Posts Tagged ‘Upstate Concert Hall’

LIVE: The Sword / Big Business @ Upstate Concert Hall, 2/25/14

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
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

Friday, February 28th, 2014
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

Friday, December 20th, 2013
Phantogram

Phantogram

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

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

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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.

SECOND OPINIONS:
See Lauren Halligan’s photographs at The Saratogian

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CANCELLED: Goblin @ Upstate Concert Hall, 12/8/13

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Goblin

Goblin

The Upstate Concert Hall has run into a particularly rough patch lately with concert cancellations. Just last week, three consecutive concerts were cancelled – Sleigh Bells on Sunday, November 17; the double-bill of 3Lau and Carnage on Tuesday, November 19; and Timeflies on Wednesday, November 20.

Now the Clifton Park nightspot has announced yet another cancellation – the eagerly anticipated concert by Italian prog-rock band and soundtrack kingpins Goblin with opening act Zombi, who were originally slated to take the stage on Sunday, December 8. According to promoters Step Up Presents, “No reason was given.”

Refunds are available at the place of purchase…

LIVE: Robert DeLong @ Upstate Concert Hall, 9/11/13

Friday, September 20th, 2013
Robert DeLong

Robert DeLong

Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte

After talking to a good amount of people at the show at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park last week, it was clear that there were at least a handful of people at the show primarily to see Ghost Beach, the support act who followed openers Mister F. Originating in New York City, Ghost Beach is an alternative-pop band working on their debut album, which is expected to be released early next year. With a number of people in the crowd anticipating their performance, I was interested to see what they would bring to the stage. The three-piece band was much better than I had expected. Playing their new single, “Miracle,” the band overall seemed to really enjoy what they were doing, showing their enthusiasm both on the stage and off while conversing with fans after the show. They won me over with their performance, and I too will be looking forward to their album debut next year.

With an elaborate and high-tech stage setup, headliner Robert DeLong was a one-man electro-pop band playing a number of songs off of his recently released debut album, Just Movement. While playing some of his radio singles like “Global Concepts” and “Happy,” DeLong controlled his laptops and keyboards with a Wii controller, then quickly jumped on to a traditional drum set playing complex drum solos on the side of the stage, then ended up running back to his keyboards. As I watched him and his crew set up his equipment before the show, I wondered how it was humanly possible for one person to play and keep track of so many laptops/instruments at once.

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LIVE: Airborne Toxic Event @ Upstate Concert Hall, 6/20/13

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
The Airborne Toxic Event: Anna Bulbrook,  Mikel Jollett , Daren Taylor, Noah Harman, Steven Chen

The Airborne Toxic Event: Anna Bulbrook, Mikel Jollett , Daren Taylor,
Noah Harman, Steven Chen

Review and photographs by Amaal Yehia

I was lucky enough to see first see the Airborne Toxic Event when they made their Capital Region debut, gracing the stage of Northern Lights back in 2011 and putting on a performance that was truly unforgettable.

Two years later, following the release of their third album, Such Hot Blood, they returned to returned to the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park (Yes, it’s Northern Lights with a new name.)

The concert showcased ATE’s skill in incorporating indie rock with a touch of orchestral arrangements. Although they have a reputation for playing with various symphony orchestras, the solo band was in no way lacking instrument diversity. I have to admit I’m a total sucker for a string section and was beyond thrilled when Noah Harman managed to swap his electric bass for a beautiful dark brown, semi acoustic upright, while Daren Taylor’s drum beats hypnotized our feet with his steady, enticing intros.

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