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Comment Archives: stories: Music: Music Blog

Re: “Concert Review: The Djangoners at Little Theatre Cafe

hard to find show times.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by nope on 11/27/2013 at 5:15 PM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2013, Day 5: Frank reviews David Byrne and St. Vincent

David Byrne & St. Vincent More is said and can be read in this review....Review:

Posted by Corey Zeimen on 09/28/2013 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Concert Review: Kenny Chesney at CMAC

Sorry Stone, Mr. Deblase is absolutely right. If you think the Kenny Chesney concert you saw was legit Country, God Bless Ya! Good for you. I'm glad you had fun and I'm glad you like music. To each his own. But Kenny Chesney is basically Britney Spears with a cowboy hat on. I'm glad you had a good time holding your girlfriend or boyfriends hand during the show. Like I said. To each his own. ROCK ON FRANK!!!

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Posted by THE GRINDERS on 09/13/2013 at 11:46 PM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2013, Day 1: Ron reviews Christian McBride, Thiefs, Patricia Barber, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra

T.H.I.E.F.S is lovely song, i like so much.

Posted by Corey Zeimen on 09/07/2013 at 4:36 AM

Re: “Concert Review: Kenny Chesney at CMAC

So let me see if I get this.... supposed music expert and self professed rock fan goes to a Kenny Chesney concert expecting to hear something sounding like Hank Williams and leaves disapointed when he hears something that sounds like rock? Sorry Mr. Deblase, that was a country concert you attended. That is what country sounds like today. No it doesn't sound like the country music of 40 years ago (recently adobpted as "hip" by those who once routinely mocked it) but then rock music today does not sound like The Beatles and the Beach Boys anymore either. Any popular music form must continually bring in new, younger fans or suffer the fate of once very popular forms such as doo wop and big band. Even though the cranky old guys will swear it is no longer what it is, just because it doesn't sound the way they want it to sound forever and always (is there a more fervantly personal art form than music?)

Lucky for us all, it is not cranky old guys who get to determine which forms of music become and remain popular.

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Posted by Stone on 09/05/2013 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Concert Review: Kenny Chesney at CMAC

That wasn't a very good review Frank :(

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Posted by Mark R Hillman on 09/04/2013 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Concert Review: The Branch Davidians, Joywave, Fowls, People Can Be More Awesome, and Tugboat at the Bug Jar

Great review! Definitely a good night at Bug Jar. I was surprised by Tugboat... Serious skills and he went over really well with the rock crowd, and yeah... The Branch Davidians destroyed, completely. The other bands were a good listen, and I think the venue deserves credit for consistently putting together good shows.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ray on 08/15/2013 at 2:06 AM

Re: “Concert Review: Singer/Songwriter Showcase at Club at Water Street

Frank Great Review!!! I don't understand why anyone should be mad because you wrote a review. Kaylin is an excellent kid and now feels bad that others are upset. I have been involved in music all my life, and I do know that not everyone gets a review all the time. Sometimes reviews are good, sometimes not so good, and sometimes there is no review. That is the way the cookie crumbles, or "That's show bus!!". I personally thought that everyone did a nice job, but again this is the way it sometimes works. Kaylin has been performing and promoting herself for many years and it was nice to see the review. For those who do not know, Kaylin writes her own songs, sings, plays guitar and plays piano. The band are friends of hers and she has many other friends that she has performed with over the years. The idea is to keep playing and enjoying what you do. It is not the review that is important.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by David J. Cervini on 08/06/2013 at 8:11 PM

Re: “Concert Review: Singer/Songwriter Showcase at Club at Water Street

Yes, Frank. If you can't cover every performance by every band, nothing shuld be written at all.


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Posted by I.F. Providence on 08/06/2013 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Concert Review: Singer/Songwriter Showcase at Club at Water Street

Wow! I've always heard of the Rochester music scene being biased and play favorites and this truly shows it. The other three acts did just as good, if not better. Thank you for keeping this music scene nuturing and giving everyone a chance. That was sarcasm.

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Posted by mturner on 08/05/2013 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Concert Review: Singer/Songwriter Showcase at Club at Water Street

Hey Frank: Were you there for the entire show or show up late for work? All four acts were awesome and each deserve credit. But the one who impressed me the most was Emma Lane. Not only were her original songs well written, but she showed diversity. She can write, sing AND play. Can Kaylin say that??? Anyone can sound good with a band behind them!

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by rsulli on 08/05/2013 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Concert Review: Singer/Songwriter Showcase at Club at Water Street

This is a concert review? What a joke. You should change the title to "Kaylin Cervini Review." Thank you for being horrible at your job Frank!

9 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by KKanous on 08/03/2013 at 1:59 PM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2013, DAY 9: Frank reviews Tim Berne SnakeOil, Amy Lynn and the Gunshow

If Tim Berne's music is not your cup of tea then just state that and end the review, I think the moronic level of writing that followed was uncalled for it only makes you look like a clueless hack.

I didn't read any criticism in this review at all, just another writer out of his depth. Why was Frank not more honest about his own musical ignorance before he wrote the review ? This kind of poor judgement and understanding is second rate journalism, all too common today.

"Snakeoil" on ECM is an excellent album. There is a lot of through-composed, fully notated material as well as improvisation so yes "someone did write that down", Complex structure and improv,, Berne has been a master of that approach for years.

