Archive for the ‘Song of the Week’ Category

Song o’ the Week: Polysonic Joy’s “Sudden Sun”

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Story and video by Joel Patterson

Some songs are just downright peculiar. Where they’ve come from, what they mean, why they mesmerize us – all questions destined to linger in the air without answers. As opposed to what you might call “storytelling” songs with narratives and recognizable characters and events torn from today’s headlines or torn from the musings of an artist, these mystical songs are more like dreams: stream of consciousness impressions and references that skirt any explanation, and yet haunting and revelatory all the same. Their power lies in their obscurity and suggestiveness.

You can catch Polysonic Joy in action at 8pm Friday (September 19) at the Gypsy Joynt Cafe in Great Barrington.


Song o’ the Week: Great Mutations’ “Vessel”

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Troy-based pop-rock trio Great Mutations – featuring drummer Ian White, bassist Mitchell Masterson and singer-guitarist Matthew Thouin – will be celebrating the release of their debut album, Cheap Stuff, with a party and performance at the Low Beat in Albany on Friday (July 25). The evening’s festivities are slated to kick off at 8pm with the Firs and Hammer Hawk. Admission is $5.

Song o’ the Week: Sean Rowe’s “Madman”

Monday, June 30th, 2014


The title song from Sean Rowe’s upcoming album, slated for release on September 9 by Anti- Records. Maybe you heard him sing it at his Troy Savings Bank Music Hall concert back in April, but it sounds even better and bouncier fleshed out with piano, percussion and some horns, too…

You can catch Rowe playing live in the spotlight once again on Saturday (July 5) at BSP Lounge in Kingston, where he opens the show for Justin Townes Earle. The show begins at 7pm, and tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

Stop! The Red Lights…

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Jesse Calhoun – former Albany mayoral candidate and lead singer with Local 518 rockers the Ameros – combines his passions for rock and politics with his new music video, “Sheehan (You Don’t Have to Put Up the Red Light).”

No word on whether the song will be in the set list when the Ameros play Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory on Saturday (June 7) as part of the Take Back Tour, also featuring Saving Abel, Immortal Technique, Mirk, Chris Black and more…

Song o’ the Day: “Ode to Billie Joe”

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Song o’ the Week: The Bottle Boys’ “Billie Jean”

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Michael Jackson meets micro-brews: “Billie Jean” on beer bottles…

Song o’ the Day: Nickel Creek’s “21st of May”

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Song o’ the Week: Phantogram’s “Mouth Full of Diamonds”

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Here’s “Mouth Full of Diamonds,” filmed live at South by Southwest in Austin back in March. It’s a sneak peek from the Phantogram episode of “Guitar Center Sessions,” which debuts on DIRECTV’s Audience Channel 239 at 8pm on Sunday (May 18). The show features Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter interviewed by Nic Harcourt, as well as live footage from the band’s performance at SXSW.

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