Wilder Maker: indie rock for adults

Wilder Maker: indie rock for adults

When your life is literally filled with nonstop music, there’s little time to catch your breath. Case in point, Wilder Maker is currently on a 10-concert tour through the Midwest and the Rust Belt, in support of its new digital single “Love So Well” and the B-side “Rose Room.” The band will play in Rochester — a frequent tour stop for frontman Gabriel Birnbaum and company — on Friday, June 21 at The Daily Refresher.

Laura Dubin Trio brings 'West Side Story' to 2019 CGI RIJF

Two young people from different backgrounds meet and fall in love — and society tears them apart. You may recognize that as “West Side Story." Here’s another story: Two young people from different backgrounds meet and fall in love — and end up making music together all over the world.

2019 CGI RIJF offers daytime concerts, workshops

The 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival will host 12 p.m. performances at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County and 1 p.m. jazz workshops at the Eastman School of Music's Ray Wright Room, Monday June 24 through Friday, June 28.

2019-20 Eastman Opera Theatre boasts two double bills

Eastman Opera Theatre continues to stage productions of operas outside of the standard repertoire. But while EOT has frequently highlighted the work of living composers, the 2019-20 season features lesser-known operas from both the 18th and 20th centuries, including works by important but underappreciated composers.

Sugar Glider: new name, same sweet songs

The Rochester art-folk group formerly known as The Sugar Gliders has been making headway in the local music scene with its irresistible, heart-melting lullabies. The band has also made plenty of changes, morphing from a duo to a quartet, changing its name, and working on a debut studio album — expected to be released at the end of June.

Ben Folds reunites with RPO in 2020

Genre-bending musician Ben Folds will join the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra next spring in a May 8 performance at Eastman Theatre’s Kodak Hall, as part of the 2019-20 season of “Eastman Presents.” Folds last performed with the RPO at CMAC in 2014.

Eastman’s 2019-20 World series highlights music from Asia

If there’s a word that encapsulates the Eastern-centric 2019-20 Barbara B. Smith World Music Series at the Eastman School of Music, it’s “variety.” The four-concert series features musical traditions from India, China, Taiwan, and Indonesia.

Low Tide Recordings offers UK sound stateside

Importing grime
Rochester musician Jeremy Bittle wants to help develop an organic environment for supporting independent artists. And his indie label Low Tide Recordings, with its focus on UK-based grime music, is part of that vision.

Jazz and pop merge in Eastman’s 2019-20 Kodak Hall Series

There’s plenty to like about the roster of headlining talent coming to Eastman Theatre in the 2019-20 season, as part of Eastman School of Music’s Kodak Hall Series. The lineup features iconic artists Wynton Marsalis and Bobby McFerrin, as well as TV-film composer Jeff Beal and jazz pianist Jon Batiste, who are poised to shape the future of popular music for years to come.

Fresh Cut: 'Your Silly Ways' by Tart Vandelay

With a nod to classic soul and R&B, “Your Silly Ways” by Tart Vandelay is a heartfelt and unironic love song about the joys of finding a quirky significant other who “gets you.”

Jesse Sprinkle records new album with RACS students

The learning in listening
It’s a fire drill of kids bouncing about as if they were made of rubber. It’s loud, full of shrieks and shouts and little ones running about. This lively bunch consists of boys and girls attending the Rochester Academy Charter School, or RACS, in Irondequoit, waiting for their weekly music class to start with Jesse Sprinkle.

Folk musician Joe Dady dies at 61

Rochester musician Joe Dady, one half of the Irish folk duo The Dady Brothers, has died at the age of 61.

Lexi Weege returns to Rochester

Round trip to the Jazz Age
A quiet gym receptionist by day and a sultry diva by night, Lexi Weege is stomping back into town on May 31, this time with her band The Wondertwins.

Harp guitarist Stephen Bennett visits Rochester

Harp guitarist Stephen Bennett's serene fingerpicking style has an introspective vibe. But it's the added harmonic texture and low end of the harp that provide greater depth and a more engaging sound.

2019 Skaneateles Festival features Wynton Marsalis, Hilary Hahn

In the Skaneateles Festival’s 2019 season, music lovers will have the opportunity to hear some of the most prominent musicians in their respective genres — classical, jazz, and folk alike.

Dave Drago and 1809 Studios celebrate five-year anniversary

On the record
1809 Studios and its owner Dave Drago are celebrating the recording hub’s five-year anniversary this month. Drago's mission has been to create a comfortable, welcoming studio that delivers Los Angeles-quality recordings at Western New York prices.


Music Blog

  • The F Word: Frank gets burned by holy water
  • The F Word: Frank gets burned by holy water

    Last Thursday, Significant Other burned down the Record Archive’s Backroom barn with its funkified drive. People were on their feet, people were on each other’s feet, people were on the tables, guzzling beer and wine and jumping for Joy, but she wouldn’t come down off the chandelier.
    • Jun 11, 2019
  • The F Word: An apology to Margaret Explosion
  • The F Word: An apology to Margaret Explosion

    People who brandish cell phones at shows are distracting and disappointing. Put the phone down and dig the show, sluggo. Live in the now. But this isn’t a rant at millennial meatheads and their all-important tools of hipster oblivion. This is an apology to Margaret Explosion.
    • May 31, 2019

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