BEST OF 2017: The Alt’s Best Shows of the Year?

December 20th, 2017, 9:00 am by Greg

As you might expect, today’s issue of The Alt features some Best of the Year lists. And at the top of Katie Cusack’s list of Best Concerts is the Babe Fest held at the Nicholas Cage back in June.

Only one problem…

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Other Voices, Other Rooms…

December 19th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

From The Alt: In addition to its website and (slightly downsized) hardcopy paper, The Alt has also launched a weekly video podcast, Alt TV, helmed by editor David Howard King.

From NYS Music: What are the Best Venues in New York State? The staff at NYSMusic selects Brooklyn Steel, the Capitol Theatre and Greater Nippertown’s own The Egg. NYSMusic readers pick the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock.

From The Daily Gazette: Ann Friedman writes about the major renovations upcoming at Saratoga Springs’ Universal Preservation Hall, a historic former church slated to be transformed into a 700-seat theater.

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Other Voices, Other Rooms…

December 1st, 2017, 10:06 am by Greg

From Pollstar: Joe Reinartz reports on Live Nation Entertainment’s bid to buy SMG, the facility management goliath that operates Albany’s Times Union Center.

From Rural Intelligence: Nichole Dupont writes about award-winning director Cameo Woods plan to film her sci-fi feature film debut, “The Atavist,” in her hometown of Pittsfield.

From All Over Albany: A photo gallery of downtown Albany’s brand new dog park

From The Spot 518: Michael Hallisey reports that Empire Broadcasting is selling radio station 101.3FM WJKE The Jockey.

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Other Voices, Other Rooms…

November 17th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Bob Dylan outside the Wellington Hotel, Albany, NY, 3am, 4/29/1980

Photograph by Martin Benjamin

From The Daily Gazette: Michael Hochanadel’s story, “The night a Union professor secretly photographed Bob Dylan”

From CRUMBS Local Music Blog: Andrew Gregory bids a fond farewell to Local 518 musician and CRUMBS cohort Billy Bucher, who passed away earlier this week at age 55.

From The Spot 518: Kaitlin Lembo chats with 17-year-old rocker Moriah Formica after she was eliminated form NBC-TV’s “The Voice” earlier this week.

From All Over Albany: A look at the painting process of Sylvie Kantorovitz’s new mural in Albany’s Green-Hudson parking garage, one of three new murals downtown that are part of the Capital Walls project.

From NYS Music: Yes, there are traditionally 12 Days of Christmas, but as Pete Mason points out, there are 13 Nights of Jam for Tots Shows this holiday season, beginning on Saturday (November 18) with Positive Mental trip at Albany’s Lost & Found.

From The Alt: Kate Cusack’s in-depth interview with musician, radio DJ, producer and all-around Local 518 music scenemaker Dan Maddalone.

From The New York Times: Neil Irwin examines the cost of concert tickets, and perhaps why they should cost more…

From Forward: Seth Rogovoy asks, “Was Bob Dylan At His Best When He Was Christian?”

Happy Birthday to The Alt

November 15th, 2017, 3:00 pm by Greg

The Alt

And they said it wouldn’t last…

Today marks the first anniversary of The Alt, and we’d like to send along our congratulations to everybody who has helped put out the paper and the pixels for the past 52 week. Here’s to many more to come!

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

October 24th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg
Nijideka Akunili Crosby: Mama, Mummy and Mamma (Predecessors #2) @ The Tang Teaching Museum

Nijideka Akunili Crosby: Mama, Mummy and Mamma (Predecessors #2)
@ The Tang Teaching Museum

From ArtNet News: Brian Boucher’s interview with Njideka Akunyili Crosby, the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award winning Nigerian artist whose new exhibit has just opened at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs. The exhibit continues through Sunday, December 31.

From The Times Union: Steve Barnes’ story on the 50th anniversary of folk music haven the Eighth Step.

From All Over Albany: Making life better – a new craft beer bar opening next door to the Landmark Spectrum 8 Theatres?

From The Berkshire Eagle: Timothy Cahill weighs in on the controversy surrounding the Berkshire Museum’s plan to sell off 40 artworks and offers an alternate plan.

From The Times Union: Paul Grondahl interviews Chipper, the alleged great-great-great grandniece of Albany’s iconic mascot Nipper.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

September 22nd, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

From Syracuse.com: Across the NYS Thruway in Syracuse, Katrina Tulloch writes about a batch of Salt City musicians who recently banded together to perform The Beatles’ classic “Get Back” on the rooftop of the Advance Media New York building in tribute to Paul McCartney, who plays the Carrier Dome on Saturday (September 23).

From The Spot 518: Michael Hallisey shines the spotlight on Jimmy Barrett, owner of the River Street Beat Shop and host of the loooong-running “Kaleidoscope” radio show, now heard weekly on WAIX-FM.

From EV Grieve: Walter Wlodarczyk interviews Jimmy Webb, former Albany scenester and long-time manager at NYC’s rock outfitters Trash & Vaudeville, who is opening his own rock ‘n’roll boutique on the Lower East Side at 75A Orchard St. between Broome and Grand. The shop, called I Need More, opens on Friday, October 13.

From The AV Club: William Hughes writes about the late, great, former Nippertonian author Kurt Konnegut’s posthumous short story collection “Complete Stories,” which features five previously unpublished stories, including “The Drone King,” which is also already online, courtesy of The Atlantic.

From AllOverAlbany.com: Cristin Steding writes about the relatively new entertainment concept of the escape room, in particularly reviewing 5 Wits at the Crossgates Mall in Guilderland.

Other Voices, Other Rooms…

September 1st, 2017, 9:09 am by Greg

From The Times Union’s Arts Talk: Steve Barnes introduces the new Troy-based theater company, Troy Foundry Theatre, led by David Girard, Emily Curro and Alex Tarantelli.

From NYS Music: Songsmith C.K. Flach Talks about His Songwriting and What Inspires Him with writer Michael Hallisey.

From The Daily Gazette: Indiana Nash takes a look at the powerful exhibit, “States of Incarceration,” which opens on Saturday (September 2) at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs.

From Album Oriented: It’s another of the podcast’s odd-couple musical pairingsErich Hertz champions The Zombies’ 1968 nugget Odessey and Oracle, while Daniel Nester advocates for N.W.A.’s 1988 Straight Outta Compton

From Hudson Valley Magazine: Jane Alexander catches up with the couple who adorn the album cover of the Woodstock festival soundtrack. And, yes, they’re still together…

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