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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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Perfume Genius at BSP Kingston

BSP Kingston recently announced that Perfume Genius will be playing on March 25 alongside the expirmental Norwegian outfit Jenny Hval. Perfume Genius got a Best New Track endorsement from Pitchfork for his song ‘Queen’, as well as having the same song listed at #8 in their Top 100 of 2014 list. Tickets are on sale
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Checking out The Brakes Coffeehouse & Provisions

It seems like years since Red Poppies said they were losing their lease at 227 Lark St, but their space remained decorated and occupied, but closed. When I noticed some changes to their window I was thrilled that there was someone set to rescue yet another empty space on Lark Street. Now at 227 Lark
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 12 Collage Night at Collar Works: Holiday edition collaging. Fight Club Burlesque at the Hangar: Part of C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics. Laurie Anderson at EMPAC: “a series of interconnected confessional stories set against a soundtrack of original music”. Chris Thomas King at The Linda: Blues/hip-hop fusion. Prismatic Mantis, Breath Collective, Rice &
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Neutral Milk Hotel at MASS MoCA

Neutral Milk Hotel will be playing at MASS MoCA on Friday, April 17. Also on the bill is the Dot Wiggin Band. Neutral Milk Hotel has said that this is the “last tour for the foreseeable future”. The return of Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel — who influenced a generation of songwriters with a
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‘The Neighborhood That Disappeared’ at the Madison Theater

The Neighborhood That Disappeared, a documentary about the residents who were displaced when the Empire State Plaza was being built. If you’re interested in Albany, urban planning, politics and/or history, head over to the Madison Theater starting on Saturday at 7:30pm. In 1962, one of the most massive urban renewal projects in American history sterilized
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Shenendehowa Schools adopt locker room and bathroom policy for transgender students

From the official BOE document: The use of bathrooms and locker rooms based on the gender identity exclusively and consistently asserted at school/work requires schools to carefully consider numerous factors, including, but not limited to: • the gender identity of the student or staff member; • satisfactory documentation of gender status/identity; • in the case
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Drug Church announces new EP and releases new video

Drug Church has premiered a new video today on SPIN, as well as announced a new EP which is currently up for preorder. Drug Church is one of my favorite bands that happens to be from the Albany area. It’s a pretty refreshing take on as it’s grounded in hardcore but often goes on tangents
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Tavern Noodle Pop-up: Video

I shot and edited a quick video to document the behind the scenes happenings in preparation for the Tavern Noodle Pop-up. The place was opened for one day, with no plans beyond that one day. However, since the overwhelming success they’ve decided to bring it back, one day only, on December 18 at 5pm. The
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday December 5 Spirits Tasting at FOGS with Albany Distilling Co. and Installation by Mary Elise Rees: Get some holiday shopping done and taste some made in Albany spirits. Pharmakon at EMPAC: Big sound from Noise Artist Margaret Chardiet. Young Thug at the Armory: Raps yo. The Misfit Vocalists of Hip-Hop at Hudson River Coffee
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Santa Speedo Sprint

The Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy (ASAP) and the Albany All-Star Roller Derby Team are hosting the 9th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 2 pm. The race is a benefit for the Albany Damien Center as well as the HIV/AIDS program at Albany Med. Over $150,000 has been
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Cymbals Eat Guitars at The Low Beat: Ticket Giveaway

UPDATE (December 14, 2014 2:15pm) This show is being rescheduled. On Sunday December 14, Cymbals Eat Guitars will be playing The Low Beat alongside SANDY Alex G, 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.
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Checking out Barkeater Coffee Roasters

Not too long ago while swiping around on Instagram, I noticed an account for a coffee roaster in East Greenbush. After a few emails, I headed across the river to East Greenbush to check out Barkeater Coffee Roasters. Barkeater Coffee Roasters is ran by Steven Pivonka out of a workshop on on his property. The
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Cocktails with Creatives

