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Bard Conservatory to perform Vertigo score live during film screening

Bard Conservatory to perform Vertigo score live during film screening

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17: Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart star in Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller Vertigo, cited by the American Film Institute as the country’s greatest mystery film. Screening the film classic with a live performance of Bernard Herrmann’s haunting score is the brainchild of film and television director Allen Coulter, known for his work on HBO’s The Sopranos.

Drum Boogie Festival in Woodstock

Drum Boogie Festival in Woodstock

Saturday, Sept. 9: Jack DeJohnette headlines, and special guests Baird Hersey and Prana will join Nexus onstage. Also set to appear are POOK, the Creative Music Studio with jazz vibraphonist Karl Berger, the NYU Steel Drum Ensemble, the North/South Indian Music Project, the Beatbox House, the Northeast Ghana All-Stars and the Big Takeover Reggae Band.

Los Doggies launch new record at Snug’s in New Paltz

Los Doggies launch new record at Snug’s in New Paltz

Saturday, Sept. 9: Ear Op finds the veteran New Paltz trio opting, for the very first time, not to self-produce. The Doggies called upon the New Paltz-based indie- and post-rock producer Kevin McMahon. McMahon is best-known for his work with the epic punk group Titus Andronicus, the avant-noise legends Swans, the clinical indie guitar-pop band Real Estate and some other nationally known acts.

Roky Ericson to headline Meltasia Festival

Roky Ericson to headline Meltasia Festival

Friday-Sunday, September 8-10: The Meltasia Festival offers much to differentiate itself from ordinary music festivals: B-movies, a haunted mansion, wiffleball games, pool parties and goats, to name a few. Last year, Meltasia was held in the high-concept setting of the long-abandoned Catskill Game Farm. Great in theory, but this year they’ve upgraded the digs to the Blackthorne Resort in East Durham.

Basilica SoundScape coming to Hudson

Basilica SoundScape coming to Hudson

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 15-17: Basilica Hudson’s Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone are working in collaboration with The Creative Independent editor-in-chief and former Pitchfork director Brandon Stosuy to program the weekend. Notable musical performers this year include Zola Jesus, Priests, Bing & Ruth, Jlin and many more.

Sting at Bethel Woods

Sting at Bethel Woods

Friday, Sept. 1: You need to accept – acquiesce to – Sting’s default pieties and pretensions. That’s just him. Get over it. Once you’ve done that, be prepared to be impressed both by the musical craftiness of these new confessional songs, and ultimately, by their courageously awkward honesty.