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Guitarist P.W. Mallory started with video games

Guitarist P.W. Mallory started with video games

P.W. Mallory may be in the vanguard of a new phenomenon in music — guitarists who picked up the instrument after playing the video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

Exhibit, celebration and CD mark Caffe Lena's 53 years as folk haven

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Exhibit, celebration and CD mark Caffe Lena's 53 years as folk haven

Just now coming to fruition is Jocelyn Arem's 11-year journey, the Caffe Lena History Project, which included the compiling and editing of artist interviews and photos that make up a new coffee-table book about the famed folk music venue.

Drummers to square off at Van Dyck

Drummers to square off at Van Dyck

The Van Dyck Drum Battle, which will feature Michael Benedict and fellow local drummers Pete Sweeney, Mark Foster and Bob Halek performing with Benedict’s regular group Bopitude, will take place Friday night.

Peter, Paul and Mary’s music was inspiration for All-She-Wrote

Peter, Paul and Mary’s music was inspiration for All-She-Wrote

Twelve years ago, Peter, Paul and Mary’s version of the traditional song “Polly Von” ended up changing the lives of local folk musicians Gloria Jean, David LaPlante and Stephen Pounds.

Charmboy members love mixing it up

Charmboy members love mixing it up

The three members of Albany’s hard-rocking Charmboy certainly get around on the local music scene. In the past few years, the trio has become something of a go-to group for singer-songwriters looking to beef up their sound.

Reception set for Art Society exhibit

SCHENECTADY

Reception set for Art Society exhibit

The Moon & River Café will hold a second reception for the Schenectady Art Society exhibit Friday night to coincide with the return of Art Night to Schenectady.

Society High to play at soon-to-close club

ALBANY

Society High to play at soon-to-close club

Paul Sacchetti, founding guitarist of Schenectady rap-metal outfit Dead-Lift, has had to scale back his rock ’n’ roll dreams over the course of the band’s 10-year history.

Man Man to put spotlight on new songs at festival

TROY

Man Man to put spotlight on new songs at festival

Man Man will headline the second day of the fourth annual Restoration Festival, which runs Friday and Saturday and is once again being put on by local musicians collective the B3nson Recording Co.

Hand Habits find success on road

Tonight, the band Hand Habits is part of the lineup for “Sammyfest” at Putnam Den, also featuring Skeletons in the Piano, William Hale, Kite Persons, Neutron Rats and Eternal Crimes. The event is a benefit for local musician Samuel Yager

Reorganized Dead-Lift happy to perform

Reorganized Dead-Lift happy to perform

Paul Sacchetti, founding guitarist of Schenectady rap-metal outfit Dead-Lift, has had to scale back his rock ’n’ roll dreams over the course of the band’s 10-year history.

Statik boosts hip-hop musicians

ALBANY

Statik boosts hip-hop musicians

After over two decades in music, Sev Statik is interested in giving the local hip-hop scene exposure and support.

Stockade Kids won’t label music

SCHENECTADY

Stockade Kids won’t label music

On first listen, Stockade Kids’ debut album “Wax Wings” could easily be considered a hip-hop album.

San Cisco having serious fun on tour

San Cisco having serious fun on tour

This week San Cisco’s first full-length, self-titled album hit U.S. stores to coincide with a U.S. tour, which runs through mid-August. On Friday night, the band will play Upstate Concert Hall, opening for Youngblood Hawke.

Stone Thoreaus musicians inspired by acoustic instruments

Stone Thoreaus musicians inspired by acoustic instruments

John Eisler is not a drummer, and Robert K. Stern is not an electric guitarist. But when the two principal songwriters of local folk group The Stone Thoreaus met a few years ago, that’s what they initially tried to be.

Live in the Clubs: Blues Explosion found way back to form following layoff

Live in the Clubs: Blues Explosion found way back to form following layoff

When The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion began playing shows again in 2008 after a three-year layoff, frontman Spencer had more than a few doubts.

Everest Rising gets diverse listeners

Everest Rising gets diverse listeners

Everest Rising has proven to be more fulfilling for its four members than any of their previous musical projects, both creatively and commercially.

Airborne Toxic Event develops songs while performing on stage

Airborne Toxic Event develops songs while performing on stage

Watching The Airborne Toxic Event perform live is always a much different experience than listening to one of its studio albums.

ALBANY

Agnostic Front’s Miret puts family first

Family has always been the most important thing to Agnostic Front vocalist Roger Miret.

DiCesare’s aim is to make people happy

DiCesare’s aim is to make people happy

Whether he’s backing up members of Bill Haley’s Comets in Florida, or leading his own quartet at a club in the Capital Region, drummer Pat DiCesare is concerned with one thing first and foremost — having fun.

Bands, generations mesh for new sound

Bands, generations mesh for new sound

When Soul Sky started, it combined material from the bands Folding Sky and Right Coast Soul; now the band has a cache of its own original songs, and often band members will bring in songs on a whim at shows, without any prior rehearsals.

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