On Thursday December 4, The Upstate NY AIGA will be hosting a Cocktails with Creatives event at The Shop in Troy (and also simulatenously at Small Plates in Syracuse). From the event page: Whether you’re a designer yourself, work with them, or just want to get to know a few, this is a great opportunity
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Tavern Noodle Ramen Pop-up

On Sunday, December 7 at 11am, The Tavern will open it’s doors as Tavern Noodle, a Ramen Pop-up restaurant. Since there is nowhere to get ramen locally, it’s pretty common to mention ramen and have people assume you’re talking about the broke college kid food, which unfortunately is most people’s only experience with ramen. The
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Pharmakon at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

This Friday, EMPAC is hosting Pharmakon, an industrial project by noise artist Margaret Chardiet. EMPAC has been kind enough to offer up two tickets for us to give away to the show. From EMPAC: An intensely intimate and confrontational performance by Pharmakon, a death industrial music project from Margaret Chardiet. Chardiet describes her drive to
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Slick Rick at the Putnam Den

This Friday, Slick Rick will be at the Putnam Den in Saratoga, alongside DJ Trumastr and Oddy Gato. The Putnam Den is proud to present the Great Adventures of Slick Rick tour on Friday, November 28th. It is a rare and special occasion for an artist of Slick Rick’s calibre to perform in an intimate
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Coffee in Albany

I’ve written about coffee for a while, but there has been a substantial change in the coffee options in the past year or so that it’s worth looking at as a whole. Especially since some of what I’ve written in the past is not true anymore. I drink all my coffee black and have been
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Self Defense Family at the Low Beat

On Sunday December 7, Self Defense Family will be playing at The Low Beat alongside Soft Powers, Blood of Spain, and Broken Field Runner. This is Self Defense’s first show back in Albany in a really long time, and is probably their last for a long time, so don’t sleep.
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 21 POLLY: Bounty at River St Pub: Wild dance party that isn’t like any other. With b0ynature, DJ Celestine, GOLDEE DUST, Party With Tina (me) and WILDECRIST. 7th Annual B3nson Family Funsgiving at the Low Beat and Pauly’s: Holiday celebration show with The Parlor, Bear Grass, Secret Release, Rival Galaxies, Hammer Hawk, Neighborhood
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TEDxAlbany 2014

TEDxAlbany recently announced the speakers for this year’s event, which will be held December 4. If you’re not familliar with TEDx events, you can watch videos from last years TEDxAlbany to see what it’s about. The description of TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that
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Tasting with Tandem Coffee Roasters at Brew

On Black Friday, Tandem Coffee Roasters will be holding a tasting of their coffees at Brew from Noon to 2pm. About two weeks ago I went to visit them in Portland, Maine, so this is a no brainer if you’re in the area. If you like coffee, stop by. Tandem recently won a prestigious Good
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The Albany Patch

A lot of times when friends come to visit, they pine for some sort of Albany souvenir. There are some, but none are really that great and it’s the same with Albany postcards. When I saw the first photo of The Albany Patch, I was stoked. The story behind the patch: For quite some time
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 14 Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at Sage: Modern dance performance. Homeless and Hunger Outreach Show at Pauly’s and The Low Beat: Benefit show for a great cause with great music. The Weight (playing the music of The Band) at the Massry Center: With local favorite Sean Rowe. Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon at EMPAC: The
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Holiday Market at Superior Merchandise Co.

