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Paul Bley

by David Greenberger October 9, 2014

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  It’s rare that unadorned type alone can make for such an apt cover, but Paul Bley’s Play Blue is as fine an example as you’re likely to see. The inch-high uppercase sans-serif black letters fill ...

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Weezer

by David King October 9, 2014

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  Weezer suck. They’ve sucked hard, very, very hard for the better portion of their time as a band. And it seems all this sucking was done on purpose—well at least purposefully by frontman Rivers Cuomo, ...

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Stefon Harris and Nouveau Soul

by Jeff Nania October 9, 2014

  The group began the night with Stefon Harris' arrangement of Horace Silver's “Cape Verdean Blues,” which morphed its way through alternate feels and time signatures and culminated with an impressive drum solo by Jonathan Pinson ...

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Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela

by Alexander M. Stern October 9, 2014

  For those of us who came of age in the ’80s, South Africa was the human-rights cause. College campuses were filled with signs urging divestment and condemning apartheid, the South African policy of institutional segregation. ...

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John Pizzarelli Quartet

by Tim Mack October 2, 2014

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  Where better to build a solid foundation in the classics than a college campus? School was in session at the College of Saint Rose Saturday night, even if the students on hand didn’t know it. Nearly ...

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Matt Garrison

by Jeff Nania September 25, 2014

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  Saxophonist Matt Garrison’s newest album is a collection of tunes and arrangements he has put together over a 15-year period. It features straight-ahead boppish originals like “Steppin Up,” standards like Lee Morgan’s “Ceora,” and pop ...

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Interpol

by David King September 25, 2014

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  Some bands need to die to to protect their legacy. If Interpol were a samurai, people would probably be lining up to give them swords to fall on. It’s not that Interpol were ever the ...

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Roots and Beyond

by Glenn Weiser September 25, 2014

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  The fourth annual Fresh Grass Music festival came just at summer’s end this year. The timing of this stellar three-day festival of bluegrass and roots music—a change of seasons—also symbolized the lineup, which included newer, ...

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Chris Isaak

by Tim Mack September 18, 2014

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  Chris Isaak wears his love for rockabilly music on his sleeve. Or he would if it weren't already covered in sequins and filigree. The 58-year-old Californian owns one of the most curious resumes in modern music: ...

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Clifton Anderson Quintet

by Jeff Nania September 18, 2014

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  A Place for Jazz opened its 2014 season with one of the most melodic trombonists and composers on the scene today, who also happens to be jazz royalty. Clifton Anderson may have made a name ...

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Godflesh

by David King September 18, 2014

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  Imagine if some of Factory Records biggest artists, like New Order or Happy Mondays, had discovered Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and asked him to play fewer chords (yes fewer) over their steady electronic beats and ...

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Death From Above 1979

by David King September 18, 2014

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  I felt hollow after my first listen to Death From Above 1979’s 2004 full length debut You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. The Toronto dance-punk duo made up of Jesse Keeler on bass and synths ...

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Jason Aldean

by Tim Mack September 4, 2014

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If you caught the parade of classic rock/legacy acts soldiering through SPAC this summer, you weren't alone if you looked at the age of the bands, the age of the audience and the current state ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter August 28, 2014

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Slow Rave The new age is past. This is the now age. (Cue ’70s synthesizer drone.) It’s a time when the sacred and the kitschy have joined ecstatic forces. It’s a place where the party never ...

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Ton Lokal

by Timothy Reidy August 21, 2014

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There were lots of shows this summer and they took me all over the region. On my first trip to Hudson, I saw Swamp Baby and Ryder, Hazel and the Dustbowl Faeries at Club Helsinki. ...

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Todd Terje

by Josh Potter August 21, 2014

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When Daft Punk released Random Access Memories last year, it seemed to prophesy a nu-disco revival, a return to EDM’s roots in the analog glitz of ’70s-vintage synthesizers, cocaine, and ostentatious evening wear. The revival ...

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Pomplamoose

by Alexander M. Stern August 21, 2014

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Pomplamoose are a musical duo from the Bay Area who have been producing hugely entertaining videos since 2008. A real life couple, multi-instrumentalists Jack Conte and Natalie Dawn are probably best known for the series ...

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Conor Oberst

by Metroland Staff August 14, 2014

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Conor Oberst will always be described as the former Bright Eyes frontman, but his solo career has really eclipsed that early era. Oberst wrapped up the American leg of his tour for Upside Down Mountain—his ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...