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Holiday Gift Guide: Music Books

by David Greenberger December 12, 2013

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  Memoirs, biographies, artfully rendered collections of photography and ephemera, and even a coloring book—it’s another season of music-themed books. Since it’s now been more than five decades since there’s been a year in which there was ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Folk, Blues, Bluegrass and Celtic

by Glenn Weiser December 12, 2013

  The compact disc may be on the wane, but nonetheless several good releases in the folk, blues, bluegrass and Celtic genres saw the light of day this year. If you have a roots-music fan on ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Music Through the Cracks

by David Greenberger December 12, 2013

  Another year, another slew of music that may have failed to find its sympathetic listener. Such is the fractured state of the musical marketplace as well as the sidelining of recorded music as a foreground ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Christmas Sounds

by Shawn Stone December 12, 2013

  A couple of old dudes are responsible for two of the most interesting holiday albums this year. Johnny Mathis, who’s been making smooth, velvety music since the Eisenhower administration, is offering up Sending You a ...

Phantogram

by Josh Potter December 11, 2013

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  It’s no small thing that Phantogram sold out Upstate Concert Hall on Saturday. There was a time when we could have chalked up such a feat to fluke luck and the draw of a home ...

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Ton Lokal: On the Movember

by Timothy Reidy December 4, 2013

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  It seemed like a quieter month for me, but here’s some of what I caught this month. The first show was at Valentine’s with Jake Moon, Pony in the Pancake and Laura Murphy. Laura Murphy's ...

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B3nson Family Funsgiving

by Josh Potter November 26, 2013

  Things got a touch sentimental Friday night (Nov. 22) at the sixth annual B3nson Funsgiving. The event is the collective’s biggest and most cohesive gathering of the year, aside from Restoration Festival, and is something ...

Matt Durfee

by Josh Potter November 21, 2013

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  Singer-songwriter Matt Durfee’s debut CD Little World has been a very long-time coming. A former winner of Metroland’s Best Male Songwriter honor and half of the acoustic duo Palatypus (with M.R. Poulopoulos), Durfee is one ...

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Jake Moon

by Josh Potter November 21, 2013

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  The Internet has made geography far less critical to the development of a musician’s sound, freeing the artist to live more or less wherever they choose and still draw ideas from a musical locale they ...

Better Pills

by Josh Potter November 21, 2013

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  Brent Gorton doesn’t clutter his music with much fanfare. His band Better Pills quietly released Blood Chant last month on their Bandcamp page and for free download at brentgorton.com. “Recorded in a basement during the ...

Fitz and the Tantrums

by Metroland Staff November 13, 2013

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  Despite their 2011 monster hit “MoneyGrabber,” LA neo-soul band Fitz and the Tantrums have always been a live act first. They showed why and how on Oct. 29 at Upstate Concert Hall.

Elvis Costello

by John Rodat November 13, 2013

  When Elvis Costello illuminated the large stage-floor-level “Request” light three-quarters of the way through his show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, I did not call out. Amid hollers for “Pump It Up,” and “Oliver’s ...

John Fogerty

by Metroland Staff November 13, 2013

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  Credence Clearwater Revival disbanded before the era of arena rock was really underway. That hasn’t prevented wayward frontman John Fogerty from growing into an arena-packing solo force though. The 68-year-old brought a fleet of his ...

Langhorne Slim and the Law

by Metroland Staff November 13, 2013

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  Tombstone meets Van Halen? We’re not really sure what the costume theme was for Langhorne Slim and the Law’s Halloween show at Upstate Concert Hall. All we know is they rang it in with whiskey-fueled ...

Omaha Diner

by Paul Rapp November 13, 2013

  What a concept: a quartet of modern ace jazzbos doing nothing but interpretations of number-one hits. What’s not to like? Absolutely nothin’! The combo consisted of Helsinki’s monster drummer-in-residence Bobby Previte, the guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter, ...

Ton Lokal

by Timothy Reidy November 6, 2013

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  Tim Reidy is kind of a legend. I’m not the first person to make this proclamation. If you’ve recently been to see a local band, peruse galleries at Albany’s 1st Friday or Troy Night Out, ...

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That Back-Home Sound

by Jeff Nania November 6, 2013

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  It’s a strange contradiction of feelings. On the one hand, we local music fans root for our hometown heroes, cheer for them to bust through that glass ceiling of regionalism and earn that national audience ...

Celestial Bodies

by Joe D. Michon-Huneau November 6, 2013

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  My first impression of Ryan Slowey was that of a solemn figure leaning over a mixer, obscured by shadows beside the bar at Valentine’s. He’s lanky and serious, has a scraggly beard, a Dalí tattoo. ...

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Flourish Girl

by Christina Dillon November 6, 2013

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  “My new album is almost an uncomfortably good representation of me,” explains singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan. “My experiences with people, friends and relationships is really what inspired each song,” she says, drifting off into thought. The sound ...

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

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  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

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  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

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  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. ...

Rusko

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 ...