Matisyahu

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MATISYAHU
Monday - 9/9/2013
@ Upstate Concert Hall
8:00 PM | All Ages | $20 adv / $23 dos
Since first emerging on the international stage in 2005, Matisyahu has established a reputation for following his muse - from the stripped-down roots reggae of the gold-certified Live at Stubb's to the trippy ministrations of Youth to the polished pop eclecticism of Light. Then, in 2010, he returned to the venerable Austin venue that introduced him for Live at Stubb's II, demonstrating that all those travels had somehow only strengthened his connection to his musical bedrock. It was a whirlwind half-decade journey, one that earned Matisyahu a place in pop culture at large. And it was only the beginning. Now based with his family in Los Angeles, Matisyahu blasts off yet again with Spark Seeker, a bold new studio album that finds the one-of-a-kind vocalist and songwriter exploring uncharted territory with help from an expansive cast of collaborators. Outer garments, of course, long defined Matisyahu in the eyes of many. "I was the Hasidic reggae superstar," he says with a knowing laugh. [more...]

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Robert DeLong

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ROBERT DELONG
Wednesday - 9/11/2013
@ Upstate Concert Hall
9:00 PM | All Ages | $12 adv / $15 dos
Robert Delong, raised in the suburbs of Seattle, headed south to Los Angeles with a toolbox of Wii-motes, keyboards, and drums to develop a live rock show that CMJ Magazine claims worthy of "an 8-bit warrior, seamlessly creating danceable electro beats with his Wii Remote and Sega Genesis controller on par with the Chemical Brothers." Having performed his genre-bending songs since 2010, Delong uses MIDI interfaces, a full drum set, drum pads, keyboards, laptops and game controllers, looping his music live to fuse electronic dance beats with striking melodies and lyrics with emotional heart. As Delong started playing more and more shows, most recently playing the Silver Lake Jubilee in Los Angeles, The Starscape Festival in Baltimore, Maryland and opening for STRFKR, he immediately caught the attention of critics and fans alike. DELONG has also received radio play from influential rock stations such as KCRW and KROQ, where DELONG's "Happy" (also to be featured on Just Movement) peaked at #4 on the latter's Local's Only show. "Global Concepts" was also recently added to SIRIUSXM's Alt Nation programming. [more...]

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Michael Franti & Spearhead

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MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD w/ The Kopecky Family Band
Monday - 9/16/2013
@ Upstate Concert Hall
8:00 PM | All Ages | $25 adv / $28 dos
" Music is sunshine," says Michael Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. "Like sunshine, music is a powerful force that can instantly and almost chemically change your entire mood. Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose."

"Music is something you can't hold in your hands, smell it, taste it or even see it, yet somehow just coming together and feeling these little vibrations that tickle our eardrums can somehow lift us all up out of our most difficult moments in life to unimaginable heights."

In the mid-Nineties, Franti first formed Spearhead, and increasingly in recent years, he's found his own voice musically and his own organic brand of popular success. Franti and Spearhead's last album, 2008's All Rebel Rockers -- recorded in Jamaica with legendary producers and players Sly & Robbie -- became the biggest hit of Franti's career, hitting the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 [more...]

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Pepper

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ANDREW DICE CLAY
Friday - 9/27/2013
@ The Egg
8:00 PM | All Ages | $49.75 - $59.75
Andrew Dice Clay is proud to be America's most controversial and outrageous comic of all time.

And it's that persona that has made Clay "The Undisputed "Heavy Weight King of Comedy." And now he adds a new nickname to his resume when he premieres his first stand-up special in 17 years on Showtime on December 31st simply titled Andrew Dice Clay: INDESTRUCTIBLE.

Over the last few years, Clay has been going through resurgence; he had a critically acclaimed recurring role on the final season of HBO's Entourage. And next summer, The DiceMan will be co-starring alongside Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin in Woody Allen's forth-coming feature which comes out Summer 2013. [more...]

