FOLK | Magpie

Multi-instrumentalists Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner have been performing together as Magpie for more than 40 years, a testament to the staying power of their 1960's-era folk revival sound. Grounded in Artzner's dependable acoustic guitar work, the music really takes wing with the duo's impassioned vocal harmonies — Artzner's voice in particular has a buoyancy and warmth reminiscent of James Taylor.

AMERICANA | King Cardinal

What started out as a solo recording project, King Cardinal founder Brennan Mackey has since fleshed out into a deluxe, five-piece band. The changes came once he pulled a Hail Mary and moved from Chicago and into Denver.

METAL | Children of Bodom

Amidst the helicopter kick drum and the requisite heavy guitar chug and squeal, Finland extremists Children of Bodom manage to bring some melodic mania to its metal. And it's been at it — along with confounding adjective-seeking journalists — for 20 years in its native land (where the band has sold 250,000 records) and around the world.

REGGAE | The Medicinals

This will be The Medicinals' last show before the regional reggae favorites head into the studio to carve out a new record for 2018. This year proved to be a busy one for the band, with shared shows with The Wailers and The Majestics.

BASS | Shlump

Michael Petzel, aka Shlump, made his musical start on classical guitar, but in 2009 began an electric portion of his career. His production and composition style resonates a balance of electric-pop, glitch-hop, and even hardstyle — subtly reflecting a sound design like duo Dodge & Fuski. His Soundcloud profile proclaims the moniker "Alien bass music."

JAZZ | Joe Policastro Trio

The Joe Policastro Trio has all of the ingredients of a typical jazz trio, with Policastro on bass, Dave Miller on guitar, and Mikel Patrick Avery, drums. But this Chicago-based outfit has a sound all its own.


It'd be hard to overstate the impact Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Rev Run, and Jam Master Jay had on music as Run-DMC. The first rappers on MTV, the first on "Saturday Night Live," and the first on the cover of Rolling Stone, Run-DMC built on the foundations of musicians like Afrika Bambaataaa and Grandmaster Flash and blasted hip-hop culture into the mainstream, dominating the 80's.

JAZZ | Nathan Kay Group

When you hear trumpeter Nathan Kay and his excellent quintet rip into a jazz tune, you would never suspect that all five of these musicians are students. And the tunes are so strong, you might think you're hearing an obscure standard.

INDIE POP | Laura Wolf

Fans of singer-songwriters with classical music predilections will find a lot to like in Laura Wolf. Part-cello exploration, part-folksy rumination, the multi-instrumentalist's songs, like the excellent "Body Part," feature dense but inviting textures, with plenty of percussive flair.

BLUEGRASS | Evie Ladin & Keith Terry

This ain't your daddy's folk outfit. Evie Ladin and Keith Terry play a very percussive style of old time music that incorporates a mixture of Appalachian clogging and hambone to accent the duo's otherwise traditional approach to traditional music.

METAL | Survival of the Fittest Fest

It'll be a hellaciously hard and heavy night of music with this year's Survival of the Fittest Fest. The show features local mavens like Diluted, Rip Open The Sky — don't get it confused with the Christian rock album by Remedy Drive — one of my favorite hardcore bands, A Fitting Revenge, Undead Messengers, Plagues of Endeavor, and Symmetrical Defiance.

CLASSICAL | 'British Buddies'

In the provided information about First Muse's next concert, "British Buddies," Artistic Director and violist Melissa Matson is pretty direct in describing the program. "The genesis of this concert was my desire to collaborate with tenor Anthony Dean Griffey," she says.

ROCK | The Tombstone Hands

The Tombstone Hands is a slow churn of rock 'n' roll burn dedicated to preserving the rock of ages. The trio plays like it's the last garage band on Earth, always kicking it off with Link Wray's "Rumble," in honor of the man who first revved up his electric guitar.

CLASSICAL | RPO's Beethoven Festival

As Schroeder said to Lucy, "Beethoven is IT, clear and simple! Do you understand?"

FOLK | Rochester Folkus

A new music group, Rochester Folkus, is here to promote acoustically based music — whether it's bluegrass, Celtic, folk, or whatever. And this will be on a semi-regular basis on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Downstairs Cabaret.

CLASSICAL | Paul Lewis

English pianist Paul Lewis is what you could call a Beethoven specialist. An expert interpreter of the classical music master, Lewis plays with an engaging combination of exactitude and finesse, communicating all the power of Beethoven without diminishing any of the composer's melodic flourishes.


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