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LIVE: The Portland Cello Project @ the Madison Theater, 10/31/15

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Review by Greg Haymes

If someone officially designated October as Alt-Cello Awareness Month, I didn’t get the memo. But I definitely got the music…

The month started off with goth folk-rock cellist Melora Creager leading her band Rasputina in Troy at the Queen’s Ball, the after-party for the Enchated City steam-punk festival. Two weeks later at Club Helsinki in Hudson, Rasputina held a CD release party for their new album, “Unknown.” The following week, cellist-singer-songwriter Ben Sollee teamed up with the cello-led indie Orchestra Mother Falcon for a dazzling collaborative concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

And on Halloween night, the month of October wrapped up with the biggest cello-bration of them all – the Portland Cello Project in a dizzying concert at Albany’s Madison Theater.

The Oregon-based collective – which can swell to as many as 20 members at their hometown gigs – featured a core touring group of five – count ’em, 5 – cellists at the Madison, which converted one of its movie theaters into a live performance venue a year ago. And if you have an aversion to genre-jumping, well, this wasn’t the place for you.



LIVE: The Dave Rawlings Machine @ The Egg, 11/7/15

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015


Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Thirty years ago d. boon obliquely suggested cutting down on the guitar solos. I’m good with that. I could live a long happy life without hearing another guitar solo. But Dave Rawlings doesn’t count. He can play as many as he wants to, whenever, wherever he wants.

Rawlings played some solos at The Egg recently, yes, yes he did. And he could have played more. It would have been OK, even d. boon says so.

Rawlings brings such invention and opportunity to every pass on the six-string, cascading lines full of seconds and ninths, brilliant raindrops of sound. Much is made in the geek world of his ’36 Olympic, but the fact is it’s all about his hands. Epic. Swirling. Enchanting.


LIVE: Holly Bowling @ the Massry Center, 10/28/15

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Holly Bowling

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

One woman. One piano. Ten fingers. 88 keys…

Holly Bowling took the stage at the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts recently and delivered a solo piano recital quite unlike anything that you’ve ever seen or heard before.

The repertoire for her nearly three-hour concert was culled primarily from the songbag of Vermont’s jam-band kingpins Phish, although she did slip the Grateful Dead’s “Cassidy” into the mix during the second portion of her concert.

While many of her interpretations were re-inventions of Phish faves, there were also a number of selections that she had painstakingly transcribed from renowned live performances, like the epic, show-closing rendition of “Tweezer” from Tahoe in July, 2013, which clocked in at a sprawling 37 minutes. See the video below…


The Egg Announces New Concert

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

The Egg in Albany has announced the return of the sublime Brad Mehldau Trio at 8pm on Saturday, April 16.

Over the past two decades, few artists have done more to extend and refine the piano trio’s possibilities than Brad Mehldau – both within the jazz genre and beyond. Along with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, the trio is at home performing Thelonious Monk classics, American Songbook standards and thoroughly captivating original tunes, as well as contemporary pop songs from the pens of Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Kurt Cobain and Radiohead.

Tickets for the concert are $29.50 and are currently available only to members of The Egg. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 11am on Friday (November 20).

GO HERE to read a review of the Brad Mehldau Trio’s 12/14/14 concert at The Egg…

LIVE: The Moth & the Flame @ The Hollow, 10/14/15

Monday, November 16th, 2015
The Moth and the Flame

The Moth & the Flame

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Los Angeles-based alt-rockers the Moth & the Flame were one of the most buzzed-about bands of September’s waterlogged PearlPalooza street fest, and so it was no surprise when they made a return to Albany’s North Pearl Street for a free headlining concert at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen last month.

They were joined by Katie Hammon’s Bear Grass, who opened the show.


LIVE: Joe Jackson @ The Egg, 10/26/15

Thursday, November 12th, 2015


Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Tim Mack

The Joe Jackson Time Machine landed at The Egg’s Hart Theatre recently, taking a full house back 30 years for nearly two hours. Jackson’s band sounded freakishly ’80s, especially given the fact that they were backing an artist who has continually looked forward. That’s not a complaint mind you, merely a somewhat stunned observation.

Guitarist Teddy Kumpel, particularly, channeled ‘85 with a guitar rig chock full of effects straight out of the Thompson Twins; and drummer Doug Yowell hit that snare with a big hair ferocity that’s thankfully been left in the past.

But Jackson’s voice and his incredible songs (including Egg entries “You Can’t Get What You Want,” “Another World” and “It’s Different for Girls”) are truly timeless. So, while the early band hits like “Sunday Papers” and the encore of “One More Time” satisfied, so did the newest tracks from his latest album, Fast Forward.


LIVE: Grace Potter @ the Palace Theatre, 10/29/15

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015


Review by Don Wilcock
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Grace Potter, the prodigal daughter, returned home last Thursday (October 29) to play the Palace Theater in Albany. Originally from Waitsfield, Vermont, she left home more than a decade ago and signed with Hollywood Records releasing five albums in 10 years. Midnight, her most recent release, is her first solo CD without her band, the Nocturnals. In her Albany concert, she gave a shout out to Albany and Troy, acknowledging early gigs here. The elephant in the room, however, was the question of whether she’d be embraced by a fan base she’s left in the lurch, at least on her new solo album.

Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Sam Cooke, the Moody Blues, and Miley Cyrus have all made drastic right or left turns in their sound that alienated their core constituency. Dylan pissed off the traditional folkies when he plugged in, Sam Cooke when he went secular, the Moody Blues when they went from blues to orchestral, and Miley Cyrus when she grew out as opposed to
up and dissed her Disney image. Grace Potter, like Miley Cyrus, has a Disney connection. Her label, Hollywood Records, releases all Disney-related product, and she sang solo on the soundtrack to Disney’s 50th animated feature, “Tangled.”

Potter’s appeal until Midnight has been her ability to bring a Joan Jett-level of rock energy to a band as thick with heavy rock texture as a bowl of New England clam chowder. Drop dead beautiful with her long blonde hair, she played up her sensuality like Madonna without resorting to a bag of tricks, and the band supplied a solid underpinning to offer a hard rock authenticity equaling that of the now long-in-the-tooth band Heart.


Janet Werner: “Zero Eyes” @ Esther Massry Gallery [Get Visual]

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
The painter with one of her works. All other images are oil on canvas by Janet Werner.

Artist Janet Werner with one of her paintings.

Review by David Brickman

Regular readers of this blog know I rarely run a negative review. There are several reasons for this, the main one being that I write about art to build enthusiasm for it, not to knock it down. Usually, if I see something I’m not keen on, I will just let it go. But there are times that something falls short, and I feel it must be pointed out. You can tell this is going to be one of those times – but always remember, my opinion is nothing compared to each viewer’s personal response to the art – and I urge you always to seek your own experience.

So “Zero Eyes,” the current exhibition of paintings by Janet Werner, on view at the College of Saint Rose’s Esther Massry Gallery through Sunday, December 6, is not my cup of tea. Why don’t I like it? Tough question! But I’ll do my best to explain…

Click to read the rest at Get Visual.

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