Thursday, March 22, 2012
Here are club highlights for this weekend.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
When Andy Campolieto decided to write about his boyhood home of Schenectady for “Mohawk,” the third studio album of his Boston-based band Jo Henley, he wanted to create something that was more than just a history lesson.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Mike LaPoint is not a human jukebox. He’s no one-trick pony though — over the years, he’s amassed a repertoire of hundreds of songs ranging from newer country like Zac Brown’s “Knee Deep” to old Elvis Presley songs to a wide selection from one of his favorite bands, The Grateful Dead. During the summer months, he will play upwards of seven days a week in Lake George, often doubling up on shows on weekend days.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Rock ’n’ roll’s history is full of stories about young kids picking up guitars to achieve stardom. Aaron Civic wasn’t one of those kids, at least not initially. Civic, 17, did start on the instrument early, taking his first guitar lesson at age 10. But it was his mother who dragged him to lessons — he didn’t have any interest in going. At the time, he didn’t have much interest in any extracurricular activities.
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012
Listen to Chicago indie rockers Company of Thieves’ new album, “Running From a Gamble,” alongside their 2007 self-recorded debut “Ordinary Riches,” and the difference is immediately noticeable.
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
MaryLeigh Roohan, 21, began playing guitar and writing songs at age 15, but she wasn’t taking it too seriously back then. With her mix of sunny indie pop, jazzy crooning and heartfelt lyrics, Roohan is definitely on the “serious musician” path now. So what changed?
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012
The members of Albany progressive jam rockers Timbre Coup aren’t ones to take breaks from their music. But finding time to play as much as they do isn’t an issue for them — after all, the goal is to turn Timbre Coup into the day job.
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
River Wheel is exclusively a touring band. It has to be.
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
Tony Califano has had no shortage of musical projects since moving to Saratoga Springs in 2005. But even with so much going on, Califano felt something was missing.
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012
Without Eamonn McGirr’s help, Frank Jaklitsch would never have gotten his start in Albany. Today, Jaklitsch is one of the Capital Region’s elder statesmen on the Irish music scene, alongside such artists as Kevin McKrell and the members of Hair of the Dog. But when he first moved from New York City to Albany in 1988, he had a tough time even getting a bar gig in the area.
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012
Both Marc Clayton and Jeff Sohn of The Lazy Suns, had built reputations on the local roots music scene. As such, they’ve been in and out of bands with the other members of the Suns but had never met before.
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012
Drummer Scott Apicelli and vocalist Mike DeAngelis have always loved jazz standards, both vocal and instrumental. But until recently, the two musicians always found themselves on the rock end of the music spectrum. In May of last year, the two finally found the time, teaming up with guitarist Rob Cohen, a former bandmate of Apicelli’s, and bassist Ed Tourge to form The Standard Clams.
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011
Musicians such as Frank Turner and Ben Folds influenced Deidra Knauth and Jim Desario of local duo The Midnight Society to write songs from their own experiences. In Desario and Knauth’s case, that approach leaves them with a lot of songs about chemistry, Dungeons and Dragons and video games.
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011
Every year, the members of Albany rock band The Charlie Watts Riots do two to three Christmas shows. And every year, they fight over which Christmas cover to play. So this year, they wrote one instead.
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011
Ov Dust is finally a band again. “We took our time finding people that we wanted in the band,” guitarist D. Von Staub said.