Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

LIVE: The Gaslight Anthem / White Denim @ Upstate Concert Hall, 6/19/14

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Gaslight Anthem

The Gaslight Anthem

Review by Joel Reed
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

All this time I’ve been trying to figure out how White Denim and the Gaslight Anthem ended up on Upstate Concert Hall’s stage on the same night. Sure, they’re both hard-rocking bands with growing followings (with the Gaslight Anthem’s growing larger, faster), but you could say that about lots of bands. I just typed in the right combination of words to find my answer: they have the same booking agent. No doubt he was filling holes in schedules, perhaps hoping to turn followers of one into new fans of the other.

That might be hard to pull off though, as the band’s differences far outshined their common business arrangements. In the evening’s opening set White Denim challenged the audience to keep up with their fast playing, dense lyrics and rapid time-signature shifts, while they demonstrated a broad sweep of influences from southern rock to prog, the Grateful Dead to Led Zeppelin, with some quirky regional underground and punk thrown in.

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LIVE: Dwele @ Alive at Five, 6/26/14

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Mirk took the stage first, warming up the Alive at Five crowd with some choice catalog nuggets, and a preview sampling of Run, the band’s new album that was still a couple of days away from official release. Then Detroit’s Dwele fired up the folks, too, capping off a righteous R&B Night.

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LIVE: Goo Goo Dolls @ SPAC, 6/15/14

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Natives of the Queen City of the Great Lakes (that would be Buffalo, of course), Johnny Rzeznik and Goo Goo Dolls made one of the fastest big-stage turn-arounds of the year, headlining at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs just two months after packing The Egg for an acoustic show.

This time around, they also brought with them the hard-rockin’ Daughtry and Plain White T’s, who served up their own acoustic opening set.

No matter how you slice it, that’s a long way from the days when the more punk-oriented, garage-sloppy Goo Goo Dolls were bashing it out at 288 Lark…

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LIVE: Beck @ MASS MoCA, 6/24/14

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Beck

Beck

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Beck rhymes with Bowie, hell yes.

Throughout Beck’s epic Tuesday night romp at MASS MoCA, I couldn’t get David Bowie out of my head.

The Thin White Duke’s effortless appropriation. Pinching Donovan’s 12-string waif, pulling Lou Reed’s New York street cred, borrowing Stevie Wonder’s soul and Stevie Ray’s blues. But put through the Bowie blender, it all became sexy, exotic and wild.

Beck, too. And not just because he interpolated Donna Summer into “Think I’m in Love.”

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LIVE: Duncan Sheik @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, 6/13/14

Monday, June 30th, 2014
Duncan Sheik

Duncan Sheik

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Back in 1996, singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik released his self-titled debut album. The album went gold and spawned the smash hit single, “Barely Breathing,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

In recent years, he’s focused his songwriting talents on musical theater projects, penning songs for the New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Twelfth Night,” the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway show “Spring Awakening” and most recently “American Psycho,” which opened in London last year.

Earlier this month, following opening act the Costellos, Sheik was the headlining performer for the SaratogaArtsFest, and with the help of bandmates, a string quartet and special guest vocalists, he combined both of his musical careers with a concert at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs.

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LIVE: Easy Star All-Stars @ Alive at Five, 6/19/14

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Easy Star All-Stars (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Easy Star All-Stars (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk and Stanley Johnson

With Jamaican reggae-crossover star Shaggy opening for Bootsy Collins last Wednesday at the Empire State Plaza, reggae fever was already pretty high in Nippertown, but the temperatures ran up off the chart the next day when the Easy Star All-Stars and John Brown’s Body brought the reggae riddims to Jennings Landing in Albany’s Corning Preserve for the latest installment of the free Alive at Five concert Series.

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LIVE: Lucinda Williams @ The Egg, 6/17/14

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

That moment when you’re drunk enough, and it’s late enough, that you just don’t care what each other looks like — Lucinda Williams.

The hot, wet kiss of trailer park romance; skid mark panties and Bud Light Lime — Lucinda Williams.

True love; trying to remember what name you gave last night as you slip out the screen door the next morning — Lucinda Williams.

Lucinda Williams brought her brilliant, busted love songs to The Egg on Tuesday, making one of her regular local stops, this time pushing a record that won’t be released until September.

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LIVE: Journey @ SPAC, 6/14/14

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda

Neal Schon and Arnel Pineda

Review by Atsuko Saito
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Since its inception in 1973, Journey has had a history of heavy-hitter personal changes, including keyboardist Greg Rolie (ex-Santana) and drummer Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Jeff Beck Group), but the nucleus of the group’s hit-making era was guitarist Neal Schon, bassist Ross Valory, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and super-vocalist Steve Perry.

However, after three decades or touring, performing, writing and recording a string of world-wide hits including “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Wheel in the Sky,” frontman Perry rejected repeated offers from Schon and Cain to regroup and tour again the mid-2000s. So the band had to find a new lead singer who could continue the band’s legacy and bring it into the future.

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