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Pepper

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PEPPER
Friday - 9/27/2013
@ Upstate Concert Hall
8:00 PM | All Ages | $15 adv / $17 dos
PEPPER, comprised of guitarist/vocalist Kaleo Wassman, bassist/vocalist Bret Bollinger and drummer Yesod Williams, formed in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1997. Having grown up surfing on the island, it's not a wonder that they would mix their rock "shock and ah" flare, along with their mellow island rhythm roots to create their own truly diverse sound. They have also been known to hypnotize fans of all walks of life with their incredibly sweet harmonies all the while keeping bodies moving on the dance floor. The trio played mostly house parties and garages before finally shipping out to San Diego, CA in 1999 to push their first studio release Give'n It.

In 2001, they entered the Volcom warehouse studio with Steve Kravac (Blink 182, Less Than Jake, MxPx) to record Kona Town, which included the hit single "Give it Up (Dirty Hot Sex)" – which has become one of KROQ's most played songs to date. On the heels of that success, PEPPER retreated into The Hive, a completely analog studio and home of 311, with legendary producer Ron "The Saint" St. Germain (Bad Brains, Living Colour, 311, Tool, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden) [more...]

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Jeff Beck

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JEFF BECK & BRIAN WILSON
w/ Al Jardine, David Marks
Tuesday - 10/8/2013
@ Palace Theatre
8:00 PM | All Ages | $42- $112

Beck grew up in Wallington, England. His mother's piano playing and the family's radio tuned to everything from dance to classical made sure Beck was surrounded by music from a young age.
"For my parents, who lived through the war, music was a source of comfort to them. Life was tense and music helped them forget about their troubles. I'm sure that made an impression [more...]

Brian Wilson is one of rock's most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the most cherished music in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential pop composers of the last 50 years. But as numerous books, films and television programs have recounted, success does not tell the whole story about this fascinating man. [more...]


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Capital Cities

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The Bright Lights Tour
CAPITAL CITIES
w/ FITZ & THE TANTRUMS
w/ Beat Club
Tuesday - 10/29/2013
@ Upstate Concert Hall
7:30 PM | All Ages | $23.50 adv / $25 dos
Ryan Merchant and Sebu Simonian, the frontmen behind the breakout alt-dance group Capital Cities, are a success story spawned by the Internet that has continued to blossom. The Los Angeles-based act took both the blogosphere and the shores of California by storm with their self-titled debut EP, out now on Capitol Records/Lazy Hooks. Their electronic-infused pop rock represents [more...]

Brimming with imagination, energy, and genre-smashing scope, Fitz & The Tantrums defied the odds to become an indisputable phenomenon, a chart-topping, show-stopping modern pop combo unlike any other. Now, with their spectacular Elektra Records debut, More Than Just A Dream, the Los Angeles-based sextet have ramped up the timeless songcraft and soul sonic force that made them a worldwide sensation to fashion a kaleidoscopic [more...]

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Pretty Lights

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PRETTY LIGHTS
Thursday - 10/31/2013
@ Times Union Center
8:00 PM | All Ages | $24.75 - $34.75
Pretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultra-versatile Colorado based producer Derek Vincent Smith. At a time when music lovers from almost all subcultures and genres are finding common ground in the basic form of bangin' beats, Pretty Lights is giving the people what they want: electro organic cutting-edge party rocking beats that fill venues with energy and emotion and send dance floors into frenzies. And the people are responding. Pretty Lights has given away more than three million free album downloads to date.

"The Illumination Tour," Pretty Lights' 2012 U.S. run, kicked off with a sold-out, two-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. Reviews for the 55-date tour were stellar: "Smith wowed the crowd with his Crayola-colored set of lasers and his ever-present grin of pure joy as he danced along to his own tunes," said SPIN while Rolling Stone called him "wildly unique and talented." In addition to the headline dates, Pretty Lights played the Electric Zoo, North Coast and CounterPoint festivals and partnered with Skrillex to spearhead the two-day "With Your Friends Festival" in downtown Nashville. [more...]

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