Lisa Winter's songs are like little prayers sent up on gossamer wings. They're lyrically impactful yet melodically gentle.
This spring will mark 21 years since Prime Time Funk burst forth from Rochester to scintillate the scene with a big blast of brass. Although the band is steeped in R&B and soul, when PTF is playing, funk is king.
Parked beneath an ever-present chapeau, mild-mannered Nate Coffey is a superhero without the cape and tights under his street clothes. Despite his encyclopedic knowledge of the guitar, bass, and more, this unassuming cat is steeped in modesty.
A simple group of folk music lovers, Honest Folk, has started bringing touring acts to Rochester for intimate pop-up shows, like Tow'rs (pictured) playing The Metropolitan next Monday.
Here's three unassuming Japanese women who stick the knife into the crimson and twist. Shonen Knife plays rock 'n' roll, plain and simple.
Hard rock and metal share a list of infallible constants — things that will always ring true; things that are undeniable. These are mostly unwritten but universally understood in a world where the guitar is the hammer of the gods.
American music is like America, says Ward Stare, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's music director. "It's a melting pot," he says, "a diversity of sounds and influences, and a tremendous breadth of styles.
Oliver Schneller can smell fear. As an Eastman School of Music professor of composition and the director of the Computer Music Center, Schneller aims to alleviate this dread by extolling the virtues of electronic music and its place in the acoustic music realm via EARS — the Eastman Audio Research Studio.
Rochester bluesman Mike "Cotton Toe" Scrivens laughs at the rumors and scuttlebutt surrounding his nickname. As the story goes, Scrivens was minding his own affair, playing a solo gig on a riverboat near Gretna, Louisiana, when a 12-foot gator suddenly appeared on deck, snarling and snapping and thrashing about.