On Black Friday, Superior Merchandise Co. will be hosting a holiday market at 147 Fourth St that will hopefully allow you to avoid the malls and stripmalls while shopping a great selection of high quality goods. The market includes good from Superior Merchandise Co., Flower Scout, Owlkill Studio, Fort Orange General Store, Sarah K. Benning,
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Young Thug at the Armory

Young Thug will be at the Washington Ave Armory on Friday, December 5. Tickets are $32 and are current available.
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Hardcore Against Hunger at Bogie’s

On November 21 Bogie’s is hosting their annual Hardcore Against Hunger Thanksgiving food drive show. On the bill for the night is Turnstile, Homewrecker, Pharoah, Trife Life, From Within, and Doublecross. Pressure To Succeed by Turnstile Read more on the facebook event page and be sure to bring a canned item with you to the
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Homeless and Hunger Outreach Show

This Friday the Low Beat and Pauly’s Hotel are hosting a Homeless and Hunger Outreach Show. The show will benefit the Capital Region Coalition to End Homelessness and The Food Pantries. On the show is Beaked Whale, Iguana Mañana, Rustle Crow, The Blitz, The Grassroots Rebels, The Mysteios and Kimono Dragons. Wire/Send Up A Spark
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8th Annual Albany Cranksgiving

The 8th Annual Albany Cranksgiving will take place on November 22 at 7pm. Cranksgiving is part bike race and part food drive that directly benefits the Homeless Action Network of Albany. You’ll need a bike, bag, twenty bucks and lock to participate. Racers are given lists of groceries to purchase at different grocery stores around
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William Gibson at EMPAC: Recap

The following is a guest post from Scott Birdsey. Legendary science fiction author William Gibson has a new book out called The Peripheral, and appeared in support of if at EMPAC on Sunday night. Mr. Gibson did a few readings from the new book, and took questions from the audience, which was a diverse mix
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday November 7 First Friday: A night of art, music and more. Storied Playthings: Toy Portraits by Jennifer Maher: First Friday opening up in Ballston Spa. Public House 42 Grand Opening: Celebrating their first day in business. Many Trails at Parish Public House: With Linear North, William Hale and Sun Voyager. DJ Qbert at the
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The Free School 45th anniversary dinner at Umana

On November 10, from 5:30-10pm Umana will host a four course dinner as a celebration for Albany Free School. The dinner is $35-50 on a sliding scale and will have live music, a silent auction, and vegan and gluten-free items. Also the Free School will be offering low-cost childcare so you can make a date
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William Gibson at EMPAC

Legendary science fiction author William Gibson will be reading from his work on November 9 at EMPAC. Gibson is known for his influence on technology, design, urban sociology and cyberculture. Gibson is a visionary author of speculative fiction whose work explores the future implications of contemporary human technologies. His 1984 novel, Neuromancer, winner of the
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Albany County bans polystyrene foam food containers

From the TU: County lawmakers passed the law in hopes of reducing the amount of non-biodegradable trash in the county’s waste stream to help the environment and reduce the stress on quickly-filling local landfills. Two full years after California. Next up: the plastic bag. Photo: jyotidas/flickr
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Owners of the Wandering Dago food truck still not interested in making food

From the TU: The Schenectady-based food truck called the Wandering Dago — attacked for its controversial monicker […] has served up a second lawsuit against New York state. The new suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Albany, claims that Wandering Dago co-owner Andrea Loguidice was fired by the Department of Environmental Conservation on
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Quality events for this weekend

Below is everything I could find for this weekend. This is why I generally pick the events that I believe are the best and don’t just always post everything that’s happening. Have a good weekend! Friday October 31 Halloween 2014 Masquerave at the Armory: With Araabmuzik and Just Blaze, with support from Rome Thrasher, Kenetic,
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Wolff’s Biergarten in Schenectady is open

If somehow you’ve missed the news, the Wolff’s Biergarten in Schenectady is now open.
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DJ QBert at the Putnam Den

On Friday November 7, DJ Qbert will be annihilating the turntables at the Putnam Den. DJ QBert is an incredible turntablist who has been a DMC World Champion four times over. Just watch the video above to get an idea of what QBert is known for. Also on the show is Jeremy Ellis, master of
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The Shop, Troy

I was thrilled when I got notice that The Shop (which is not The Shoppe, also in Troy’s downtown) has opened it’s doors. The space itself is great. They did a superb job allowing the space’s past life as a hardware store shine through in its current incarnation. When I stopped by, they were putting
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Capital Region Turkey Trots

