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Rock benefit for Sandy Hook

Rock benefit for Sandy Hook

Local musician Matt McWatters was at a loss for words when he heard about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It didn’t take him long to figure out something to do to help

‘Poet’ hones his talent at open mic nights

‘Poet’ hones his talent at open mic nights

usic has taken rapper and singer Aaron Hauprich, better known as “Poet,” across the country.

Gordon Quartet is outlet for writing

Gordon Quartet is outlet for writing

Trumpeter Terry Gordon, like most of the jazz musicians in the Capital Region, is known for performing with multiple bands.

13 Feet of Bluegrass likes hybrid sound

13 Feet of Bluegrass likes hybrid sound

Like many bands, Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass has had to deal with hecklers shouting for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s epic “Freebird” during their sets.

Foster brings feeling of New Orleans to new album

Foster brings feeling of New Orleans to new album

Ruthie Foster’s music has always been infused with elements from her surroundings.

Kribs follows advice he got in dream

Kribs follows advice he got in dream

John Kribs has never been one for self-promotion. Nowadays, he’s focused on two new solo albums

Railbird to release new, upbeat EP

Railbird to release new, upbeat EP

Capital Region-based indie rock band Railbird officially moved to Brooklyn for more opportunities and better exposure. But the move had another unintended, and subconscious, effect on the band’s music.

Annie and Hedonists to release CD

Annie and Hedonists to release CD

Annie and the Hedonists is a much different band today from what it was just a few years ago.

Durnin’s full-time career blossoms

Durnin’s full-time career blossoms

In May, singer-songwriter Molly Durnin decided to start playing music full time.

Bruise Brothers to reunite for the night

Bruise Brothers to reunite for the night

Back in 2003, Albany “swingcore” band The Bruise Brothers was poised for national success.

Linear North channels classic shock rock

Linear North channels classic shock rock

In just a little under a year, Linear North has honed a sound combining this abstract lyrical imagery with heavy psychedelic riffing a la Black Sabbath and Electric Wizard. The combination makes the group a natural fit for Saratoga Springs rockers Skeletons in the Piano’s fifth annual Halloween show, at Putnam Den on Friday night.

Live in the Clubs: Watt, Missingmen perform rock opera

Live in the Clubs: Watt, Missingmen perform rock opera

Since 1997, Mike Watt, center, has become one of the punk world’s biggest proponents of a not-so-typically punk rock format — the rock opera. This might be surprising to some fans considering the San Pedro, Calif., bassist is best known as a founding member of ’80s underground trailblazers Minutemen, a band that reveled in short, to-the-point songwriting.

Live in the Clubs: Blues Traveler ready to play new music

Live in the Clubs: Blues Traveler ready to play new music

Ben Wilson had only been in Blues Traveler for about a month before he recorded his keyboard parts for the band’s 2000 EP “Decisions of the Sky.” “It was 3 in the morning, in a little studio in Austin, Texas,” Wilson said from his home in Austin, Texas, a week before the band’s tour of the Northeast and South, which heads to Putnam Den on Monday night.

Reunited Conehead Buddha plans tour

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Reunited Conehead Buddha plans tour

From all indications, Conehead Buddha is back to stay.

Live in the Clubs: Play, music will celebrate life of jazz innovator John Coltrane

Donald “The Soul Man” Hyman first picked up a copy of “A Love Supreme,” a book chronicling the writing and recording of the 1964 album of the same name by jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, at the Albany Public Library. And at first, it didn’t immediately grab him. But one thing in particular did jump out at him — a benefit performance that Coltrane played at St. Gregory’s School Hall in Brooklyn, in 1966, which was only a few blocks away from where Hyman grew up.

Live in the Clubs: Blind Owl blends bluegrass, rock, punk

Live in the Clubs: Blind Owl blends bluegrass, rock, punk

The Blind Owl Band sure looks like a bluegrass band at first glance. But those influences are blended with the musicians’ strong punk, indie and classic rock background. This mish-mash of styles has helped the band earn a large and diverse audience in only two years of playing together.

Live in the Clubs: Changes honed Knee Benders’ sound

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Live in the Clubs: Changes honed Knee Benders’ sound

The six-man lineup of Albany ska band The Knee Benders only solidified about four weeks ago.

Live in the Clubs: Joyner able to get creative on solo gigs

Live in the Clubs: Joyner able to get creative on solo gigs

Justin Joyner’s blues-and-rock-based originals will be on display when he performs at Bailey’s Cafe tonight. It’s not the only way he experiments during his solo sets. He likes to get creative with his song choices, adapting songs more suited to the full-band treatment into a sparse acoustic setting.

Genna & Jesse delighted to be full-time musicians

Genna & Jesse delighted to be full-time musicians

In the past couple of years, San Francisco-based singer-songwriters Genna Giacobassi and Jesse Dyen have been making the transition to full-time touring musicians. “What happened for us as a result of the changing economy and the changing music industry, is happening for a lot of people in their own unique ways,” Giacobassi said.

Fort Plain teens riding wave of success

Fort Plain teens riding wave of success

Since forming in the summer of 2010, the band has quickly built a reputation thanks in part to their eclectic song choice. But for their Caffe Lena debut, the band will be able to focus on its original material, which offers up an equally varied mix of genres.

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