LIVE: Paul Weller @ Upstate Concert Hall, 6/14/15

June 18th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg


Review by Steven Stock with Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

There was much to admire about Paul Weller’s passionate performance at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park Sunday night, starting with the 57-year old rocker’s refusal to trade in nostalgia. The first fifteen years of his career with the Jam and the Style Council weren’t even acknowledged in a set largely derived from Weller’s superb new record Saturns Pattern. The show had a nice flow, with churning rockers like opener “White Sky” and the propulsive “From the Floorboards Up” interspersed with lovely ballads like “You Do Something to Me” and the virtual vaudeville of “Brand New Toy.”

Guitarist Steve Cradock used his Gibson to play stinging, pungent solos throughout the 100-minute set. Songs such as “7&3 is the Striker’s Name” and “Peacock Suit” displayed Weller’s facility for writing insidiously catchy little guitar riffs — earworms, if you will. Weller contributed additional guitar or keyboards to each song, enabling the six-piece band to generate an impressive (if not quite Spectorian) wall of sound.

While the Jam’s catalog wasn’t tapped, Weller did revisit select highlights from his subsequent solo career, reaching as far back as 1992’s eponymous Paul Weller and touching on Stanley Road, Heavy Soul, As Is Now, Wake up the Nation and Sonik Kicks. Weller’s not been one to repeat himself, but these records share a certain allegiance to classic rock values – as you might expect from someone who’s named three of his seven kids Bowie, Dylan and John Paul (we’re still waiting for George Ringo).

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LIVE: Gogol Bordello @ Upstate Concert Hall, 7/22/14

August 22nd, 2014, 3:06 pm by Greg
Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello

Photographs by Jim “JT” Gilbert/UpstateLIVE

Gogol Bordello
with Man Man
at the Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
July 22, 2014

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

July 14th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
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: The Sword / Big Business @ Upstate Concert Hall, 2/25/14

March 4th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Kyle Shutt (left) and J.D. Cornise of The Sword

Kyle Shutt (left) and J.D. Cornise of The Sword

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Sci-fi stoner band the Sword hit the crowd with a never-ending barrage of heavy riffage during their show at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park last week, fueled by the churning guitars of J.D. Cronise and Kyle Shutt.

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LIVE: Between the Buried and Me @ Upstate Concert Hall, 2/22/14

February 28th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me

Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte

Between the Buried and Me stopped at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on their self-titled tour this past Saturday, February 22. In addition to BTB&M, California-based bands Deafheaven and Intronaut graced the stage along with openers the Kindred from Ottawa. With a diverse mixture of black metal and progressive rock, Deafheaven and Between the Buried and Me were clearly the crowd favorites.

Generally considered a black metal group by most, Deafheaven formed in 2010 in San Francisco, bringing a unique mix of metal with progressive/alternative instrumentals. Being a fairly new band, Deafheaven’s catalog currently consists of one full-length album and 3 EPs. During their set at Upstate Concert Hall, Deafheaven played a mix of selections from their newest album, Sunbather (2013) and EP Roads to Judah (2011). One of the opening songs, “Dream House” started off with a relaxed, up-beat intro. But then as soon as I thought I knew which direction the song was headed in, the “black metal” aspect of Deafheaven quickly swept the rest of their performance. It was a rather unusual combination of genres, but overall, I believe that they were worthy of the crowd’s acclaim.

While there was a lot of talk and anticipation regarding BTB&M, I was still impressed with the performance put on by Deafheaven.

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LIVE: Phantogram @ Upstate Concert Hall, 12/7/13

December 20th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs and video by Tim Reidy

Saratoga Springs electro-popsters Phantogram took over the Upstate Concert Hall for their homecoming concert earlier this month, and to absolutely no one’s surprise, the place was jam-packed sold out.

After all, in recent months the dynamic duo of Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter have released their new self-titled EP (named the Best EP of 2013 by Paste), landed their song “Lights” on the soundtrack album for the blockbuster movie “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and announced their next album Voices would be released in February.

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RE-SCHEDULED: Chris Webby @ Upstate Concert Hall

December 18th, 2013, 9:05 am by Greg

The concert by rapper Chris Webby at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park was postponed from its original date on Saturday, December 13 due to last weekend’s snow storm.

The concert has now been re-scheduled for 8pm on Saturday (December 21). Opening the show will be Bizzy Crook, AMJ, Dutch Master and Third Eye Visions. Advance tickets are currently on sale for $18; tickets will be $20 at the door.

LIVE: Dr. Dog @ Upstate Concert Hall, 11/13/13

November 27th, 2013, 4:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

In support of their recently released album, B-Room, Philly fave indie rockers Dr. Dog rolled into the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park earlier this month.

See Lauren Halligan’s photographs at The Saratogian

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