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Quality events for this weekend vol. 122
Friday February 28 Nine Pin Cider Works Grand Opening: First day for the first farm cidery in New York. Pecha Kucha at Opalka Gallery: 20 slides in 20 seconds. To the point. Sounds rad. Troy Night Out: It’s the 8th Birthday of TNO! Go out and get weird. 4th Street Funnies at Kokopellis: Comedy show
America’s Test Kitchen at the Palace
The Palace has recently announced that on Sunday April 13 America’s Test Kitchen will be coming to town. If you are interested in cooking at all, and somehow don’t yet know about ATK, do yourself a favor and watch the video above. From the copy: America’s Test Kitchen on PBS is one of the most
Nine Pin Cider Works to open Friday
Last week, Governor Cuomo announced Nine Pin was the first licensed cidery under the new farm cidery laws, and this week Nine Pin Cider Works will be holding a grand opening celebration. The grand opening will take place on February 28 at 3pm, at Nine Pin’s production facility and tasting room at 929 Broadway in
Giant Gorilla Dog Thing: HORSE Announcement
On March 28th, Pig Food Records will release HORSE, and there’s no better way to announce it than with a commercial. Pay attention to the lyrics since they’re actually giving you details on the release. HORSE be available digitally, as well as double LP format. More info on the PFR site.
Troy resident, historian and blogger Suzanne Spellen profiled in the New York Times
Ms. Spellen is finding a way to make the move work, in part by using about one post a month to introduce the charms of Troy’s architecture to Brooklyn readers. Click the image above to read the full piece.
Peg/Hand Habits split 10″ out today via Eschatone Records
Peg, from Long Beach, California teamed up with Albany, NY dream-pop outfit Hand Habits to offer a split on Eschatone Records. Peg is a new psych-rock solo project from Avi Buffalo drummer Sheridan Riley and friends. By now you should know about Hand Habits, which is Meg Duffy’s superlative project. Give half the split a
Quality events for this weekend vol. 121
Friday February 21 Bear Grass, Immaculate Heart and Thomas LaFond at Tierra Coffee (Madison): Free music, dawg. Yes! at The Albany Center Gallery: Poetry and performance series with Claire Donato, Jeff T. Johnson and Eric Hardiman. Bobby Long at the Linda: With With Tor & the Fjords. Pony in the Pancake, Gusto at The Low
Phantogram on Jimmy Kimmel
Too good. Loving the full band. Pick up their new album via iTunes, and be sure to watch the other video from last night.
Opening day at The Low Beat: Photos
After hearing rumors of a soft opening of The Low Beat, I had to check the space out. I had wanted to check it out while they were still working on the inside, but because that didn’t happen, I had no idea what to expect. The Low Beat sits at 335 Central Ave next to
Stream PHANTOGRAM’s whole album ‘Voices’ via NPR
Whole album, start to finish, from NPR.
Andrew’s Music Monday: Gorgeous Children, Future Brown
Future Brown is a club-music supergroup consisting of Fatima Al Qadiri of Fade to Mind, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda, better known as Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush, the mind behind NYC label Lit City Trax and curator of many-a-night at the late 285 Kent. I’ve caught a few of their tunes throughout a few mixes (namely
PHANTOGRAM’s new video for ‘Fall In Love’
Another rad video for a rad song from our very own. Their new album, Voices comes out February 18th, and they will be playing that night on Jimmy Kimmel Live to celebrate. You can pre-order Voices via iTunes.
Quality events for this weekend vol. 120
Don’t forget that it’s Valentine’s last weekend! Friday February 7 Slowshine, Secret Release and Bear Grass at Valentine’s: Indie jams. It’s First Friday. Check out art galleries, shops, bars and all of that. It’s rad. RA The Rugged Man at Bogie’s: With many more artists on the bill. Just-in Time for Friday: True holding down
It’s officially Valentine’s last weekend
That’s right, after months of “last shows”, the time has actually come. This weekends lineup features Slowshine, Secret Release and Bear Grass on Friday, and Sgt. Dunbar with the Parlor on Saturday, followed by EIGHTIES, which will most likely devolve into an anything and everything last-night-at-Valentine’s-dance-party.
