Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Making almost perfect music that swung, jazz-wise, more than it rocked, Steely Dan has changed and changed again since taking over the radio in 1972. And the group's Jamalot Ever After Tour that rolls into SPAC on Friday features 11 studio-perfect and road-seasoned players and singers.
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Blotto has played every bar, park, theater and arena here in 30 years of rocking us and making us laugh. Tonight, they play the Low Beat (335 Central Ave., Albany), just steps from where JB Scott’s became their regular hang, and everybody’s, when they were on the charts, on MTV and on tour.
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
Jackson Browne has been singing his songs with less and less help. When he performed in the early 1970s at the RPI Fieldhouse, he had a seven-piece band. When he hits the Palace Theatre tonight, he’ll perform solo.
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
A number of sidemen (sorry, sidepersons), the indispensable, often unknown players who toil behind the stars, will be performing with their own bands in the area this weekend.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Saw two of my favorite bands from Saturday to Saturday: NRBQ in Pawtucket and the subdudes at The Egg.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
“Superharp” bluesman James Cotton: the perfect choice to headline Music Haven’s 25th anniversary gala on Sunday in Schenectady’s Central Park.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
James Taylor had been such a dependable summer presence in the area, it’s startling to hear that Saturday’s return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center is his first in 11 years.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Is it an “international” week? Worldwide popster Justin Timberlake plays the Times Union Center on Wednesday, Ethiopian Afro-pop orchestra Debo plays Freedom Square in Troy on Friday and pre-eminent Irish fiddler Eileen Ivers plays Music Haven on Sunday.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
"Any band I put together starts with the players and starts also with an idea,” said jazz bassist Dave Holland, who leads Prism on Sunday at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Stuff happens twice this week: two big MASS MoCa shows, two Van Dyck guitar shows, a double-named band at the Low Beat, a married duo at The Egg, two stars we might not expect to see together at the Palace, two very different divas, and two unusual instrumental quartets.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Texan singer-songwriter James McMurtry — a novelistic tunesmith of dauntless phrasemaking, honed descriptive skills and deep emotional insight — headlines at The Egg tonight with the rootsy Bottle Rockets opening.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
When the Dave Matthews Band played Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Blues Traveler’s H.O.R.D.E. tour 20 years ago, who knew they’d still be coming back to fill the place year after year and night after night?
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Many of those attending Willie Nile's show at WAMC’s The Linda last Saturday considered the performance to be even better than the one by Bruce Springsteen at the Times Union Center.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Holly Near wraps up the Eighth Step season on Saturday at Proctors GE Theatre in Schenectady, while Red Molly closes the year at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Two Jersey boys play here this week: Bruce Springsteen, who rocks the Times Union Center on Tuesday and It’s John Gorka, who plays quietly on Friday at the Eighth Step and is every bit as notable a talent.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Neko Case totally had me, way before I saw her cry on Youtube as the late, great Jesse Winchester sang beside her on Elvis Costello’s TV show.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Albany's Move Festival, music extravaganza at Low Beat and Pauly's and more
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Jesse Winchester, who died last week, made music that was rooted deep in America’s southland, but he escaped the Vietnam-era draft, fleeing to Montreal. Years later, he escaped from the music business; later comebacks brought him here periodically.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
This week is mostly about local roots and wide wings: artists from here who have returned.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
As we try hard to believe that spring might actually come sometime soon, touring artists are sprouting up in growing numbers, and homegrown performers are gathering on our stages, too.