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Ran Blake

by David Greenberger June 11, 2015


  At 80 years old, Ran Blake and his musical character continue to deepen in gentle abstractions. This album’s title is apt, as Blake has always sought the elusive nature of fading notes, letting harmonics decay ...


Andrew Russo, James Ehnes and the Albany Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Alan Miller

by B.A. Nilsson June 6, 2015


  The music of Aaron Jay Kernis doesn’t immediately suggest his influences, which only supports the charming, puzzling problem of his uniqueness. You can hear some Arvo Pärt in the second of his “Three Flavors,” a ...


Bell Witch

by David King June 6, 2015


  Bell Witch undoubtedly would land a premier spot on Head and Bangers’ Top 10 Economical Bands List. The Seattle duo do more with a bass and drum kit on Four Phantoms than most metal bands ...



by David King June 6, 2015


  It makes a lot of sense that Toronto’s Metz are signed to Sub Pop: Frontman Alex Edkins insists they are punk in the same way that Kurt Cobain maintained the same despite his pop leanings ...


The Pixies, TV on the Radio, John Grant

by David King May 28, 2015

  “Wave of Mutilation," "Break my Body," "Monkey Gone to Heaven." That was the opening lineup for the Pixies on Friday night at the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown. It was a powerful reminder that it was ...

Brewery Ommegang


by David King May 21, 2015


  On April 17, 2010, Blur released a track called “Fool's Day,” a fuzzy reintroduction to the band who hadn't released a song since 2002. It felt like the band had recently been awakened for school ...

Spuyten Duyvil

by B.A. Nilsson May 21, 2015


  Spuyten Duyvil know the Great American Songbook. Not that Great American Songbook, but the earlier one that was given to us by Harry Smith in his Anthology of American Folk Music, giving us a glimpse ...

Local H

by David King May 21, 2015


  “Your white-boy blues is a joke," sings Scott Lucas on "The Last Picture Show in Zion," a sludgy stomp that kicks off the band's crowd-funded new disc--their eighth studio album. Its a marvel, if not ...

At Home in Sacred Space

by Stephen Leon May 14, 2015

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  When Sarah Craig left her job running a nonprofit in Cambridge, Mass., to settle with her new husband in rural Washington County, N.Y., she was looking forward to the change. “I got up here, and I ...

Caffe Lena

On The Town

by B.A. Nilsson May 7, 2015


  When Hollywood came calling to put On the Town on film, it gave the show a wonderful cast, headlined by Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, and included terrific location work, rare for a movie in ...

Nelson Esposito Quintana

by Mike Hotter May 7, 2015


  Closing in on five years after the release of Here, longtime area guitar ace Todd Nelson’s debut as a solo artist, the one-time member of semi-legendary Albany new wave outfits the Units and Fear of ...

The Funky Meters

by Jeff Nania May 4, 2015


  The smiles, grins, and knowing looks shared between Art Neville and George Porter Jr. are the kind that can come only from making music with somebody for more than 60 years. At various times throughout the ...

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Kenny Chesney

by Tim Mack May 4, 2015


  One of Kenny Chesney’s guitarists wore a Dark Side of the Moon T-shirt at the Times Union Center last Thursday night. Perhaps a more appropriate Pink Floyd choice would have been Welcome to the Machine. Chesney, ...

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Stone Jack Jones

by David Greenberger February 26, 2015


  Raised in West Virginia and now living in Nashville, Stone Jack Jones has brought forth his second album, close on the heels of last year’s Ancestor. The 10 songs on Love & Torture are again ...

The Mavericks

by Tim Mack February 26, 2015


  They shouldn’t be this happy. This should be their joyless, introspective “dark” album full of loss and regret. Instead, it’s the best dance album you’ve heard this year, and better yet, it sounds like a band ...

Various Artists

by B.A. Nilsson February 26, 2015


  Seeking the living heritage of American song, John Lomax visited a number of Southern prisons in 1933 with recording gear in tow. Not the most dignified of scholars—Lomax had a racist streak that supported his ...

Cyrille Aimée

by Tim Mack February 20, 2015


  It was the hippest birthday party in all of downtown. And if you were there, it means you can tell your friends you’ve sung with a celebrated French jazz star. Cyrille Aimée, the acclaimed singer and SUNY ...

The Egg

Roomful of Teeth

by David Greenberger February 20, 2015

  Roomful of Teeth are an ensemble of eight classically trained singers, founded six years ago and dedicated to exploring vocal techniques from around the world. Indeed, that is what they do to a remarkable degree. ...

Williams College Thompson Memorial Chapel


by Jeff Nania February 20, 2015

  “This is cave music,” saxophonist Mike Wilbur shouted to the crowd toward the end of the nonstop, high-intensity set of music they blew for nearly an hour and a half. While the feel of the night ...

The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

Jay Farrar with Gary Hunt, Anders Parker

by Mike Hotter February 12, 2015


  Alt-country icon Jay Farrar (progenitor of two classic bands in the genre, Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt) was in great form last Saturday evening, performing a career-spanning set alongside ace string accompanist Gary Hunt to ...

The Egg

Anonymous 4 with Bruce Molsky

by B.A. Nilsson February 5, 2015


  The opening strains of the opening song—“Weeping, Sad, and Lonely”—are so ethereal, so gorgeous, that when we reach the lyric—“Oft in dreams I see thee lying/On the battle plain/Lonely, wounded, even dying/Calling, but in vain.”—it ...


by Mike Hotter February 5, 2015


  I purposely stayed away from reading any reviews or prerelease hubbub before purchasing this album for myself as a Christmas present, wanting to be as unswayed by others’ opinions on it as possible. A casual ...


by Tim Mack February 5, 2015


  It was for their anniversary. Or to begin a new chapter. Or maybe they all just happened to be free that night, and that was excuse enough to get the band back together. Whatever the reason, ...

The Low Beat

Ariel Pink

by Mike Hotter January 29, 2015

  Ranked fourth in my Top 10 albums for 2010, the breakthrough album Before Today from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti impressed me for being “skuzzy, freaky, fun, unpredictable, maddening and ridiculous—a gander into a brainpan skewed ...

Punch Brothers

by Tim Mack January 29, 2015

  Will the mandolin be enough to save us from our iPhones? Not likely. Throw in a banjo, guitar, upright and fiddle? Maybe there's a fighting chance. On their fourth album, The Phosphorescent Blues, Brooklyn-based bluegrass collective the ...