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A True Visionary: Daevid Allen of The Soft Machine and Gong

Daevid Allen, circa 1974. Photo courtesy of pastdaily
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Daevid Allen: 1938-2015 Cancer Claims One of Psychedelia’s Most Beloved Characters Daevid Allen was a renaissance man from another planet. A poet and performance artist who spearheaded The Soft Machine and Gong, Allen took his ardent fan base into other worlds with his wacky version of psychedelic rock. Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938, Allen [...]

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Pink Floyd Calls it a Day: The Endless River, Album Review

Pink Floyd: The Endless River, 2014
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The Beloved Band’s Coda to Their Illustrious Career Pink Floyd: The Endless River, CD Review After twenty years since their last album, The Division Bell (1994), and countless re-issues of their complete studio recordings and several greatest hits packages, Pink Floyd have returned by sifting through their archives to create a ‘new’ album entitled, The [...]

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Re-inventing Electronica: Northampton’s Home Body

Home Body. Photo Courtesy of Home Body
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Home Body is Seductively Fearless A New Spin on Electronica Nowadays, making stimulating music is too easy. All one needs is a computer program and the ability to count a measure of four beats. Electronica is often flashy but void of originality. Home Body, on the other hand, does not hide behind its electronic equipment. [...]

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Beatrootband: Carrying on a Tradition of Folk Music (Northampton Blog)

Wesley James Curtis and Jake Martini of Beatrootband. Photo Courtesy of Beatrootband
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The Spirit of Folk Music is Alive and Well Revitalizing Folk Music History: Beatrootband Turn down the volume on the news. It is telling you that our country is at war and that the economy is down. Turn off the television completely, noticing that the flickers of light it emits are so unnatural. Open your window [...]

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moe.down 2011 (Review)

moe.down 2011. Photo by Ben Lapham
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moe.down 2011 at Gelston Castle, Review A Look Back at the 2011 moe.down Concert in Mohawk, NY Video: Ozomatli down in the crowd at moe.down 2011. Over Labor Day weekend, at Gelston Castle in Mohawk, NY, the jam band moe. held its 12th annual moe.down concert. The three day concert festival not only featured five [...]

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Five Up and Coming Capital Region Bands to Keep an Eye On

Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned
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Best Up and Coming Albany-Capital Region Bands Local Bands in Albany & the Capital Region, Bound to Strike Big The Capital Region enjoys a wide variety of music, helped in part by the area’s college community, as well as the many nightclubs and bars that cultivate talent. Between free concerts in the parks and a [...]

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A Review of 2011 Freihofer’s Jazz Fest at SPAC

Dee Dee Bridgewater. Photo Monica Sirignano
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Freihofer’s Jazz Festival 2011 at SPAC, Review This year’s Freihofer’s Jazz Festival at SPAC, was a well-rounded celebration of improvisation. For the two days of the festival (June 25-26, 2011), concertgoers, fans and the curious were treated to nonstop entertainment that showcased legends from the world of jazz. Highlights on the first day featured the [...]

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John Hammond at Caffè Lena on July 10th

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John Hammond Comes to Caffè Lena in Saratoga, July 10, 2011 If you’re in the Saratoga area next weekend, you’re in for a real treat (and I don’t say that lightly). The legendary John Hammond will be appearing at Caffè Lena on Sunday, July 10th. Recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, Hammond is [...]

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It’s Summertime: A Roundup of Outdoor Concerts in Saratoga & the Adirondacks

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Outdoor Concerts in the Adirondacks 2011 Roundup: Saratoga, Lake George, Lake Placid, Schroon Lake, Washington County & More This summer, expect a great musical lineup at the various parks in and around the Adirondacks. Everyone from the classical enthusiast to the acoustic coffee house junkie should find their musical fix via at least one of [...]

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Syracuse’s The Square Studio: A Different Take on the Recording Industry

Steve Sopchak, The Square Studio
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The Square Studio in Syracuse After an 11 hour drive from Chicago to Syracuse, the band Saline found themselves stuck in a snowy ditch. Only 5 miles away from the studio they came to record at, the beginning of a weeklong recording session seemed to be starting off all wrong. What they didn’t know, was [...]

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