‘Authentic’ is a fine word for The Wood Brothers

‘Authentic’ is a fine word for The Wood Brothers

Oliver Wood's voice has a Levon Helm quality to it, a plaintive howl, and the songs fit that rural landscape. As does the groove laid down by Chris Wood on his upright bass and percussionist Jano Rix.

Moving Mountains breathes a little fresh air

It's sheer music biz savvy: A band celebrates 10 years together, releases a new CD, hires a new bass player, sets up a celebratory gig, and then breaks up. Pure genius.

Andrew W.K. goes over the top to see the other side

Andrew W.K. wasn't always what he considers "a servant to the party gods." Despite having had music lessons since he was 4 years old, W.K. originally never considered music as a career.

Where there's Blackberry Smoke...

Blackberry Smoke singer and guitarist Charlie Starr doesn't care whether you call his band a country band, a rock band, or a southern rock band. He leaves it up to you.

Hamid Drake masters the heartbeat of the universe

The names at the top of DownBeat Magazine's Critics Poll are constantly changing in most categories from year to year. But, in recent years, one name has been stuck at the top in the percussion category: Hamid Drake.

Breaking rules to help the homeless

James Jackson, aka Kaiser Solzie, wants to use his story to inspire others going through some of the same struggles he has.

The Decemberists find new waters

The Decemberists, out on tour for its new album, are performing at The Smith Center in Geneva on Monday, so CITY reached out to multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk with a few questions

Helen Sung is on a lifelong jazz journey

After graduating in 1997 from the Thelonious Monk Institute at New England Conservatory, pianist Helen Sung has performed with greats like Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, and Clark Terry. She won the Kennedy Center's 2007 Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition and has played all over the world.

Mary Gauthier finds the deeper meaning of service, sacrifice, and love

Every track on Mary Gauthier's new album, "Rifles & Rosary Beads," is a gut-punch. The album is rife with the sound of genuine heartache.

Jake La Botz writes a living obituary

There is a pervading darkness to Jake La Botz's music, a noirish narrative, haunting and hungry like a hellhound on his trail. His music is captivating; his words, prose.

Anamon's music finds chaos in the quiet

The band stopped into CITY to discuss chaos, maintaining its edge, and feeling alone

The Hi-Risers make their own kind of fun

Rochester's rock 'n' roll roustabouts The Hi-Risers' new album kicks off with that snap, crackle, and pop the band has become known for. Album number nine, "My Kind of Fun," is pure Hi-Risers, full of clever licks and hooks.


Acoustic Brew @ Genesee Brew House

Acoustic Brew @ Genesee Brew House

Genesee Brew House 140th Anniversary Week....

The Jazz Happens Band @ Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport

Dixieland presented by Flower City Jazz Society....

Kodak Band @ Greece Baptist Church

Non-perishable food items welcome for the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf....

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