Media Watch: Best Bets on Nippertown’s Fall Pop-Rock Scene

September 7th, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg

Our colleague Michael Hochanadel at The Daily Gazette weighed in with his Top 10 pop and rock picks for the upcoming fall season, and you might be surprised at some of his selections.

And you might be really surprised to find that Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany is tied with The Egg as the host venue with the most picks on his list – three each.

So in case you missed it in Sunday’s newspaper, here are Hochandel’s Top 10 best bets for the autumn, in chronological order:

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Best Art Exhibitions of 2010: The Daily Gazette

December 30th, 2010, 10:01 am by Greg

Karen Bjornland – the visual art writer for Schenectady’s Daily Gazette – compiled her list of the Best Art Exhibits of the Year (behind paywall), and here’s how she saw it in 2010:

1. “Picasso Looks at Degas” @ the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
2. “Andrew Wyeth: An American Legend” @ the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls
3. “Wrapped!: Search for the Essential Mummy” @ the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
4. “2010 Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region” @ the Hyde Collection, Glens Falls
5. “Fred Tomaselli” @ Skidmore College’s Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs
6. “Larry Poons: Recent Paintings” @ the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Gallery, Albany
7. “Courier” @ UAlbany’s University Art Museum, Albany
8. “Battlesight” @ Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy
9. “The Naked Woman Show” @ House of Creative Soul, Saratoga Springs
10. “The Perfect Fit” & “Old Soles” @ Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany

Got a Best of 2010 list that you’d like to contribute? Best concerts of the year? Best local music moments of the year? Best whatever? Please send it along to

Best Concerts of the Year: The Daily Gazette
Best Albums of the Year: Nippertown’s Matt Mac Haffie
Best Concerts of the Year That I Missed: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Local CDs of 2010: The Daily Gazette’s Brian McElhiney
Most Disappointing Concerts of 2010: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Albums of the Year: Justin Mikulka
Best Capital Region Theater of the Year: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Entertainers Who Moonlight as Artists of the Year: Art:21
Best Albums of the Year: Spin Magazine
Most Disappointing Capital Region Concert Cancellations of the Year: Nippertown’s Greg Haymes
Best Television Commercials of the Year: TV Squad
Best Feature Films of the Year: Roger Ebert
Best Albums of the Year: Brian Patneaude
Best TV Character Deaths of the Year: Entertainment Weekly
Best Viral Videos of the Year: Videogum
Best Albums & Best Selling Albums of the Year: Billboard
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s J Hunter
Best Country Albums: The Boot
Best Albums of the Year: WEXT’s Chris Wienk
Best TV Music Moments of the Year: Treble
Best Book Covers of the Year: The L Magazine
Best Folk Albums of the Year: Guide
Best Albums of the Year: We Are Not a Rock Band
Best Movies of the Year: Christian Science Monitor
Best Television Shows of the Year: Channel Surfing
Best Concerts of the Year: Nippertown’s Andrzej Pilarczyk
Best Music Videos of the Year: IFC
Best Books of the Year: The New York Times Book Review
Best Live Acts of the Year: Paste Magazine
Best Poetry Books of the Year: Dan Chiasson of The New Yorker
Best Albums of the Year: Andy Maroney
Best Movie Titles of the Year That Sounded Like Porn, But, Alas, Were Not Porn: Movieline
Best DVDs of the Year: Rolling Stone
Best Albums of the Year: NME
Best Fiction of the Year: Salon
Best Jazz Albums of the Year: A Blog Supreme
Best Albums of the Year: Tim Livingston
Best Albums of the Year: Filter Magazine
Best Albums of the Year: Mojo Magazine

Media Watch: A Little or a Lot?

November 5th, 2010, 1:23 pm by Greg

In their “The Week Ahead” post, wrote, “There’s not a whole lot lined up this week for music…”

In his Jukebox column in The Daily Gazette, Michael Hochanadel wrote, “This may be the busiest live-music week here all year…”

Hmmmm, I suppose it all depends on your point of view…

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