For 15 years now this enigmatic band from Santa Cruz shows up to show out but doesn't take the prestidigitation to the point of blurred fingers and hands. The Devil Makes Three comes close, though, as it serves its ample songs with ample treatment and ample harmony — ample, ample, ample.
Composer, arranger and teacher Fred Sturm, was a force at the Eastman School of Music when he chaired the jazz department and directed several ensembles from 1991 to 2002. Sturm died of cancer in 2014 but his impact on the local music scene endures.
The latest in Rochester's recent rediscoveries of uncommonly interesting female composers of the past — following Pegasus's salute to Barbara Strozzi and the Rochester Chamber Orchestra's performance of Louise Farrenc's First Symphony last fall — is the 17th-century Italian nun Isabella Leonarda, whose prolific output of sacred vocal and instrumental music will be explored during this week's "Third Thursday" concert at the Memorial Art Gallery. String players from Publick Musick will be joined by Naomi Gregory on the MAG's Italian Baroque Organ, Deborah Fox on theorbo, and soprano Shari Alise Wilson.
In the vast, confusing world of screamo music — essentially hardcore's even more hyperactive and emotional little brother — the list of "legendary" bands is a fairly small one. Bands like Pg.99, Orchid, and Jerome's Dream all occupy the best of the genre's hallowed halls, but only City of Caterpillar can retire as legends after just one record.
The quintet known as Boston Brass has been a musical institution for 30 years. On Tuesday, French horn player Chris Castellanos, trumpeters Jeff Conner and Jose Sibaja, trombonist Domingo Pagliuca, and tuba player Sam Pilafian will display their precision and panache at Kilbourn Hall.
Like any good singer-songwriter, Ben Morey is deeper than he seems at first glance. At 29 years old, Morey has released more than a dozen albums and collaborated with a variety of musicians on tunes that utilize pipe organs, Theremins, and cellos.
You don't often see the names of Marilyn Monroe and Tom Waits yoked together, but cabaret performer Marissa Mulder takes both of them in stride in two fascinating-sounding shows, presented by The Bop Shop this weekend on Geva Theatre Center's Fielding Stage. "Marilyn in Fragments" is a portrait of the great movie star through "letters, poetry, and songs by everyone from Cole Porter to Nine Inch Nails."
Phantogram is the Rolls-Royce of sultry, dark electropop. The duo's tunes, such as "Fall in Love" and "When I'm Small," are impeccable, danceable, and slightly melancholic, and have raised the bar for the genre. Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) and Josh Carter (guitars, vocals) met in junior high school and eventually formed the band in 2007, and the band is now touring in support of "Three," its third studio album.
Tenor saxophonist Jake Wark earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Nazareth College where he studied with Chisato Eda Marling and Paul Smoker. Since then, he's paid his dues on the Chicago scene, where he also performs with another trio, Four Letter Words.
Minneapolis' Davina and the Vagabonds lay it down with vintage instrumentation — piano, horns, bass, and drums — and hi-tone retro ambition. It boogies and woogies as if spilling out of Preservation Hall — or more like the parlor music heard in New Orleans' brothels of yore.
While even the smallest reference to religious idolatry tends to make hardcore kids recoil in terror, Pennsylvania bruisers Jesus Piece have had no trouble finding an audience. Combining Eastern religion atmospherics with pummeling metalcore that evokes everything from 108 to One King Down, Jesus Piece comes across as a laboratory experiment that set out to combine every memorable thing about hardcore from the last 20 years.
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Ward Stare returns to the podium this week to begin the year auspiciously. He'll be joined by the excellent, Grammy-winning Canadian violinist James Ehnes to perform one of the greatest (if not the greatest) concertos in the violin repertoire: Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, a perfectly balanced model of classicism.
When Joe Louis Walker's roommate, Mike Bloomfield, met with an untimely death in 1981, Walker used that as motivation to quit the blues and go back to school. He got a degree in music and English, and turned to playing gospel.
Amy Grant has been a star since the mid-1970's, when she released her first record when she was a college student.
There is no shortage of talented Rochester musicians with songs to share. What's rare is the opportunity to hear the stories behind those songs directly from the storytellers themselves.
Founded by Evan Meccarello in 2010, the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra is made up of players who have studied at the Hochstein School of Music & Dance. On Friday, Meccarello will conduct the orchestra in a rich program that pairs Franz Schubert's Symphony in B minor, famously known as the "Unfinished" symphony, with Richard Strauss's thrilling Horn Concerto No. 1.