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Punk/Emo Band Saves the Day Comes to Northern Lights

Saves the Day
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Saves the Day at Northern Lights Lately I have been in a bit of a nostalgic phase regarding music. The thing is, I have liked some pretty bad music in the past – I’m looking at you Boyz II Men (and pretty awesome… I’m looking at you again Boyz II Men). It’s music I am ashamed to [...]

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As Real as it Gets: A Look at Sun Parade (Northampton)

Chris Jennings of Sun Parade
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Northampton-based Band Sun Parade Overcoming conflict and using it as a resource is something that Chris Jennings, singer/songwriter and lead guitarist of Sun Parade, knows well. Jennings stumbled about for years–talented and happy but not quite satisfied with his music. He doubted the meaning of going through the motions–attending music school (after high school) and [...]

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Two Witty Chicks: The Music of Garfunkel and Oates

Garfunkel and Oates, This Party's took a turn for the Douche
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Garfunkel and Oates I’ll be the first to admit that most of my art and culture posts come from me doing all that I can to get away from my coursework. As I type this in my fort comprised of Jane Austen secondary criticism books, I am making no library-friends because all they see is [...]

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Your Valentine’s Day Playlist: 14 Songs to Get You in the Mood (or not)

Marvin Gaye, In the Groove (1968)
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There are gazillions of love songs, so narrowing it down to 14 was a complex task. There are the obvious standards, yet many overlooked gems that focus on romance and heartbreak. So, here’s a somewhat oddball compilation of non-traditional songs for Valentine’s Day that to some degree touch on romance, from a variety of genres [...]

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Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart): 1941-2010

Don Van Vliet/Captain Beefheart
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When Don Van Vliet died Friday, December 17th of complications from Multiple Sclerosis, he had lived the secluded life of a painter and poet with his wife Janet for the last 28 years. He will be best remembered though, under his nom de plume “Captain Beefheart,” as an uncompromising musical artist who produced some of [...]

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This is a Trust-Building Exercise: Timbre Coup’s Virtuosic Improg at Red Square, Review

Timbre Coup
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Having had the glorious opportunity to attend a Timbre Coup practice session, I knew exactly what guitarist/bassist/singer Dan Gerken meant when, at Red Square this past Saturday in the middle of his band’s set, he proclaimed to the audience that it was “Mustache time, bitches,” with a devilish grin. This, of course, is a reference [...]

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An Interview with Singer/Songwriter Rich Ortiz

Rich Ortiz
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By Lauren English Lake George native Rich Ortiz describes his sound as a mixture between funk and folk. He says you get a feel of both singer/songwriter and funk band all in one. Rich has been playing the guitar since high school and his lyrics are rich and heartfelt. In addition to guitar, Rich plays [...]

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A Night with Kendra

Kendra Morris
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My first time at Radio City Music Hall…I won’t forget it. Well, sort of. My friend Julie, the chief NYC correspondent for a German-based tabloid magazine (Gala), invited me to join her on assignment: to see MGMT at Radio City Music Hall (and, ironically, to write about Brooklyn’s indie music scene). I humbly accepted the [...]

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Laurie Anderson’s Delusion at EMPAC October 15th & 16th

Laurie Anderson
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Experimental performance artist and musician, Laurie Anderson, will be returning to EMPAC on October 15th and 16th to perform her latest theatrical work, Delusion. A masterful storyteller who’s never been afraid to push the envelope, Anderson is legendary for crafting intricate, multi-media pieces on various subjects ranging from the humorous to the tragic, yet always [...]

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Strum This: The Capital Region Guitar Show & Taylor Guitars Road Show, Two Super Cool Guitar Events in Saratoga

Guitar Boat, Capital Region Guitar Show
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Alrighty, all you lovers of this fantastically fundamental six-stringed instrument, this is one weekend you won’t want to miss. Guitar aficionados from around the Northeast will be swarming Saratoga Springs this weekend for these two very cool back-to-back events, the first being the annual Capital Region Guitar Show at the Saratoga Knights of Columbus Hall, [...]

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