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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Best of People and Places

by Metroland Staff July 24, 2014

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Best Public Advocate Dominick Calsolaro If you were afraid that Calsolaro was going to fade into the background after he retired from the Albany Common Council, rest easy. He’s as active as ever, and a leading advocate ...


Best of Food & Drink

by Metroland Staff July 24, 2014


Best Restaurant New World Bistro Bar 300 Delaware Ave., Albany Chef Ric Orlando has been dazzling and delighting Capital Region diners for years, and his menus at New World Bistro Bar have never been more creative—a rainbow of ...



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 ...


The Gaslight Anthem

by Metroland Staff June 26, 2014

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The Gaslight Anthem have a new record, Get Hurt, coming out in August, but they stuck with time-tested material for their show at Upstate Concert Hall on June 19. Frontman Brian Fallon was in a ...


Modest Mouse

by Metroland Staff June 5, 2014

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  A little rain hardly deterred Seattle indie-rock titans Modest Mouse from turning out two solid (and sold-out) performances at Brewery Ommegang last week (May 23-24). Isaac Brock and company had been out of the spotlight ...

Readers Poll: Best Media

by Metroland Staff April 9, 2014


  Best Local TV News 1. WNYT, NewsChannel 13 3. WTEN, News 10 ABC 2. WRGB, CBS6 WNYT wins again, and remains your clear favorite. Interestingly, WTEN pulled further ahead of WRGB. Best Local TV News Anchor 1.  Benita Zahn, WNYT 2.  John ...


Readers Poll: Best Goods and Services

by Metroland Staff April 9, 2014


  Best Optical Store 1. Empire Visionworks aka Empire Vision Centers 2. DiNapoli Opticians 3. Buenau’s Opticians The results are clear and focused: Empire Visionworks is superlative with spectacles. Best Appliance Store 1. Sears 2. Lowe’s 3. Cocca’s Appliances & Home Electronics The big boxes ...


Cloud Nothings

by Metroland Staff April 9, 2014


  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 ...

The Felice Brothers

by Metroland Staff March 20, 2014


  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


  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 ...

Band of Horses

by Metroland Staff February 27, 2014

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  Lamps, rugs and an open bottle of wine put Seattle indie-rockers Band of Horses at ease for their sold-out acoustic show at the Egg last Sunday (Feb. 23). Touring on a new record of live ...


by Metroland Staff January 2, 2014


  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 ...

Fitz and the Tantrums

by Metroland Staff November 13, 2013


  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.

John Fogerty

by Metroland Staff November 13, 2013

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  Credence Clearwater Revival disbanded before the era of arena rock was really underway. That hasn’t prevented wayward frontman John Fogerty from growing into an arena-packing solo force though. The 68-year-old brought a fleet of his ...

Langhorne Slim and the Law

by Metroland Staff November 13, 2013


  Tombstone meets Van Halen? We’re not really sure what the costume theme was for Langhorne Slim and the Law’s Halloween show at Upstate Concert Hall. All we know is they rang it in with whiskey-fueled ...

Gone Diggin’

by Metroland Staff November 6, 2013


  Bear Grass Stories in Books Sometimes it’s OK to judge a record by its cover. Especially if that cover is a hand-sewn sleeve of vintage cloth. This is one of two formats in which the physical version ...

Local Music Listings

by Metroland Staff November 6, 2013

  Radio Stations Whatever your favorite flavor, it’s probably somewhere on the Capital Region radio dial and streaming online. WAJZ 96.3 FM, offices: 786-6600; request line: 476-9696. Hip-hop and R&B. WAMC 90.3 FM, 1400 AM, 465-5233. National Public Radio, news programs, ...

The Features

by Metroland Staff October 24, 2013


  It was beautiful disorder at the Hollow Bar and Kitchen on Oct. 12 when Nashville-based rock outfit the Features rolled through. Their fourth LP is finally earning the band a national spotlight and rightly so. ...

Farm Aid

by Metroland Staff September 25, 2013

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  The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is already a star-studded event, with Dave Matthews joining founders Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp on their musical crusade to help the plight of family farmers. This ...

Robert DeLong

by Metroland Staff September 25, 2013


  The answer was “yes.” The question came in the chorus of Robert DeLong’s breakout single “Global Concepts.” The solo electronic artist performed on live drums as well as samplers and sequencers on Sept. 11 at ...

Juston Stens and the Get Real Gang

by Metroland Staff September 18, 2013


  Nothing inspires new music quite like a cross-country motorcycle ride. At least that’s what Juston Stens seems to think. After rebuilding a 1972 Triumph motorcycle, the former Dr. Dog percussionist hit the road in 2011, ...

The London Souls

by Metroland Staff September 18, 2013

  The London Souls are the sonic love child of early-’60s British rock and progressive funk. Their first album, which is self titled, was cut in Abbey Road Studios. Earlier this year, they dropped their second ...