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Fall Concert Preview

OK, this is a bit late. But here are some concerts I’m looking forward to this fall.

Oneohtrix Point Never at EMPAC in Troy on Sept. 12 — Oneohtrix Point Never is a Brooklyn-based composer of trance-y meditative music; I’m a fan of his calming and meditative 2011 album, “Replica.” Because I view Oneohtrix Point Never primarily as mood music, I’m curious to see what he’s like in concert. Will his ambient sound translate to a live performance, or will I be bored out of my mind?

Basilica Soundcape at Basilica Hudson in Hudson on Sept. 13-14 — This two-day music festival features an intriguing line-up of cutting edge musicians and bands such as Pig Destroyer and Teengirl Fantasy.

Larkfest on Sept. 21 on Lark Street in Albany — I haven’t been to Larkfest in a long time, but the opportunity to see singer-songwriter Willie Nile play for free might be too much for me to resist.

Josh Ritter on Sept. 26 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy — Josh Ritter has become something of a regular in the Capital Region and I’ve actually lost track of how many times I’ve seen him. I did see him when he last stopped at Troy Savings Bank, and he was in fine form; his live show seems to keep getting better.

The Waterboys on Sept. 26 at The Egg in Albany — I did not see The Waterboys when they stopped at the Linda in Albany earlier this year, but I heard they were fantastic.

Richard Thompson and Teddy Thompson on Sept. 28 at The Egg — I caught Richard Thompson at The Egg a couple years ago, and he was great. Since then, I’ve grown to appreciate his songwriting and music even more.

Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck on Oct. 8 at the Palace Theatre in Albany — I saw the Beach Boys at SPAC last year and was blown away; what made the concert especially memorable was the fact that the great Brian Wilson was present. I haven’t purchased tickets for this show at the Palace yet, but hope to do so soon.

Fitz and the Tantrums on Oct. 29 at Upstate Concert Hall — Fitz and the Trantrums sing high-energy, soulful rock songs, and I’ve been told that they’re very good in concert. I now have their ultra-catchy song “Moneygrabber” in my head — that’s how catchy their songs are.

Dom Flemons on Nov. 6 at The Linda in Albany — Flemons is a member of the terrific all-black old-timey string band The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and I’m interested to see what he’s like when he performs solo.

Elvis Costello on Nov. 6 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall — Tickets for this event are all sold out. But it should be a great concert, and I wish I could go.

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