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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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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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Brew pop-up shop at Fort Orange General Store

Tomorrow night, there will be a Brew pop-up shop at the Fort Orange General Store. There will be cold brewed coffee, tastings, growler sign ups as well as whole bean coffees to take home. The event starts at 5pm. If you’ve been living under a rock, Brew is going to be a craft beverage shop
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Bike share program coming to Albany (and Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga)

As reported by CBS6: The Capital District Transportation Committee will launch a pilot program in Schenectady in July, followed by Troy, Saratoga Springs and Albany. The bike-sharing program will spend a week in each city and will allow registered riders to grab one of 25 bicycles at kiosks. Committee officials say they’ll use the weeklong
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Early bird tickets available for Level Up Conference

Level Up, a creative tech conference taking place on October 8 and 9 in Saratoga has put for sale their first set of tickets. If you’re likely to attend such a conference, you can save $50 by purchasing your tickets before tomorrow. Speakers for Level Up include talented designers from Amazon, SoundCloud, Quora, Seven Heads
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Early bird tickets currently available for RESTFEST

RESTFEST hasn’t announced all the bands who will be playing yet, but if you’ll most likely end up going you should swoop one of their early bird tickets, which is $25 for a weekend pass. This year’s RESTFEST will take place on August 15 and 16 at CAC Woodside in Troy. Currently announced bands are
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Tonight: Dwele at Alive at Five

Tonight is Alive at Five’s RnB night with Dwele and locals MIRK. Show starts at 5pm at Jennings Landing. Dwele has a string of top 10 RnB albums and has collaborated with the likes of J. Dilla, Kanye West, Common and more. More info via Albany Events.
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Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies to play the Armory

Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus will be playing the Washington Avenue Armory on Tuesday November 25. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 27 and are $40. More info and backgrounds on the bands on the Armory website.
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 138

Friday June 20 Rachel Baxter: Recent Works at 385 Madison: Check all the details here. Grovestick and Annie in the Water at Red Square: Tunes for a good cause. C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Burlesque 1 Year Anniversary: Spinal Tap themed burlesque. Saturday June 21 Honest Weight Food Co-op Summer Celebration & Anniversary Bash: 1 year anniversary
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Honest Weight Celebrates 1st Anniversary

On Saturday, June 21 the Honest Weight Food Co-op will celebrate their one-year anniversary at their new Watervliet Ave location. The celebration includes music, activities for the kids, vendor samples, giveaways, raffles and more. From the press release: The Honest Weight Food Co-op, the Capital Region’s go-to source for natural and locally-grown foods for nearly
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Iron and Wine at MASS MoCA June 22

MASS MoCA recently announced that Iron and Wine will be playing Sunday, June 22 with The Secret Sisters. Tickets are currently on sale and this event will surely sell out, so grab your tickets quick!
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New York City Ballet returns to SPAC for two week residency in 2015

New York City Ballet kicks off its 2014 Saratoga residency on July 8. Unlike other years, their 2014 residency is only 5 days, so if you’re interested in catching a show you should grab your tickets sooner rather than later. However, it’s been recently announced that their stay in Saratoga in 2015 will return for
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Salem Art Works summer workshops

Salem Art Works has posted up their summer workshops. If you’ve ever wanted to learn things such as blacksmithing, welding, screen printing or even hand making paper, check out the PDF of their workshops. Find out more on the Salem Art Works website.
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Hudson River Exchange summer market returns June 28-29

The Hudson River Exchange is back this year on June 28 and 29. Hudson River Exchange features over 90 vendors of handmade and collected goods as well as a beer tent, live music, local food and even activities for the kids. If you haven’t been to Hudson lately (or ever), this is your chance to
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‘Cult Classics’ Burlesque 1-Year Anniversary

As you’ve probably seen over the past year, C. Amanda Boutahorse has been running a burlesque series called Cult Classics. Each show features a tribute to a different cult classic movie. This Friday is the one year anniversary of Cult Classics, and it will be celebrated with a burlesque tribute to the mockumentary This Is
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Sponsor: Pink & Brew at Proctors

My thanks to Pink & Brew at Proctors for sponsoring Keep Albany Boring this week. Pink and Brew is the ultimate event for guys and girls. Perfect for a date night or just a fun night out. From the Pink & Brew website: “The Man Cave” includes samplings from more than 75 craft beers, hand-rolled
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 137

Friday, June 13 Pink and Brew at Proctor’s: Girls night out and guys night in all in the same place. El Gant/JOAT Album Release Party at Bogie’s: Rap album release show. Free show at Putnam Den: With Gusto, Dead Horse Beat, and Monte Cristo Snowman. Landlady, No Valley, and Fort Lean at BSP Kingston: Poppy
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Grizfolk at the Low Beat for WEXT’s 7th Birthday, July 8

WEXT is having a birthday party at the Low Beat with special guests Grizfolk. The first 97 tickets are only 97¢ (that’s still less than $3 with fees) and only $9.77 after that. Some of the cheap tickets are still no longer available via Ticketmaster. Check the event page for more details.
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Compassionate Care Act negotiations underway, bill possible by Monday

