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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter August 2, 2012


Back to the Woodshed Is it a coincidence that the Albany Music Coalition logo looks suspiciuously like the Masonic Square and Compasses—or is it a vast conspiracy by global elites to transform the local music scene ...

Dr. John

by Mike Hotter July 26, 2012


Shrugged off by some cynics as just a crossover move and a play for cred on the part of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Dr. John’s Locked Down is soulful and funky in such an ...

Peaking Lights

by Josh Potter July 26, 2012


Reggae, as a genre, used to be a critical punching bag for the indie music upper-crust. It was always a hypocritical pose for those whose tastes skewed to the darker emotions of postpunk to dismiss ...

Beachwood Sparks

by Mike Hotter July 26, 2012

One of the first post-grunge bands to pick up on what dudes like Gene Clark and Gram Parsons were putting down (namely, a soulful melding of country, folk and rock that some have dubbed Cosmic ...

Camp Bisco

by Raurri Jennings July 19, 2012


On one set of decks, Saturday night, Bitch Please is spinning hip-hop/dubstep mashups complete with raunchy rhymes and build-drop dynamics on the blue channel; on the green channel, Space Jesus weaves more traditional dub with ...


by The Staff July 12, 2012


Going on the heat Fishbone delivered to Putnam Den on July 5, it’s almost inconceivable to think that these guys have been at it since 1979. They’ve come a long way since their start in ...

Mantra Revolution

by Josh Potter July 12, 2012


“I don’t know if you know this,” Gaura Vani tells an audience assembled inside a geodesic dome at the recent Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival at Stratton Mountain, “but the fabric that this dome is ...



by Josh Potter July 12, 2012

Ever since the band reconvened in 2009 (the dawn of “Phish 3.0,” natch), my policy has been thus: Read setlists from the tour online and snag a ticket to the closest show (usually SPAC) just ...


Roger Waters

by John Rodat July 5, 2012


When I first heard Pink Floyd’s The Wall, a year or so after it was released in 1979, I was floored. Until that point, my listening habits were limited largely to WPDH, a new-wave radio ...

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Freihofer’s Jazz Festival

by Jeff Nania July 5, 2012

The Freihofer’s Jazz Festival was a Latin jazz paradise this year. Acts like Pedrito Martinez, Steve Kroon, Edmar Castaneda, and Arturo O’Farrill stole the show O’Farrill’s orchestra were doing just fine on their own playing the ...


Drake’s Club Paradise Tour

by Taylor Morris June 28, 2012


The Club Paradise Tour opened with French Montana, whom I was actually sort of interested in seeing, had he not gone onstage at 6:30, which is sort of crazy considering the set-time gulf between openers ...

Matthew Sweet

by The Staff June 28, 2012


Guitarist Dennis Taylor stepped up Friday night at the Egg to cover some of the intense guitar work (originally performed by Richard Lloyd and Robert Quine) that helped make Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend  one of the ...

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Old Songs Festival

by Glenn Weiser June 28, 2012

This year, Old Songs picked the Mayan calendar to put on its commemorative festival T-shirts. The choice of the ancient circular bas-relief, which some say predicts global doom by fixing the end of time at ...


Bootsy Collins

by Raurri Jennings June 20, 2012

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As Bootsy Collins, legendary superhero-bassist for Parliament Funkadelic, was warming up the packed audience at Alive at Five for an encore of “Mothership Connection,” a man in the front row was holding up a copy ...

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Kinky Friedman

by Paul Rapp June 20, 2012

I last saw Richard Kinky Big Dick Friedman at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Gonzales, Texas. I know this because I know I was there and he was there, but, for reasons that ...

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Immortal Technique

by Elyse Beaudoin June 20, 2012

After three hours of opening acts, Peruvian-born, Harlem-based rapper Immortal Technique graced the stage at the Upstate Concert Hall on Friday. His most recent tour is promoting the documentary The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique, which ...

Hilltown Hootenanies

by Josh Potter June 14, 2012


Guthrie Center 2 Van Deusenville Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413)528-1955, guthriecenter.org. “Alice didn’t live in a restaurant. She lived in the church nearby the restaurant,” rambled Arlo Guthrie in “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” the song that both helped ...

Down County Social Club

Against Me!

by The Staff June 13, 2012

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“However fierce our band was in the past, imagine me, six-foot-two, in heels, fucking screaming into someone’s face,” Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel) told Rolling Stone in May, shortly after admitting to a life ...

Dave Matthews Band

by Taylor Morris June 13, 2012

I’ve always had the notion that the nostalgia-act label was foremost an indictment of a band too proud to call it quits, too unwilling to reconcile with the fact that their creative well has run ...

Tisziji Muñoz Quartet featuring John Medeski

by Josh Potter June 13, 2012

My ears told me there was a saxophone onstage but my eyes told me otherwise. Whether or not this confusion was deliberate on the part of free jazz veteran and former Schenectady resident Tisziji Muñoz, ...

Woods, Black Pus

by Josh Potter June 13, 2012

It’s somehow fitting that Flag Day should be the biggest event in the town of Hudson’s calendar year. And it’s a perfectly Hudson experience to roll into the normally relaxed downtown only to find Warren ...

Man Man

by Josh Potter June 7, 2012

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The plight of live-concert photographers and war correspondents can be similar in many ways: braving hostile crowds, dodging projectiles and stray bodily fluids to get close to their restless and poorly lit subject. Both risk ...

Mountain Jam

by Jeff Nania June 7, 2012

Mountain Jam is the kind of festival where you can see the Screaming Eagle of Soul flying up the mountain on a chairlift. This was, of course, Charles Bradley himself just a short while after finishing ...

The Psychedelic Furs

by Shawn Stone June 7, 2012

The Psychedelic Furs didn’t waste any time. They set the proper mood for their Saturday show at the Egg by opening with “Into You Like a Train,” one of the standout tracks of their still-great ...

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The Kooks

by The Staff May 30, 2012

It’s still inevitable in rock & roll that when a British quartet of young moptops splash down in America, a certain mania ensues. No one’s limo got mobbed when the Kooks played the Upstate Concert ...