Best of 2014

Staff Picks: Favorite Albums & Songs (so far) – Part 2

Today’s brings you round 2 of our staff picks for favorite songs and albums at 2014’s half way point. If you missed yesterday’s part 1 of submissions, you may read it here. Sarah Machajewski Album: Neil Young  – A Letter Home We should all be thanking Neil Young for putting out a new album. We should be thanking…

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Buffalo

The Observers Release Self-Titled Debut Album

A lot can happen when a bunch of local songwriters and musicians happen across each other’s paths and subsequently decide to make some music. Sounds come together, voices fall into harmony, and direction begins to take form. Coming off their self-titled debut release, The Observers seem to have little else on their minds than following…

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Tonight: Dirty Dozen Brass Band

The jazz-infused horns of New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band will be boogying their way through town tonight for what promises to be the most intimate of get-downs at Main Street’s Tralf Music Hall. Known for a broad incorporation of bebop, funk, and rhythm n’ blues into the foundation of their jazz-based approach to improvisation,…

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Tonight: Annie Girl & The Flight

A last minute tour addition will bring San Francisco-based Annie Girl & The Flight to the Ninth Ward tonight. With their hypnotic blend of folk-tinged experimental rock, their music often drapes focused build ups with floating melodies that leave the door open for listeners to come in and get lost in the trance of their sound. That…

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Concert Review

The Devil Makes Three at Rochester’s Zeppa Auditorium (4/23/14)

At 8 o’clock on Wednesday night, Rochester’s bare-boned but strongly underrated Zeppa Auditorium is only starting to fill. At 8:15, opening band Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons take the stage, and at 9:45, my mind is just minutes from being blown. It is my first time seeing a show at this venue, but more importantly, it…

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Album Review

Johnny Cash – Out Amoung The Stars

It’s hard to believe that over a decade after his death, Johnny Cash is still giving us new, baritone-riddled insights to chew on. Or maybe it’s not, given the many stories that seem necessary to accompany a life held by such a prolific personality. In his fourth posthumous release, Out Among The Stars endows listeners with just…

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Tonight: All American Music Party ft. Dear Rabbit

It’s an all American extravaganza, featuring none other than one-man-band Dear Rabbit, with his gypsy-like assemblage of accordion, guitar, cornet, and a fresh new album to top it all off. Joining the cast will be purveyors of Bela Bartok and other European folk jams Shubbaluliuma, as well as songwriter Joseph Murray Myers. It’s all going…

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Tonight: Marco Benevento

Much like the rambling drags of his jazz-infused keys, Marco Benevento has wandered among the ranks of a star-studded list of musicians with whom he has shared both stage and studio. Anastasio (Phish), Chamberlain (Pearl Jam), and Traver (Rubblebucket), just to name a few. Through his genre-transcending sets steeped in everything from elegant classical compositions…

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