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Beck, Blige, Sia, ELO among Grammy performers

Beck, Blige, Sia, ELO among Grammy performers

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
Beck, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and the Electric Light Orchestra are among a new batch of performers added to the bill for Sunday's Grammy Awards.
 
ALBANY

Ivanov shows piano virtuosity at Massry Center

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
Russian pianist Gleb Ivanov gave a recital Friday night at the Massry Center for the Arts that began in an unassuming way but ended in epic style.
 
SCHENECTADY

Aztec Two-Step honors its roots at Eighth Step

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
Aztec Two-Step spent much of the evening’s two-set performance paying tribute to the genius of Simon & Garfunkel, recreating in their own style the breeziness of “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” the hushed reverie of “The Sounds of Silence” and the melancholy of “Homeward Bound.”
 
ALBANY

Franti postpones sold-out show at Egg

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Michael Franti’s sold-out show at The Egg, set for Tuesday, Feb. 10, has been postponed because the singer sustained a knee injury.
 
Ex-Chicago drummer Seraphine brings new jazz-rock band to town

Ex-Chicago drummer Seraphine brings new jazz-rock band to town

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Danny Seraphine loves winter temperatures on the West Coast. The Capital Region has been freezing for much of the month, but he can wear short sleeves and sandals in California.
 
Everest Rising to open Place for Folk series

Everest Rising to open Place for Folk series

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Everest Rising, a regional quartet of experienced players who love mixing up folk, classic rock and jazz, sometimes in the same song, will open A Place for Folk's third season on Friday, in the “Whisperdome” of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady.
 
Mariinsky Orchestra to focus on Russian composers
TROY

Mariinsky Orchestra to focus on Russian composers

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn loves working with the Mariinsky Orchestra, which will be at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall tonight.
 
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Review: Woodwind quintet ventures admirably beyond main fare

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
Review: The City of Tomorrow woodwind quintet entertained a small but enthusiastic crowd at Skidmore College on Saturday with four works that could hardly be considered main fare.
 
ALBANY

Awesome DiFranco calmer, still inspired at Egg

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
Now older and more family-centered, Ani DiFranco has calmed down slightly. Friday night, the sold-out crowd at The Egg’s Hart Theater probably wanted her wilder, but even at her tamest, she is still wild, and her show, the opening performance of her tour, was awesome.
 
Ani DiFranco concert at The Egg is sold out for very good reasons

Ani DiFranco concert at The Egg is sold out for very good reasons

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Ani DiFranco is a goddess and everybody should see her. Her show on Friday at The Egg is deservedly sold out, for the same reasons everyone should see her next time: She takes her music seriously, not herself.
 

Bonamassa displays power after acoustic opening set

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Joe Bonamassa opened his show at the Palace Theatre on Monday night with an acoustic set. With four other guys on stage, he played an hour of folk blues, a little bluegrass, some Irish-tinged ballads, and straight-ahead unplugged rock.
 
ALBANY

Linkin Park cancels Wednesday show

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
The Linkin Park/Rise Against concert set for Wednesday at Albany’s Times Union Center has been cancelled.
 
ALBANY

Review: Currie, ASO debut sensational percussion concerto

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
Review: Julia Wolfe’s sensational percussion concerto, “riSE and fLY,” with the equally sensational Scottish percussionist Colin Currie, got its U.S. premiere Saturday night with the Albany Symphony Orchestra at the Palace Theatre.
 

Phish's Anastasio joins Dead for July shows

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will join the four surviving members of The Grateful Dead for three shows in Chicago, July 3-5.
 
Percussionist will use body and found objects

Percussionist will use body and found objects

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Scottish percussionist Colin Currie had one stipulation when he asked composer Julia Wolfe to write him a new concerto.
 
 

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