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Group Sol & Kiel has world at their fingertips

Group Sol & Kiel has world at their fingertips

The world music group Sol & Kiel is touring for the first time outside their Boston base, teaching audiences at coffeehouses and clubs throughout the Northeast about instruments such as the adungu (a nine-string Ugandan harp), the shruti box (an Indian hand pump instrument) and the balafon (a kind of West African marimba).

Barone has new role as troubadour

Barone has new role as troubadour

Since the release of “Glow,” Richard Barone has been exploring yet another side of his performing personality that had, perhaps surprisingly, never surfaced before — the troubadour.

For Tim Olsen, variety brings depth

For Tim Olsen, variety brings depth

For JTim Olsen, being a teacher, a choir director and a band leader is interconnected. He draws influence from all of his varied experiences — often songs he talks about in his classes end up in his band’s set lists, or a modified arrangement he did for the Joey Thomas Big Band will find its way into his student ensembles’ repertoires.

Blisterz fixture Graham enjoying the acoustic approach of new group

Blisterz fixture Graham enjoying the acoustic approach of new group

The Legendary Losers will be among the bands performing Sunday at the Parting Glass in the sixth WILDWOODstock benefit concert.

NRBQ, a work in progress, set at Ale House

NRBQ, a work in progress, set at Ale House

Fans love NRBQ for the surprises and the skill, but mostly because they make you feel young. That’s a uniquely impressive feat for a band that formed in 1967 and features fresh ingredients whenever they play, like tonight at the Ale House.

Skeletons in the Piano reaches goal

Skeletons in the Piano reaches goal

Saratoga Springs hard rockers Skeletons in the Piano is in exactly the position that lead singer and guitarist Elijah Hargrave has wanted since forming the band in early 2007.

Fuzz Records releases Maggot Brain LP

Fuzz Records releases Maggot Brain LP

Josh Cotrona had never released a vinyl album before he approached local doom metal quartet Maggot Brain roughly four months ago about doing just that.

Kitchen Band is a casual friends group

Kitchen Band is a casual friends group

Longtime guitarist Dave Kitchen’s latest band, Kitchen Jazz, may be named after him, but that’s not the only reason for the monicker. For one thing, the band was formed in a kitchen — at the Moon & River Café, to be more exact.

Blackouts’ duo format leads to new gigs

Blackouts’ duo format leads to new gigs

About two years ago, Saratoga Springs guitarist Tom Lindsay and Cambridge bassist Jeff Ravreby decided to strip their rock band, The Blackouts, down to a duo. For a duo steeped in classic rock such as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, and jam bands like The Grateful Dead and Phish, the transition wasn’t necessarily ideal.

Stick helps Levin create new sounds

Stick helps Levin create new sounds

Tony Levin is best known as the bassist for prog rockers King Crimson, and has long been Peter Gabriel’s go-to bassist for recordings and tours. But over the years the Kingston resident has also made a name for himself with a much more esoteric instrument — the Chapman Stick

Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls at SPAC on June 26

Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls at SPAC on June 26

Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls will perform on June 26 at SPAC.

SCOTIA

Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band members come from far and wide

At one end of Scotia-Glenville High School, basketballs thumped and crowds cheered in the gym, but at the other end of the school on March 7 was the much-less-familiar sound of bagpipes. Young people playing them in unison, to be more precise.

Saxophonist Savage inspired by dinner with hero

Saxophonist Savage inspired by dinner with hero

When local saxophonist John Savage was a junior at The College of Saint Rose studying music education, he once sat down to dinner with one of his heroes, Yellowjackets saxophonist and composer Bob Mintzer.

Gauthier’s shows unique, spontaneous

Gauthier’s shows unique, spontaneous

Every performance is different for Mary Gauthier. The New Orleans-born singer-songwriter and former restaurateur never writes a set list, preferring to base the show on the audience and keep things spontaneous.

Fox uses sales skills to find musicians, promote open mic

Fox uses sales skills to find musicians, promote open mic

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Gary “Sly” Fox is a salesman at heart. It’s how he got his nickname as a kid, and it’s a talent he has put to good use in both his day job as a car salesman and as a lifelong musician, most recently as leader of bluesy rock septet Sly Fox and the Hustlers. Now, Fox is using his skills to hustle for other musicians.

Reunited Shiny Toy Guns on tour

Reunited Shiny Toy Guns on tour

The newly reunited members of Los Angeles-based electronic rockers Shiny Toy Guns have finally learned to respect one another while on the road, and it’s made all the difference.

Reunited Rockin’ Bonnevilles finding new venues, younger fans

Reunited Rockin’ Bonnevilles finding new venues, younger fans

In 2008, the Rockin’ Bonnevilles reunited for a one-off show, which set the gears in motion for the full-fledged reunion that took place in May of last year. The reincarnated band has already logged about 15 shows since then. Next up is a gig Saturday night at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, one of the band’s favorite venues to play.

Garage band Knyghts hunt for right fit

ALBANY

Garage band Knyghts hunt for right fit

It isn’t always easy being a ’60s-styled garage rock band in Albany. Brian Goodman, drummer, vocalist and leader of Knyghts of Fuzz, knows this first hand.

Age difference no barrier for The Hallertau Band

Age difference no barrier for The Hallertau Band

Steve Zaccari was initially joking when he asked one of his high-school chemistry students to join his group The Hallertau Band.

Pulsifer juggles music, law

Pulsifer juggles music, law

When Pulsifer was a law student, playing in a band didn’t raise too many eyebrows in the audience. As an attorney, the difference between his two professions can be a bit more jarring, but he enjoys leading this double life.

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