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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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Pop Place at Tricentennial Park

For a few more days, Tricentennial Park is hosting an array of vendors in pop up shops. Pop Place is a fun way shot showcase awesome local shops and artists in a fun way, while encouraging people to check out what downtown has to offer. Tonight is the “Experience: Pop Place” event and will will
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Laurel Halo at EMPAC: Recap

This past Friday, upstate New York was gifted with another performance from an artist proudly of the Hyperdub roster. Laurel Halo is a brilliant producer and live electronic musician whose music gets you thinking as much you get lost in it. I first saw Laurel Halo at TURRBOTAX®, a monthly club night in New York
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Troy Restaurant Week starts today

Troy Restaurant Week kicks off today, and features different menu items between $5 and $30 in $5 increments. $5 will get you select lunch items, $10 will get you entress, $20 gets you into dinner territory and $30 gets you big dinners to share. Check the restaurant week price and food list and be sure
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 12 Screen Print Biennial Opening Reception at The Arts Center: An incredible exhibit featuring absolutely incredible artists and artwork. Laurel Halo at EMPAC: Another Hyperdub artist at EMPAC. Go to this if you like electronic music in any capacity. Jocelyn Arndt at the Hollow: With Jenna Paone, Myron James, and Carl Daniels and
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Hannibal Buress at the Egg

One of my favorite comedians, Hannibal Buress just announced tour dates for the fall, and much to my surprise it includes Albany. Hannibal will be at the Egg on November 20 at 8pm. Tickets are $28 and are currently on sale.
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Sean Rowe ‘Madman’

Local hunter-gatherer turned world traveling song-man Sean Rowe has a new album out, and will be performing locally in support of his new album. The new album is called Madman, and is available via iTunes. Tickets are currently on sale for Rowe’s local show, which will be at CAC Woodside on Friday October 3. There
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Rensselaerville Cycling Festival and Grand Fondo

The Rensselaerville Cycling Festival and Grand Fondo is cycling focused event happening on Sunday September 28th in Rensselaerville. The festival portion will offer live music, market vendors, a barbeque and more. If you’re the type of person who would rather ride their bike, they’re offering a ride in four distances (85, 55, 25 and 8
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Kode9 at EMPAC: Recap

Last night at EMPAC, Kode9 showcased that he is a humble performer. The iconic DJ and producer has been influencing the electronic music scene since the early 90s, and it was a truly special occasion that he was able to share his sounds with us on the absolute best sound system in upstate New York.
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TNT at Stacks Espresso Bar: Photos and Recap

Last Thursday, Stacks Espresso Bar on Lark Street had the areas first Thursday Night Throwdown; a latte art competition. Baristas were able to buy in for a few bucks and competed head-to-head in a bracket style competition. If you were knocked out in the first round, you were able to re-buy in for a few
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 149

Friday September 5 Albany First Friday: Art, music, food and more all around. Check Brew for art by Caitlin McCourt, 275 State St for a modern dance performance by Claire Jacob-Zysman and Dancers and the UAG for their annual member’s show. Welcome Back Glam Party at Some Girls: Play dress up over in Troy. Bear
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Richard Barone and Bell’s Roar at The Low Beat

WEXT 97.7 is putting on an awesome show on Saturday September 13th. Richard Barone will be performing songs from his solo albums, The Bongos catalogues, a few tributes and stories as well. Bell’s Roar will be opening up the show. Richard Barone has a crazy long history and it’s super interesting. I’d recommend flipping through
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 148

Friday August 29 Troy Night Out: Last one of the Summer. Sidewalk sale theme going on. Check the Grocery for tacos and Collar City Hard Pressed for juice and juice cocktails. Ecstatic Age at Collar Works: “The environment will combine all the trappings of a rave [...] with the tangible fixtures related to comfort and
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Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors

Tomorrow starts the new monthly comedy series Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Proctors. LA-based comedian Ahmed Bharoocha is the headliner. He’s known for his YouTube comedy sketch series Dead Kevin, which Comedy Central just picked up for their website. The show will also feature Ethan Ullman (as heard on the Howard Stern Show),
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Wellington Hotel Annex: Video

