You're gonna start hearing things like "They're bringing rock back" and "It's refreshing" once you get a load of The Struts, an awesome UK-bred foursome that opened for the Stones in Paris. The band harnesses T-Rex and glam rock in particular, all done with danger and an overt androgynous swagger.
Seth Faergolzia "High Diver"
Distant View "The Vision EP"
Metal stalwart Dan Lilker is making some of the most intense music of his career right here in Rochester
If festive songs sound like holiday fun, the Rochester Gay Men's Chorus has the concert for you. The group will perform "Comfort and Joy" on Friday and Saturday.
Handel's oratorio "Messiah" has not been out of the repertoire since its first performance in 1743, and no Christmas is complete without it. Last week, "Messiah" made the first of several Rochester appearances this year thanks to the Rochester Chamber Orchestra.
"Being grown up isn't half as fun as growing up," goes the chorus from what's probably the biggest song Anderson, Indiana's The Ataris have written to date (save for a perplexing cover of Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer"). It's a sentiment that anyone who came of age in the era of low-slung Les Pauls, flat-iron bangs, and the halcyon days of the Warped Tour can relate to, and it's also The Ataris de facto mission statement.
When you think of shoegaze, a specific set of images tend to come to mind: Fender Jazzmasters drenched in reverb, washed out vocals, and flickering lights from seemingly endless pedalboards. While these are certainly unmistakable signifiers of the subgenre, the real beauty of shoegaze lies in its more subtle sonic possibilities.
Fronted by the magnetic Joey Arena, Ovtlier is a dynamic blend that teeter-totters between indie anguish and hardcore rage — sort of like when the band worked under the Youngbloods moniker. The main difference is that this band is better: harder in the hard parts, gentle where it needs to be, and with a smooth transition between the two.
Joyce DiDonato is arguably America's most beloved mezzo-soprano today. On Monday, DiDonato takes the stage at Kodak Hall along with classical ensemble Il Pomo d'Oro to perform a concert intriguingly titled "In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music."