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by David King September 18, 2014


  Imagine if some of Factory Records biggest artists, like New Order or Happy Mondays, had discovered Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and asked him to play fewer chords (yes fewer) over their steady electronic beats and ...

Death From Above 1979

by David King September 18, 2014


  I felt hollow after my first listen to Death From Above 1979’s 2004 full length debut You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine. The Toronto dance-punk duo made up of Jesse Keeler on bass and synths ...

Jason Aldean

by Tim Mack September 4, 2014

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If you caught the parade of classic rock/legacy acts soldiering through SPAC this summer, you weren't alone if you looked at the age of the bands, the age of the audience and the current state ...

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Rough Mix

by Ali Hibbs August 28, 2014


Slow Rave The new age is past. This is the now age. (Cue ’70s synthesizer drone.) It’s a time when the sacred and the kitschy have joined ecstatic forces. It’s a place where the party never ...

Ton Lokal

by Timothy Reidy August 21, 2014


There were lots of shows this summer and they took me all over the region. On my first trip to Hudson, I saw Swamp Baby and Ryder, Hazel and the Dustbowl Faeries at Club Helsinki. ...

Todd Terje

by Ali Hibbs August 21, 2014


When Daft Punk released Random Access Memories last year, it seemed to prophesy a nu-disco revival, a return to EDM’s roots in the analog glitz of ’70s-vintage synthesizers, cocaine, and ostentatious evening wear. The revival ...


by Alexander M. Stern August 21, 2014


Pomplamoose are a musical duo from the Bay Area who have been producing hugely entertaining videos since 2008. A real life couple, multi-instrumentalists Jack Conte and Natalie Dawn are probably best known for the series ...

Conor Oberst

by Metroland Staff August 14, 2014


Conor Oberst will always be described as the former Bright Eyes frontman, but his solo career has really eclipsed that early era. Oberst wrapped up the American leg of his tour for Upside Down Mountain—his ...

Drake vs. Lil Wayne

by Ali Hibbs August 14, 2014

Rap battles—like their jazz precursor, the “cutting contest”—have been a part of hip-hop from the start. The microphone, a modern symbol of influence, belongs, like Thor’s hammer, to he (or she) who can hoist it. ...

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

by Alexander M. Stern August 14, 2014

On paper, the partnership of Joshua Redman and the Bad Plus seems unlikely. The saxophonist was embraced by the jazz mainstream on the release of 1994’s Moodswing, and he’s been both a critical and commercial ...

Kiss, Def Leppard

by Tim Mack August 7, 2014


It may or may not qualify as irony that, at the height of the Saratoga summer, at the midpoint between the Bolshoi Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as the Racing City teems with the sort ...

Rough Mix

by Ali Hibbs August 7, 2014


The New Black We’re only a week away from the fifth annual Restoration Festival, which returns to the eerie grandeur of CAC Woodside in Troy for the second year. As with prior years, the B3nson Collective ...

Osheaga Music Festival

by Metroland Staff August 7, 2014


Yes, folks, Phantogram have become an international festival headliner (and so we’ll probably stop delivering these “Look how far they’ve come” dispatches until they win a lifetime acheivement award at the Grammys). The Saratoga duo ...

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2014

The bass drum got a workout during Bang on a Can’s Summer Music Festival. Its capacity for dramatic punctuation proved irresistible to most of the young composers whose works premiered during this high-spirited event, and ...

Manchester Orchestra

by Metroland Staff August 7, 2014


  On their way up to Osheaga, Atlanta rockers Manchester Orchestra stopped in at the Upstate Concert Hall on July 31, proving that their brand of guitar-driven indie rock can cook inside intimate confines even while ...

Rough Mix

by Ali Hibbs July 31, 2014


Moving on Up Jazz on Jay has, in recent years, grown to be a Schenectady summer institution, drawing crowds downtown for free weekly jazz performances. Starting on Monday, the town will add a second series, built ...

Shabazz Palaces

by Ali Hibbs July 31, 2014


When contemporary rappers talk about “real hip-hop,” it’s usually an appeal to that art form’s “golden age” of the late ’80s and early ’90s—an era they view as more aesthetically compelling because the ethos was ...

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Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden

by David Greenberger July 31, 2014


Charlie Haden died on July 11, a month shy of his 77th birthday. His discography follows the shape of a life from restless, explorative young bass player, to confident middle age and its continuing new ...

Sarah McLachlan

by Tim Mack July 23, 2014


Sarah McLachlan is a brave woman. P!nk has her trapeze, Wayne Coyne has his hamster ball, but if you really want to live on the edge, bring your couch. McLachlan hauled some sofas and a loveseat ...

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

by Glenn Weiser July 23, 2014

The Grey Fox Bluegrass festival in Greene County drew a capacity crowd of 5,000on Saturday, and for good reason. No doubt, mild temperatures in the upper 70s helped the daytime attendance, but all 4,000 weekend-long ...


James Taylor

by Alexander M. Stern July 23, 2014

James Taylor certainly knows how to draw a crowd. Saturday night saw a multitude descend upon SPAC to see the Capital Region’s favorite next-door neighbor perform his greatest hits. This is not an exaggeration. Even Taylor ...

Queens of the Stone Age

by David King July 17, 2014


Queens of Stone Age turned Albany’s regal Palace Theater into a dirty, sweaty, grinding desert fuck shack on Sunday night. With the strum of his electric guitar, the swaggering leader of QOTSA, Josh Homme, transformed ...


Hudson Project

by Ali Hibbs July 17, 2014


By now, you’ve likely seen the iPhone videos of kids tumbling down mudslides and flash-flood rivers carrying camping gear away from dumbfounded revelers. As of Tuesday, farmers were still busy tractor-yanking cars out of a ...

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Paul McCartney

by Shawn Stone July 10, 2014


“How is he gonna top this?” This was what I wondered as Paul McCartney ended his concert at the TUC on Saturday night. He and his band had just finished a breathtaking run of songs that, ...


by Metroland Staff July 10, 2014

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  It’s called the “Trey face,” you noobs. And the more you see it at a Phish show, the more it means the boys are going off. And for three days we got to see it ...