Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012
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.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
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.
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
From all indications, Conehead Buddha is back to stay.
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012
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.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
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.
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
The six-man lineup of Albany ska band The Knee Benders only solidified about four weeks ago.
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012
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.
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012
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.
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
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.
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012
To be clear — Alex “Brasi” Hyatt’s new compilation album, “Brasi: Covered in Dirt 1999-2012,” is not a greatest hits package.
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
Fisk is primarily a bebop player, and that’s what his quartet leans toward in their performances. He’ll lead his quartet at 9 Maple Avenue on Friday night.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wild Adriatic drummer Mateo Vosganian has a simple explanation for why his band has been so successful in only a little over a year and a half of existence — they’re friendly.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Jed Davis has been playing with the members of Hanslick Rebellion — the four-piece garage-y punk band he first formed in Albany with bassist Mike Keaney in 1995 — in various permutations for the past two decades. For the present, the band plays Valentine’s on Friday.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Being bandmates and members of the same family — as all three members of Staten Island’s The Earaches are — has its advantages. For one thing, it has helped the band stay together for five years now.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
For 12 years now, guitarist Baird Buchanan and bassist Brendan Hoyt have played in bands together, first in the Orange County area and then in Albany. In April of last year, the two decided to simplify their approach, hooking up with drummer Seth Maset to form the heavy instrumental trio Yoma.