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The Art of Preservation

by David Greenberger November 6, 2013

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  We live our life, follow our pursuits, and often only in hindsight is a pattern seen. There is a road from a pivotal juncture in the past to the current moment, filled with potent and ...

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Gone Diggin’

by Metroland Staff November 6, 2013


  Bear Grass Stories in Books Sometimes it’s OK to judge a record by its cover. Especially if that cover is a hand-sewn sleeve of vintage cloth. This is one of two formats in which the physical version ...

Local Music Listings

by Metroland Staff November 6, 2013

  Radio Stations Whatever your favorite flavor, it’s probably somewhere on the Capital Region radio dial and streaming online. WAJZ 96.3 FM, offices: 786-6600; request line: 476-9696. Hip-hop and R&B. WAMC 90.3 FM, 1400 AM, 465-5233. National Public Radio, news programs, ...

Rough Mix

by Josh Potter October 31, 2013


  Orange is the New Black It’s been (at least) a two-costume Halloween this year, with most festivities taking place last weekend in advance of tonight’s (Thursday) official masquerade. So make the most of your opportunity to ...

The Features

by Metroland Staff October 24, 2013


  It was beautiful disorder at the Hollow Bar and Kitchen on Oct. 12 when Nashville-based rock outfit the Features rolled through. Their fourth LP is finally earning the band a national spotlight and rightly so. ...


by Josh Potter October 24, 2013

  Two years ago, there would have been hundreds of half-naked kids shivering on the sidewalk outside Upstate Concert Hall, waiting to get in for a Monday night dubstep show. It wouldn’t have mattered who was ...

Rough Mix

by Josh Potter October 24, 2013


  Family Reunion It’s been a bit hard to keep up with Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned this year. The local folk-rock mainstays and B3nson Records torchbearers have been on a prolific campaign to release a ...

Cult of Luna

by David King October 16, 2013


  Sweden’s Cult of Luna are desperately trying to be human. No matter how much they want it, they just can’t be. Unlike other post-metal bands they are compared to, like Neurosis, Isis, Godflesh and Jesu, ...

Mark Kleinhaut and Neil Lamb

by Jeff Nania October 16, 2013


  The catchiest tune on Mark Kleinhaut and Neil Lamb's new duo guitar album is easily “Trickster.” Its short start-stop intro leads into a melody that chugs along on a dancing minor groove, which gives Lamb ...

Rough Mix

by Josh Potter October 9, 2013


  Happy Valentine’s Good news broke this week regarding the future of venerable Albany rock club Valentine’s. While the building at 17 New Scotland Ave. is still slated for demolition in advance of Albany Med’s Park South ...

Danny Brown, Action Bronson

by Josh Potter October 9, 2013

  Indie rap has long been a kind of mythical creature. While blogs like DatPiff spill underground mixtapes on the daily, exposing new talent to the digital masses, the platform is more like Wonka’s great glass ...

Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck

by Paul Rapp October 9, 2013

  There are some shows one just does not miss. And if this sounds like an odd pairing, well, it was. And it was magical in all sorts of ways. First up: Brian Wilson, or rather 11 ...


Diana Krall

by Shawn Stone October 9, 2013

  On her most recent album, the moody and wistful Glad Rag Doll, piano player turned chanteuse Diana Krall teamed up with producer T-Bone Burnett to turn a collection of mostly forgotten songs from the 1920s ...


by Elyse Beaudoin October 9, 2013

  Glaring laser lights greeted EDM lovers at Upstate Concert Hall on Sunday. The crowd, who seemed to all be under 30, was decked out in neon clothes and accessories. Many wore flat-brimmed caps, one guy ...

Franz Ferdinand

by Elyse Beaudoin October 3, 2013


  As the title of their new album suggests, the Scottish band Franz Ferdinand returned from a four-year hiatus with conviction. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions drives through tracks with simple marching beats and a ...

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by David King October 3, 2013


  Jason Keyser, former lead singer of local metal bands Skinless and Detriment and current front man for technical death-metal band Origin, recently stepped on an Internet metal land mine of sorts. Keyser mentioned in a ...

Farm Aid

by Metroland Staff September 25, 2013

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  The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is already a star-studded event, with Dave Matthews joining founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp on their musical crusade to help the plight of family farmers. This ...

Brand New

by Dan LaFave September 25, 2013

  Brand New ripped through a searing, sprawling performance last Wednesday in front of a capacity crowd at Upstate Concert Hall. Their nearly two-hour set was an exercise in community release; during many of the songs, ...

Robert DeLong

by Metroland Staff September 25, 2013


  The answer was “yes.” The question came in the chorus of Robert DeLong’s breakout single “Global Concepts.” The solo electronic artist performed on live drums as well as samplers and sequencers on Sept. 11 at ...

Joe Magnarelli and Jerry Weldon

by Jeff Nania September 25, 2013

  The group opened with Jimmy Heath’s “Gingerbread Boy” with Joe Magnarelli leading the charge and quoting from Sonny Rollins’ “Blue Seven.” In fact, the whole night was full of quoting from popular tunes of the ...

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John Scofield Überjam Band

by Jeff Nania September 18, 2013


  The show opened, and there was John Scofield with a Telecaster and Avi Bortnick with a Stratocaster along with a table of sampling machines. Bortnick used the the rig to conjure surging organ sounds during ...

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Basilica SoundScape

by Josh Potter September 18, 2013

  When people talk about events like Basilica SoundScape as an “antidote” to behemoth music festivals, they mostly highlight the modest scale, short lines, comfortable accomodations, lack of corporate advertising, and close attention to the event’s ...

Arctic Monkeys

by David King September 18, 2013


  Welcome to Arctic Monkeys’ The Chronic. Perhaps the last thing you would expect from an early Internet buzz band like the Monkeys, whose pedigree was raucous garage rock and songs about sordid sexual hookups, would ...

Nine Inch Nails

by David King September 18, 2013


  What brought Trent Reznor back to Nine Inch Nails? If you are intrigued by that question then you might be interested in Hesitation Marks, Reznor’s first album in five years. The entire album is dedicated ...

Rest Fest

by Josh Potter September 11, 2013


  Over the past four years, the B3nson Records-helmed Restoration Festival has earned its stripes as an annual musical institution. With hurricane Irene and the loss of their original venue, St. Joseph’s Church in Albany, behind ...