WEQX presents free show with Surfer Blood
WEQX recently announced a free show with indie rock bros Surfer Blood. The show will take place on Saturday, February 22 at Nanola in Malta and there is no ticket needed, just show up. Read more details and RSVP on the event page.
Sun Ra’s ‘Space Is the Place’ at the UAG
On Wednesday, February 12th, the Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents a night of film and music at the UAG. The film portion kicks off at 7 with Sun Ra‘s 1974 sci-fi film Space Is the Place. The following is the first sentence of the plot of the film: Sun Ra, who has been reported lost
Carmen’s Cuban restaurant in Troy to extend hours and menu
Great news sent over from Duncan Crary: Carmen’s will now be open five days instead of three. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday additions include soups, salads, sandwiches and light dinners, with local delivery available with a $15 minimum order. Friday night is still Tapas Night, and the full weekend menu is still offered. New hours will
Bill Burr at the Palace, April 27th
The Palace Theater recently announced that international funny man Bill Burr will be playing in Albany on April 27th. Tickets are $25-$59 and are already on sale via ticketmaster.
Moon Magick and Fountainsun at the UAG: Video
This past Friday, the UAG played host to an awesome show with Moon Magick and Fountainsun. Moon Magick is made up of two friends of mine, Phil and Laura. They played twenty-three minutes (the correct amount of time for any band to play) worth of etherial, electronic music with a smattering of effect-laden guitar. Let
A first look at Superior Merchandise Co.: Photos
As all classic novels begin, I recently got a follow on Instagram from an account of interest. Said account is a not-yet-in-existence business based in Troy. The tagline read “Design Boutique and Bookstore + Beer, Wine and Coffee Bar”, so clearly, I was interested. About ten seconds of digging led me through their photos and
Quality events for this weekend vol. 119
Friday January 31 Troy Night Out: Art, drinking, dancing, shops, etc. Duh. 4th St. Funnies Comedy Show at Kokopellis: Laugh and drink all while dodging police batons! Fountainsun and Moon Magick at UAG: Daniel Higgs from Lungfish on Lark Street. Yo. And Moon Magick is dope too. Saint Rose Jazz Faculty Performance: The faculty doing
The Gap by Ira Glass, animated by Daniel Sax
As a photographer, this really spoke to me. That slump is very difficult to get through but it’s what makes a pro a pro. Brilliant.
Rosary Beard at Tierra Coffee Roasters: Video
Last night, Rosary Beard popped into Tierra on Delaware Ave for a an intimate acoustic performance. Rosary Beard is intricate, harmonious guitar music without any vocals which is perfect for a coffee shop. If you missed out (or want to relive last night) you can check the video I took below, and if you want
Juicy J at the Upstate Concert Hall
The Upstate Concert Hall announced yesterday that Juicy J will be playing the UCH Sunday March 16th with special guest Travis Scott. Tickets are $25 and go on sale Friday. More details (not really) via the UCH website.
