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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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Landlady at The Low Beat

Landlady will be playing The Low Beat on Thursday April 23, alongside Dearest Vendetta. Landlady features Adam Schatz from Man Man, Ian Chang (from Son Lux), Will Graefe (from Star Rover and Jesse Harris’s band), Booker Stardrum (from Cloud Becomes Your Hand and People Get Ready), and Ian Davis (the arranger and leader of Relatives).
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Cymbals Eat Guitars at The Low Beat: Ticket Giveaway

On April 30, Cymbals Eat Guitars will be playing The Low Beat alongside slowshine, and What Moon Things. Dellarocca Booking has hooked us up with a pair of tickets to giveaway to this awesome show, and you can enter to win below. And if you’re not the contest type, tickets are currently available, and are
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A-Holes: A Type Book on Kickstarter

Curtis Canham, a local designer and typography enthusiast is making a book about the negative space in the letter A, or more simply put, A-holes. The book and campaign has gotten press from Fast Co., Design Taxi, and Creative Bloq. Curtis even sent two A-Hole cakes to acclaimed typographer, Jessica Hische to promote the book.
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Local Tasting Series at Brew

Starting on May 14, Brew will be hosting six geographically themed tastings from 5-8 on the each night. The tastings are free. The schedule is as follows: 5/14: Downstate Night with Chatham Brewing and Crossroads Brewing Company. 5/28: Adirondack Night with Adirondack Brewery and Paradox Brewery. 6/11: Troy Night with Brown’s Brewing Company and Rare
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 10 Collage Night at Tiger Trap Studio: Fun art party night for grown-ups. Ground Zero Spring Radtacular Extravaganza: First shows of spring. Dance jams for Friday Night. The Price is Right at The Palace: See Plinko™, Cliffhangers™, and The Big Wheel™ live™ in™ person™. Worthy at Putnam Den: Big ole dance party with
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Ramp Fest 2015

The fifth annual Ramp Fest is coming back to Basilica Hudson 12-4pm on Saturday May 2. Ramps, also known as the spring onion are an early spring vegetable native to our area. There will be chefs from the Hudson Valley and NYC creating dishes that focus on the ramp. There will also be other food,
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Lionheart Pub sold for $3.5m

Michael DeMasi, writing for ABR: Lionheart Pub — an Albany, New York tavern filled with lively conversation, craft beers on tap and nightly English dart leagues — sold for $3.5 million. […] The amount that was paid is stunning, considering the size and location of the property, though both men said the value is justified
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4th Annual Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt

This Sunday is the 4th Annual Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt in Troy at Prospect Park. There will be 3,000 eggs with prizes in them as such as jewelry, alcohol vouchers, and gift cards as well as a silent auction. This fun event has benefitted different charities in the past, raising over $20,000 to battle
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Jessica Pratt at BSP Kingston

Jessica Pratt, incredible musician and singer-songwriter will be at BSP Kingston on Saturday June 20. Pratt is based in LA, and has recently released her second album On Your Own Love Again on Drag City Records. Impose did a great interview with Jessica a few years ago which should give you a nice little look
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Hudson Valley Hops 2015

Hudson Valley Hops is back at the Albany Institute of History and Art on April 18. This event offers craft beer and cider tastings from regional brewers and is a fundraiser for the museum. The Albany Institute will even have brewing and distilling artifacts on display from their collection. Breweries include Adirondack Pub & Brewery,
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2015 Tour of the Battenkill

The 2015 Tour of the Battenkill is next weekend, April 18 and 19 in Washington County. Battenkill is an enormous single day bike race and is only a short drive away. The race itself takes place over some incredibly scenic paved and dirt roads. Saturday is the pro race, where you can spectate and watch
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Mary Norris at the NYS Museum

Mary Norris is the famed copy editor of New York Magazine, and is affectionately known as ‘The Comma Queen’. Mary will be reading from her new book in the Huxley Auditorium at the NYS Museum on Thursday, April 9 at 8pm. She will also be giving an informal seminar in Humanities 354 at UAlbany earlier
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday April 3 First Friday Albany: Arts and culture event every month. Galleries, bars, restaurants and music venues will all have something special going on. DISCOFUNK at The Low Beat: First Friday happy hour. First Friday at Albany Institute of History & Art: Free to the public for First Friday. Graham Tichy Band at Albany
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Tulip Fest 2015 Lineup Announced

