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Welcoming Benjamin Wagner

New York City singer/songwriter Benjamin Wagner may be one of the music world’s best kept secrets. Wagner has been writing, performing and recording music for more than 10 years and released his fourth major self-released album, “Crash Site,” in...

Crash Site: Extraordinary

This chap Benjamin Wagner has been sending me demos of his music for about five or six months now. And a week or so ago he finally sent me an album that he is self-releasing and that he is selling on his website and at gigs. It’s an album that has been a year in...

Rock & Scroll: The Intel Music Fest

If someone yells out “Free Bird” at a computer screen, does it still make a sound? In the Internet era, rock tours are coming to homes (and offices) near you; this summer’s websites range from glorified souvenir programs to on air concerts. The...

Wagner Acoustic Again for ‘Bloom’

Although his music has been compared to that of James Taylor, Michael Penn, Jeffrey Gaines and Suzanne Vega, Saratoga Springs resident Benjamin Wagner has his roots in a somewhat louder tradition. While an undergraduate at Syracuse University, Wagner led a jangly...

Benjamin Wagner’s Caffe Lena Debut

Benjamin Wagner may just be the nicest guy in the Capital District. For some reason, he just exudes friendliness, onstage and off. The 22-year-old, a recent transplant to Saratoga Springs, does not look like the typical introspective songer/songwriter type. For one...

New Albums Spring Up

Last week, Soundcheck heralded the arrival of spring with a story about “One More Monster,” the debut from the band Bloom. This week, Soundcheck continues the theme of spring-in-bloom — or maybe Bloomin’ Spring? — by announcing the...