October 17, 2009 - 3:46pm
Last night, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra performed Gerard McBurney's multi-media concert of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," which has lofty aspirations but falls short of the composer's intentions.

October 14, 2009 - 3:44pm
Kanye told her Beyonce had the best video, but clearly he didn't see this.

I was flipping through some of my HD music channels this afternoon and thought I missed the most unique mainstream collaboration in quite some time. Turns out T-Pain and "T-Swizzle" recorded this track ("Thug Story") back in the early summer for the CMT Music Awards. It still merits a viewing even today however...

October 13, 2009 - 1:32pm
An SSO concert with guest artist Tanya Bannister was a tumultuous evening of passion and triumph.

An evening with Beethoven and Shostakovich provides for a great deal of continuity. Tormented passages give way to moments of reconciliation. Nostalgia is mixed with violent outbursts of proto-modern material, indelibly writing both composers into the hearts of progressive Classical music lovers today.

October 12, 2009 - 1:31pm
Canada is quickly becoming the next great country for hot music, like Sweden has proven over the years, and Parlovr is Canada's latest contender.

With gust-busting drumming, seismic crashing hooks and addictive melodies, Parlovr is my latest Canadian crush.

So many great bands are bursting out of Canada now and have been for years, like Tokyo Police Club, Crystal Castles and Metric, just to name a few. It's also no wonder Parlovr sounds a lot like the next coming of Canada-great, Arcade Fire...

October 10, 2009 - 2:13am
Only in the world of music blogs can you find Christopher Cross side-by-side with Animal Collective.

Does it get any better than beginning a week of blog material with Christopher Cross performing "Ride Like The Wind" while backed by the Roots? Jimmy Fallon developed his Monday Yacht Party just for me and my Time Life Soft Rock Classics obsession (over/under on how many times I've viewed the entire infomercial? Eight? It's more than just a collection of songs, it's a collection of emotions).

October 6, 2009 - 11:51am
The SU community can preview the upcoming production of "La Bohème."

If you like opera, don't miss the opportunity to hear Kate Mangiameli (Musetta) and Christopher Temporelli (Colline) sing excerpts from Puccini's most beloved opera in Crouse Hall at 12:30 P.M. this Thursday.


Syracuse Opera's General and Artistic Director Cathy Wolff explains that this will give voice students and other interested listeners the opportunity to see the singers up close and approach them afterward.

"The members of the cast are very young," she says. "It would be quite a different feel at the MET."

October 5, 2009 - 4:50pm
A review of the jukebox at the Westcott establishment, Taps.

Name: Taps

Location: 515 Westcott St.


Beastie Boys, No Sleep till Brooklyn — This is it. When you come walking into Taps and jog up those steps to catch their Wednesday night specials and shoot haphazard pool on table in the back, you have got to appreciate an anthem like this greeting you at the door.

October 1, 2009 - 2:36pm
CNY Jazz Central and Rarely Done Productions are teaming up to raise money for the Jazz Central facilities.

CNY Jazz Central is celebrating its 14th season in operation with a “Broadway Cabaret” season opener planned for this Sunday, October 4. The event is a fundraiser to maintain the Jazz Central facility, which has been home to the foundation for four years.

September 25, 2009 - 11:09am
The documentary by Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") is an ode to the electric guitar, starring Jack White, Jimmy Page and U2's The Edge.

If you're looking for something rockin' to do this weekend, a mosey over to Manlius might fit the bill. The Manlius Art Cinema will begin screening Davis Guggenheim's documentary "It Might Get Loud" tonight, with showings running until October 1.