Here’s my video from the Wellington Hotel Annex implosion, which happened earlier today.
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 147

Friday August 22 Collage Night at Collar Works: Your favorite collage night at the new Collar Works gallery space! Titus Andronicus at the Low Beat: With Pelican Movement and Liquor Store. Capital Carshare Block Party: Go learn about the new car share and get some food, music, and art in at the same time. The
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Stacks to host Latte Art Competition

On Thursday, September 4, Stacks Espresso Bar with the Capital Region Coffee Collective will be hosting the area’s first Thursday Night Throwdown latte art competition. The competition is a fun bracket style shootout. These friendly competitions are created with the goal of cultivating the coffee culture in the area. Sign up is at 5:30pm and
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Cymbals Eat Guitars tonight in Kingston

Cymbals Eat Guitars are playing BSP Kingston tonight at 9pm. From the NPR preview of the new album, Lose: Lose, Cymbals Eat Guitars’ third album, finds the band sticking to its old structural modus operandi — namely, stitching thunderous vamps together into rambling odysseys, then interspersing those numbers among marginally more focused songs — but
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Basilica Soundscape 2014

The full line up for the 2014 Basilica Soundscape has been published. The two-day festival will take place on September 12 & 13 at Basilica Hudson, a former glue factory in Hudson, NY. The line up is pretty eclectic in the best way possible and the whole event sounds like well thought out and super
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Wellington Hotel Annex to be imploded Saturday

UPDATE: This has been changed to Saturday from Thursday. Jordan Carleo-Evangelist for the TU: City officials have approved the plan by Columbia Development to implode the 11-story Wellington Annex on Thursday to make way for the new downtown convention center, the company announced Friday. The explosive demolition by Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Inc. is scheduled for
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 146

Friday August 15 RestFest at CAC Woodside: With Wild Adriatic, The Orange Careers, Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang, Kimono Dragons, The North and South Dakotas, Maybird, Secret Release. Screening: Programs I & II, Colony of Light at Basilica Hudson: Film screenings, and the artists will be present. Read the description for the full
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Doug Bartow at Create Upstate 2014: You Can Do World-Class Design Work In UPSTNY

Create Upstate, the Syracuse-based design conference that took place in May just published a video of Doug Bartow’s talk. Doug is both Principal and Design Director at id29 in Troy. If you’re unfamiliar with id29, they have clients such as Albany Distilling, Brown’s Brewing, Firefly Bicycles and many more. Doug’s talk focuses on the design
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Collage Night at Collar Works

Collage Night is back on August 22 and will be held in the new Collar Works gallery space at 137 4th Street. Dig through vintage magazines and books to create a fun collage while listening to tunes and enjoying the company. There will be a pop-up shop from Fort Orange General Store and beverages provided
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‘Nas: Time is Illmatic’ at the Palace

On Friday October 3rd, Nas will be at the Palace Theater in conjunction with a screening of his documentary Nas: Time is Illmatic. The show will begin with a screening of the film, and then Nas will perform Illmatic from start to finish. Seriously. From the event page: “Nas: Time is Illmatic” – which opens
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Windham World Cup: Recap and Photos

Yesterday, I checked out the Windham World Cup. I unfortunately could only make Sunday’s races, but it was still really awesome to check out a huge caliber cycling event so close by. The first race I caught was the Elite Women’s XCO (cross country) race. I posted up in the woods in a fast little
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 145

Friday Aug 8 Michael Lindsay Hogg at Basilica Hudson: Film screening, reading and chat with acclaimed film and television director, artist, and author. The Enders at the Low Beat: Burlesque in between sets. With Middle Son, New Red Square, Totally Gnarly. Despicable Me 2 in West Capitol Park: Free movie in the park, as part
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2014 Windham Mountain Bike World Cup Festival

