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LIVE: Willie Nile @ The Linda, 5/16/15

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Review by Fred Rudofsky

His songs have a deep sense of history and fervent hope for the future, but something else also is for certain: Willie Nile inhabits the world of live performance like no other. He’s dialed into the now, as his welcome return to The Linda showed on a recent Saturday night.

Old fans, some from as far away as Toronto, and the newly converted got the full depth of Nile’s canon of work, which dates back some 30-plus years. Joined his talented band of brothers – bassist Johnny Pisano, drummer Alex Alexander and guitarist Matt Hogan – Nile brought energy and passion, as well as candid stories and about many of the songs, throughout a two-hour set.

“Hear You Breathe,” from his 2010 masterwork The Innocent Ones, blended romance and a propulsive rhythm, a fine showcase for Nile and Pisano’s harmonies. The Penny Lane-like images of “Live on Bleecker Street,” punctuated by Nile’s left leg kicks, kept the mood uptempo. “You make me feel like I’m at home!” shouted Nile to the appreciative audience before dedicating an anthemic “Innocent Ones” to the people of earthquake-stricken Nepal. “Heaven Help the Lonely” from 1991′s Places I’ve Never Been got a good number in the crowd up and dancing, with Hogan channeling a blend of Richard Lloyd and The Edge in a series of chiming, melodic solos on his black Telecaster. Setting aside his Stratocaster for a weathered acoustic, Nile sent out his delicate ode to love, “She’s Got My Heart,” to his three granddaughters.

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LIVE: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience @ the Palace Theatre, 5/19/15

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
Jason Bonham

Jason Bonham

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
WHERE: The Palace Theatre, Albany
WHEN: Tuesday, May 19

Jason Bonham: drums
Tony Catania: guitar
James Dylan: vocals
Alex Howland: keyboards/guitar
Dorian Heartsong: bass

Tribute bands are all the rage these days, and Led Zep tribute bands are at the top of the heap. Already this year we’ve seen Get the Led Out (the Palace Theatre, 2/6/15) and Hammer of the Gods (The Egg, 3/7/15) roll into Nippertown concert venues, and there are more on the way, of course, including Zepperella at Mountain Jam (6/5/15), Led Zeppelin 2 at SPAC (8/1/15) and Zoso at Troy’s Rockin’ On the River concert series (8/12/15).

So what makes Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience stand out from the pack?

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LIVE: Albany Tulip Festival @ Washington Park, 5/9/15 (Day One)

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
The Kooks

The Kooks

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

Albany’s Tulip Festival is typically the harbinger of spring, the first big volley into the vast array of outdoor music fests that populate the Nippertown concert calendar. But with temperatures in the mid-80s and the sun blazing down in Washington Park all afternoon for Day One of the fest, it felt more like a hot, mid-summer celebration.

And the Kooks delivered the goods with a bristling headlining set on the Parade Grounds’ main stage, drawing from a surprisingly wide variety of contemporary pop styles. Led by singer-guitarist Luke Pritchard, the British quartet (plus one guitarist-backing vocalist semi-hiding behind a stack of amplifiers), cracked open their 75-minute show with “Around Town,” the opening track of their latest album, “Listen.” They quickly won over the crowd – which was seemingly at least twice as large as it was for the two earlier bands – diving right into the call-and-response of “Bad Habit,” with the audience heartily shouting back at the band.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Robert Capowski of Capowski

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Robert Capowski (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Robert Capowski

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

NAME: Robert Capowski
BAND AFFILIATION: Capowski
INSTRUMENT: guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … the Allman Brothers Band’s Brothers and Sisters. I had a record player with different speeds – 33, 45, 78 RPM and also 16 RPM – so I would play the record at 16 RPM, which would transpose the music down an octave, so I could play in the same key, but it would slow the song down to where I could figure out Dickey Betts’ lead guitar parts on “Jessica” and “Southbound.” The song I loved the best on that record though was “Come and Go Blues” – the way Gregg Allman sang really got to me.

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LIVE: Halestorm @ the Palace Theatre, 5/5/15

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Halestorm

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

As you may recall, Halestorm was one of the bands that got the ax when Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory put a ban on all upcoming concerts after the melee at the Migos show back in March.

Fortunately, the promoters were able to re-locate the show to the Palace Theatre, and Lzzy Hale got a chance to strut her stuff with the boys after all.

but it was the Pretty Reckless – led by singer/actress Taylor Momsen – who made the most of the night. Yes, little “Jenny Humphrey” has gone from “Gossip Girl” to Gothy Girl, and while co-star Blake Lively got Ryan Reynolds, Momsen got one helluva band.

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LIVE: MOVE Music Festival @ various locations, 4/26/15 (Day Three)

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Jimkata

Jimkata

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

With more than 100 bands playing at a dozen different venues throughout downtown Albany over the course of the three-day MOVE Music Festival, it was impossible to see and hear ‘em all, but our intrepid Tim Reidy managed to catch more than most.

After catching 10 bands on Friday night and 14 more on Saturday, Reidy still had enough gas in his tank to see performances by Erin Harkes, Steve Candlen and Shinobi Ninja (subbing for the Sea the Sea) at the inaugural MOVE Music Video Awards at the Madison Theater on Sunday evening (GO HERE to see the list of winners), and then he wrapped up the fest with Jimkata at the Hollow Bar + Kitchen.

Now that’s what we call a busy, busy weekend…

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LIVE: Heather Maloney @ The Linda, 4/25/15

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Northampton-based singer-songwriter Heather Maloney took the stage at WAMC-FM’s The Linda recently, celebrating the release of her new album, Making Me Break on Signature Sounds Recordings.

Will Dailey opened the show with an impressive performance of his own.

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LIVE: Nelson Esposito Quintana @ Madison Theater, 5/08/15

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Todd Nelson and Manuel Quintana

Todd Nelson and Manuel Quintana

Review and photographs by J Hunter

Before playing “Household Words,” the wistful closing track on Nelson Esposito Quintana’s new disc None of the Above, guitarist Todd Nelson told the audience that bassist Kyle Esposito engineered the recording and drummer Manuel Quintana created the cover design. “I just play guitar,” Nelson added, trying to sound sheepish. If only it were that simple…

The musical creature that Nelson and his cohorts have created has Nelson’s no-nonsense, glass-eating guitar sound right at its base. It was that lack of frills that caught my ear in 2010 when Nelson released Here, a re-invention that would make Spinal Tap jealous: The jazz-meets-rock-and-elopes attack Nelson served up was as far from the Units and Fear Of Strangers as you could get without a working warp drive, despite the reboots of FOS material that sat amongst Nelson’s new compositions. The trio (gigging as TN3) shaped this literally vibrant sound over the last few years until it became a true collaboration, and this necessitated that None bear the name of all participants in the hive mind. Both the disc and the mind – henceforth referred to as NEQ – got a rollout at Albany’s Madison Theater, and the results were most scintillating.

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