Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
“A feather’s not a bird, the rain is not the sea,” sings Rosanne Cash; “A stone is not a mountain, but a river runs through me.” That river is talent.
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
The Egg has two sold-out shows on Sunday, but there are plenty of quality shows to take in at other venues this weekend.
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Long live memories of Valentine’s — Albany’s vanishing juke joint — and long live its replacement. Howard Glassman’s new venue, The Low Beat, presents its first-ever show on Saturday, just a week after the last call at Valentine’s.
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
The Egg all but cracks open this week, maybe the concrete orb’s busiest music season. Prolific, powerful, plain-spoken troubadour Dar Williams kicks it all off on Friday at 8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
I think Pete Seeger is one of the greatest human beings of the past 100 years — along with Franklin Roosevelt, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and a handful of others. In his last year, he played here twice, with his sister at Proctors and as the moral center of Farm Aid. We’re lucky we had him as long as we did.
Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
The hits kept coming at the Mountain Music Club last weekend in the Adirondacks — the annual dead-of-winter gathering when a handful of old friends meet up to listen, talk, eat, drink and wander in the snowy woods.
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
The son of actors Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis, Guy Davis sings the rural acoustic traditional music, dubbed “country blues” back in the 1960s Folk Revival days.
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
Nature or nurture? Trombone Shorty’s talent blows that question down the Mississippi and out over the Gulf. Whatever is in his genes has been honed on the streets of Treme in New Orleans.
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
If anyone ever fires Dave Mason, he could claim, “Hey, I’ve QUIT better bands than this!” — and he’d be right. He quit Traffic three separate times, so embracing that piece of his past in “Traffic Jam” — the mixed-media show he brings to The Egg on Saturday — seems surprising somehow.
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
Darlene love, jazz men and rockers all hit the right notes for the holiday season.
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
Meanwhile, two sons of superstars play Club Helsinki tonight and Friday: Devon Allman, son of Gregg; and Teddy Thompson, son of Richard — winners, both, in the genetic lottery of musical talent DNA.
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
I loved Jazz Fest in New Orleans in May and Bonnaroo near Nashville in June. Closer to home were some fantastic shows — too far away to include in our coming year-end wrap-up, but well worth remembering.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
Better rearrange the records — The Turtle Island Quartet was in classical, and Tierney Sutton was in jazz. Now they may belong on the same shelf, because they’re on the same stage on Friday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
Stay home with the family today and tomorrow. Shop later, and consider these as ear-gifts for your people.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
A fundraising square dance seemed a natural for our friend Kat, lead organizer of the Electric City Food Coop. Not so natural, maybe, for many of us. But when all was said and done, the whole thing was more fun than any of us rookies might have imagined.
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
Tonight, the cozy Ale House expands its reputation for extra-cool shows, raising the ante by presenting Texas troubadour Joe Ely and expanding into the Hangar, an annex across the street.
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
An unexpected interview John Fogerty in the mid-'80s remains a special memory.
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
"Mystic India" and "World Blues" are two compelling international shows playing here this weekend.
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
The soul music mojo is in the details: short riffs that can dazzle only when assembled with precision, commitment and, well, soul. That craftsmanship, and melody, sets Fitz and the Tantrums apart from most current soul-inspired pop groups.
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
When I saw them at Wilco's first Solid Sound Festival, I was knocked out all over again by staggering energy and creativity of the goofball band with the Bread and Puppet Theater.