This weekend, at Windham Mountain is the Windham Mountain Bike World Cup Festival. This is a UCI World Cup event meaning it’s the highest level mountain biking racing that exists. These races bring mountain biking’s biggest racers from more than 35 countries, as well as international media. The races are streamed online, broadcast around the
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Collar City Hard Pressed juice and smoothie shop now open

As of today, Collar City Hard Pressed is opened at 215 Broadway, right next to The Grocery. The shop itself is carved out of a little area inside The Clark House, which houses The Grocery, Broadway News, and the-soon-to-reopen Tavern Restaurant. If you’ve seen the Collar City Hard Pressed stand at the Troy Farmer’s Market,
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EMPAC announces Fall 2014 season

EMPAC has posted up their schedule of events for the Fall season. Of note is Kode9 and Laurel Halo, performing in the second week of September. There’s so many awesome performances, talks, music and more set for this season. I strongly recommend reading through the list of events and just simply going to anything you
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Hotel in Hudson fines guests $500 for negative online reviews (Updated)

From Page Six: “Please know that despite the fact that wedding couples love Hudson and our inn, your friends and families may not,” reads an online policy. “If you have booked the inn for a wedding or other type of event . . . and given us a deposit of any kind . . . there will be a
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 144

Friday Aug 1 First Friday: It’s the first Friday of the month. Which means there’s art and other art related things going on. Vegan Vegout at Iron Gate: Featuring an all vegan menu with artwork by Caitlin McCourt. The Cosmic Works of Roland Graves at the Machine: Art. Go look at it. First Friday at
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Barons in the Attic – You Can’t Front on That

Barons in the Attic recently called it quits. They’ve released all their music for free on bandcamp and have just well as publishing a career introspective video into their band. The (partial) description from the YouTube page Barons in the Attic started in 2008 as many bands do; just some dudes messing around in a
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WEQX announces Pearlpalooza lineup

WEQX just posted the first rumblings of the Pearlpalooza lineup to their facebook. Here it is, the lineup for Pearlpalooza! Join us Saturday, September 13th 2014 in downtown Albany for performances by: Wild Adriatic, Northern Faces, Slaptop, The Weeks, Royal Bangs, Terraplane Sun aaaand we’re still cookin up something else real nice for ya! As
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2014 Altamont Fair running from Aug 12 to 17

The Altamont Fair has announced their schedule, as well as list of events for their 2014 season. There’s a crazy amount of things on their schedule, so be sure to check it out before making your visit.
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Red Square is now Parish Public House

Red Square has recently rebranded and expanded into Parish Public House, a “Louisiana Eatery & Drinkery”. “It was always the plan to open our kitchen and expand the business beyond just our live music events,” explains Verret. “That plan has finally come to fruition with the launch of Parish Public House. It is not just
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 143

Friday July 25 Troy Night Out: You know the drill by now. Living room concert with Eef Barzelay in Delmar: Unique, intimate concert. Great Mutations album release at the Low Beat: With Hammer Hawk and The Firs. The WonderBeards at Pauly’s: With Che Guevara T-Shirt, The Midnight Society. Stephin Merritt at Helsinki Hudson: From Magnetic
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Bike share trial now live in Troy

From Capital Moves: There will be 25 bicycles available for use between 10am and 8pm at one or more locations in each City. Locations are planned to include Jay Street at State Street in Schenectady, Riverfront Park in Troy, Broadway at Division Street in Saratoga Springs, and Washington Park in Albany. Once registered, participants will
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Titus Andronicus, Liquor Store, and Pelican Movement at The Low Beat

Dellarocca Booking is bringing Titus Andronicus, Liquor Store and Pelican Movement to The Low Beat on Friday August 22. Tickets are on sale now are are $12 in advance. Learn more on the event page and have a listen below. In The Garden by Liquor Store
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 142

Friday July 18 The Track: It’s opening day. Caffeinated Wax at Tierra Madison: All vinyl set with DJ Tall Matt. The Firs, Broken Field Runner, Blind Mice, and Laura Murphy at the UAG: Folk/punk jams. The Lucky Jukebox Brigade and Black Mountain Symphony at the Hollow: LJB’s record release party. Garage Bands with Party Boat,
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Living room concert with Eef Barzelay

