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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday August 28 Troy Night Out: Art, music, and more. Cobblestone, The Plastic Faction, Routine at Pauly’s Hotel: Folk/americana/rock music. After The Fall, Red Owls, Arestout at BSP Kingston: Punk. ATF’s record release show. Partyboat, The Parlor, at Riverfront Park: Part of RPI’s student welcome ceremony. Roomful of Teeth at MASS MoCA: Exploring “all possibilities
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The Excelsior Pub has reopened

The Excelsior Pub, a bar that serves all New York beer, wine and spirits has reopened at 54 Phillip Street, across from the Hill Street Cafe. The Excelsior Pub closed on August 24, 2014 and has reopened almost exactly a year later. Give em a like on Facebook and give them a visit soon to
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Blake Schwarzenbach (Of Jawbreaker) is playing a show with the band Jawbreaker Reunion

On Steptember 15 in Kingston, you can catch Blake Schwarzenbach, the frontman of Jawbreaker playing a show with the band Jawbreaker Reunion for only $8. Check out the Facebook event and grab your tickets soon.
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Top Ten(-ish) best Albany features from someone who really lives here

Since another piece of bad Albany clickbait has been making the rounds, Liz Richards felt compelled to contribute her own Top 10 list in a facebook status. Laura Glazer has since stepped up and made that list into a lovely print and fold pamphlet for easy distribution and consumption. Hit the pop-out button below for
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Fusion at Albany Barn

On Friday October 16, Fusion returns to the Albany Barn. Fusion includes open studios, performances & live art by artists in residence, creative cocktails and eats by Chef Mark Graham, wine pairings from Empire Wine, craft beer from Druthers, desserts by The Cookie Factory, pour over coffee bar by Stacks Espresso Bar, live jazz with
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Tang Teaching Musesum Announces Events for Fall

The Tang at Skidmore has announced their Fall 2015 exhibits which include special events celebrating their 15th anniversary. The Museum opened in October 2000, and in recognition a special celebration is planned beginning at 4:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 17, with a panel discussion featuring Dayton Director Ian Berry and the Museum’s two former directors, Charlie
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Superior Merchandise Co. Announces Grand Opening

Do you remember when I stopped by 147 Fourth Street in January of 2014? Well, Superior Merchandise Co. is now actualized and is opening on September 5. From the event page: Superior Merchandise Co. is a design shop and specialty coffee bar located in downtown Troy, New York. We’re focused on offering our customers the
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This American Life: 419 Petty Tyrant

The most recent This American Life tells the story of Steve Raucci, a maintenance worker from Schenectady. From TAL: In Schenectady, NY, a school maintenance man named Steve Raucci works his way up the ranks for 30 years, until finally he’s in charge of the maintenance department. That’s when he starts messing with his employees.
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Half Moon Market coming to Washington Park Lake House

There’s a ton of craft markets in our area, but none in our area. The Washington Park Neighborhood Assocation along with Caroline and Katy from the Fort Orange General Store and friend Adelia of Owlkill Studio are working to change that. They’re bringing The Half Moon Market to the Washington Park Lakehouse on October 24
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday August 21 ADCo Takk House Shake-up: Albany Distilling at Takk House team up once again for a night of local cocktails. Thrill Bill at The Hangar: Another installment of C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics Burlesque Tributes. Tal National with Dj Ephraim Asili at The Half Moon: Prepare to dance. Hair of the Dog at
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Cocktails With Creatives at Dinosaur BBQ

A week from today on Weds Aug 26, the Upstate AIGA is hosting another installment of their Cocktails With Creatives series. Come meet your kind, have a few drinks and even expand your professional network. For more info check out the post from id29.
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Ringworm at Fuze Box

