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Kismet or Consequence

by Josh Potter March 6, 2014

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  “Keep that in the van at all times,” the guy says, placing a tiny, battered liquor bottle on the café table before turning to walk away. “Thanks, man!” Mark Lombardo calls after him, “but what is ...

I Am the Past

by Timothy Reidy March 6, 2014

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  The final night at Valentine’s was a night of nostalgia and remembrance. Two of the friendliest acts around and a fine cast of characters graced the stage for the final time: the Parlor and Sgt. ...

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Band of Horses

by Metroland Staff February 27, 2014

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  Lamps, rugs and an open bottle of wine put Seattle indie-rockers Band of Horses at ease for their sold-out acoustic show at the Egg last Sunday (Feb. 23). Touring on a new record of live ...

Kanye West

by Josh Potter February 27, 2014

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  It’s impossible to talk about Kanye West and the Yeezus Tour without talking about the phenomenon of Kanye West and the Yeezus Tour. It’s a meta layer to the persona that the rapper-producer-designer-conceptualist has spent ...

Stacy Dillard and Victor Gould

by Jeff Nania February 27, 2014

  Saxophonist Stacy Dillard and pianist Victor Gould are not complete newcomers to the Capital Region. Dillard made an appearance at last year’s Freihofer’s Jazz Festival with Ben Williams and Sound Effect, and both Dillard and ...

Phantogram

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014

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  Pitchfork got it dead wrong on Tuesday. Stuart Berman’s lukewarm review of Phantogram’s sophomore record relied on an all-too familiar mythology of sudden, arbitrary success amid the digitized music industry’s state of saturation and self-replication ...

Big Gigantic

by Elyse Beaudoin February 20, 2014

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  Albums don’t seem to mean much in the world of EDM. The generally young and tech-savvy fan base accesses full-length streaming catalogues effortlessly and at no cost. Album releases have become more of a jumping-off ...

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Rough Mix

by Josh Potter February 20, 2014

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  This April marks the third installation of the MOVE Music Festival, a city-wide concert mega-event and industry showcase. Think South By Southwest but with less sunscreen and barbecue. This week, promoters Indian Ledge Music and the ...

Ton Lokal: What Cabin Fever?

by Timothy Reidy February 14, 2014

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  I started off the year downstate at Pianos on Jan. 2 and saw a few bands of local interest, Woof Woof and Florist. It was a nice snowy way to start the year. When I got ...

Umphrey’s McGee

by Elyse Beaudoin February 14, 2014

  It’s easy to label Chicago-based sextet Umphrey’s McGee as just a progressive-rock jam band, but after years of touring and recording, the group’s improvisation has generated an eclectic catalog of musical styles. And they’ve developed ...

The Upstate Concert Hall

The Bad Plus

by Josh Potter February 14, 2014

  Over the years, watching the Bad Plus perform has consistently left me breathless. I don’t use that term as a lazy platitude to describe my astonishment at their virtuosity. I mean, I literally hold my ...

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The Beatles: The U.S. Albums

by Shawn Stone February 13, 2014

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  When Apple reissued the Beatles’ catalog on CD (and then reissued, and reissued it), many U.S. fans felt something was amiss. What’s this With the Beatles crap? Where were Meet the Beatles and Beatles VI ...

Rough Mix

by Josh Potter February 6, 2014

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    It's Low Beat Time It’s got a sign, a Facebook page and, by all accounts, a pretty sweet interior makeover. All that’s left is to add the music. After a season of confusion, controversy, new plans ...

All Sales Vinyl

by Drue Klinowski January 30, 2014

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  There was a time when listening to your favorite music required an appointment. There were no mobile devices, no car stereos and certainly no music recommendation services streaming directly to your Wi-Fi-enabled living room stereo. ...

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Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

by Paul Rapp January 30, 2014

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  Charles Bradley’s bio is something out of a storybook. Homeless as a teenager, then itinerant, working as a cook and janitor for most of his life, he was discovered by Daptone Records in the early ...

Peradam

by Josh Potter January 30, 2014

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  The modular synthesizer is something of a paradox. To the layperson, it can seem like an inscrutable tangle of patch cords spilling out of a soulless rack of machinery, more switchboard than musical instrument. Get ...

Slaying the Hydra

by Josh Potter January 23, 2014

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  “Epic” might be one of the most overused words in our contemporary vernacular. As a headline and a hashtag, it gets fixed to everything from video of a football player’s post-game rant, to an Instagram ...

Grammy Numbers

by Josh Potter January 23, 2014

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  “Spotify Predicts GRAMMY Winners.” That was the subject line on an e-mail I received from the music streaming service yesterday morning, a few days in advance of pop music’s biggest awards show this Sunday. It ...

Bettye LaVette

by Paul Rapp January 15, 2014

  One of the many great things about Club Helsinki is its ability get folks to play who have no business playing a club. Such is the case with Bettye Lavette, who, while often categorized as ...

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Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

by Paul Rapp January 15, 2014

  GODDAMN! I could really just stop there. A couple years ago I caught Trombone Shorty opening for Bootsy Collins at the Montreal Jazz Festival. I didn’t know anything about him. At the time, I wrote “Trombone Shorty ...

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PJ Katz

by Josh Potter January 9, 2014

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  In a time when the accessibility and affordability of DJ gear, samplers and drum machines has made every kid with a laptop some kind of “producer,” Jason Panucci is something of a godfather. As keyboardist ...

Scientific Maps

by Josh Potter January 9, 2014

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  Hand Aaron Smith a guitar, and the supension of disbelief required to enjoy musical theater disappears. The man seems to live in a universe where melody is the medium that people breathe and everything can ...

The Fish Herders

by Josh Potter January 9, 2014

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  “In Line for Shawarma is a musical project that spans the globe and takes a look into the mind of a simple American boy who is dropped in the middle of Beirut, Lebanon and left ...

Ton Lokal: The Darkest Days Are the Loudest

by Timothy Reidy January 2, 2014

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  There was lots to do this past month, with many member art shows in the galleries and last chances to see Valentine’s Music Hall before the wrecking ball. MS MR and Titanics at Vapor Nightclub on ...

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moe.

by Metroland Staff January 2, 2014

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  This (above) is what jam-rockers moe. looked like way back in 2013, when they played the Palace Theatre on Dec. 30. See, we went to press on Tuesday (with a bottle of champagne on every ...