Saturday May 9 Main Stage Flagship (1pm) Joywave (2:30pm) The Kooks (4pm) Local Stage Holly & Evan (1:15pm) The Spectatular Average Boys (2:30pm) Jocelyn Arndt (3:45pm) The Orange (5pm) Sunday May 10 Main Stage Sirsy (1pm) Elvis 80 (2:30pm) Oh Honey (4:30pm) Local Stage The Sea The Sea (1:30pm) Matt Durfee & The Rattling Baddlies
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CANstruction at the NYS Museum

CANstruction is back at the NYS Museum starting this Wednesday and runs until April 16. This CANstruction will benefit the Food Pantries for the Capital District. Check out the gallery from the 2012 CANstruction and head to the musesum to check out the exhibit. You are encouraged bring cans to the exhibit to use as
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday March 27 Troy Night Out: Arts and culture throughout the Collar City. Pick a few things you wanna see go see them. Clothing Sale at ReStyle: Benefit for Unity House and Margination, everything under $12. March TNO Print Off at Troy Cloth and Paper: Get your limited edition poster designed by Phil Pascuzzo, and
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24-Hour Drone at Basilica Hudson

Basilica Hudson is hosting a 24-hour drone show from Saturday April 25 at 3pm until Sunday April 26 at 3pm. This event is presented in collaboration the Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht, Netherlands. The artists on this show experiment in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western and instrumental drone music. The event will be a fully
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Geert Lovink at RPI

Geert Lovink, will be speaking at Rensselaer on Wednesday, April 1 at 6pm, and is free and open to the public. Lovink is a media theorist, Internet critic, and founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. Lovink’s talk is titled “Critical Internet Cultures after Snowden”. During the lecture, Lovink will discuss current strategies and
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Youth FX at The Spectrum

Tomorrow, The Spectrum will be hosting Youth FX, Albany’s award winning teen filmmaking program, which is part of Grand Street Community Arts. All of the proceeds go to the program, and after the screenings there is a Q&A with the filmmakers. Among the wide range of topics the Youth FX filmmakers explored this past year
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Shana Falana at The Low Beat

Shana Falana is set to play The Low Beat on Thursday, April 2. Shana Falana recently premered a track from their upcoming album Set Your Lightning Free to great acclaim. Also on the bill are friends and favorites Moon Magick and Troy’s Eternal Crimes. Stream some music below and mark your calendar. This show is
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday March 20 LOOK! at Albany Center Gallery: Featuring 25 young artists, music from DJ Trumastr and much more. PechaKucha at Opalka Gallery: Interesting talks featuring 20 images for 20 seconds each. DD Dorvillier: “Extra Shapes” at EMPAC: “performance for lunging figures, a musical concert for loudspeakers, and a light show” Lower Dens at The
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Troy, NY posters by Phil Pascuzzo

Troy Cloth & Paper posted up a fun event for this month’s Troy Night Out, which features a spectator friendly production run of a really awesome poster designed by Phil Pascuzzo. From the event page: Every Troy Night Out we live-print a framable art print which has been designed by a different local artist. The
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Create Upstate 2015

Create Upsate, a two-day design conference in Syracuse, is is just under a month away. The schedule is available for you to take a look and see the topics that make up this year’s conference. Registration is still open so get your tickets soon. Similar conferences typically involve flights and much more planning than simply
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10 Songs Per Minute: Capital Region

The Capital Region was recently cast in The Cutting Room’s latest 10 Songs Per Minute videos. Great to see some local favorites in there as well as some that were previously unknown to me. Definitely give the video a watch. If you’re into this sort of music discovery service for a broader spectrum of music,
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‘Empac Shrugs Popularity to Promote Creative Liberty in Troy, N.Y.’

