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Talking Blues

by Alexander M. Stern May 1, 2014

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  At some point between the first and second gin and tonic, Evan Conway orders a corned beef sandwich on rye. We’re at Slick’s, a bar in Schenectady’s historic Stockade District, not far from Union Street. ...

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B.B. King

by Alexander M. Stern April 23, 2014

  Don’t let anybody fool you: Robert Johnson had it easy. Jimi Hendrix? Stevie Ray Vaughan? They had it soft. They may have departed too soon, but by leaving in their prime, they left a legacy ...

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The Hold Steady

by John Rodat April 17, 2014

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  In an interview with Terri Gross a couple of years back, Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn fielded a question about lyrical allusions to the Catholic upbringing he shares with some of the songs’ characters. Gross ...

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Dave Holland with the Empire Jazz Orchestra

by Jeff Nania April 17, 2014

  The Empire Jazz Orchestra are this region's premier repertory Jazz Big Band. Their conductor Bill Meckley always puts together larger-than-life playlists for the group to perform, and this night was no different. Before the heroic guest ...

The Budos Band

by Josh Potter April 17, 2014

  In the movie Broken Flowers, every time the stoical Bill Murray character (Don “Juan” Johnston) drives off in his rental car to visit another of his former lovers (“I’m a stalker in a Taurus”), hoping ...

Copper and Congress

by Alexander M. Stern April 17, 2014

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  When former Capital Region resident Katie Haverly decamped for greener (?) pastures in Tucson, Ariz., she found something there besides a dry heat: She found a new band and a new direction. Copper and Congress is ...

The Randy Simon Jazz Project

by Alexander M. Stern April 17, 2014

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  Randy Simon’s latest effort—the double-CD Nyhavn Live—marks the talented composer’s first foray into live recording, capturing an extraordinary group of area musicians in full flight, while reminding us that exceptional jazz does indeed exist outside ...

Cloud Nothings

by Metroland Staff April 9, 2014

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  Fresh off a Pitchfork “Best New Music” nod, Cloud Nothings headlined the WCDB 36th Anniversary show at the Low Beat on April 5. The pairing couldn’t have been more appropriate: A station that has consistently ...

Cynic

by David King April 9, 2014

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  On their last EP, Carbon Based Anatomy, Cynic unveiled their full transformation from early-’90s progressive death-metal band enamored with growling and deft riffing to a quirky prog band with finesses of jazz and glam rock. ...

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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