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bettyElm Records brings showcase to Hanover Square

bettyElm Records, has a vision to foster a music scene in Syracuse that is a thriving and diverse.

Local label, bettyElm Records, has a vision to foster a music scene in Syracuse that is a thriving and diverse. To accomplish this, label founders Jen and James Bort, are putting efforts behind their words and demonstrating their commitment with the acts they are signing. Saturday, April 5th, the Bull and Bear Pub at 125 E. Water Street in Syracuse, played host to the first bettyElm Records showcase, one part of the label’s strategy to get local bands the attention they deserve.



Aux Records: A Decade of Indie Musicmaking

(Music) Helping bands reach the next level.

Ulf Oesterle was working toward his Ph.D. at Syracuse University in 2003. His dissertation would focus on the impact independent labels had on the music of their artists. Oesterle envisioned working for a bigger major label down the road; after all, he had already studied media management, mass communications, music and marketing and worked extensively in radio.



Royal Treat

Jessica Novak reports on headliners B.B. King and Trombone Shorty at this summer’s M&T Jazz Fest

The M&T Jazz Fest 2014 is all about the big and the new. Over the two-day festival to be held Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12, two 18-piece bands, two 11-piece bands and one 10-piece band will cross the busy stage. And with gigantic names like guitar legend B.B. King and New Orleans favorite Trombone Shorty headlining the free summer festival favorite, “mega” -- a word festival founder and producer Frank Malfitano uses often -- might be a more appropriate term.



Destined to Drum

Byron Cage is a different story.

The normal story goes like this: Musician starts playing as a child, studies music during his or her wonder years, forms a band, tries to make it big and scrambles for press, gigs and possibly fame. The musicmaker either works his or her way up to a point of success, which varies in definition -- or else gives up trying.



From the Vault: Mark Tiffault

Who is Mark Tiffault?

Drummer Mark Tiffault has a band record that would make any musician jealous. He’s played with some of the best groups in Syracuse music history: The Kingsnakes, Built for Comfort, Little Georgie and the Shuffling Hungarians and, today, Los Blancos and the Barking Loungers. He’s entertained fans for years, yet drawn no attention to himself, always emphasizing the importance of staying out of the way of others musically, allowing the song to breathe. And he’s not a drummer that needs a Neil Peart-approved kit: He can do it all with a snare, hi-hat and brushes, as he did on Austin Jimmy Murphy’s CD A History of Blues.



An opera for the masses

Porgy and Bess ‘resonates musically within our culture,’ says singer in upcoming Syracuse Opera production

First premiered in 1935, it took until 1976 for Porgy and Bess to be largely accepted as a legitimate opera, when the Houston Grand Opera mounted a critically acclaimed production. And it wasn’t until nine years later that New York City’s Metropolitan Opera first performed the work. Fast-forward to 2014, and the piece is still one of the most popular, well known and powerful in opera.



Points of Reference: March 31

This week in music…

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10 Outrageous Music Collectibles You Can Find on eBay

From Maria Callas to The Monkees

"Outrageous?" Not exactly. Very bold, unusual and startling! amazing! awesome! you've got to see this _________!  A cheap internet trick to entice you into clicking a link. Shockingly bad and excessive? Probably. It's a trend. It'll pass. But some things stick in internetland. Like eBay.



French Dressing

Velvet-voiced Cyrille Aimee closes OCC’s Legends of Jazz Series with a Friday showcase

Cyrille Aimee’s voice has been compared to whiskey, one fine and smooth, smoky and rich. Her style matches: mature, but youthfully adventurous. And her attitude completes the combo: one unafraid, and beyond that, yearning to be the new kid on the block and learn from the best.



Points of Reference: March 21

San Francisco-based radio station Latino Mix 105.7 played Nelly’s 2002 hit “Hot in Herre” for 24 straight hours.

POINTS OF REFERENCE is a music news blog for people with actual lives and/or short attention spans: a weekly selection of topical, pop music talking points fit for bars and break rooms. It’s divided into three sections: NEWS (duh), ALBUM RELEASES (once more with feeling), and STUFF AND THINGS (random, music-related crap from the internet). So, I’m all finished up here. Scroll down, won’t you?