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DiCesare’s aim is to make people happy

DiCesare’s aim is to make people happy

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Whether he’s backing up members of Bill Haley’s Comets in Florida, or leading his own quartet at a club in the Capital Region, drummer Pat DiCesare is concerned with one thing first and foremost — having fun.
 
Bands, generations mesh for new sound

Bands, generations mesh for new sound

Thursday, May 30, 2013
When Soul Sky started, it combined material from the bands Folding Sky and Right Coast Soul; now the band has a cache of its own original songs, and often band members will bring in songs on a whim at shows, without any prior rehearsals.
 
Group Sol & Kiel has world at their fingertips

Group Sol & Kiel has world at their fingertips

Thursday, May 23, 2013
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

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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

Thursday, May 2, 2013
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

Thursday, April 25, 2013
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

Thursday, April 18, 2013
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

Thursday, April 18, 2013
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

Thursday, April 11, 2013
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

Thursday, April 4, 2013
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

Thursday, March 28, 2013
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

Thursday, March 21, 2013
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

Monday, March 18, 2013
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

Sunday, March 17, 2013
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

Thursday, March 14, 2013
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.
 
 

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