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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
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 

Lovett, top-notch bandmates, delight crowd at Egg

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Texas troubadour Lyle Lovett, making his return to The Egg for the third time in three years with his five-piece Acoustic Group, has a dark side that lives comfortably alongside his breezy banter and better-known sense of humor.
 

Jayhawks in tune with joyous performance at The Egg

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
It was an all-Midwest bill at The Egg on Thursday night, with Wisconsin’s Trapper Schoepp and the Shades opening for the Jayhawks, the influential alt-country band who formed in Minneapolis in 1985.
 

Pianist Blechaz makes classics sound new, wows audience

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
Polish pianist Rafal Blechaz returned to the Union College International Festival of Chamber Music series Sunday afternoon and confirmed that at only 29 he is one of this century’s master pianists.
 
 

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