Jack Berkery has created a list of all the Thanksgiving day runs in the area. If the Troy Turkey Trot is way too big of an event for you, check the list and find a run that’s more your thing. Locations include Troy, Saratoga, Schenectady, Bethlehem, Cohoes, Clifton Park, Glens Falls, Hudson, Chatham, Ravena, and
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 24 Mike Glier at Opalka Gallery: Artist Mike Glier at Sage talking about his 35 year career. Better Pills, Lip Talk, Alexander Turnquist at the Low Beat: “mopecore post punk new wave dance rock”, “experimental pop” and “drone ambient”. Lip Talk is FKA Railbird. Primus at the Palace: That Les Claypool dude’s band.
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And North on After The Jump

And North founder Emma Tuccillo was recently featured on a podcast I love, After The Jump. Emma talks about her website And North which bills itself as a curated guide to upstate New York (which we’d most likely call the Hudson Valley – but that’s neither here nor there). Listen to the episode on HRN
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 17 Cretin Hop Halloween at Fuze Box: Rock and roll dance party and other general weirdness. Nightmares for a Week, Those Mockingbirds, Lives of the Obscure at BSP Kingston: Local legends NFAW are back after a little break. C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics at the Hangar: : A burlesque tribute to Ghostbusters! Fusion
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Madison Theater’s venue to open October 25

The Madison Theater is opening its new 175-seat live entertainment venue with a jazz performance by Nancy and Spencer Reed Quartet on Saturday, Oct. 25. The venue was part of the original plan for the theater, and fills an awesome hole in mid-cap venues inside of Albany. Keep up with the Madison Theater on their
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Basilica Farm and Flea

Basilica Farm & Flea is set for Thanksgiving weekend, and is an awesome way to avoid the normal Black Friday shit-show. Seems like an excellent way to spend the weekend with family from out of town. The event will feature local, farm, vintage and handmade goods and promotes resources and talent from within the community.
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The Cretin Hop Halloween

This Friday at the Fuze Box is the Halloween edition of The Cretin Hop, a rock and roll dance party. This Halloween version will have treats, door prizes, costumes, candy and a live performance from Silver Dagger. Get out your costume a week early and give it a trial run over at the Fuze Box
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Fusion at the Albany Barn

This Friday, Fusion returns to the Albany Barn. Fusion includes a local all star lineup including a fashion design challenge, performances and art from regional artists, cocktails and food from Chef Ric Orlando, spirits from Albany Distilling, wine pairings, beer from Druthers, desserts by The Cookie Factory and coffee by Stacks Espresso Bar. Fusion is
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Superior Merchandise Co. Pop Up Shop

Troy’s Superior Merchandise Co. has announced they’re having a pop up shop at the Tavern Resturant. The event will take place on this month’s Troy Night Out, which is also Halloween. KAB did a preview of Superior Merchandise Co. earlier this year, and I’m happy to see things coming to fruition. This preview should give
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday October 10 Collar City Collage Night at Collar Works: Collaging, music and beverages. Visitors at EMPAC: A screening of the Steven Soderbergh film. Bobby Shmurda and the Twerk Team at the Armory: Should be a fun show if it’s real, as I haven’t seen any confirmation from the artists. Saturday October 11 Dead Winter
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New York State Cyclocross Championships in Saratoga

On Sunday, October 19, Saratoga will host the New York State Cyclocross Championship at the Columbia Pavillion in the Saratoga Spa State Park. If you’re into racing, you’re probably already signed up for this, and if you’re on the fence, this is an awesome event to get your toes wet. There’s vendors and fun things
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The Aquarium Drift by Ira Marcks

Local illustrator Ira Marcks is currently Kickstarting his latest fully illustrated novella about a sailor on a wild journey to the edge of the known world. Ira is an artist and illustrator who has taught visual storytelling for over five years in the Capital Region. Through his own workshops and various classes he has definitely
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