Albany’s proposed crude oil plant is a huge risk
Video by Justin Mikulka Take a minute and watch the video above. Scary stuff to say the least. From Duncan Crary: Global Companies, a unit of Global Partners, based in Waltham, Mass., plans to build a 2,600-square-foot facility at the port’s rail yard to heat crude as it is pumped out of rail cars and
Quality events for this weekend vol. 118
Friday January 24 Pony in the Pancake, Deep Pockets, Ferriday and Bare Mattress at Valentine’s: Awesome bill of bands on this one. Gonna be radical. Cretin Hop at Fuze: Albany’s rock and roll dance party. Guaranteed to be mad weird. Saturday January 25 CRCC Presents “Coffee Brew Method Exploration” at Healthy Living: If you care
6th Annual Beat*Shot spins for J Dilla
At the Hollow on February 1st, Beat*Shot and Sub-Bombin Records will honor one of the greatest producers of all time, J Dilla, with their 6th annual Beat*Shot spins for J Dilla event. J Dilla died at the age of 32 from a rare blood disease, and the night will benefit the foundation set up in
Tonight: The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act (A Play)
There is an awesome sounding show happening tonight at the Contemporary Artists Center in Troy. Self described as “a DIY hodge-podge of experimental theater, puppetry, adventure, dance, ingenious nomadic set design, and the history of science”, there’s a nil chance those in attendance won’t be entertained. From the event page: “In the wilds of Siberia,
Leather Couch Sessions at Tierra
Tierra has been hosting shows and all sorts of other events at their Madison Ave location, and are now doing the same at their Delaware Ave spot. The next show in their Leather Couch Series is Rosary Beard, on January 28th at 292 Delaware Ave. Keep your eyes on the Tierra Coffee Facebook page for
Quality events for this weekend vol. 117
Friday January 17 Catch a movie at the Madison Theater: Reopening today! Drew and the Grand Spectacular at Tierra: With Brandon Powers-Green and Bess & Adian. Sokea Piste, Aggressive Response, Kitty Little and Male Patterns: Punk jams. Wine and Dine for the Arts: Tons of wine, spirits, beer and food. Saturday January 18 Ryan Moore,
The New Madison Theater opening Friday: Photos
Yesterday, I stopped by the Madison Theater to check out the changes that have been taking place over the past few months, and to talk about what to expect when they re-open. To make a long story short, Tierra Farm has bought the theater since the landlords wouldn’t guarantee a renewed lease for the coffee
Screen Print Biennial
Still quite a ways out, but this event looks awesome. From the event’s website: In September, 2014, the Arts Center of the Capitol Region in Troy, NY will be hosting the first ever East Coast National Screenprint Biennial. There is currently no screenprint biennial in the United States, and this exhibition will be an opportunity
Quality events for this weekend vol. 116
Friday January 10 Most Fabulous Story Ever Told at Confetti Stage: A comedic re-imagining of the bible, through the eyes of Adam and Steve. The Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York at Tierra: Some tunes to enjoy while grabbing a cup of coffee. Hammer Hawk, Rival Galaxies, Beaked Whale at Pauly’s: Jams for days.
Yeezus tour coming to the TU Center (and tickets are now on sale)
Just announced via kanyewest.com, the Yeezus tour has been extended and will hit The Times Union Center on February 19th. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am via Ticketmaster (or timesunion.com). Tickets start at $50 and go up from there. Tickets are now for sale on Ticketmaster.com, a day early. The presale code is
The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told
This had me at “a comedic re-imagining of the Bible”. What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to be in love? What does it mean to be “fabulous”? Learn from the world’s first couple, Adam and Steve, that it’s never too late to teach an Old Testament new tricks in this
Pre-order the new Bell’s Roar album
Bell’s Roar, an Albany-based indie-electronic artist has set up a pre-order for her new album to help with some of the production costs. Not sure how it’s taken me this long to hear about Bell’s Roar but I’m loving the tunes, so I can’t wait for the album. You can stream the demo below, and
MaryLeigh Roohan releasing new album
MaryLeigh has been busy writing and recording since last summer, and the time has come to share what she has been working on. I’ve seen her play countless times and it’s always a treat, so I’m especially excited for a new album. Her new album is titled Skin and Bone, and you can stream it
Fountainsun (Daniel Higgs) and Moon Magick at the UAG
On Friday January 31st at the Upstate Artists Guild, Daniel Higg’s newest project, Fountainsun will be playing alongside Albany natives, Moon Magick. Daniel Higgs is best known for his work with Lungfish, a band out of Baltimore with an incredibly dedicated listenership. From the event page: Daniel Arcus Incus Ululat Higgs is a musician and
Quality events for this weekend vol. 115
Friday January 3 First Friday: Eff this cold weather and check out some art, shops and music. Saturday January 4 Eighties at Valentine’s: You know the deal. Disposable Rocket Band at Steamer 10: With We are Architects and AwakeFM. Salutations of the Season! at the Schuyler Mansion: Celebrate the Schuyler fam in a freaking mansion.