There’s an awesome metal show happening this Thursday at Fuze Box. On the bill is Ringworm, White Widows Pact, Culture Killer, and local rippers Sick Mind. Ringworm will be performing their album “Justice Replaced By Revenge” in it’s entiretly. Tickets are $12 and doors open at 7pm. For more info, head to the Facebook event.
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday August 14 Aziz Ansari at the Comedy Works: Hope you got your tickets. Aggressive Response Record Release Party at Fuze Box: With Trife Life, Throat Culture, Chloroform Party and even a Vegan BBQ. Bars Of Gold, Broken Field Runner, Psymon Spine, The Plastic Faction, Party House Chamber Ensemble at World Citizen Party House: Big
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Tonight: Shai Hulud at Fuze Box

There’s a stacked bill for the hardcore show tonight at Fuze. On the bill is Shai Hulud, Bishop, Forty Winters, and Open Casket Division. Get there early as Fuze is tiny for a show like this. Tickets are $12 at the door. For more info, hit the event page. Photo: Nicole Kibert
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday August 7 First Friday: Arts and culture stuff all over the city. Discofunk at The Low Beat: Disco/funk happy hour jams. Fork in the Road at Tricentennial Park: Food trucks, vendors, etc. right downtown! Human Essence Exhibit at Albany Center Gallery: Right across from the previous event, check out an art show before or
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Fall at Opalka Gallery

The Opalka Gallery at Sage has released their lineup of events for the fall semester. Exhibition “From Concept to Console: Art and Aesthetics in Video Game Design” September 4 – December 13 Opening Reception: Friday, September 4, 6-8 p.m. Curator’s Tours: 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 2, Friday, November 6, Thursday, December 3 Artist Lecture Series
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Prurient at The PostContemporary

A unique art show and music performance is taking place this Saturday at The PostContemporary (formerly CAC Woodside) in Troy. The show, called “Rural Violence” looks at the work of artists “who explore the limits of astonishment, awe, and dread”. “Rural Violence”, curated by Brandon Stosuy, features the work of the artists Matthew Barney, Cindy
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Oneohtrix Point Never at EMPAC

EMPAC has an awesome last minute addition to their already awesome Fall schedule. Oneohtrix Point Never will be playing EMPAC October 16 at 8PM. When Oneohtrix Point Never (aka electronic musician Daniel Lopatin) was last at EMPAC, he and visual artist Nate Boyce developed and debuted a multimedia stage show for the world tour supporting
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Lil Durk at Upstate Concert Hall

Upstate Concert Hall has announced Lil Durk will be playing at the Upstate Concert Hall on Sunday August 30. Also on the bill is Gun Play and Hypno Carlito. Tickets are $20 in advance and are on sale now.
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 31 Troy Night Out: Have a summer, in Troy. Summer’s Last Stand Tour at SPAC: Twizz out at SPAC with Slipknot, Motionless in White, Lamb of God and Bullet for My Valentine. Ariana Grande at the TU : Sexy baby Ariana Grande sings her song. Gang Gang Dance, Georgia, Image Man at The
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vhvl, Daedelus, & Ikonika at EMPAC

I think this might be my most anticipated booking of the upcoming season at EMPAC. Mark your calendars for October 2.
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Pearlpalooza 2015 Lineup

EQX has announced the Pearlpalooza lineup for this year. Pearlpalooza runs from 1-8pm on September 12th, 2015. Matisyahu The Moth & The Flame Until the Ribbon Breaks Turbo Fruits Wild Adriatic Better By Morning +1 TBA
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EMPAC announces fall schedule

EMPAC has just announced their schedule for Fall 2015. The season includes: Sep 2: Programming EMPAC: The First 4,158 Days (Book Launch) Sep 2: On Screen/Sound: No. 1 (Tron) Sep 9: On Screen/Sound: No.2 (Shorts) Sep 10: Ant Hampton “The Extra People” Sep 17: Flatform “dotQuantum” Sep 23: On Screen/Sound: No. 3 (All Magic Sands
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 24 Call For Justice & Vigil For Women of Color Lost To State Violence at Dana Park: #SayHerName Bell’s Roar, Nobody For President, and Opaque Body at Pauly’s: Presented by Albany Frequencies. Kitty Little, Ferriday, and Walking X-Ray at The Low Beat: Pop/indie/etc. Rosary Beard at The Tang: Acoustic show, part of the
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2015 Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival lineup announced