I hope I get to see this band on a future tour.

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Posted by ds99 on 07/30/2013 at 7:24 AM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2013, DAY 9: Frank reviews Tim Berne SnakeOil, Amy Lynn and the Gunshow

Frank, with all due respect, clearly what Berne does has no appeal to you, but your lack of understanding of what his group does translating into your rather insulting description only reflects on your lack of knowledge of what Berne's music is about. Personally I hear plenty of structure and melody in this music, and plenty of sharp angles and free play as well, to be sure. But If you are going to review music, you need to understand that you are not the arbiter of what is good or bad, only the arbiter of what you like (or don't). Your not liking Berne's show does not make the music bad or good, it only means you don't like it. A tremendous pitfall for a music reviewer is to make assumptions about the musicians and what is going on in their head, so suggesting :"no way anyone wrote that down" suggests knowledge you clearly do not have, unless you spoke to Berne and had that fact confirmed.

You don't have to like the music, but to describe it as you have is disrespectful to artists who are renowned worldwide. Surely there must be some reason for that, and surely just because something doesn't float your boat is no reason to completely trash these muscians, as you have.

That's not journalism; that's just attitude, disrespect and getting some pleasure in seeing just how many points you can score off the artists. Not that they care, I suspect, since their music is well-regarded and was on many best-of lists when their record was released last year. There's a follow-up in the works, and I, for one, can't wait to hear these guys do what they do, and do so extraordinarily well.

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Posted by John Kelman on 07/26/2013 at 10:48 AM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2013, DAY 9: Frank reviews Tim Berne SnakeOil, Amy Lynn and the Gunshow

Andrew Jones: Normally I prefer to let our commenters have at it and just bow out of the discussion. But there seems to be a continued element of confusion with this piece, so let me explain our policy on this: if you want to critique Frank's review, or Frank's reviewing style, by all means do so. That is not the issue here. But people were attacking the critic on a personal level. We will not allow that on this site. Just as Frank reviewed Mr. Berne's music, not the man himself, we ask that commenters similarly keep their opinions to Frank's writing and not make disparaging remarks about him as a human being.

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Posted by Eric Rezsnyak on 07/11/2013 at 5:05 PM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2013, DAY 9: Frank reviews Tim Berne SnakeOil, Amy Lynn and the Gunshow

I get it CITY, only your reviewer is allowed to spit dismissive bile with condescension. Don't get your "feewings huwt" just because you sent someone who is profoundly ignorant of this type of music to review it and then chose to publish his, frankly, embarrassing review (Berne's music is HEAVILY composed. His bands play the composed elements with the precision and consistency of the best classical musicians alive.) So yes it is notated (someone "wrote it down"). If you publish the statement that the work of an internationally acclaimed composer" sounded like a gaggle of geese fucking ," don't be surprised if people think the reviewer sucks. I could have asked my 4 year old nephew his opinion and gotten a more thoughtful response.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Andrew Jones on 07/11/2013 at 4:09 PM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2013, Day 8: Willie reviews Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

I hope you guys are as excited for this new Preservation album as I am!

Posted by jorge on 07/06/2013 at 2:57 PM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2013, DAY 9: Frank reviews Tim Berne SnakeOil, Amy Lynn and the Gunshow

The "music" that Tim Berne and his extremely talented band mates played at the XRIJF almost caused my body to convulse and heave in an unhealthy manner. It was shrill, confusing and I think meant for those people that stop at green lights and run straight through the red ones.

There are rules in life and in music and breaking them just to see the pieces fall is a selfish notion. The band was clearly rife with talent and their heady improvisational abilities were played out on the stage at The Montage.

What happened at that show, may have pleased some, or even most that were there, I did hear applause.
Although, maybe the sound was some form of percussive beat that was meant to reboot the listener's ears between "songs".

Like I said, I was there too. Albeit I may not be as wide-eared and expansive as some, I think I represent
the open-minded and exploratory and am always ready for something new on my plate. Tim Berne ain't it.
WTF was the notion repeating over and again, like the sound of a flock of fornicating foul!

I like to experience something new and sometimes new is just people proving that they can. That, in and of
itself, does not make it palatable.

Reading a review from Frank is always entertaining and definitely accurate from his point of view.

It's a review, people. CoolJazzPeople. Cool it.

There's no doubt that the diversity of the nouns in our lives is what makes the world a better place to be.

Can you dig it?


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Posted by TM on 07/02/2013 at 1:26 PM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2013, DAY 9: Frank reviews Tim Berne SnakeOil, Amy Lynn and the Gunshow

"Call me a heretic if you want, but I wasn’t the only one leaving with "WTF" written across my face."

Frank, I think you pretty obviously walked IN with "WTF" written across your face. Not liking Berne is fine, not understanding him is acceptable, but pretending to be some sort of informed commentator on something you obviously don't understand is pretty shameful. You'd do better writing about things you can comprehend, like this:

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Posted by A. Worldly Frank on 07/01/2013 at 11:21 PM

Re: “JAZZ FEST 2013, DAY 9: Frank reviews Tim Berne SnakeOil, Amy Lynn and the Gunshow

Hey,lighten up least he knows what a gaggle of geese fucking sounds like...hmmm..that 's a disturbing thought.

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Posted by screwgub on 07/01/2013 at 9:22 PM

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