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LIVE: Silversun Pickups @ Albany Tulip Festival, 5/11/13

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Silversun Pickups (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Silversun Pickups (photo by Timothy Reidy)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Brian Tromans and Timothy Reidy

Unquestionably the most musically adventurous Tulip Fest headliner in recent years, LA’s Silversun Pickups drew a surprisingly large crowd to Washington Park on a particularly soggy Saturday.

Vocalist-guitarist Brian Aubert and his band certainly know their way around pop melodies and forms – as they proved with the slinky “Here We Are (Chancer)” and the audience slap-along “Mean Spirits” – but much more than your average band of alt-popsters, they tend to bury their pop tendencies beneath a darker attitude, a noisier attack, fractured rhythms and layers of distorted guitars in overdrive. Several times throughout their 95-minute set – most notably during “Panic Switch” and the final encore of “Well Thought Out Twinkles” – Aubert descended into wild, guitar-freakout abandon as he stalked the stage.

Comparisons to Smashing Pumpkins (rampant in Silversun Pickups’ earlier days) still hold water, but now only to a point. The band has grown beyond easy categorizations with a sound that gracefully fluctuates between the seemingly polar extremes of ambiant and anthemic. There was plenty of guitar crunch in evidence – the encore of “Substitution,” being a prime example – but there were also some more tender moments, as during the shimmering “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)” and the almost ballad-ish “Catch and Release.”

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LIVE: MOVE Music Festival, 4/27/13

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
American Pinup @ McGeary's (photo by Brian Tromans)

American Pinup @ McGeary’s (photo by Brian Tromans)

Review and photographs by Brian Tromans
Additional photographs by Timothy Reidy

The Northeast’s newest indie music festival took place last month in Albany. Now in its second year, the MOVE Music Festival’s purpose is to give exposure to regional talent through live performances at venues around Albany. Nearly 100 bands were selected based on originality, songwriting, live performance and overall talent.

The day kicked off at Hilton Albany where the artists got to meet with industry professionals to discuss today’s independent music scene and gain insight on how to build a career in music. Keynote speaker was Bob Tulipan, author of “Rockin in the New World.” Tulipan has worked in the music industry for over 30 years and has produced scores of concerts and festival events with major artists including the Police, Cheap Trick, Judas Priest, Gloria Estefan, the Go Go’s, Patti Smith and Talking Heads.

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LIVE: Albany Tulip Festival’s Lakehouse Stage @ Washington Park, 5/11/13

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas

Photographs by Brian Tromans

Following the coronation of the 2013 Tulip Queen at 12noon, the WEXT-FM-sponsored Local 518 stage kept the music flowing at Albany’s 65th annual Tulip Festival in Washington Park despite the on-again, off-again rain that continued all through the day. Among Saturday’s performers were Tor & the Fjords, Olivia Quillio, Rick Rourke & Lost Wages and headliner Bryan Thomas.

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LIVE: The Chronicles @ the Bayou Cafe, 12/14/12

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The Chronicles (photo by Brian Tromans)

Review and photographs by Brian Tromans

The Chronicles released their long-awaited, self-titled, debut studio album last Friday (December 14) at the Bayou Café in Albany. Combining jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul and gospel, the Chronicles have been a staple on the Capital Region since their founding in 2009 by upstate horn heavyweights Bryan Brundige and Jeff Nania.

They have appeared at many regional music festivals including the Riverfront Jazz Festival, Albany Tulip Festival, Bella Terra, African American Heritage Day, the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival and the BeatShot Music Festival.

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LIVE: The Heavy @ the Palace Theatre, 9/27/12

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

The Heavy @ The Palace Theatre, 9/27/12 (photo by Brian Tromans)

Photographs by Brian Tromans

The Palace Theatre in Albany was howlin’ with the Heavy on Thursday, September 27. Their North American tour – in support of the band’s third album, The Glorious Dead – was brought to town for a free concert, sponsored by Miller Lite and WEQX-FM.

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LIVE: Animal Kingdom @ Jillian’s, 7/30/12

Friday, August 31st, 2012
Richard Sauberlich

Richard Sauberlich

Photographs by Brian Tromans

As the 2012 Olympic Summer games opened, North London based Animal Kingdom kicked off its first North American Tour at Jillian’s of Albany on Monday, July 30 – in what turned out to be one of the last big shows to grace Jillian’s stage.

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LIVE: Electric Guest @ Upstate Concert Hall, 7/15/12

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
Electric Guest

Electric Guest

Photographs by Brian Tromans

Los Angeles-based rockers Electric Guest made their Nippertown debut at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park last month, promoting their debut album “Mondo,” produced by Danger Mouse.

Led by Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton, the band was featured as one of a dozen on MTV’s list of “Artists to Watch in 2012,” performed on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and have made the rounds of the primo festival scene, including South by Southwest, Montreux, Outside Lands and Bonaroo.

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LIVE: River Street Festival @ River Street, Troy, 6/16/12 (MUSIC)

Monday, July 16th, 2012
The Mestios' Mark LaRose

The Mysteios’ Mark LaRose (photo by Brian Tromans)

Review and photographs by Stanley Johnson
Additional photographs by Brian Tromans

The first music of the day at the annual River Street Festival in Troy actually started early in the Farmer’s Market section. The Pine Hills String Band meets to play traditional string band music every third Saturday from 11am-1pm at the market along the current waterfront, which mostly resembles a construction zone now.

I was enjoying their performance as well as an excellent egg, cheese and bacon sandwich prepared by Nighthawk’s Kitchen, one of many food, craft and art vendors at the fest and the Farmer’s Market. (I couldn’t actually tell where one started and the other stopped.) After a not so brief detour checking out the sidewalk chalk art, I watched guitarist and vocalist Al Spain recruit Harper Connally from the audience to add tambourine and maracas to some tunes on the children’s stage.

I had already missed Rich Ortiz, but I was please to catch much of the set by Acoustic Trauma, who were pretty loud for being acoustic. At times they sounded almost like prog-rock, with violin and Kevin Lord’s excellent bass playing.

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