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Primus mixes old, new for entertaining Palace show

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
The heavier the music, the happier the crowd at Friday night’s sold out Primus show at the Palace.

Drive-By Truckers muscle, mourn and mock their way

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
When Lynyrd Skynyrd slammed Neil Young in “Sweet Home Alabama” for knocking “Southern Man,” famously contrary Young said he’d rather play “Sweet Home Alabama” any day and loved how the Skynyrd boys played guitar.

Janis Ian mixes sparse, meaningful songs with life stories

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
Janis Ian told the crowd at the GE Theater Sunday night that she wrote her first song at 12, published at 13, had a hit at 16, and was a “has-been” at 17.

Belcea String Quartet shares its crystalline sound at Union

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
The Belcea String Quartet returned to the International Festival of Chamber Music Thursday night at Union College’s Memorial Chapel in their fifth appearance on the series.

Meyer, Thile triumph in Troy

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
For Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer Friday night, it was all talent and genuine playing.

Carlene Carter taps musical heritage in Caffe Lena show

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Carter chose vintage family numbers well, singing them in sincere simplicity for the most part.
Musicians capture melancholy, joy of African pop

Musicians capture melancholy, joy of African pop

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Legendary South African musicians and apartheid fighters Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela celebrated “20 Years of Freedom in South Africa” with two hours of gentle, often beautiful and occasionally spiritual music at The Egg on Tuesday.

Vibraphonist Harris leads high-flying young band in classy show

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
Albany-born virtuoso of the vibes, in both senses, Stefon Harris rose to the occasion on Thursday at Proctors GE Theater.

King Crimson rocks Egg with sound, synergy

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
The quintessential prog-rock group King Crimson opened its tour Tuesday night at the Egg’s Hart Theater, the first of two sold-out Egg shows.

Hammond, G. Love serve up several shades of blues

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
A “living tornado” is how G. Love described his musical mentor John Hammond from the stage of Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs on Sunday night.
Jazz Festival heats up Albany

Jazz Festival heats up Albany

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
Because of forecasts of heavy rain, the city of Albany moved its jazz festival Saturday from the riverfront arena to a paved lot under Interstate 787 and canceled a planned fireworks show.

No-nonsense Aldean tops ‘bro-country’ bill at SPAC

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Friday night saw two of the “bro-country” phenomenon’s biggest acts — Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line — draw a huge crowd to the venue on the last weekend of its pop concert season.

Young lovers are sweet in the tear-jerker ‘If I Stay’

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
‘Tis clearly the season for exceedingly attractive young adults in mortal peril.

Elegant musicianship by Philadelphia Orchestra, soloists

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
To listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra last week over a three-day stretch is to marvel at how the orchestra’s craft and sound can pull a listener out of themselves.
Boston Symphony shines  in accompanying roles

Boston Symphony shines in accompanying roles

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, usually heard without visual add-ons, played an accompanying role at the weekend’s Tanglewood concerts, in programs built around something to see.

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