From The New York Times: As universities become, more and more, the American institutions best equipped to fund artmaking, Empac’s thoroughly academic approach may become more common, valuing exploration and incremental advancement of the field as ends in themselves. The whole article is a quick read, so get to it. Check out EMPAC’s schedule and
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday March 13 Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Now featuring law enforcement. Vow of Hatred, Hometown Hate, and more at Bogies: Beatdown hardcore. Start Making Sense with HmfO at The Hollow: Talking Heads and Hall and Oates tribute bands. Talea Ensemble at EMPAC: US premiere of Enno Poppe’s Speicher. Saturday March 14 Perspective, a lovely
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Erykah Badu at SPAC

Erykah Badu will be playing SPAC on Sunday June 28 as part of Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival. Also on the bill is Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Cassandra Wilson, Al Di Meola Electric Band, Christian McBride Big Band, Pedrito Martinez Group, Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express, Theo Croker, Sheila E., Snarky Puppy, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters,
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Bill Nye at UAlbany

Bill Nye will be speaking at UAlbany’s SEFCU Arena on March 25. The talk is part of UAlbany’s World Within Reach Speaker Series. The first 1000 students get a free copy of his latest book, Undeniable. Tickets are available to the general public on March 13, March 23 and March 24 in the Campus Center
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Storytime Time at Cafe Nola

Storytime Time is back at Cafe Nola in Schenectady this Wednesday. Storytime Time is a comedic storytelling show that’s hosted by Ethan Ullman and features storytellers Talia Cass, Richard Lovrich, Kevin Kaszubowski, Michael McLaughlin and more. Storytime Time happens every second Wednesday. Read more on the facebook event go and check out the show! I
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Bear Grass – Clock In The Corner

A little while back, Bear Grass shared their video entry into NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest. It’s a fun video for a great song and I’d recommend giving it a listen. If you like what you hear, check out their bandcamp for more. Bear Grass is Katie Hammon (lead vocals and guitar), Tommy Krebs (Guitar,
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Sponsor: Knotted at Takk House

My thanks to Knotted for sponsoring KAB this week. Knotted is a wedding show taking place at Troy’s awesome new space, Takk House. From the event on facebook: Knotted is a curated wedding showcase for the offbeat couple who doesn’t quite fit the traditional wedding market. This show is anything but that. Carefully curated Knotted
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday March 6 37th Annual Photography Regional at The Opalka Gallery: Amazing work from local photographers. First Friday Albany: Arts and culture event every month. Galleries, bars, restaurants and music venues will all have something special going on. Disco Funk at the Low Beat: Start your First Friday off right. Kitchens open too. Migos at
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Albany Law to host LGBT Law Day

From reddit user LGBT_Throwagay: Albany Law School is hosting an LGBT Law Day on March 21st, that provides free legal consultations with practicing attorneys on a wide variety of issues that affect the LGBT community. Healthcare proxies, end of life planning, powers of attorney, name changes, gender-marker changes, adoption, discrimination, immigration, child custody, healthcare policies
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105.7 is now Santa FM, 24/7 Christmas music

From the TU: “This might strike some as being risky in this environment of new media, but I’ve looked at the numbers and they don’t lie. There’s literally a clamoring for Christmas music 24/7/365/52,” says Townsquare Media’s Local Market President, Jake Demmin. Townsquare owns WQSH 105.7 FM. You can tune in online and make everyone
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Solid Sound 2015

Solid Sound Festival has announced the 2015 line up. This years festival will be June 26-28 and tickets are currently on sale, which includes three-day-passes and camping options. Pretty awesome lineup that has a great variety to it, especially the comedians. Bill Frisell Cibo Matto Charles Lloyd Quartet Expandable Brass Band The Felice Brothers Glenn
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Checking out Weird Beard Candle Co.

