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This Is Not My Beautiful Career

by Paul Rapp August 6, 2015


  I’ve criticized the always-fascinating David Byrne in the past for some of his public proclamations about the music business. In 2006-2007 he was wondering aloud whether record companies were necessary in the digital age, which ...


Straight On For You

by Tim Mack July 30, 2015


  An opening set of hits from some Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. A closing set from the world's greatest Led Zeppelin cover band. That’s a heck of a double bill for a Monday night ...

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Gift Guide: Off the Beaten Path CDs

by David Greenberger December 11, 2014


  The once wide and clear avenues for alerting possible listeners to the existence of a new release have become a thicket of narrow pathways. Hence, many recordings, even ones created by favored artists, can remain ...

Sounds in Words

by Jeff Nania December 4, 2014

  You have to be careful about what musicians say. This was one of the most valuable pieces of advice anyone ever gave me. It has always helped me to stay focused when writing about music. It’s ...

Summer Guide

by The Staff June 5, 2014


  Pop Music Concerts Basilica Hudson 110 S. Front St., Hudson. 6/14: Shannon F, Crush, Love Pig, Evil Doers. 9/12-13: Basilica Soundscape featuring Swans, Tim Hecker, Deafheaven, Julia Holter, Gamelan Dharma Swara. Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-4406, bearsvilletheater.com. 6/12: Zvuloon ...


Art on Lark

by The Staff June 5, 2014


  One of the most popular local arts events returns this Saturday when Art on Lark, presented by the Lark Street BID, takes over Lark Street and lures over 20,000 people to downtown Albany. It’s a wandering-down-the-street ...

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Just Add Curiosity

by E.S. Cormac October 17, 2013


  If you wander in to John Doe Records and Books, whatever you do don’t say the word hipster. “I don’t care one way or the other. It’s just that word, ohhhh God, it’s too much,” ...

Royalty Pains in the Ass

by Paul Rapp July 25, 2013

  The digital revolution changed everything about the business of music. Suddenly, anybody with time and a little patience can record something and present it to the world. Like, for free. That’s pretty staggering. Why, back ...

Readers’ Poll: Arts

by The Staff March 13, 2013


    Best Movie Theater 1. Spectrum 8 Theatres 2. Regal Colonie Center Cinema 13 3. Bow Tie Cinemas Movieland Your love for the Spectrum has only gotten stronger with age: The venerable arthouse won by more than 300 votes this ...


Ben Frost

by The Staff February 7, 2013


  There’s body-moving music and then there’s music that literally moves your body. If the Beastie Boys were experts on the former, Australian-born and Reykjavic-based composer Ben Frost is an expert on the latter. Part punk ...


Existential Whoa

by Ali Hibbs October 11, 2012


  “I don’t mind being called messy, but being called sloppy would make me mad. There’s a difference.” It’s a subtle, almost ineffable difference to Patrick Porter, but large enough to make him pause temporarily, draw the ...

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Best of Arts

by The Staff July 19, 2012


  Best Arts Complex Proctors 432 State St., Schenectady Quality programming across genres in multiple venues, simultaneously: Proctors set a high standard for themselves, and meet it. Broadway shows, independent and classic cinema, internationally renowned pop, classical, soul, rock ...


John Zorn

by The Staff March 29, 2012

Simply put: John Zorn is one of the biggest international names in experimental and avant-garde music. From free jazz to hardcore, Jewish devotional music to classical, rock & roll to film and theater, there are very ...


Rough Mix

by John Brodeur February 2, 2011


AFRO-GRAM Saratoga Springs’ own Phantogram made their network-TV debut on Wednesday with a performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The duo, who are currently prepping a new EP for release this spring (we think), ...

Universal Doldrums

by David King January 12, 2011


If you are familiar with New York City techno-rap-punk act Mindless Self Indulgence, you know they have an off-kilter, sometimes offensive sense of humor. But if you thought MSI’s bizarre sexual lyrics were the apex ...