ROCK | Living Colour

ROCK | Living Colour

Living Colour added some pop ("Glamour Boys") to its heavy sizzle ("Cult of Personality") and ultimately forged an identity by making hard rock more inclusive and less gothic. The quartet emulated the eclecticism of Led Zeppelin and even had its own theme song ("What's Your Favorite Color?").

ROCK | Jared and The Mill

On Phoenix-based rock band Jared and The Mill's latest album, "Orme Dugas," front man Jared Kolesar and company balance pop hooks with country vibes and smatterings of folk and indie stylings. Having opened for major artists such as The Killers, Zac Brown Band, and The War on Drugs, Jared and The Mill are as radio-ready as they come.

WORLD MUSIC | "Azafea"

  This Monday, Temple B'rith Kodesh will provide the elegant setting for a transporting musical experience that melds Spanish and Jewish musical traditions.

SURF/ROCK | Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets

The last time Marshall Crenshaw blew into town, he was backed up by incendiary Midwest rockers, The Bottle Rockets. Crenshaw worked his way through his catalog with the Bottle Rockets giving it a little added volume and heat, so I wonder what surf instrumental darlings Los Straitjackets (featuring Rochester's Greg Townson on one of the sparkly guitars) will do to give Crenshaw's craft a goose.

STONER METAL | Black Wizard

It's been 47 years since Black Sabbath unwittingly created stoner metal (and heavy metal as a whole), and you would expect that nothing new could possibly be said about ripping bongs, cosmic entities, and following the smoke toward the riff-filled land. Leave it to Vancouver's Black Wizard to take the tried-and-true, riff-worship formula and twist it into something invigorating and new.

INDIE ROCK | The Ok-Ok's

York, Pennsylvania-based indie rock band The Ok-Ok's may be young but it brings the talent that most musicians work their entire lives for. On the group's new full-length album, "22/17" — simply named because three of the members were 22 and one was 17 when it was recorded — singer Sadie Swartz belts soulful, wailing vocals in every track with authentic energy while the music is comparable to an early Rolling Stones aesthetic.

ROCK | The Wild

Somebody's gonna get hurt; it's just a matter of time. Canadian quartet The Wild is what you get if you mix Motley Crue with a bunch of pyromaniac, axe-wielding, beer-swillin' gearheads with a penchant for blowing shit up and loud, fast rock 'n' roll.

ROCK | Elvis Costello

I don't have a top 10 list of shows I've seen over the years; I simply can't do it. However, I do have a top two, and both of them are the same show: Elvis Costello at the Eastman Theatre.

ROCK 'N' ROLL | Tigerman WOAH

The members of the self-described "Northshore livin', brown liquor drinkin', woah-singin', and good -rotten," band Tigerman WOAH are brassy, debaucherous rock 'n' rollers from Lynn, Massachusetts. The band combines an Appalachian bluegrass style — using banjo-ukulele, guitar, percussion, and upright bass — with raspy lead vocals, aggressive strings, and mischievous sing-alongs for a sound that would have been heard in an old Western saloon for outlaws and gypsies.

AMERICANA | Lee Winright

Influenced by a long list of story-telling troubadours, like Robert Earl Keen and Fred Eaglesmith, Lee Winright has one toe in melancholy waters while he intones weary and lonesome. The Texan sets the scene for a honky-tonk in the morning where those characters are still bellied-up and drinking from the night before.

POP | Bleachers

Jack Antonoff has a touch for weaving pop gold. Along with his work in the highly regarded indie pop band Steel Train and in Fun (the song "We Are Young" dominated 2012), Antonoff has writing credits on hits by Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Sia.

ROCK | Los Lobos

Los Lobos is the epitome of a cultural melting pot. The band blends American roots music, rock, and blues with Latin styles, including cumbia and norteño, to create a broad-based sound of its own.


During its all-too-brief initial run, Vekora was always one of the Rochester's best-kept secrets. Its only full-length record, 2014's "Vekora," is a sprawling yet cohesive mission statement, blending The Appleseed Cast's sense of atmosphere with the grandiosity of Brand New and Circa Survive.

PUNK | North Coast Punk Fest

The name of Rochester's annual celebration of all things regionally punk leaves little to the imagination, and for good reason. You get what you're paying for at the North Coast Punk Fest — and what you're paying for is some of the finest punk rock that Western New York has to offer, no more, no less.

JAZZ | Diana Krall

Maybe it's that breathy voice rising over those tastefully sparse arrangements that makes Diana Krall the current queen of jazz. But it could also be the fact that she never stands still.

ROCK | Maybird

Rochester by-way-of Brooklyn's Maybird writes music that feels perfect for this time of year. Summer's creeping up, you finally feel safe to roll your car windows down, and the days are starting to feel a good deal lazier.


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