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Dropkick Murphys

by Elyse Beaudoin June 19, 2013


  Green shirts and Guinness drafts dotted the sold-out crowd for the Dropkick Murphys’ Upstate Concert Hall stop, promoting their eighth studio album, Signed and Sealed in Blood. The band have raised more than $400,000 to ...

Son Volt

by Metroland Staff June 19, 2013

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  Jay Farrar has never quite established his post-Uncle Tupelo band Son Volt the way former bandmate Jeff Tweedy has with Wilco, but those piling into the Egg last Tuesday (June 11) didn’t seem to mind. ...


by Josh Potter June 19, 2013

  “Your mom, she sits while her hair is in curlers/Smokes weed and listens to that Garrison Keilor/That’s how I’ll live when I quit my rap career,” Yoni Wolf crooned during “Strawberries,” clarifying a few things ...

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

by Raurri Jennings June 13, 2013

  Los Angeles pop pastiche artist and eccentric Ariel Pink and his backing band, Haunted Graffiti, took the stage at Pearl Street Nightclub sporting ankle-length graduation robes, except Pink, who donned a yellow slicker and rain ...



by Metroland Staff June 13, 2013


  Canadian indie rockers Metric took their name from a keyboard preset and have been defining synthpop ever since. They proved they’re apt standard bearers on June 6 with a high-energy set at the Upstate Concert ...

Kendrick Lamar

by Taylor Morris June 5, 2013

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  Last summer, while reviewing Drake’s Club Paradise tour, I half-joked that Meek Mill could be the savior of commercial rap. A half-joke because commercial rap isn’t actually in need of saving, and talks of an ...

Wilson “Chembo” Corniel, Afro Blue Monk Live

by Jeff Nania June 5, 2013

  This night saw new interpretations of classic Thelonious Monk and Mongo Santamaria tunes as well as pieces by greats like Chucho Valdez, Wayne Shorter, and originals by the group’s pianist Elio Villafranca. The evening began with ...

Chelsea Light Moving

by Josh Potter May 22, 2013

  “C—B—G—B . . .” Thurston Moore intoned as he tuned his guitar at bassist Samara Lubelski’s urging. Then suddenly: “We’re the Modern Lovers and this is [pausing for his bandmates to remind him] ‘Empires of ...

Albany Tulip Fest

by Metroland Staff May 15, 2013

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    It used to be: Come for the tulips, stay for the concert. Now, with erratic climate and hard-to-synchronize blooming, it’s come for the concert and check out what’s left of the flowers. Which still made ...

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Danny Brown

by Taylor Morris May 15, 2013

  Brown kept saying, “This ain’t a rap show. It’s a party with all my friends.” This ain’t a rap show? It had all the makings of one: talented rapper, speaker-rattling beats, DJ, plenty of sweating ...

Peggy and Pete Seeger

by B.A. Nilsson May 15, 2013

  In the course of his 75-year career of promoting and enhancing the world’s folk music traditions, Harvard dropout Pete Seeger has become their most vital exemplar. His music is the music of struggle with a ...


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 ...

Upstate Concert Hall

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 ...

Picotte Recital Hall


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 ...


The Dirty Projectors

by Josh Potter April 17, 2013


  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 . . . ...