Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
When I saw them at Wilco's first Solid Sound Festival, I was knocked out all over again by staggering energy and creativity of the goofball band with the Bread and Puppet Theater.
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
Don’t start to miss Valentine’s just yet: Whatever fate awaits, and whenever, the Albany venue has a hot weekend happening for sure.
Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
Three top women artists playing here in the same week may not be that unusual, but women artists of this high caliber come round only rarely. One is homegrown (Rory Block), one near-legendary and even more seldom seen (Syd Straw), and the third is from a remote island (Christine Salem).
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
If you're a fan of great guitarists, you're in luck these days. Richard Thompson, Joe Satriani, Steve Morse, Josh Ritter, Sam Amidon and Steve Hackett are among those set to grace area stages.
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013
Fall hits on Sunday, so no wonder this big transition week marks endings and start-ups.
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
Since Terry Adams formed his new NRBQ in 2007 (originally the Terry Adams Rock and Roll Quartet), some band mates have changed. But they arrive tonight at the Ale House with their reputation intact as rock ’n’ roll’s fountain of youth.
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
Two freebie festivals on Saturday follow a ramping-up of music on Friday at WAMC’s The Linda (339 Central Ave., Albany), where the popular Cuddle Magic joins headliners the David Wax Museum
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013
David Griggs-Janower was one of the most complete musicians I’ve ever known, a unique talent and a remarkable human being, a maestro for real.
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013
Raise a glass to Valentine’s Music Hall & Beer Joint, evidently doomed by the expansion of Albany Med to join many vanished venues in rock ’n’ roll oblivion.
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
It’s Boomerang Week, when artists come back here.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Does Maria Muldaur live here now?
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The AmericanaramA festival that hits the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park) on Sunday may be the biggest summer show here, and not just for its 13-letter name.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
A car ride without music can be an exercise in tedium.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
On Thursday, June 13, I flew to Nashville, directly to SIR (Studio Instrumental Rentals), for rehearsals of the Rock & Soul Super Jam at Bonnaroo.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers became stars here when they opened for Edgar Winter’s reunited White Trash at Albany’s Palace Theatre when their first album hit in 1976; they’ve only gotten bigger since.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Bill Payne set his phone on the piano and started playing for me when I called his Montana home. The room rang with a boisterous bass line under an agile melody, proving Payne doesn’t need help when he hits WAMC’s The Linda on Tuesday in his mixed-media show “Tracing Footsteps.”
Thursday, June 6, 2013
It’s a hot mess and nothing less. This wall-to-wall week marks the start of festival season — freebie season, too.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
The extraordinary human qualities that make “So Tough” by David Greenberger and A Strong Dog so arresting reach way beyond mere music and meaning.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Jazz Fest shows once again that New Orleans is a citywide school for funk and jazz. For music fans it's a great place to find "undiscovered" talent.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
“The young get old, the old get cold,” sang the leader of the Last Straws two weeks ago, launching the second weekend of Jazz Fest. Formed 57 years ago to play music already antique then, these vaudevillians sang that even in New Orleans, where the past isn’t gone and isn’t even past, change happens. It was the 44th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival — my third.