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Nothing

by David King April 9, 2014

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  Philadelphia’s Nothing have nothing new to offer their genre, and lyrically they have absolutely nothing new to say. That does not mean their album isn’t worth a listen. They are the unlikeliest of buzz bands—especially ...

Rough Mix

by Josh Potter April 2, 2014

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  Taking Woodstock Back A couple weeks ago, I offered a fairly grim forecast for the upcoming summer festival schedule. Two regional staples, Camp Bisco and Solid Sound, will not be happening this year. (Respect, however, to ...

YOMA

by Josh Potter April 2, 2014

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  The cover of Albany instrumental rock quintet YOMA’s new album Approaching Silence is serene enough from a distance. Hazy skyscrapers reach toward a pastel sky at sunset. Like the band’s music, things get disconcerting upon ...

Wild Adriatic

by Josh Potter April 2, 2014

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  There’s a reason why the official video for Wild Adriatic’s album single “Lonely” features live footage of the band playing to a writhing mass of a crowd (at Pearlapalooza). They’re one of this region’s most ...

Come Together (Over Robots)

by Jeff Nania March 27, 2014

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  “We’ve all had cool gigs in Schenectady,” guitarist Pat Metheny said when he first addressed the crowd. After making the album Unity Band in 2012 with saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, and bassist Ben ...

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Unflinching Gaze

by Josh Potter March 26, 2014

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  There’s a moment at the very end of the music video for Angel Olsen’s “High Five” where the camera pans out from Olsen’s side-lit face, a confetti shower falling from above. As the final bit ...

Pat Metheny Unity Band

by Jeff Nania March 26, 2014

  “We've all had cool gigs in Schenectady,” guitarist Pat Metheny said when he first addressed the crowd. After making the album Unity Band in 2012 with saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, and bassist Ben ...

Rough Mix

by Josh Potter March 20, 2014

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  Pass the Hat Scary news came in last month about a hit-and-run accident that left Albany musician Emily Sprague badly injured and with sizable out-of-pocket medical expenses. To alleviate the financial burden, an injury recovery fund ...

The Felice Brothers

by Metroland Staff March 20, 2014

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  Club Helsinki is something like home for the Felice Brothers, who have been haunting Hudson Valley watering holes since their inception. Their return on March 17 featured a mixture of new songs and new covers, ...

Deer Tick

by Metroland Staff March 20, 2014

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  It’s no secret that the Hollow Bar has seriously upped its game in recent months, booking an impressive spread of national performers and bringing sold-out rock shows back to North Pearl Street. The Deer Tick ...

Matthew Shipp Trio

by Josh Potter March 20, 2014

  There’s something that happens to the human brain when exposed to two hours of continuous free-jazz. Actually, there’s a whole series of things. Of course, no two performers within the once-experimental, now-canonical improvisational form are the ...

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Peg/Hand Habits

by Josh Potter March 13, 2014

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  The split EP is a curious format in the digital age. Whereas once it might have offered two up-and-coming acts a chance at wider exposure under the pressing and distributing infrastructure of a shared label, ...

St. Vincent

by Josh Potter March 13, 2014

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  I’ll admit I was a bit disappointed to find my face still firmly intact after first listening to St. Vincent’s eponymous third record. The angular guitar shredding that made the crypto-misogynist world of rock criticism ...

Cibo Matto

by Josh Potter March 13, 2014

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  It’s unclear if Cibo Matto have left a proper legacy within pop music since their last studio album 15 years ago, but it’s hard to approach their new record Hotel Valentine without hearing a kernal ...

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 ...

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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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