Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Announces New Concert

October 22nd, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has added a new concert to its spring calendar. Singer-songwriter-producer Citizen Cope with take the stage for an intimate solo acoustic performance at 8pm on Wednesday, April 1.

Since releasing his self-titled major album album debut a dozen years ago, Citizen Cope (aka, Clarence Greenwood) has melded hip-hop, blues, soul, folk and rock on four additional albums, including his latest, One Lovely Day.

Priced at $26, $36 & $46, tickets are currently on sale to Music Hall members and will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Monday (October 27).


Festival Fever: The Quiet Music Festival @ Skidmore’s Tang Museum on Thursday

October 22nd, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg

It’s a soothecore summit…

The Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs is hosting the east coast premiere of Portland, Oregon’s annual Quiet Music Festival on Thursday (October 23).

Chris Johanson, founder and curator of the Portland fest since 2011, is also a visual artist whose work is included in the Tang’s current exhibition “I was a double.” He has performed at each of the Portland fests with his band Sun Foot, and they’ll be in Saratoga Springs to perform on Thursday as well. Johnson describes the festival as “a communal listening experience that celebrates emotional, vibrant, and low-volume music honoring the quiet act of listening.”

He also says, it’s “the only festival where sleeping is encouraged.”

The music starts at 5pm on Thursday. Admission is free, and festival-goers are welcome to come and go throughout the evening’s performances.

Here’s the line-up of performers scheduled for the Tang Museum’s Quiet Music Festival:

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Hump Day Unusual Moment

October 22nd, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg

Phantogram’s Josh Carter Remixes Odessa

October 22nd, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg

Singer-songwriter Odessa – who was in Albany last Saturday (October 18) opening for Brett Dennen at The Egg – has released an official remix of her buzzed-about single “I Will Be There,” as re-invented by Phantogram’s Josh Carter

10/22/14: Today’s Tips: Wednesday

October 22nd, 2014, 7:58 am by Greg

FILM/MUSIC: “Metropolis” @ Albany Public Library, Albany. Fritz Lang’s 1927 futuristic masterwork is accompanied by Albany post-rockers lastdayshining, who provide a dynamic new original soundtrack performed live in the library. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Thousand Foot Krutch @ the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park. Canadian Christian rockers bring their Born This Way Tour to town. With We As Human and Righteous Vendetta. 8pm. $20.

MUSIC: The Karen Mantler Trio @ the Falcon, Marlboro. The composer-vocalist-instrumentalist has worked with Steven Bernstein, Eric Mingus, Hiram Bullock and Arturo O’Farrill, as well as Terry Adams, Jack Bruce and Elvis Costello. Mantler will be joined by bassist Kato Hideki and Doug Wiesleman on guitar and bass clarinet. 7pm. Donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Marcia Ball @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton. The mighty piano pounder mixes Gulf Coast blues, New Orleans R&B, swampy Louisiana ballads and jumping, Tex-Mex-flavored zydeco into a one-of-a-kind musical gumbo on her new album, The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man. 7pm. $30.

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LIVE: FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, 9/19-21/14

October 21st, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Emmylou Harris (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Emmylou Harris (photo by Kirsten Ferguson)

Photographs by Kirsten Ferguson, Bender Mellon

The fourth annual FreshGrass festival was a rousing success at MASS MoCA in North Adams last month. It’s truly amazing how quickly the festival has grown since its debut in 2011 when only a few hundred fans were in attendance.

Of course, much of its success has to do with the stellar line-up that graced the three main stages of the museum’s grounds. This year the three-day bluegrass and roots music festival featured a mind-bending amount of music, with more than 40 bands throughout the weekend, including Emmylou Harris, Railroad Earth, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Sam Bush, Hurray for the Riff Raff, the Infamous Stringdusters, Valerie June, the Duhks, Alison Brown, the David Grisman Sextet, Sam Amidon, Cricket Tell the Weather, the Novel Ideas, the Flying Garbanzos and many, many more.

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A Few More Minutes With… Roger Noyes of the Arch Stanton Quartet

October 21st, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Roger Noyes

Roger Noyes

CD Review and interview by J Hunter
Photograph by Rudy Lu

Blues for Soli
(WEPA Records)

In hindsight, I may have done the Arch Stanton Quartet a disservice by referring to their stripped-out underground sound as “garage-band jazz.” All us grey-haired rockers can wax poetic about garage bands like the Music Explosion, the Count Five and – my favorite – the Standells serving up two minutes-and-change of nasty, uncultured excellence… but the Electric Prunes and the Count Five never had a chance to experience sophomore slump because they dropped out after the first semester! Well, the Arch Stanton Quartet is back with Blues For Soli, and there are two bits of good news: First, no sophomore slump here; and second, Greater Nippertown’s musical ambassadors are STILL as nasty as they want to be!

It was their short-but-intense tour of Egypt in 2013 that helped birth the disc’s first four tracks (also known as the “Lady Egypt Suite”), and there’s a definite intensity to the opening track “Kofta.” The introduction has this swirling, almost drunken quality to it that makes you wonder, “How bad will this trip be?” Then drummer Steven Partyka hits this sweet groove straight out of Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay,” and the ASQ is serving up the funk their way; that involves mixing whip-tight guitar from Roger Noyes with open, almost snarling trumpet from Terry Gordon (who is SO on his game throughout this date), while bassist Chris Macchia bows a counter that evokes Frankenstein skanking down the street while sipping from a bottle of schnapps.

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LIVE: Bear Grass @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 10/3/14

October 21st, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany hosted an all-Local 518 triple-bill earlier this month as part of its continuing Eclectic Performances concert series.

Led by Katie Hammon, Bear Grass held down the headlining slot. In addition to Hammon, the band featured Ian White,
 Stephen Stanley, 
Tommy Krebs 
and August Sagehorn (the latter two formerly of Alta Mira).

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