The lovely hosts from Eef’s last living room show are throwing another one. If you missed the last show, or have no idea who Eef Barzelay or Clem Snide is, watch the video above to get familliar. All the details are available on the ticket site. See you there!
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Talk with Illustrator Craig Frazier at The Foundry for Art Design + Culture

The Foundry is hosting another one of their awesome design talks this Thursday at 6:30pm with illustrator Craig Frazier. From the event page Craig Frazier, one of the leading conceptual illustrators producing editorial, corporate and publishing work worldwide, will demonstrate the discipline of developing ideas through the process of sketching and will share his outlook
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Saturday: The Parlor, Careers, and Pony in the Pancake at the Hollow

The Parlor has set up a show in tandem with their crowdfunding campaign for their new album. The crowdfunding bit is to help with “post-production studio costs of remixing and mastering our album, the cost of making physical copies of the album and promotional expenses, including music videos and a press campaign”. In exchange for
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Beat*Shot Music Festival: Photos and (Partial) Recap

This past weekend was the Beat*Shot Music Festival, which is one of my favorite fixtures of the Albany-area music scene. The festival (which doesn’t involve mud, not showering or neon fuzzy boots) took place over at The Hollow on Pearl Street. I showed up to the show with basically no knowledge of who was playing
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 141

Friday July 11 Beat*Shot Music Festival at The Hollow: If you dont know, read up real quick. Nightfall at the Albany Barn: Night themed artwork from many locals. In Circles, New Red Scare and Boxer Brown at the Low Beat: Punk it up. Snoop at UCH: With Jedi Ry, D3V and DJ Playground. Saturday July
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Checking out Brew

Yesterday I stopped into Brew to grab some coffee and check out their offerings. The shop, which is at 209 Lark Street is definitely an awesome and very welcomed addition to the area. For coffee alone, they bring a variety and quality of beans from roasters which weren’t present in our area before. From there,
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This weekend: 6th Annual Beat*Shot Music Festival

This weekend is the 6th Annual Beat*Shot Music Festival at The Hollow. This two day festival is a celebration of hip-hop, DJs, beat boxers, vocalists, film, dance, and poetry, and features talented artists from around the country, not to mention headliner Pharoahe Monch. Beat*Shot and Iron Bar Collective have set up a tournament-style beatbox battle
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 140

Friday July 4 Fireworks at the Plaza: You know the drill. Also check this reddit thread if you’re looking for a different spot to watch the fireworks. Built4BBQ’s Star Spangled Bonanza at the Low Beat: Two venue eight band extravaganza! Saturday July 5 BOM at McGeary’s: It’s G.Bags YFFR3 mixtape release party with Mike Arson
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Brew set to open July 4

Brew, the craft beverage shop at 209 Lark Street will open it’s doors July 4th at noon. They’ll be your spot to grab some cold beers, coffee or teas on your way down to the plaza firework show, or on the way to your friend’s barbecue. They will have over 150 beers from 50 breweries
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Full Basilica Soundscape line-up announced

The 2014 lineup for Basilica Soundscape has been announced. This two-day musc and art festival takes place in the repurposed 1800s factory, Basilica Hudson. The line-up is as follows: FRIDAY + legendary New York psych band Endless Boogie + Balinese ensemble Gamelan Dharma Swara + musician and sound artist Tim Hecker + the breezy and
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Tonight: Soul Cafe Monthly Community Dinner

Tonight marks the first Soul Cafe community meal, which takes place at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State Street in Albany. This month’s theme is Cuban Night, with a menu created by Chris Faraci of Carmen’s Café in Troy. Soul Cafe is a volunteer-run dinner and there is a suggested donation of $3. Read more on
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 139

Friday June 27 Brew pop-up shop at Fort Orange General Store: See what this Brew place is going to be all about. Actuator release party at Pauly’s: Hip-hop show to celebrate an EP release. The Cretin Hop at the Fuze Box: Punk rock dance party. Ramshackle Glory at the First Unitarian Church: With Steve Layman
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