The lineup for the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival has been announced. The concert takes place on September 12 and beings at 1pm. The musical lineup includes Booker T. Jones, Kate Davis, Keith Pray’s Soul Jazz Revival, The Joey Thomas Big Band, and Larry Moses’ Latin Jazz Express. From the event page: For over a decade,
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Sponsor: Bottle Shock at The Madison Theater

My thanks for Bottle Shock at The Madison Theater for sponsoring KAB this week. Bottle Shock is a wine tasting and movie showing event where you get to try out wines from the Napa Valley and then watch the 2008 film Bottle Shock. Tickets are just $20 and are currently on sale, the tasting starts
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Wolf Eyes at The Low Beat

Wolf Eyes, who are dubbed the “kings of US noise” will be at The Low Beat on Monday July 20 alongside Century Plants and Private Parts. From FACT: I spoke to founding member Nate Young, who tells me that the project was birthed simply out of a sense of necessity: “When I first started playing
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 17 Royal Blood at Upstate Concert Hall: With Northern Faces. Quilt, Shana Falana, Bare Mattress, and Bye at The Treehouse: Alt jams. Cretin Hop at Fuze Box: Rock and roll dance party. Polly at River St Pub: Summertime sports edition dance party. Jack Walls: “Paintings, Et Cetera” at Basilica Hudson: “Performance. Art. Reading.
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Albany’s Red Light Cameras

Nixle sent me an alert with info about Albany’s red light cameras that are on their way. They will begin rolling out Monday July 20. There’s a 10 day grace period at each of the intersections that have these cameras installed, and after that you’re getting hit for $50 a pop. There will be signage
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Troy Flea

Troy Flea is a new seasonal flea market taking place every Sunday from July to October. The flea begins this Sunday, July 19 and runs from 11am-4pm at Troy’s Riverfront Park. The Flea is organized by Jessica McEnaney, the proprietor of the vintage shop Dang That’s Cherry. Dang That’s Cherry recently moved from Downtown Troy
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Shilpa Ray at BSP Kingston

On July 31, singer Shilpa Ray will be at BSP Kingston along with Chain and the Gang. Shilpa Ray was recently on Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson and performed a great streamable set that you can and should listen to. Tickets are only $10 in advance and they’re currently on sale. Take a listen below,
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Quilt, Shana Falana, Bare Mattress, and Bye at The Treehouse

On Friday, The Treehouse will be hosting a stacked bill of bands from near and far. Check some of the tracks below if you’re not familiar with any of these bands and hit up the facebook event for more info. Quilt In Marfa by Quilt In the Light by Shana Falana Tapa Boca by Bare
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 10 The Rejection Project (518) at Albany Barn: “A new multi-media play made from hundreds of Albany community stories and voices, performed by local community members.” 7th Annual Beat*Shot Music Festival: An awesome hip-hop festival. Street Dogs, Aggressive Response, New Red Scare at Fuze Box: Punk show. The Figgs at The Low Beat:
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Glens Falls hosting criterium race Sunday

For the first time since 2008, the Glens Falls Criterium will take place in downtown Glens Falls. The races start around noon and should last until around 6:30pm. Criterium races are fast road races on short courses with a lot of laps. For more info including the schedule, head to greatamericancycling.com.
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The Grocery to begin serving soft serve

Dante’s Frozen Yogurt has unfortunately closed, but their gear hasn’t gone far. Vic tweeted the news that they acquired the machines from Dante’s and will begin serving soft serve ice cream in The Grocery starting Friday July 9. Grab some ice cream, and have a summer.
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101 US cities have pledged to build their own gigabit networks (And Albany is one of them)

From Motherboard: The US has a big and rather complicated internet speed problem. Its broadband infrastructure is woefully behind in speed and price compared to a broad swath of other countries, and much of this has to do with its tenacious commitment to maintaining the status quo: that is, giving big telecommunications companies a lot
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Tierra on Delaware has closed

