Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
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.
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012
Annie and the Hedonists is a much different band today from what it was just a few years ago.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
In May, singer-songwriter Molly Durnin decided to start playing music full time.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
Back in 2003, Albany “swingcore” band The Bruise Brothers was poised for national success.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
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.
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.