10, 2013

  I won’t go into the strange fable about how Judd Apatow got Graham Parker and the Rumour back together after 30-plus years, nor the long, strange history of Parker, one of our more prolific, accomplished, ...

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Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Hero Award Celebration

by Jeff Nania April 17, 2013

  “I hereby proclaim April 15th Tim Coakley day here in Schenectady,” said Schenectady city Mayor Gary McCarthy as he made a proclamation honoring Coakley for his contributions to the local jazz scene. Coakley is a local ...

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Tony Levin and the Stick Men

by Jeff Nania March 28, 2013

The setup was reminiscent of a power trio, but the band actually were far from that. Both Tony Levin and Markus Reuter play Chapman Stick-style guitar-ish instruments where the main mode of sound production is ...

A$AP Rocky

by Taylor Morris March 13, 2013

There are two extreme views of A$AP Rocky: One, he’s rap’s prince, rightful inheritor of sounds and styles, a meld of past trends into one, the heir apparent; two, a naive amalgamation of sounds perfected ...

Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniolo

by Jeff Nania March 13, 2013

“What do you wanna play, Bucky? Let's have a union meeting,” Frank Vignola joked. “Nuages,” he replied as he started off solo on the Django Reinhardt classic. Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, and Vinny Raniolo were all ...

Josh Ritter

by Metroland Staff February 28, 2013

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In nearly a decade and a half of recording, Josh Ritter has established himself as the kind of artist who can fill out dry spells in his output with a live record here and there. ...

Tegan and Sara

by David King February 28, 2013

Tegan and Sara just want to be loved. It is embedded in the core of all of their songs: “Why don’t you love me?” “When will I forget you loved me?” “When will I find ...

The Wood Brothers

by Jeff Nania February 28, 2013

“I played in the big Egg a few times,” Chris Wood mentioned after a few opening tunes with the Wood Brothers, his project away from Medeski, Martin and Wood. “This is like . . . ...

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

by Metroland Staff February 14, 2013

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Never underestimate the power of a girl and her Flying V. Tickets for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ Feb. 6 show at the Egg sold out just about as quickly as they went on sale. ...

Passion Pit

by Metroland Staff February 14, 2013

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For a while there, it seemed like Passion Pit were destined for blog-buzz one-hit-wonder status, after their 2008 breakout single “Sleepyhead.” Last year’s sophomore record Gossamer quieted the naysayers, though, with a couple inescapable hits, ...

Trey Anastasio

by Metroland Staff February 7, 2013

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Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio has come a long way since his infamous house arrest in Saratoga County on drug charges. His main gig will celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, but on Jan. 26, Anastasio ...

Loudon Wainwright III

by B.A. Nilsson February 7, 2013

“I know you’re out there,” said Loudon Wainwright III, peering from the stage into the gloom of the well-filled house at the Egg’s Swyer Theater. “My demographic.” The 66-year-old singer-songwriter has long presented material so ...

Heart

by Shawn Stone February 7, 2013

The boomers were out in force last week at Proctors. Hardly an empty seat could be seen as the Wilson sisters and the rest of the current six-piece edition of Heart took the Mainstage to ...

Hot Club of Detroit

by Jeff Nania February 7, 2013

“If anyone needs any papers typed just ask Julien—he does like 300 words per minute,” joked Hot Club Of Detroit's lead guitarist and front man Evan Perri after a blazing solo from their accordionist Julien ...

Joe Lovano Us Five

by Jeff Nania January 24, 2013

Anything goes with these five. Us Five, that is—Joe Lovano’s newest supergroup that leveled the Egg this past weekend. This group explore the outer limits of creative improvisation in a postmodern rhythmic soundscape where dueling ...

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Bobby Previte Trio

by Josh Potter January 24, 2013

It’s conventional wisdom that bands perform best when there’s a packed room of adoring fans. With jazz, though—especially the freaky, noise-cult variety—the opposite might be true. Unencumbered by potentially judgemental ears and the stiff formalities ...

Billy Martin/Wil Blades Duo

by Josh Potter January 24, 2013

“We have vinyl for sale if you’re interested in that,” drummer Billy Martin announced near the end of the set, “but we’ve got a couple more of the real thing for you first.” Any band dealing ...

Year in Live Concerts

by Kirsten Ferguson January 3, 2013

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Best of 2012 Critic: Kirsten Ferguson 1. Bruce Springsteen Times Union Center, April 16 Despite the recession-themed material of his latest Wrecking Ball album—and the Clarence Clemons eulogy this tour demanded—the Boss turned a wake for both economic justice ...

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Break Science

by The Staff December 14, 2012

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Headlining electronic musicians finally seem to be getting their artistic due, but something ought to be said for the art of the opening DJ. With main attractions like Break Science making audiences wait until the ...

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