LIVE: Bryan Thomas @ the Tang Museum, 7/10/15

July 17th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Rudy Lu

Bryan Thomas – who gets our vote as Nippertown’s finest singer-songwriter – thankfully seems to be getting out of the house a bit more these days. This free concert on the rooftop of Skidmore College’s Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs last week was already his fourth performance of the year, something of a record for the somewhat reclusive songmaster.

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LIVE: Stephen Clair & the Millionaires @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 11/15/14

November 19th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Stephen Claire and the Millionaires

Stephen Clair and the Millionaires

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Carl Smith

“Skinny jeans, vasectomies, memory loss. I mean, who are we?” were the first words that Stephen Clair sang last Saturday night.

Back in the ’90s, Clair (aka Steve Ferguson) was a major mover ‘n’ shaker on the Albany music scene, playing in a variety of bands (Glaze, Cactus Loveseat, Wag, Sabotage & the Wrecking Crew, to name a few), publishing books of poetry, editing and publishing the audio-cassette magazine Talk Work, running the Central Avenue music venue Godfrey’s and more.

After rumbling around the country, he finally settled just downriver, where he’s ignited a vibrant music scene in Beacon – not only as a musician, but also as a concert producer (as Local 845) and music school founder/teacher (Beacon Music Factory).

Last weekend, when Clair returned to Albany for his first concert in recent memory, he was almost unrecognizable as he stepped out onstage at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre. But, yes, that was him wielding his guitar under underneath a wild-maned, electric blue woman’s wig.

No, he hasn’t gone glam…

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Tweet of the Month: February

February 28th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas

From Bryan Thomas, February 4:

One for the bucket list: I did a WTF live interview with Mark Maron Friday night. He asked me if I was a comedian and I answered: “Not on purpose.” Then he walked away. Shorter than in my fantasies, but I’ll take it.

Song o’ the Week: Bryan Thomas’ “Last”

January 7th, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg

Last – Bryan Thomas from Bryan Thomas on Vimeo.

Super singer-songwriter Bryan Thomas kicks off our new year with a bang, as he serves up “Last,” a new tune from his upcoming video EP, Basement Live.

Thomas will also be making one of his all-too-rare live appearances this weekend. You can catch him at Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Saturday (January 12), where he’ll be opening the show for Troy’s the Fresh Kicks and Providence-based Americana band Torn Shorts. Admission is FREE.

The Sean Rowe Round-Up: “The Salesman and the Shark”

August 21st, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

Sean Rowe and Sarah Pedinotti

Sean Rowe and Sarah Pedinotti at The Exit's Local 518 Benefit Concert in 2009 (photo by Bryan Thomas)

LISTEN: Sean Rowe’s hotly anticipated sophomore album for Anti- Records isn’t slated for official release until next Tuesday (August 28), but you can listen to “The Salesman and the Shark” in its entirety right now at National Public Radio.

WATCH: Yup, that’s Rowe collaborating with Railbird and Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel on Railbird’s new music video “Jump Ship.”

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LIVE: Rosanne Raneri & Bryan Thomas @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 4/14/12

May 7th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg
Rosanne Raneri and Bryan Thomas

Rosanne Raneri and Bryan Thomas

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Jason Spiro

OK, it’s a cliche. I know it’s a cliche. And I pretty much just hate it when a concert reviewer says something like “Hearing them play (insert name of fave song here) was worth the price of admission all by itself.”

But this time I can’t help it because it’s true. So true…

I would have easily paid the price of admission – $15 at the door with a discount to advance tix buyers – to hear the Capital Region’s two finest singer-songwriters join forces for a song – pretty much any song.

And on Saturday night, Rosanne Raneri and Bryan Thomas did just that. But not before they each served up exquisite solo sets. Neither one of them performs in concert very often – which is a crying shame or downright criminal, depending on your point of view – but the intimate setting of the Steamer was the perfect setting for the sublime music of these two uber talents.

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Win FREE TIX to Rosanne Raneri & Bryan Thomas @ Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 4/14/12

April 9th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg
Bryan Thomas and Rosanne Raneri

Bryan Thomas and Rosanne Raneri

This is a rare, not-to-be-missed pairing of two of Nippertown’s most talented, yet most elusive musical artists.

On Saturday evening, super singer-songwriters Rosanne Raneri and Bryan Thomas – both veteran musicians with award-winning recordings to their credit – will step into the spotlight at the intimate Steamer No. 10 Theatre in Albany.

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Win FREE TIX to WCDB-FM’s 34th Anniversary Festival, 3/2-3/12

February 28th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg
Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus @ last year's Restoration Festival (photo by Bryan Thomas)

UAlbany’s college radio station WCDB (90.9FM) started broadcasting on March 1, 1978, cranking up “Born to Run” by New Jersey rock-poet laureate Bruce Springsteen. So it seems only natural that the WDBC folks would snag the next generation of New Jersey’s favorite sons, Titus Andronicus, to headline their anniversary bash this weekend.

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