From The New York Times: John Eligon gives Albany’s Pinto & Hobbs Tavern a shout-out for its legislative bipartisan karaoke nights.
From NPR’s All Songs Considered: A round-up of the most anticipated albums of the summer features Grizzly Bear, Cat Power, the Avett Brothers and Nippertown’s own Sean Rowe. You can also hear “Horses,” a new track from Rowe’s upcoming album, “The Salesman and the Shark.”
From The Boston Globe: Jeremy D. Goodwin reports on the burgeoning music scene in Pittsfield
From Rural Intelligence: 20 Questions with Ella Baff, artistic director of Jacob’s Pillow
From the Rogovoy Report: Seth Rogovoy reviews “Unearthed: Recent Archaeological Discoveries from Northern China,” the current exhibition at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.
From Berkshire On Stage: Larry Murray previews Split Knuckle Theatre Company’s production of “Endurance,” which is currently on stage for a three-week run at Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox.
From Chuck Miller: A report (and some video) on how Phantogram helped Flaming Lips set a new Guinness World Record this week…
From Albany Poets: The low-down on the Nitty Gritty Slam (held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Valentine’s in Albany) and their entry into the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, NC in August. Also, how you can help out the team…
From ArtBeats: Matthew Cassidy writes about what it’s like to work as an intern at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy and being surrounded by the Fence Salon show.
From Pitchfork: Ryan Dombal interviews film director Wes Anderson about music and the crucial role that it plays in his films, including his new “Moonrise Kingdom,” which opens this weekend.