Fresh out of the studio with producer Dave Anderson, the rockabilly heroes in Krypton 88, join Kickstart Rumble and the Surfin' Cadavers in what promises to be a low-down slap, bang, and twang hootenanny. Add to that an added tribute from each outfit to the late, great Scotty Moore.
Dawes has an earnest and easy quality to its folk-drawn rock. The band's fourth and latest album, "All Your Favorite Bands," is full of honest, effortless vocals weighted with full snares and resonant, clean guitar lines.
Ray LaMontagne has a raw, earthen quality about him. It's been more than a decade since his hit debut, "Trouble," and his raspy, baritone croon is still so familiar.
ROC the Park Music Festival will bring a series of three concerts to downtown Rochester throughout the summer, beginning with a Latino Family Night on Saturday, July 23. The concert will include performances from Next Level, Afrikando, the Luis Carrion Trio, and Sammy Pressure.
It's been more than 10 years since saxophonist Vince Ercolamento has released an album, and on "Delightful Eyes," Ercolamento proved himself to be an excellent composer and arranger. This week, the veteran sax player from Prime Time Funk will finally be releasing his wonderful new album, "Inner Soul."
A group of Rochester rockers has teamed up with classically trained Eastman School of Music musicians for a collaborative concert that blurs the lines between the classical and pop worlds. "Sonic Cluster" will feature a set co-written by classical pianist Olga K. Shupyatskaya and rock musicians Forrest Green (Pleistocene; Beastman), Tyler Farren (Stress), and Matt Werts (Pleistocene; Stress) as well as the premiere of a new work, "In Transit" by composter Jung Sun Kang, commissioned especially for this program.
The world's most exotic places are merely backdrops for Yanni's concerts. The Greek-American composer has performed at the base of the Great Pyramid of Egypt, the Acropolis in Greece, the Forbidden City in China, the Taj Mahal in India, and even the Kremlin in Russia.
Pianist Paul Hofmann has played with Kevin Mahogany, Ron Carter, Steve Gadd, Karrin Allyson, Diane Reeves, and many more. In his upcoming Hatch Hall concert Hofmann will be joined by his former student, Angelo Di Loreto, who has worked with Jane Monheit, and was named best soloist in the 2015 Jazz International Contest in Belgium.
Los Angeles, California's Intronaut occupies a rare space in prog-metal. While the band openly indulges in the herbal supplements you'd expect a band with album titles like "Valley of Smoke" to condone, Intronaut's time signature defying riffs suggest a more focused and musical approach than their bong-ripping compatriots.
That's right, you heard me correctly: Brazilian bluegrass. It oughta be a heady cataclysmic collision of time signatures and rhythms when Matuto brings this brilliant hybrid to life as part of the George Eastman Museum's Garden Vibes series.
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform with the RPO and the Society for Chamber Music next season. But the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival has him in the area first, for its opening weekend of a concert series running through July 24.
The three women behind Harpeth Rising — cellist Maria Di Meglio, banjoist Michelle Younger (of the fantastic Younger Gang), and Jordana Greenberg, violin — are classically trained musicians that have decided to forgo Vienna in favor of Appalachia. The group's chamberfolk, overlaid with beautiful three-part vocal harmonies, certainly contains a hint of classical influence and discipline, but it's a striking, soulful take on old-time, folk, and bluegrass.
It goes without saying that Bob Dylan's influence on modern music is enormous. Dylan didn't invent folk ("Mr. Tambourine Man"), or protest songs ("A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"), or maybe bizarrely, even hip-hop ("Subterranean Homesick Blues"), but he certainly laid down a blueprint for others to follow.
Drummer Rich Thompson has been recording albums for 25 years. They include his own projects, group efforts like Trio East, and those he recorded as a sideman with others.
On its soulful debut EP, "Not Now What We Were," Kingston, Ontario's Lost Cousins prove itself to be seasoned indie rock scholars. Crooning Local Natives-inspired vocals coast over sidewinding guitar leads and organ bursts that would feel right at home on a Foals record.
Florida has produced no shortage of seminal death metal bands since the genre's early-90's inception: Obituary, Morbid Angel, and Death, to name a few. While it never quite achieved the legendary status it deserved, one would be amiss to leave Solstice off of any list concerning Florida's best metal outfits.