Photographs by Jim “JT” Gilbert/UpstateLIVE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…