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LIVE: Wooden Dinosaur @ Crandall Public Library, 4/9/15

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Brattleboro folk-rockers Wooden Dinosaur rolled into Glens Falls recently as part of the Crandall Public Library’s Live! Folklife Concert Series.

Led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Michael Roberts, Wooden Dinosaur took the stage as a stripped-down three-piece combo focusing on selections from Rhubarb Wine, their third album as a full band.

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LIVE: Citizen Cope @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 4/1/15

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

When Citizen Cope brought his solo acoustic show to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall earlier this month, we had no idea that it was just the beginning of several concerts that he’s be performing around Greater Nippertown.

But since his Music Hall performance, it’s been announced that he would also be playing with his band at the Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival in Croton Point on Saturday, June 20, in addition to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with Counting Crows and Hollis Brown on Tuesday, September 1.

But, of course, those shows won’t be anything like the warm, soulful performance at the intimate and acoustically spakling Troy Savings Bank Music Hall…

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LIVE: Roots Music Festival @ The Linda, 4/4/15

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Photographs by Tom Lindsay

Organized by Local 518 acoustic country blues band Red Haired Strangers, the annual Roots Music Festival is always a highlight of Nippertown’s spring concert season, with a smorgasbord of roots sounds.

Headlining this year’s festivities at WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany were Yarn, the Brooklyn-based Americana band led by guitarist-vocalist (and Schenectady native) Blake Christiana.

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LIVE: Gregory Alan Isakov @ The Egg, 4/10/15

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Colorado-based singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov brought his band into The Egg in Albany recently for his Nippertown concert debut. With songs that told the story of miles, landscapes and the search for a sense of place, Isakov focused primarily on selections from his most recent album, The Weatherman. Americana favorite Jolie Holland opened the concert.

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LIVE: Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 3/28/15

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Timothy Reidy

It goes without saying that when seven-piece Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds play your town, the energy levels surge so high that even the snow outside starts to melt. On this particular Saturday night, the Hollow Bar + Kitchen was sizzling and filled to capacity. It was nothing but a house party from start to finish – “Albany should always be this much fun!” as one woman in the audience exclaimed to me feverishly after the two-hour set.

The band, a self-described “hard soul collective” led by the immensely talented and beautiful singer Arleigh “Sister Sparrow” Kincheloe, was greeted with a roar from the crowd even before the first notes of long-time favorite “Freight Train.” The second-line rhythms of New Orleans and standout riffs of Phil Rodriguez (trumpet) and Brian Graham (saxophone) galvanized “Millie Mae” and had the patrons cutting a rug.

Several songs from the band’s upcoming album The Weather Below got a strong reception. “Don’t Be Jealous,” a strutting blues led by guitarist Sasha Brown and the deep groove of Dan Boyden (drums) and Josh Myers (bass), had Sister Sparrow testifying and flying around the stage, exhorting the crowd to dance its cares away. A soulful “We Need a Love,” “Sugar” (highlighted by a spontaneous, mid-song Bo Diddley-esque clap-along) and the current single, “Mama Knows,” a deep soul number that featured some poignant Hammond B-3 styled harp playing by Arleigh’s big brother Jackson Kincheloe, kept the crowd rapt. “Borderline” began with a multi-vocal introduction and hit some Sly Stone-worthy hooks; it would make a great second single release sometime this spring. “Prison Cells,” which was featured later in the set, percolated with Caribbean rhythms and inspired Sister Sparrow herself to pick up some sticks and join Boyden behind the kit while Rodriguez dropped some knowledge on the trumpet.

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LIVE: The Steel Wheels @ Caffe Lena, 3/30/15

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

There aren’t many guarantees in the fickle music biz, but if there’s one thing for certain, it’s this: When the Steel Wheels roll into Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, you’d better get your tickets early.

The four-piece, harmony-laden Americana stringband from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia returned to the Spa City’s venerable coffeehouse on a recent Monday night for their third annual appearance. And just like their previous two performances, this one was completely sold out well in advance of the concert.

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LIVE: Sufjan Stevens @ the Palace Theatre, 4/15/15

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Review by Greg Haymes

When a singer-songwriter performs an entire album’s worth of musical meditations on death and loss, well, you expect the concert to be something of a downer. And alt-pop iconoclast Sufjan Stevens’ recent performance at Albany’s Palace Theatre certainly was no rock & roll dance party, as he played all of the songs from his brand new album, Carrie and Lowell, penned following the death of his estranged mother.

“What is that that song you sing for the dead?” he sang during “Death with Dignity,” the opening song of the show, following the wordless, largely instrumental intro, “Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou).” But there was no one single answer. In fact, songs for the dead filled the first half of the concert, as Stevens and his backing quartet of multi-instrumentalists examined grief and mourning in all its many facets. The intensely personal songs plumbed the depths of emotional turmoil from guilt to despair to anger, and yet ultimately the concert was a glorious, deeply spiritual affirmation of life and faith.

He dealt frankly and nakedly with death, and yet discovered an underlying hope. It was, in one word, majestic.

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LIVE: Ampevene @ the Hollow Bar + Kitchen, 3/27/15

Friday, April 17th, 2015
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Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Led by guitarist Gabe Stallman, Nippertown prog-rockers Ampevene have been making quite a name for themselves, and they showed why with their recent show at Albany’s Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany, which also featured Doctor Magnum and Nickopotomus.

Your next opportunity to check out Ampevene live is tonight, when they open for Aqueous at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs. Showtime is 9:30pm, and admission is $10 at the door; $15 is under age 21.

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