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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 ...

Best Concerts 2013: Timothy Reidy

by Timothy Reidy December 24, 2013

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  1. Move Music Festival Albany, April 27 A one-day festival with plenty of nostalgia and new discovery, great performances and a good evening of fun. 2. Art on Lark Lark Street, Albany, June 8 Seeing Meg Duffy three times and ...

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Best Concerts 2013: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 24, 2013

  1. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby Catskill, Feb. 16 Billed as the Homemade Aeroplane Concert, this was a house concert in their own house, the deep, narrow room reimagined as an airline, an apt metaphor for the ...

Best Concerts 2013: Josh Potter

by Josh Potter December 24, 2013

    1. Danny Brown, Action Bronson Skidmore College, Oct. 4 Hip-hop shows are too often a cursory run through the hits for artists whose true medium is the studio. Not so for Danny Brown, who brought anarchic energy ...

Best Recordings 2013: David King

by David King December 24, 2013

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  1. Cult of Luna Vertikal A labyrinthian musical interpretation of Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis. One of the most challenging listens of the year in any genre but even more rewarding. Don’t let the metal genre fool ...

Best Recordings 2013: Josh Potter

by Josh Potter December 24, 2013

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  1. Jai Paul Jai Paul It’s poetic justice that, in a year dominated by major-label mega-roll-out record spectulars—Daft Punk, Kanye West, etc.—the best album should be an unfinished leak from a relative unknown who won’t even take ...

Best Recordings 2013: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 24, 2013

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  1. Boister Your Wound is Your Crown This album is full of ensemble grooves that spring forth like little parades, confident melodic character, and alluring propulsion. 2. Yo La Tengo Fade The simple four-letter-word title says so much. The trio, ...

The Wooten Brothers

by Jeff Nania December 19, 2013

  “All we need is a drummer,” keyboardist-vocalist Joseph Wooten said after taking a selfie from center stage. His brother, Roy “Future Man” Wooten, walked on and started a funk groove from his drumset. Victor and ...

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Mundo Nuevo

by Jeff Nania December 19, 2013

  The sounds of Mundo Nuevo inspired women and men alike to get up from their seats and dance through Carmen's Cafe in Troy, while steaming-hot plates of Cuban fare graced the tables Friday night. Carmen's ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Classical Music

by B.A. Nilsson December 12, 2013

  David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony have been Grammy nominated for their recording of John Corigliano Conjuror/Vocalise, featuring a percussion concerto written for Dame Evelyn Glennie, cast in six parts, showcasing three different percussion ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Pop Music

by Josh Potter December 12, 2013

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  I don’t mean to be the Grinch around here but, WTF, why are any of you considering buying music as a Christmas present anymore? Sure, there’s plenty of music-related stuff that is fun and useful ...

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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.