“Tierra Coffee Roasters, here on Delaware Ave will be closing on Monday, June 29, 2015 to focus our attention on our other shop on Madison Ave. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your business over the past few years. Another business will be opening at this location in the
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 3 Albany First Friday: Art, culture, etc., all around town. Disco Funk at The Low Beat: Happy hour music for your soul. Letta Getta Down at The Machine: First Friday tunes and art. Men On Art at 40 Broadway: Art show and dance jam. Psymon Spine, Immaculate Heart, Belle-Skinner, Shakusky at World Citizen
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7th Annual Beat*Shot Music Festival

Next weekend is the 7th Annual Beat*Shot Music Festival. If somehow you don’t know, this festival is has been a fixture of the local music scene. I went last year without really knowing too many people on the bill, and I was blown away act after act. There’s a lot of care put into this
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Hibou at the Hollow

On Tuesday July 28, Cayucas and Hibou are coming to play at The Hollow. Tickets are mysteriously listed as both $15 via ticketmaster and $5 at the door.
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Off Hours, “All Over”

August Rosa of Aficionado and Brew fame has been releasing new music under the name Off Hours. In his project, there’s a different vocalist on every track, letting him focus on the music production. This is a neat way to approach music creation and I enjoyed the song and video he sent over for “All
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Basilica Hudson’s July Film Screenings

Basilica Hudson has announced their lineup for this month’s film screening series. All films are $5-15 sliding scale and begin at 8pm. Friday, July 3, 7 PM BLADE RUNNER NOODLE NIGHT! free event, part of the Sci-Fi Summer Nights Series dinner available for purchase + introduction by artist Maximilian Goldfarb! Thursday, July 9, 8 PM
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2015 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region

Tomorrow, the University Art Museum is holding the opening and artist’s reception from 5-8pm for The 2015 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region Juried Exhibition. This show runs until September 5 and is at the University Art Museum. Learn more about the show and artists on the event’s website.
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Purity Ring at Upstate Concert Hall

Upstate Concert Hall has announced that Purity Ring will be playing Wednesday, September 23. Tickets are currently on sale and are $20.
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday June 26 Troy Night Out: Arts, culture, food, etc., in Troy. Last Good Tooth and Eric and Erica at The Half Moon: Folk music. Jumpin’ Jacks Annual Fireworks Display: Celebrate summer. With U.S. Water Ski Show Team and Snook Bros. Band. Doctor Magnum & Oobleck at Parish Public House: Fusion/funk. Saturday June 27 Crowbar
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Rail, River, Hudson II

On July 11, All Over Albany is hosting the second of their Rail, River, Hudson events. You pay one price and get a train trip down to Hudson, time to spend checking out Hudson, a boat ride back, a booklet with discounts to use, and a food and beverage tasting at Helsinki Hudson. From AOA’s
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Albany Distilling expands into Takk House’s bar

Takk House teased last week that they had something in the wings, and today they announced that Albany Distilling is moving into their bar space. From their facebook post: Finally! We can shout this from the roof tops! We are sooo thrilled to announce that The Albany Distilling Company, Inc. and Takk House are going
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Oh, Contraire

Volume One of a new locally-based art journal called Oh, Contraire is out. Oh, Contraire focuses on conversations with creative people. Volume One is titled “Small is Good” and features Laura Glazer, Bob Gullie, Jim Gaudet, Elaina Frulla, and Scott Foster. The book itself is beautiful and inside you’ll find really inspiring and compelling conversations
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The Rejection Project announces shows, tickets on sale

The Rejection Project is a multimedia play that explores the personal relationships we have with rejection. These stories were sourced from written responses from hundreds of community members from diverse backgrounds and then turned into a play. Rehearsals are in full swing and the performances at the Albany Barn are scheduled for July 9, 10
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday June 19 The Princess’ Hide: Ass You Wish at The Hangar: Princess Bride burlesque. Propagandhi at Upstate Concert Hall: Punk it up. Train at SPAC: With The Fray & Matt Nathanson. Cretin Hop at Fuze: Rock and roll werido dance fest. James Baldwin The Price of the Ticket at MASS MoCA: Presented by the
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