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Awesome DiFranco calmer, still inspired at Egg

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
Now older and more family-centered, Ani DiFranco has calmed down slightly. Friday night, the sold-out crowd at The Egg’s Hart Theater probably wanted her wilder, but even at her tamest, she is still wild, and her show, the opening performance of her tour, was awesome.

Bonamassa displays power after acoustic opening set

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Joe Bonamassa opened his show at the Palace Theatre on Monday night with an acoustic set. With four other guys on stage, he played an hour of folk blues, a little bluegrass, some Irish-tinged ballads, and straight-ahead unplugged rock.

Music review: Wax and Slezak, in duet, give good vibrations

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Can a donkey jawbone still sound good with missing teeth? The answer is yes, according to David Wax Museum’s Suz Slezak, who played the percussive jawbone instrument during a sold-out show at Caffè Lena on Friday night.

Pairing Lowe, Los Straitjackets a holiday treat at Egg

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
It was an unlikely marriage between irreverent Nashville-based surf-rockabilly band Los Straitjackets and legendary British rocker Nick Lowe, but it worked quite splendidly when Lowe brought his Quality Holiday Revue to The Egg on Friday night in one of the most anticipated concerts of the yuletide season.

Korn’s physical music shakes up the Armory crowd

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Korn’s stage show seeks to take no prisoners. Wednesday night at the Washington Avenue Armory they attacked an 80-minute set with loud, physically punishing tunes for a good-sized crowd of mostly 20-something males.
Fiery J. Geils sets stage for Seger’s classic hits

Fiery J. Geils sets stage for Seger’s classic hits

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Peter Wolf pranced around the stage, like a kid still. Seger still had force behind that raspy voice — and he was not afraid to yell.

O.A.R. keeps it simple, smooth with reggae-infused tunes

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
Many of the band’s others songs are vocal-driven pop — good songs on the stronger side of radio airplay. But the Jamaican dance grooves set the band apart, and Wednesday night’s show at the Palace affirmed this.

Cline, Lage create harmonious conversation on guitars

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Two men walked onstage at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre Thursday night and conversed with brilliant wit, imagination and virtuoso expressiveness: They did this with guitars.

British quartet brings clean, precise sound to Union chapel

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
The excellent British Doric String Quartet made its debut Thursday night at Union College’s Memorial Chapel as part of the Union College Concert Series.

Haynes at shredding best with Gov’t Mule at Palace

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
A night of Warren Haynes is a night of guitar-shredding alongside hefty blues-rock that lies somewhere between Lynyrd Skynyrd and ’80s Allman Brothers.

Moscow symphony performs with great precision, little emotion

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
Music director Pavel Kogan brought his Moscow State Symphony Orchestra to Proctors Thursday night as part of a two-week U.S. tour, which ends on Sunday.

LaMontagne, at the Palace, best when sticking to acoustic sounds

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
The rustic, whispery folk-rock sound as in “New York City’s Killing Me” were highlights.

Violinist brings passion, precision to Music Hall show

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Prize-winning violinist Tessa Lark took a small crowd on an exploration of folk music Sunday afternoon in her terrific debut recital at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall as part of the Troy Chromatic Concerts series.

Skonberg charms with talent, poise at A Place for Jazz

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Bria Skonberg wrapped the season at A Place for Jazz on Friday, giving the capacity-plus crowd a lot to like.

Uptempo Mavericks get crowd dancing at The Egg

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
The Egg isn’t typically a place you would go to dance. The oval performing arts center perched over the Empire State Plaza is more of a place to stay seated and respectfully listen to the musical act on stage.

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