Category Music Blog

MUSIC REVIEW: Eat to the beat

[ REVIEW ] By Frank De Blase Part of The Public Market Band’s allure is its duct-taped assembly, its rag-tag nonchalance, its Rube Goldberg framework. Bands practice this for years, trying to make their performances all gunfighter cool and dangerous. TPMB is one of the few bands that doesn’t try, and yet it achieves that […]

CONCERT VIDEO: The Front Bottoms at the Bug Jar

New Jersey pop-rockers The Front Bottoms came to the Bug Jar on Thursday, August 23, for a sweaty set of its acoustic laden and heart-stirring rock. Check out a quick video below, and you can head to our Facebook for more live photographs from the show.

CONCERT UPDATE: New York State Fair kicks off today

Summer may be winding down, but there’s still a little time left for one last hurrah (and some deep fried doughnuts). The New York State Fair kicks off today at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, bringing a wide range of music and other activities along with it. Highlights on the Grandstand this year […]

CONCERT UPDATE: All fall ESM Kilbourn concerts relocated

The Eastman School of Music announced today that all previously scheduled concerts in Kilbourn Hall for the fall season are being relocated. Eastman School Dean Douglas Lowry explained in a message to students and staff that the hall will be closed all semester for asbestos removal, and that two independent tests have concluded that there was […]

CD REVIEW:Grant Geissman “Bop! Bang! Boom!”

By Ron Netsky Grant Geissman is having a great time making music and one listen to his new album, “Bop! Bang! Boom!,” is enough to prove that the fun is infectious. Actually, it starts even before you listen. All of the album’s artwork is by the great illustrator Miles Thompson who has perfected (or maybe […]

CD REVIEW: Charles Mingus “The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection”

By Ron Netsky Charles Mingus occupies a special place in the pantheon of true jazz visionaries. A brilliant composer capable of orchestral majesty, he never strayed far from the vernacular musical vocabulary at the root of jazz. No matter how tight the horns are, the rawness of the African American experience always comes through. The […]

CONCERT UPDATE: Rochester Fringe Festival, Blue Man Group, Unwritten Law, MXPX

[ Various ] Rochester Fringe Festival September 19-23. Various locations in downtown Rochester. See website for full line-up: rochesterfringe.com [ Pop/Rock ] Blue Man Group Friday, November 2-Sunday, November 4. Auditorium Theatre, 885 E. Main St. Various times. $39.50-$64.50. 222-5000, rbtl.org. [ Pop/Rock ] Unwritten Law, MXPX Sunday, November 4. Water Street Music Hall, 204 […]

CONCERT REVIEW: George Thorogood, The Veins

BY FRANK DE BLASE George Thorogood roared thoroughly bad-ass to almost 8,000 fans at the final installment of the 2012 Party In The Park series Thursday night. At 62, the Deleware Destroyer still has it, switching from lowdown, gutbucket bluesman a la Hound Dog Taylor to a flashy showman reminiscent of Little Richard. Thorogood offers […]

CD REVIEW: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band: Between the Ditches

by Willie Clark  The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is nothing short of an enigma. The three piece combines Reverend Peyton himself on finger style slide guitar, his wife Breezy on washboard, and Aaron Persinger on drums, creating a unique blend of fast and furious stomp-blues that is phenomenal live, still standing as one of, […]

REVIEW: Wrapping up the 2012 Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition

BY PALOMA CAPANNA Saturday night at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, five finalists took the stage with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the final round of the 2012 Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition. Two hours and considerable applause later, the first prize was awarded to Leonardo Colafelice of Italy (age 16), whose final round […]