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Ray LaMontagne

by Mike Hotter November 13, 2014

  Last Sunday afternoon, a few hours before Ray LaMontagne was to hit the stage of the Palace Theatre to mark his first concert appearance in Albany since a 2009 stop at the Egg, I could ...

Palace Theatre

Marco Benevento

by Jeff Nania November 13, 2014


  “Don’t sit down on them . . . what you’re feeling,” Marco Benevento sings on "If I Get to See You at All" from his newest record, Swift. This seems like an apt message for ...


by David King November 13, 2014


  Someone call Ozzy Osbourne and tell him he’s allowed to die now. Satan has cut a deal with his replacement, and I’m not surprised to tell you that they are from Little Rock, Ark. Pallbearer ...

The Flaming Lips

by Mike Hotter November 13, 2014


  The Beatles’ Summer of Love release, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is usually the album touted as their best, but if you give a close listen to the rest of their catalog, you would ...

Ton Lokal: Seasons Change

by Timothy Reidy November 6, 2014


  Late Summer is always a different time of year for music in this area; the last summer shows commence and day festivals pop up. Restoration Festival kept it pretty much local this past year, and ...

Festival of the Dead

by The Staff October 30, 2014


  The burlesque troupe Succulesque performed at Saturday’s Festival of the Dead at the Armory, the sixth annual Halloween event that also showcased Jeff Brower’s macabre artwork, partygoers’ extraordinarily creative costumes, and bands and DJs in ...

Washington Avenue Armory

A Welcome Face

by David Greenberger October 30, 2014

  Ian “Mac” McLagan has a musical history that dates back to the mid-’60s and the Small Faces (followed by their evolution into the Faces). After that band dissolved in the mid-’70s, McLagan has done touring ...

The Linda

A Harmony of Its Own

by David Greenberger October 30, 2014


  Music is one of the primary elements by which I can chart my life. Through these events and ideas I see where I was and where I’ve gone. Records released more than 40 years ago ...


by Jeff Nania October 23, 2014


  The musicians start playing, lights are flashing, confetti is flying, bass is thumping, and camera phones go up in the air to snap a shot. When the lights finally settle, the crowd goes wild as OK ...

The Upstate Concert Hall

Habana Sax/Steven Wright

by Paul Rapp October 23, 2014

  This was a conumdrum. On Friday night, Habana Sax, the obscure but brilliant Cuban jazz quintet whom I go back with a ways, were making a rare stop in Albany at the Swyer Theater at ...

The Egg

Alexis Cole Quintet

by Jeff Nania October 23, 2014

  “In addition to being my first time here, it's also my first time playing a full night of music with Harold Mabern,” Cole said. The group featuring Mabern on piano, saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist David ...

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Richard Thompson, the Mastersons

by Paul Rapp October 16, 2014


  Part of my deal here at Metroland is a requirement that I check in with Richard Thompson every couple of years to see how he’s doing. I’m pleased to report that Richard Thompson continues to ...

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Paul Bley

by David Greenberger October 9, 2014


  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 ...


by David King October 9, 2014


  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, ...


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


  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 ...


by David King September 25, 2014


  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 ...

Roots and Beyond

by Glenn Weiser September 25, 2014


  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, ...

Mass Moca

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: ...

The Egg

Clifton Anderson Quintet

by Jeff Nania September 18, 2014


  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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by David King September 18, 2014


  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 ...

Death From Above 1979

by David King September 18, 2014


  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 ...

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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