Interview: Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics

Interview: Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics

Being their own legend
Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics play music that soothes and "sassifies," comforts and cajoles.

Interview: Josh Groban

Finding his voice
Josh Groban has been a household name in music for 15 years. In a recent phone interview, Groban talked about his vocal sound and delivery, his new album "Bridges," and how he broke free from a constricting public image.

Interview: Ricky Ian Gordon

Life after death
Composer Ricky Ian Gordon's opera "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" is being revived by Eastman Opera Theatre more than 20 years after its premiere. Gordon recently spoke over the phone about revisiting the harrowing times in which the opera was written.

The Moho Collective goes acoustic on new EP 'Soma'

Bella luna
The Moho Collective has taken a slight detour from its well-known manic, eclectic, electric strain. On Friday, October 26, the Lovin' Cup crowd will get a taste of these acoustic tunes at the album release show for "Soma."

Interview: 'Little Steven' Van Zandt

Hard work, and soul
At each stop of "Little Steven" Van Zandt's current tour, teachers get in free and can register for a free, pre-show TeachRock workshop. Before heading out for the Soulfire Teacher Solidarity Tour, Van Zandt spoke over the phone about his many projects and his connection to Rochester rock music.

Willfully weird

Joe Tunis and Carbon Records celebrate 25 years of music
Joe Tunis certainly has the look of an RIT alum, computer software developer, and family man who’s played his fair share of Frisbee golf. But it’s also the look of a DIY entrepreneur who still operates the same fledgling record company for indie rock and experimental music that he started in April 1994.

Beiliang Zhu 'cello-brates' with Publick Musick

Singing strings
Beiliang Zhu, a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music and a rising star in the early music world, joins Publick Musick this week for the group's opening concert of the season, "Cello-bration!"

Interview: 'Overhand Sam' Snyder

Mr. October
Sam Snyder -- commonly known as "Overhand Sam," for his unorthodox guitar-playing style -- never tries to set expectations. He just imagines that each show, in its own way, will be a great time.

Interview: Mroztronium's Martin Freeman

Tinker tailor solder sound
Electronic musician Martin Freeman is a mad scientist of sound. A longtime fixture in Rochester's experimental music scene, Freeman also sells original, made-from-scratch instruments through his company Mroztronium.

Interview: Leland Sundries

New York state of cool
New York City band Leland Sundries wears its heart on its sleeve most unapologetically. Whether it's wielding influences from the city they inhabit--Jim Carroll Band and the Velvet Underground--or giving a nod to non-Gotham superheroes like The Replacements, Leland Sundries is a band of geographic reference and irreverent humor.

Gold Koa will play its first show at Rochester Fringe Festival

Indie-pop trio Gold Koa works even while bandmates are on opposite sides of the country. In January, the group released its first single, “Little Lost.” Almost a year later, the group is about to play their first live set as part of the 2018 Rochester Fringe Festival.


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