Spooky & The Truth find a musical home in Rochester

Spooky & The Truth find a musical home in Rochester

Spooky & The Truth make music that frontman Riley Fressie, a k a Spooky Mulder, calls "city folk." Formed in Philadelphia, the band has returned to its roots in Rochester and carved out a niche for itself.


Commentary: RPO's 2020-21 season has talented guests, lacks diversity

Here's what WXXI-FM Classical 91.5's hosts think about last week's program announcement and what you should look for next season.


Two Rochester musicians take part in February Album Writing Month

Nascent songs
We’re in the midst of FAWM: February Album Writing Month, in which participants are tasked with writing 14 songs in the 29-day span. Rochester musicians Kelly Izzo Shapiro and Sarah Eide are up to the challenge.

Music Features

Album review: 'Live from New York City'

Chris Bethmann 'Live from New York City'

Music Reviews

JAZZ | Eastman New Jazz Ensemble with Ryan Keberle

One of the top trombonists in the New York City scene, Ryan Keberle (pictured) has played with greats like Wynton Marsalis and Ivan Lins, and in leading ensembles like the Maria Schneider Orchestra. He has also worked extensively in pop music with David Bowie, Alicia Keys, and Sufjan Stevens.

Choice Concerts


Named for the portmanteau of Motown and its hometown, local reggae-rock quartet MoChester has been on the jam since 2001. Consisting of singer-guitarist Brandon Sheffer, keyboardist Jonathan Sheffer, and drummer Alex Melville, MoChester has progressed over the years from an acoustic singer-songwriter approach to a full-fledged rock band over the years, and celebrated a revival in 2011 with the addition of its current bassist, Ben Overmyer.

Choice Concerts

INDIE ROCK | Mikaela Davis and Southern Star

Mikaela Davis, Southern Star, Record Archive, indie rock

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JAZZ | Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

In 1972, seeking to know more about his musical roots, percussionist Kahil El'Zabar traveled to Africa to study at the University of Ghana. The knowledge he gained there led to such opportunities as writing arrangements for Broadway's "The Lion King."

Choice Concerts

ROCK | The National Reserve

Building its foundation from playing weekly, four-hour-long gigs in a popular Brooklyn bar, The National Reserve boasts a well-rounded, energetic live performance. Frontman and songwriter Sean Walsh, guitarist Jon LaDeau, bassist Ryan Gavel, and drummer Brian Geltner all share a palpable, kinetic chemistry that shines through the band's varying arrangements.

Choice Concerts


For almost a decade, MC Lars has been wearing a golden video game cartridge around his neck. The brainy rapper has demonstrated his nerd-dom in other ways beyond his signature look, with nods to literary figures and lyrical references about pop culture.

Choice Concerts


Music Blog

  • The F Word: Up against the grind
  • The F Word: Up against the grind

    Last Friday night, while cruising around in my all-wheel drive, I found myself being pulled, being inexplicably drawn as if by a tractor beam to the Rosen Krown.
    • Feb 18, 2020
  • The F Word: the neighbor of the beast
  • The F Word: the neighbor of the beast

    CITY Music Writer Frank De Blase catches an Aaron Winters photography show and a concert from The Iron Maidens at Montage Music Hall.
    • Feb 10, 2020

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