Broken bones, fractured soul

Broken bones, fractured soul

Singer Paul Janeway's unassuming mug belies the soul monster behind it. He sings like he's having a borderline fit, a Pentecostal tantrum.

Make Music Rochester to celebrate summer solstice

Several local venues will host free music performances, events, and lessons throughout Wednesday, June 21

The ebb and flow of The Flood

The Flood is a subtle blend of roots styles and genres that make up a multi-layered sound. It's personal and specific to this Rochester quartet, yet they don't know what to call it.

Ghosts in the machine

Born partly out of necessity and a willingness to embrace the unconventional, Matt O'Brian and the Great Blue Herons is rapidly turning into an actual band. I know, I know; it happens all the time: musicians get together, have a concept, figure out who will play what, and get a gig to ride the lightning to fame.

Tenor of the times

When David Murray was growing up in Berkeley in the late 1960's, the Bay Area was a fertile place for music. Groups like Sly and the Family Stone and The Whispers were emerging from the region, and Murray's own home was overflowing with melodies.

Cosmic level

It took almost a decade, but the stars finally aligned for The Level 7 Experience. Now, the band wants to create a holistic space for the city’s hip-hop artists

Folk face the music

Folk Faces fan the flames of burning Americana and other root styles with a casual unpretentious swing. Electric guitar, banjo, washboard, saxophone, et al — the combined instrumentation isn't the least bit normal.

Nobody’s marigold has the benefit of a generation gap

Musicians Roy Stein and April Laragy have been rolling around the Rochester rock scene for years, making noise in several impactful bands. Stein was the drummer in the brooding new wave act New Math in the late 1970's and The Jet Black Berries in the early 1980's.

Party in the Park 2017 lineup announced

For nine Thursdays, starting June 15, a joyful noise will come from downtown once again. The City of Rochester today announced the lineup for its 2017 Party in the Park series in Martin Luther King Jr. Park (353 Court Street).

Willie Nile is a true believer

Willie Nile is the walking example of pure rock 'n' roll. Black clad and cocksure, the man defines cool.

From Woodstock to the world

When I reached Melanie by phone recently, she told me she'd always had that gravelly voice that would make her famous. The one-name singer emerged from the Woodstock festival and captured the spirit of the 1960's.Growing up in New York City, she had eclectic musical taste.

WDKX DJ Tony Boler has died

Rochester radio has lost a signature voice with the untimely passing of WDKX disc jockey Tony Boler. According to long-time friend and musician Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Boler died Monday morning in his sleep.

Junkyard Fieldtrip shows beautiful restraint on debut album

Junkyard Fieldtrip started out in 2014 as a purge. It was a focused endeavor to write songs whose fragmented existence was floating in the heads of founding members Mike Gladstone and Rob Smith.

Connie Deming takes flight

Connie Deming is like a warm smile personified. It's a smile that lingers just this side of laughter.


A year into its current lineup, Rochester rock band Oh Manitou is preparing for a breakthrough


  • Re: Cosmic level

    • I'm so proud of my son Dexter Redic and the band for the great success…

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    • Amanda Fintak this was a great read, this band is on another level for sure…

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