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Thompson a high point of yearly Mountain Music Club

Thompson a high point of yearly Mountain Music Club

The Mountain Music Club moved our annual meet-up from the Adirondacks to Northampton not just to swap 40 below for 15 below but also to take in a (typically) great Richard Thompson show at the Academy of Music.

White, Dan Hicks latest losses in music world

White, Dan Hicks latest losses in music world

Mortality keeps hitting second-generation giants of popular music hard; sadly, two more in recent days. Best known was Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire’s founder, leader, main songwriter and co-lead singer. Dan Hicks was just as entertaining, but on a smaller scale

Fiddlers take a swing through musical history

Fiddlers take a swing through musical history

On Friday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, fiddlers Mark and Maggie O’Connor play “American Classics,” solo and duet pages from what Tony Bennett calls the Great American Songbook, but reaching back further, into timeless folk.

Stefon Harris bringing Sonic Creed to Egg

Stefon Harris bringing Sonic Creed to Egg

Albany-born jazz vibes master Stefon Harris brings his new band, Sonic Creed, Friday to The Egg on Friday.

Mike Stern of rock-jazz fame at Van Dyck

Mike Stern of rock-jazz fame at Van Dyck

Jazz guitarist Mike Stern returns to the Van Dyck (237 Union St., Schenectady) on Friday with his own trio: drummer Richie Morales and bassist Teymur Phell.

We will never see another like David Bowie

We will never see another like David Bowie

“Everybody knows me now” — from “Lazarus” on the late, great David Bowie’s album “Blackstar,” released last Friday, his 69th birthday.
Yes, everybody knows Bowie now: pop’s British-born, innovative/transgressive, sequentially self-reinventing chameleon, the avatar of music as spectacle and ch-ch-changes for their own vivid, exciting sake.

New Year's Eve rocked with NRBQ

New Year's Eve rocked with NRBQ

In an extra-cool start to 2016, NRBQ played Saratoga First Night — a mostly upbeat, rocking party of a show. How fun it was to see newbies dig the ’Q for the first time and bump into folks I only/always see at ’Q shows, including fans from several states away.

Plenty of music to rock you into the New Year

Plenty of music to rock you into the New Year

moe. at the Palace; NRBQ at First Night Saratoga; John Cleary in Hudson

Some worthy music didn’t make Top 10 List

Some worthy music didn’t make Top 10 List

Here's a supplement to this coming Sunday's list of our favorite live shows of the year.

Fans and musicians pay tribute to Lee Shaw

Fans and musicians pay tribute to Lee Shaw

When 21 musicians in seven groups honored the late, great jazz pianist Lee Shaw’s music and memory last Friday, the marathon tribute (four hours plus!) packed the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady with sound and soul.

Musicians, friends to honor pianist Lee Shaw

SCHENECTADY

Musicians, friends to honor pianist Lee Shaw

On Friday, local jazz players will perform in Lee Shaw’s cherished memory at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady.

Tedeschi Trucks, Jones return after SPAC triumph

Tedeschi Trucks, Jones return after SPAC triumph

They’re worth it, believe me.

Funkmaster Clinton leads wildly varied crew

Funkmaster Clinton leads wildly varied crew

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic sounded fantastic, and strange enough, even without the bagpipes . . .

Toussaint left a mighty musical legacy

Toussaint left a mighty musical legacy

Allen Toussaint’s death is a sad loss to music. He was a god.

Lightfoot, McClinton, Scaggs are set to sing

Three super soulful singers who first hit in the 1960s play here this weekend.

Rawlings, Welch bring their machine to Egg

ALBANY

Rawlings, Welch bring their machine to Egg

Lots of extra-fine pickers play here this week

Dead & Co. tour hits TU Center Thursday

Dead & Co. tour hits TU Center Thursday

Longtime Grateful Dead members — guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart — plus guitarist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti trouing as Dead and Company.

Oh brother: Sibling bands have stormy past

Oh brother: Sibling bands have stormy past

Musician brothers fuss, fight and fire each other; break up, make up and sue. The Davies brothers (Kinks) famously fist-fought onstage, where the Everly Brothers broke up (reuniting later), and one of the Thomson brothers (Slipknot) stabbed the other. This week we see a musical sibling on his own — Dave Davies at The Egg on Monday — and a reunited pair — Dave and Phil Alvin on Wednesday at the Hollow.

Packed lineup creates entertainment dilemma

Packed lineup creates entertainment dilemma

It’s even worse than my recent double-vision rant: Three dynamite divas (violinist Regina Carter and singers Maria Muldaur and Kat Edmonson) tonight; three fascinating singer-songwriters (Kinky Friedman, Craig Finn and Loreena McKennitt) on Friday; and two Latin jazz bands (Arturo O’Farrell’s and Manuel Valera’s) also Friday.

Mark Knopfler, Peter Wolf bringing bands to town

Mark Knopfler, Peter Wolf bringing bands to town

Former frontmen for Dire Straits and J.Geils Band both in town with their solo bands.

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