Inconsistent production hinders Gavin Barry's 'In the Beginning'

Inconsistent production hinders Gavin Barry's 'In the Beginning'

While the acoustic, reggae-inspired songs are intriguing, inadequate sound engineering brings the album down.

Alt-rock quartet Pluck shows pizazz on new live album

Led by Brock Saltsman’s dynamic vocals, Pluck makes sophisticated rock music that sparkles when performed live.

'To Swing Is the Thing" by Mike Melito

There aren’t any jazz-rock fusion or hip-hop-jazz mash-ups on an album by drummer Mike Melito. He is a jazz purist.

'Hotrod Full of Eyeballs' by Infrared Radiation Orchestra

Influences are a double-edged sword. And while the guess here is Kim Draheim owns all of Blue Oyster Cult’s albums, he and his band, Infrared Radiation Orchestra, successfully elude slavish mimicry with some wide-ranging … well, weirdness.

Levi Gangi gets a little help from his friends on 'Somebody Else's Broken Heart'

Country musician Levi Gangi impresses on his fourth solo album, a collection of heartfelt tunes and poignant collaborations.

Austin Hollow draws from church music roots on debut album

On "The Fisherman," pastor Scott Austin indulges in his side gig as frontman of a local rock band.

The Midnight Sconce gets into the groove on 'Awaken'

The Rochester rock quartet The Midnight Sconce rides mystical 1970s vibes on this cut recorded with Wicked Squid's Josh Pettinger.

With 'Roll the Credits,' Danielle Ponder delivers another potent, catchy single

The golden Rochester soul singer continues to shine on her latest anthem of self-empowerment.

The Mighty High & Dry's new live album is vibrant take on rock 'n' roll

Led by Alan Murphy, this Rochester band churns out original songs with authentic classic-rock style in this collection of live recordings.

Rochester pianist Ben Miller explores mystical concepts on 'Feathers of Ma'at'

The jazz musician's first album is an auspicious collection of hard-bop originals with esoteric themes.

Russell Scarbrough Big Band finds 'Fun Times' in adversity

With A.I. helping arrange the album, the result achieves the energy of a live show with studio precision.

Nick Finzer brings philosophical perspective to jazz on 'Dreams, Visions, Illusions'

On his newest album, the Eastman School of Music alumnus is a triple threat as trombonist, composer, and arranger.

Eastman School professor Nicole Cabell stars in world premiere opera recording

"The Anonymous Lover" is the only surviving opera of Black composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a contemporary of Mozart.

Swim in an ocean of noise on 'Aloha From Beastview Maul'

Expect the unexpected on experimental noise duo Beastview Maul's latest collection.

Eastman School alumnus leads important choral album

Malcolm J. Merriweather conducts the music of largely unsung Black composer Margaret Bonds.

Free Casino melds busy guitars with contemplative moments on ‘Beggar’s Pitch’

Two thirds of this Rochester-born rock band have relocated to Brooklyn, but that hasn't tampered with Free Casino's quirky, clever sound.


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