Ravens Head Brewing’s plans delayed
From the ABR: Cleary and Decker are also searching for investors after some apparently had second thoughts because of the location, Tremblay said. The original plan was to open a brewery at the former St. Joseph’s Church in Albany, but that was dropped because of neighborhood opposition. … Cleary and Decker couldn’t be reached for
Upstate NY airport selected for drone testing
From the AP: The FAA announced Monday that the research and development to be conducted at Griffiss International Airport in Rome in Oneida County will look into integrating drones into the congested northeast airspace. [...] U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, called the announcement a “slam dunk” for central and northern New York.
Bad Friends Minor Threat cover set at Valentine’s
This past Saturday, Valentine’s had their annual Ghosts of Hardcore Past show. Bad Friends covered Minor Threat, and played their fist two EPs back to back. The room went nuts, there was plenty of stage diving, circle pits and singalongs. Props to Chris Scesny for recording this!
Quality events for this weekend vol. 114
Friday December 27 4th St. Funnies Comedy Show at Kokopellis: Jokes in Troy with great comedians. Cretin Hop at Fuze Box: Guitar music and dancing! Producers Showcase at Pauly’s: Nice big hip-hop show to kick off the weekend. Fourth Friday & Everything Classic at Justin’s: All the classics with Truemastr and Nate Da Great. Saturday
Lucas Confectionery’s ‘Totally Fancy’ New Year’s Eve
If you’re still unsure of what you’re doing this New Year’s, why not guarantee you have a good night over at The Confectionery. In their garden patio, under the retractable roof, they’re having two tastings which includes unlimited champagne and sparkling wine, as well as caviar, oysters, cheeses and even more foodstuffs. There’s a 6-8
Tonight: Fundraiser for Daisy Baker’s
A few night ago, Daisy Baker’s kitchen was destroyed by a broken pipe. To make the best of the situation, the staff of Daisy’s is taking over Bacchus for a fundraiser. The fundraiser is not for the kitchen, which insurance will cover, but for the staff’s lost wages. For more details, you can read the
Liu+B’s Albany wedding video
Can’t believe I’m posting a wedding video, but it’s pretty dope to just ‘go for it’ with respect to using the Capitol for your ceremony location. Reception at the Wine Bar ain’t too shabby either. Awesome video.
Quality events for this weekend vol. 113
Friday, December 20 Bam Margera at Bogie’s: Hahahahahahaha. Coffee and Comedy at HRCH: Hang out and laugh. All new line up. The Figgs and Kitty Little at Valentine’s: Great music from two Albany staples. The last time for either of these bands at Valentine’s in it’s current form. Empire State Heavyweights at the Hollow: Serious
Guided Tour of Tierra Farm (and other great classes at HWFC)
While checking out the HWFC Calendar, I saw that Tierra Farm is offering a guided tour. An awesome opportunity for everyone to check out where their coffee, nuts and other food is coming from. I strongly recommend you stay up to date with the HWFC event calendar. Most of these classes are free or very
Troy severely botching snow removal
From the TU: The city announced Thursday that any car that hasn’t been moved since snow fell earlier this week will be towed. Much better than just asking people to move their cars when the snow had just fallen. Especially since it’s going to be nearly 60° on Sunday. Also, can’t people in Troy should
Troy is getting a $75M building with apartments, grocery store, indoor sports fields
The ABR revealed the plans for an insane building to be built in Troy, at the base of the hill about a block from EMPAC. Called ‘CityStation North’, the building will have indoor sports fields, a (~50,000 square foot) grocery store, apartments, office space and parking garage. What an awesome feature this will be for