There’s a long road behind DakhaBrakha

There’s a long road behind DakhaBrakha

DakhaBrakha has found the Holy Grail in world music. The Ukrainian band of multi-instrumentalists — Nina Garenetska, Olena Tsybulska, Iryna Kovalenko, and Marko Halanevych — performs traditional Ukrainian songs in nontraditional ways, making compelling tunes by stitching together its native folk melodies with a grab bag of unexpected styles from all over the globe.

Ron Gallo finds the change within

Everything about Nashville's Ron Gallo is "utter": utterly chaotic; utterly fractured; and his bio describes a man who is not afraid to call utter bullshit on the most disappointing human norms. He shines bright despite being a sort of anti-rockstar.

Musicians fight back: protest songs from the first year of Trump

It's been a long year since election night 2016, but musicians across the country have been saying "fuck that." Check out a playlist of protest songs curated by alt-weeklies

Peter Yarrow brings 50 years of folk history to Hochstein

If you came of age in the 1960's, folk singer Peter Yarrow was probably a part of your life. Before you knew the name Bob Dylan, chances are you heard Yarrow sing Dylan's most famous song, "Blowin' in the Wind."

Margaret Explosion has a Marshall plan

The neon flashed "Vacancy" after guitarist Bob Martin packed a grip and skedaddled west to Chicago, leaving a hole in the Margaret Explosion the size of space. The Margaret Explosion is known for its atmospheric, borderless seek and find, and Martin was an integral component.

Forty years on, The Dead Boys still loud and snotty

The late-1970's was huge for punk as it raged against corporate rock and its own conception, and was blasted into the mainstream. Bands like Iggy and the Stooges, the New York Dolls, and the Ramones were getting picked up by major record labels, and the media began to notice.

John Nyerges orchestrates a life in jazz

If you've seen pianist John Nyerges in concert over the last three decades, chances are you were in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. Nyerges has occupied the jazz piano chair in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Pops concerts for 27 years.

Foster the People feels the spirit

There’s a certain kind of magic that connects a band with its music, and in the case of Foster the People, the inspiration behind the tunes is indefinable. “When writing, what we call 'the spirit' enters the room,” says Isom Innis, the band’s keyboardist.

Black Violin’s Wil Baptiste on hip-hop, classical music, and race

It's not hard to understand the appeal of the Florida duo Black Violin. Violist Wil Baptiste and violinist Kev Marcus have created a hip-hop, classical hybrid that you can feel immediately, with infectious hooks and indelible beats that resonate from your ear drums all the way to the bottoms of your feet.

Folk phenoms of Auld Lang Syne focus on family life

For a group that isn't actually based in the city anymore, Auld Lang Syne simultaneously remains one of Rochester's most beloved bands — particularly among area musicians — and arguably the city's best-kept musical secret. The songwriting vehicle of married couple Kathy and Timothy Dick, who first met while studying music at Roberts Wesleyan College, Auld Lang Syne has quietly released four full-length albums plus a collection of unreleased songs over the course of a decade.

These Yuppies care

How can a band be introspective and yet so un-self-aware? How can that band come out on top in the "Is it punk?" argument?


  • Re: Musicians fight back: protest songs from the first year of Trump

    • Pure hatred in harmonic form. Robo-mob coherence, oh-poor-us victimhood, Songs of Resistance, KKK stereotypes, evil…

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    • I'm waiting for the Capitol Steps to roast Psycho Donny.

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