December 1, 2016 - 2:12pm
Earlier this year, six women artists in Rochester formed a feminist art group, Politits Art Coalition.

Politits is a made-up word, but you can’t say it on the radio.

Earlier this year, six women artists in Rochester formed the Politits Art Coalition (PAC), a grassroots feminist art group. Jacquelyn O’Brien, PAC founder and Rochester-based sculptor, came up with the idea as a means to create solidarity within the feminist artistic community.

“What I felt like I missed most was what I read about in second-wave feminism,” she said. “And that’s a group of women entirely and intrinsically dependent on ourselves.”

October 5, 2016 - 7:56pm
Hill's Kitchen blogger Beth Lindly ventured to Rochester to experience the popup of Luke's Diner.

I’ll admit it: I have not been a fan of Gilmore Girls for very long. I started watching the show during my senior year of undergrad (about a year and a half ago) and I only finished it up earlier this year. I’m sure I’ve liked it longer than some people, but still – for a show that’s been around since 1999, it took a little while for me to jump on the train. But once I did, I was all in. (Get it, GG fans? Do you get it?)

March 3, 2015 - 10:30pm
Songwriter Jeremy Quentin has earned friends and supporters in cities like Rochester during his difficult months-long tours around the States.

Jeremy Quentin, a native of Flint, Mich., has spent nearly a decade recording and touring with his folk project, Small Houses. His studio albums are rich and full-blooded, with percussion and guitar layers and vocal harmonies coloring the plaintive acoustic songs.

But on stage, Quentin stands alone, yelping his way through 50-minute sets and plucking the guitar held snug to his chest.

July 17, 2014 - 11:39pm
Review: The near homecoming for Syracuse's premier bands put on a powerful display of punk at Bug Jar that shouldn't be dismissed as noisy.

Tossing out a term like “noisy” when referring to Perfect Pussy is easy. In fact, it's too easy.

Some of the greatest punk acts of the past 30 years such as Sonic Youth and Hüsker Dü were rightfully admired -- or written off -- for being noisy.  And while still in the infancy of a musical career, Perfect Pussy and all its tinnitus-inviting clamor may have to endure that same label. Or better yet, embrace it.

February 11, 2013 - 5:58pm
Review: Alt hip-hop band WHY? played a show at Rochester's Water Street Music Hall Sunday night, supported by Astronautalis and Dream Tiger.

The promise of two alternative hip-hop acts fronted by intelligent, skinny-white-dude rappers brought a crowd of young hipsters to the Water Street Music Hall in Rochester Sunday night.

WHY? and Astronautalis, with opener Dream Tiger, didn’t disappoint on the fourth show of their two month tour, bringing all the witty lyrics, interesting beats, and weird dance moves that the audience could want.

January 30, 2012 - 9:32pm
Paul Longchamps, a light bulb changer for SU, will begin the 2,180-mile trek of the Appalachian Trail in February.

Three out of four people who attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety do not succeed. Somewhere along that trek — a 2,180-mile footpath that stretches through 14 states, an epic trail the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest 16 times — they falter. Injury, illness, family, funds and a broken-down psyche may lead the hikers off course.

September 23, 2010 - 10:51am
The Canadian indie rock giants kicked off their fall tour with a powerful live show.

Stars frontman Torquil Campbell raised his plastic cup to the crowd with a smirk as he sauntered onto the stage at Rochester’s Water Street Music Hall Wednesday night. Someone needs to find out what was in that cup.

October 1, 2009 - 6:33pm
If you want to create a music "scene" for yourself in Syracuse, you need to expand your horizons (specifically south to Ithaca and west to Buffalo). Luckily, October is a pretty robust month.

Fellow blogger Jett Wells did a good job of highlighting the premier show to catch this month (indie darling St.