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Matt Garrison

by Jeff Nania September 25, 2014

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  Saxophonist Matt Garrison’s newest album is a collection of tunes and arrangements he has put together over a 15-year period. It features straight-ahead boppish originals like “Steppin Up,” standards like Lee Morgan’s “Ceora,” and pop ...

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Interpol

by David King September 25, 2014

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  Some bands need to die to to protect their legacy. If Interpol were a samurai, people would probably be lining up to give them swords to fall on. It’s not that Interpol were ever the ...

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Godflesh

by David King September 18, 2014

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  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 ...

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Death From Above 1979

by David King September 18, 2014

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  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 ...

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Todd Terje

by Josh Potter August 21, 2014

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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 ...

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Pomplamoose

by Alexander M. Stern August 21, 2014

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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 ...

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Shabazz Palaces

by Josh Potter July 31, 2014

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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

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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 ...

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Mastodon

by David King July 3, 2014

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Once More ‘Round the Sun isn’t exaclty the kind of title that inspires excitement. It screams: “Here we go guys, another fucking album, another fucking touring cycle,” but the disc does provide a break in ...

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Jack White

by Elyse Beaudoin July 3, 2014

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There is little that Jack White seems to do without meaning. Lazaretto, his latest album, is layered with intricate instrumentals and passionate lyrics that speak volumes from his personal experiences to broad views of humanity ...

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Careers and Great Mutations

by Josh Potter June 19, 2014

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Guitarists get all the glory, but it’s the rhythm section that makes the band. While a melody or lyric often remains as the salient part of the song in a listener’s memory, it’s the way ...

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The Lucky Jukebox Brigade

by Josh Potter June 19, 2014

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The Lucky Jukebox Brigade are a rock band, but the project might as well be a burlesque show or a Broadway musical, a Victorian novel or a coloring book. The seven-piece group will release their ...

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Ray LaMontagne

by Alexander M. Stern June 5, 2014

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  Did somebody put something in the water? Psychedelia seems to be the go-to for bearded alt-rockers this season. Ray LaMontagne, whose previous effort was 2010’s pastoral God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise, joins the Black ...

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John Davey

by Jeff Nania June 5, 2014

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  Bassist and composer John Davey's newest album Open Range is a worthwhile listen. He is joined by guitarist Ken McBain and drummer Dean Sharp for 12 songs in the guitar-trio idiom.  Davey's upright bass always ...

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Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs

by Alexander M. Stern June 5, 2014

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  Early-’90s wunderkind Matthew Sweet and late-’80s siren Susanna Hoffs have released their third all-covers album, Under the Covers, Vol. 3. The two previous volumes featured faithfully rendered performances of songs from the ’60s and ’70s, ...

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The Black Keys

by David King June 5, 2014

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  The Black Keys’ ambition outweighs their abilities. Turn Blue features the band doing what they are simply unequipped to do: play full-on rock songs. Anyone who has seen the Keys live knows the band can ...

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Doctor Magnum

by Josh Potter May 30, 2014

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  The fact that the idea of an all-instrumental band covering contemporary hip-hop still feels edgy speaks both to how conservative the jazz establishment has become and how vital the jazz formula still remains, able to ...

Formula 5

by Josh Potter May 30, 2014

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  Central to the ethos of a jam band is that pure improvisation can bore a hole in the fabric of space-time, transporting musician and listener alike into uncharted realms of collective experience, at turns ecstatic, ...

Miles Davis

by Alexander M. Stern May 15, 2014

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  Few recording artists have had the sweeping, long-term effect of Miles Davis, and even fewer have been as divisive. While Davis continues, more than two decades after his death, to enjoy acclaim and strong sales, ...

Wussy

by Ross Marvin May 15, 2014

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  At the end of March, Cincinnati rockers Wussy played for about 40 people at the Low Beat. Bassist Mark Messerly actually took a picture of the crowd from the NO PEPPER stage as though the ...

The Major Lift

by David King May 8, 2014

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  The Pixies Indie Cindy The Pixies’ Indie Cindy gets ahead of itself pretty quickly: Opener “What Goes Boom” starts with a Frank Black shriek accompanied by a starchy riff that, taken together, sound like a garage band ...

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 ...

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 ...