I was fumbling around on Instagram and noticed activity from a new candle company based in Troy. I love candles and to have a local candle maker is awesome. After a few emails and a little coordination, I visited Weird Beard Candle Company. Weird Beard is a creative husband and wife team. Taking an idea
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Parking and driving in Albany is going to suck tomorrow

From OGS: Approximately 500 buses from across the state will be arriving in downtown Albany area and dropping off passengers on Madison Avenue beginning at approximately 7a.m. and are expected to continue throughout the morning commute. From Capital New York: The roughly 9,000 students and many of their parents will participate in a rally organized
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Big Sean at the UCH

Step Up has announced Big Sean will be playing the Upstate Concert Hall on May 6. Tickets are currently on sale and start at $38. This show was originally scheduled for April 12, and any tickets bought for that show are going to be honored. Big Sean is currently touring in support of his third
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 27 Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour at the Parting Glass Pub: Comedy show in Saratoga. Troy Night Out: Art, culture, food, music and more in Troy. Mallory, The Firs, Tarot Kraut at 51 3rd: TNO art music jams. Two Cow Garage at The Low Beat: With Grainbelt. Tales of Love and Fear at
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Mouse on Mars at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

On March 7, EMPAC will host Mouse on Mars, a German electronic music outfit who have been making music since 1993. From EMPAC: A rare US performance by Mouse on Mars, one of the most influential and innovative duos in German electronic music. For the past 21 years, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 20 New York In Bloom at the Museum: Imagine it’s spring at the annual flower show. Running at the Gas Holder: A circus inside of the famous Gas Holder Building. Winterpills at Caffe Lena: With The Suitcase Junket. Diet Cig, Secret Release, Earl Boykins, Party Boat at The Low Beat: Rock and roll.
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An Evening of Films at the Albany Institute

The Albany Institute of History and Art is hosting An Evening of Films, tomorrow, February 19 as well as February 26. Local filmmakers will be showcasing and discussing their films and videos. The event kicks off at 6 and is free. You can read more on the Albany Institute’s event page.
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Lower Dens at The Half Moon

Baltimore-based Lower Dens is coming to The Half Moon Friday, March 20. Joining them will be Hudson’s own Palm and Sunatirene, also from Baltimore. The show is only $7. Pitchfork recently interviewed Lower Dens which will give you insight into the forthcoming album as well as members of the band. You can check out the
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 13 C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics at the Hangar: Burlesque tribute to The Royal Tenenbaums. And You Were Wonderful, On Stage at EMPAC: “A performance with multiple actors, dancers, and stage sets that attempts to integrate the process of filming into the production itself, the event will be live-streamed and take on the
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Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

EMPAC is brining Mark Fell and Keith Fullerton Whitman to Troy on February 21. The kind folks at EMPAC have given us a pair of tickets to giveaway, which you can enter to win below. The US premiere of a new duo project from two of the most restless innovators in electronic music. Mark Fell
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Tonight: Free show with K.Flay, Titanics, & Bell’s Roar

WEQX is hosting a free show tonight at the Upstate Concert Hall. Doors are at 7pm and Bell’s Roar kicks off the night at right at 8pm. You can read more about the event on the facebook event page. Single by Bell's Roar Stepping Out (Single) by Titanics
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday February 6 1st Friday Albany: Art, culture, events, etc. Albany Frequencies Disco Funk Happy Hour at The Low Beat: Disco jams after work. Wet Dreams, Maggotbrain, Pointblank, Soaker, and Chloroform Party at The Low Beat: Hardcore and metal. Happy Birthday J. Wild Adriatic and Conehead Buddha at the Hollow: Local favorites. Exhuman at Fuze:
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F.A.Q. Circus performing in Troy’s Gasholder Building

On Saturday February 7, F.A.Q. Circus is performing three free twenty-minute shows at The Atrium in Troy, as a preview to their 55 minute shows inside of the Gasholder building. The shows in the Gasholder building will take place on Friday February 20 and Saturday February 21. Founded in 2012, F.A.Q. Circus is a collective
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Saratoga Fat Bike Rally

This Saturday is the Saratoga Fat Bike Rally which is being held at the Saratoga Spa State Park. The Saratoga Fat Bike Rally sprang out the minds of three individuals one night in February, 2014 while riding around the Saratoga State Park. Three hours and maybe a couple of Craft Brews later, we had a
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Knotted at the Takk House

The Takk House is throwing a wedding event that aims to be not like a wedding event. Knotted will take place March 7, 2015 from 12–4pm at the Takk House in Troy. From the event page: Knotted is a curated wedding showcase for the offbeat couple who doesn’t quite fit the traditional wedding market. This
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