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Drake vs. Lil Wayne

by Josh Potter August 14, 2014

Rap battles—like their jazz precursor, the “cutting contest”—have been a part of hip-hop from the start. The microphone, a modern symbol of influence, belongs, like Thor’s hammer, to he (or she) who can hoist it. ...

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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

by Alexander M. Stern August 14, 2014

On paper, the partnership of Joshua Redman and the Bad Plus seems unlikely. The saxophonist was embraced by the jazz mainstream on the release of 1994’s Moodswing, and he’s been both a critical and commercial ...

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Kiss, Def Leppard

by Tim Mack August 7, 2014

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It may or may not qualify as irony that, at the height of the Saratoga summer, at the midpoint between the Bolshoi Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as the Racing City teems with the sort ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter August 7, 2014

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The New Black We’re only a week away from the fifth annual Restoration Festival, which returns to the eerie grandeur of CAC Woodside in Troy for the second year. As with prior years, the B3nson Collective ...

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Osheaga Music Festival

by Metroland Staff August 7, 2014

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Yes, folks, Phantogram have become an international festival headliner (and so we’ll probably stop delivering these “Look how far they’ve come” dispatches until they win a lifetime acheivement award at the Grammys). The Saratoga duo ...

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Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

The bass drum got a workout during Bang on a Can’s Summer Music Festival. Its capacity for dramatic punctuation proved irresistible to most of the young composers whose works premiered during this high-spirited event, and ...

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Manchester Orchestra

by Metroland Staff August 7, 2014

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  On their way up to Osheaga, Atlanta rockers Manchester Orchestra stopped in at the Upstate Concert Hall on July 31, proving that their brand of guitar-driven indie rock can cook inside intimate confines even while ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter July 31, 2014

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Moving on Up Jazz on Jay has, in recent years, grown to be a Schenectady summer institution, drawing crowds downtown for free weekly jazz performances. Starting on Monday, the town will add a second series, built ...

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Shabazz Palaces

by Josh Potter July 31, 2014

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When contemporary rappers talk about “real hip-hop,” it’s usually an appeal to that art form’s “golden age” of the late ’80s and early ’90s—an era they view as more aesthetically compelling because the ethos was ...

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Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden

by David Greenberger July 31, 2014

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Charlie Haden died on July 11, a month shy of his 77th birthday. His discography follows the shape of a life from restless, explorative young bass player, to confident middle age and its continuing new ...

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Sarah McLachlan

by Tim Mack July 23, 2014

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Sarah McLachlan is a brave woman. P!nk has her trapeze, Wayne Coyne has his hamster ball, but if you really want to live on the edge, bring your couch. McLachlan hauled some sofas and a loveseat ...

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Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

by Glenn Weiser July 23, 2014

The Grey Fox Bluegrass festival in Greene County drew a capacity crowd of 5,000on Saturday, and for good reason. No doubt, mild temperatures in the upper 70s helped the daytime attendance, but all 4,000 weekend-long ...

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James Taylor

by Alexander M. Stern July 23, 2014

James Taylor certainly knows how to draw a crowd. Saturday night saw a multitude descend upon SPAC to see the Capital Region’s favorite next-door neighbor perform his greatest hits. This is not an exaggeration. Even Taylor ...

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Queens of the Stone Age

by David King July 17, 2014

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Queens of Stone Age turned Albany’s regal Palace Theater into a dirty, sweaty, grinding desert fuck shack on Sunday night. With the strum of his electric guitar, the swaggering leader of QOTSA, Josh Homme, transformed ...

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Hudson Project

by Josh Potter July 17, 2014

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By now, you’ve likely seen the iPhone videos of kids tumbling down mudslides and flash-flood rivers carrying camping gear away from dumbfounded revelers. As of Tuesday, farmers were still busy tractor-yanking cars out of a ...

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Paul McCartney

by Shawn Stone July 10, 2014

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“How is he gonna top this?” This was what I wondered as Paul McCartney ended his concert at the TUC on Saturday night. He and his band had just finished a breathtaking run of songs that, ...

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Phish

by Metroland Staff July 10, 2014

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  It’s called the “Trey face,” you noobs. And the more you see it at a Phish show, the more it means the boys are going off. And for three days we got to see it ...

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Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

by Paul Rapp July 10, 2014

After a two-year absence, I was able to get back to the Montreal Jazz Festival. I was delirious with excitement, as my previous visits had been about the most fun I’ve ever had. This time ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter July 10, 2014

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Four Shades of Music Fest If you spend this coming weekend ogling someone else’s idyllic summer adventure on Instagram, you have no one to blame but yourself. It is upon us: the weekend of music festival ...

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Ton Lokal

by Timothy Reidy July 10, 2014

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On Sunday, I saw my favorite band, Yes, at the Egg. The songs got deep into my chest and the event seemed more like a trip to the pharmacy than a show. They did a ...

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Mastodon

by David King July 3, 2014

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Once More ‘Round the Sun isn’t exaclty the kind of title that inspires excitement. It screams: “Here we go guys, another fucking album, another fucking touring cycle,” but the disc does provide a break in ...

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Jack White

by Elyse Beaudoin July 3, 2014

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There is little that Jack White seems to do without meaning. Lazaretto, his latest album, is layered with intricate instrumentals and passionate lyrics that speak volumes from his personal experiences to broad views of humanity ...

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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 ...