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Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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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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Today: Will Travel For Vegan Food Book Signing at Brakes

Today at 6pm at The Brakes Coffeehouse, Kristin Lajeunesse will be doing a book signing of her brand new book, (which shares the same name as her widely-known website) Will Travel For Vegan Food. Tonights events include a few words from Kristin’s parents, Q&A, a musical performance, book signing and of course, some vegan food.
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Basilica Soundscape lineup announced

Basilica Hudson has announced the lineup for their acclaimed three-day music fest Basilica Soundscape, which takes place September 11-13. The acts (so far) include: Haxan Cloak, Wolf Eyes, Health, Actress, Jenny Hval, Viet Cong, Weyes Blood, Circuit Des Yeux, Perfume Genius, Blanck Mass, Gourisankar & Indrijat Banajeer. You can read more about this years Basilica
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Michael Eck at Albany Center Gallery

On Thursday, June 18 at 6:30pm, the Albany Center Gallery is hosting multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Michael Eck as he performs selections from his albums as well as music based on his paintings. Eck—who has performed alongside American radical icons Pete Seeger and Patti Smith—is most frequently seen as a member of Ramblin Jug Stompers and
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Hidden City House & Garden Tour

The Center Square Association is hosting a Hidden City House & Garden Tour on Thursday June 25 from 5-8pm. This tour opens up private homes and gardens to the public and guests are able to tour these homes and hidden gardens. Tickets are $15 until Friday, and after Friday they’re $20. Tickets can be bought
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‘The Yes Men Are Revolting’ at Spectrum 8

The Spectrum is hosting a one time showing of The Yes Men Are Revolting on Wednesday June 24 at 6:30pm. The Yes Men, described as “culture jamming activist duo and network of supporters” have pulled off an impressive amount of activism focused projects that’s stirred up a lot of dialogue. It’s great to see the
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Beach House at Upstate Concert Hall

UCH has recently announced that Beach House will be playing on Monday August 24, with support from Romantic States. Tickets are $20 and currently on sale.
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The Found Footage Festival at Proctors

Tonight, It Came From Schenectady presents Found Footage Festival’s Salute to Weirdos. The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed showcase of videos found at thrift stores and garage sales across the country returns to Schenectady with a brand-new show celebrating the unsung hero of the VHS era: the weirdo. Hosts Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday June 12 Downtown Garden Party at Federal Park Plaza: The official opening of the “””#captureALB””” exhibit. Hard Charger, Chloroform Party, Forgery, and CROM at Pauly’s: Punk and metal. Megafauna at The Low Beat: With Hammer Hawk and Good Fiction. Saturday June 13 Shaker Country Picnic at Shaker Heritage Society: Music, food, tours and more.
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Chris Brown, Fetty Wap, Omarion, Teyana Taylor and Kid Ink at SPAC

SPAC has announced Chris Brown, Fetty Wap, Omarion Teyana Taylor, and Kid Ink will be performing on August 28. Tickets go on sale Sunday June 13 at 10am and start at $25.
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Free screening of Ballin’ at the Graveyard at The Palace

On Monday, June 22 The Palace will be hosting a free screening of Ballin’ at the Graveyard. After the film, there will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers, cast and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. For most basketball players at any level, the journey begins and ends at a neighborhood pickup court, playing for pride,
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Contact your representative about ridesharing

Lyft has set up a page that allows you to quickly and easily contact your representative about passing the laws which would allow Lyft and Uber to come to New York. Take the ten seconds and let your representative know you’re sick of the local taxis and want Uber and Lyft in Upstate New York.
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June Film Screenings at Basilica Hudson

Basilica Hudson has announced their film screening series for June. BASILICA SCREENINGS is a film series that presents an array of works from new and repertory narrative features, documentaries, experimental films, to video and media art, as well as guest curated programs, often with filmmakers and special guests in attendance for a discussion following the
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Peck’s Arcade Movie

After eating at Peck’s Arcade a few times and seeing all that goes into each night, I wanted to create a video giving everyone a look behind the scenes. I hope this video does that and also gives you a feeling of the space if you haven’t been yet. I can’t recommend this place enough,
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday June 5 Albany First Friday: Arts and culture stuff all around town. Dine’n at Nine Pin: Food trucks and cider. Josh Berwanger Band at The Low Beat: Formerly of The Anniversary and The Only Children. Discofunk at The Low Beat: Happy hour disco jams. Fork in the Road at Tricentennial Park: Food trucks, vendors
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Lil Buddha is permanently closed

Posted on the Lil Buddha Facebook page: With heavy hearts…Lil’ Buddha Tea Co. has closed for good! It was open for 5 years, we were the 1st & only 100% vegan cafe for years in the capital of New York! Thanks to YOU many lives have changed and been spared by consuming enlightened food &
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Hackathon aimed at first timers, girls and women at The Arts Center

River Jam is a free, introductory game making “hackathon” for girls and women at The Arts Center, and is part of the #include series. The first event takes place June 20. You can work alone or with others to make your idea for a game or app come to life in 48 hours with no
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Yo La Tengo at Troy Music Hall

Seminal indie rockers Yo La Tengo will be playing an acousic show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on September 23. This tour is in support of their new album Stuff Like That There which comes out in August. Tickets are on sale now and start at $15.
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Hemstitch Mill: New Troy and Albany embroidered patches

Remember the Albany patch from last year? Well the creator of that patch is back with a grip of new patches (and even a lapel). Get yours from Hemstitch Mill.
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Eternal Summers at The Treehouse

Power rock trio Eternal Summers are swinging through town and are playing The Treehouse on Friday. Their new album Gold and Stone came out yesterday, and you can stream it on their bandcamp. Also on the bill is Beth Isreal, Green Dreams, and Prince Daddy & the Hyena. You can also catch them tonight in
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Quality events for this weekend

Friday May 29 Troy Night Out: Art, food and culture event in Troy. TNO After Party at River Street Pub: Post-TNO dance party. Over the Verrazano at Peck’s: DJ Trumastr and DJ Noodle holding your night down. Local Forage Dinner at Sweet Sues: Six course tasting menu of local foraged foods. Shawn Mendes at UCH:
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