Steven Stock

Damn weathermen! The actual weather in Troy last Friday wasn’t so bad, a cold rain that eventually turned to light snow before the Silos took the stage at the Hangar. But several days worth of alarmist forecasts hyping potential snowmageddon without actually predicting much of anything meant that just over three dozen hardy souls turned […]

NRBQ was known as “the world’s greatest bar band” in the seventies, and the Replacements staked a claim to that mantle in the eighties, although some nights perhaps favoring the bar over the band. Based on their compelling show at a jam-packed Putnam Place last Saturday, Deer Tick are worthy contenders in the current decade. […]

After checking the band’s itinerary, I assumed the Mini-Mekons booked a gig in Catskill as a shakedown cruise of sorts, a chance to work out any kinks in their set before playing a couple of dates in “The City” on the weekend. In truth, the only evidence of any kinks came midway through the second […]

Patterson Hood ambled onstage with just an acoustic guitar and a glass of tequila – pretty much everything he needed to entertain a modest but appreciative assemblage  that half-filled Lark Hall last Friday. “I’m gonna digress a lot, I gotta tell you,” he warned us with a sly grin, his drawl betraying Alabama roots (Hood’s […]

It had been over thirty years since I last saw Billy Bragg, and I must confess to wondering before his performance at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall just how relevant the man and his music would be in 2022. Looking fit and trim, Bragg bounded onstage and ripped into 1984’s “A Lover Sings” on […]

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