From Syracuse.com: “We will have a final product in time for the end of this legislative session,” Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, said today in Albany. Two developments in the last 24 hours signal the proposal is moving closer to making New York the 23rd state to allow the drug’s use for medical treatments. Her
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Bell’s Roar album release tonight at the Low Beat

Tonight, the Low Beat celebrates the release of the new Bell’s Roar album. Also performing tonight are Palemen, Wildecrist and Dancealisadance. The show kicks off at 7pm and the dance party goes late. Check the event page for more details. Slow (Single) by Bell's Roar
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Drake and Lil Wayne to play SPAC August 12

From Billboard: Drake and Lil Wayne are going on tour together, finally. The two Young Money rappers will embark on a co-headlining U.S. tour on August 8 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY. The Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour, which will stop through 31 cities, will run through September 27, ending
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Shaggy and Bootsy Collins at the Plaza June 18

On Wednesday, June 18th Shaggy and Bootsy Collins will be performing as part of the Summer at the Plaza series. Opening up is DJ Nate da Great. From the event page: Known as the “man who put bass in yer face,” Bootsy Collins is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists / singers
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Making of the Mall: A Documentary about Empire State Plaza

This video popped up on YouTube with the barren description “The building of the south mall, Albany NY 1960s and 70s”. This video is insanely awesome and completely enthralling on many levels. Set aside the 17 minutes and learn about this city’s history.
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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz at the Spectrum

At 6:30pm on June 30, the Spectrum will have one showing of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. If you’re not familiiar with Aaron Swartz, take a minute to at least read the summary section of his wikipedia page. From the Times: At 14, Mr. Swartz helped create RSS, the nearly ubiquitous
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Tonight: Homeboy Sandman at the Hollow

Tomorrow the Hollow will host an awesome hip-hop show featuring Homeboy Sandman and The Difference Machine alongside local favorites Masai, Moses Rockwell, and Mic Lanny. Background for the uninformed, from his latest Pitchfork review: Granted, those crunching noises come after a bunch of verses relating to Sandman’s vegan/organic/health food diet, which reclaims almond milk and
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 136

Friday June 6 First Friday: Galleries, music, events and more. Check out the GSCA Fundraiser, Urban Art at Stage 1 among others. Check the full list. The FUs at Bogie’s: With Aggressive Response, MORON, The Outnumbered, Pointblank. Comedy for a Cause at Comedy Works: Comedy to raise funds for the Hellions of Troy roller derby
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“What are some good and active local bands?”

Yesterday, on the Albany subreddit someone asked “What are some good and active local bands?” I’ve embedded the responses below (and a few of my own) in hopes others will find some local bands they like. Enjoy.
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Ticket Giveaway: The Shivers, Better Pills, and Party Boat at the Low Beat

Tonight at 8pm the Low Beat has a kickass lineup planned, and they’ve graciously given me a pair of tickets to giveaway. If you’re unfamiliar with any of the bands, check them out below, and hit the jump to enter the giveaway. I’ll be picking a winner today at around 1pm. In The Morning by
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 135

Friday May 30 Troy Night Out: Go to Troy, check things out. Especially Rare Form since it’s their opening tonight. Jayden’s Benefit Concert at the Albany Barn: Music for a cause. Herpes, Ya Te Veo, Neutron Rats, Male Patterns at Pauly’s Hotel: D-beat, hardcore, etc. Saturday May 31 Freihofer’s Run for Women: Big race that
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Soul Cafe Albany call for volunteers

This is a great idea and deserves to have an Albany chapter. If this is your thing be sure to email Renée or check out the event page. The Soul Café is a popular monthly community meal happening at the Oakwood Community Center in Troy. We are planning to do this in Albany in an
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Rare Form Brewing opening today

Rare Form Brewing Company, located at 90 Congress Street in Troy will open their doors today at 4:30pm. The project started many months ago with a shell of a building which has been completely transformed into a gorgeous brewery. Jenny Kemp and Kevin Mullen with the help from a few friends have tackled almost all
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 134

Friday May 23 Breakfast in Fur, Psymon Spine, Slowshine at The Low Beat: Psych rock jams. The Cretin Hop at the Fuze Box: Rock and roll dance party. Modest Mouse and Brand New at Ommegang: Both shows are sold out. Hope you already have your ticket. Creating Clarity in Complexity at EMPAC: Sit in on
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MASS MoCA celebrates 15 years

On Saturday May 24, MASS MoCA is celebrating their 15 year anniversary with a huge party. Starting at 4 is the opening reception with Teresita Fernández and a silent auction, then it’s time to eat and drink from the food trucks, and the party will begin with DJ Rekha, a banghara DJ, Red Baraat and
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Tonight: Pasties, Pencils & Pints with Pam Demonium

Tonight at The Hanger in Troy is this month’s installment of Pasties, Pencils & Pints. PP&P is a figure drawing event that features burlesque performers. Also, don’t forget that you’re encouraged to have a few drinks to loosen up as you settle into your sketchpad. Learn more on the event page and get your sketchpad
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Brimfield Antique Show: Photos

On Saturday, I headed out to Brimfield, Massachusetts to check out the thrice-a-year Brimfield Antique Show. The Brimfield Antiques Show is the largest outdoor antiques show in the world, with over 6,000 dealers and 130,000+ visitors over the course of the week. I didn’t really know what to expect other than a ton of people
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