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Marco Benevento releases: Woodstock Sessions / offBEAT review

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Locals probably know Marco best as a late-period member of Garage a Trois, unless you really keep your ear close to the New York experimental rock scene, in which case you may be familiar with his many scene collaborations, his artist collective Royal Potato Family, his self-owned studio called Fred Short, or his array of mostly instrumental solo releases. Benevento may have fully revealed himself with this album, however, as the Millennial Todd Rundgren: a pop classicist sporting a deeply weird streak, a genuine studio rat with genuine blue-eyed soul, a piano-rock maven with a flair for the psychedelic, and a wizard/true star who's secret is that his music is as warm and inclusive as it is stylistically expansive. It all comes to a head on this 6 (or 7) song release, a full-length addition to the Woodstock Sessions imprimatur that seeks to popularize Applehead Studios in upstate New York with live, in-house performances.