Andrew started Keep Albany Boring in September 2010.

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Hudson Valley Hops 2014: Photos & Recap

Last Saturday, the Albany Institute of History and Art played host to the annual Hudson Valley Hops festival which showcases our excellent local breweries. Having all these breweries come to you to distribute samples is an approachable way to see what’s out there and what plays into your tastes. The breweries in attendance were Adirondack
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Down On The Corner #1 at The Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel

The split venue format at WCDB’s 36th Anniversary Party was a great success so it’s happening again on Saturday April 26. Presented by Pauly’s Hotel, The Low Beat, WEXT and Keep Albany Boring, the show features seven bands at two venues and one ticket will get you into both all night long. The bands on
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 128

Friday April 11 Reprojecting Mediation at the Boor Sculpture Studio: Works by Ryan Clow and Jason van Staveren at my favorite SUNY building. Lemuria, Such Gold, After The Fall, Nightmares for a Week and Retreevers at Pauly’s: Jams. The Hold Steady at the Hollow: Hope you’ve already got tickets. Saturday April 12 Kathy Griffin at
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2014 Word Fest

Albany Poets presents the 2014 edition of the Albany Word Fest, which runs from April 13 to April 19. This event will take place in six different venues in Albany and feature a ton of poets. If poetry interests you even a little check the schedule and head out to enjoy some of the performances!


Brunch at The Low Beat

On April 27th, Chef Josh Coletto will be holding the first of many brunches at the Low Beat. During brunch, Many Trails will be playing tunes for you to enjoy alongside your food. From the event page: The Menu will be as follows: Beans and Greens Omelette (Bacon, White beans, Chard) Huevos Con Chorizo (2
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Action Bronson at the UCH (Rescheduled for May 2)

On May 2nd, Action Bronson will be playing at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park. Action Bronson just recently released a follow up album to Blue Chips surprisingly titled Blue Chips 2. Guests features include Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, Meyhem Lauren, among others. The album is free to download. Joining him on stage will be
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First Look at the Albany Barn

On Friday, the Albany Barn held a sneak peek event to showcase what they’ve been up to for the past few years. They have completely renovated St. Josephs Academy, which was a long vacant school located at North Swan and Second Street. The barn has apartments for artists to live in as well as studios
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2014 Tulip Fest lineup announced

On Saturday, May 10th, summer officially kicks off with another Tulip Fest. On the local stage will be Rebel Darling, The Parlor, Accents and Titanics. The mainstage will have The Chain Gang of 1974, Sleeper Agent, Rubblebucket and MS MR. For the full lineup which includes set times and more info, visit the official event
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 127

Friday April 4 First Friday: Art and all sorts of other raddery. A Secret Show at Fuzz Records: Raechelle Gonzalez throwing an art show in association with Postsecret. Diamond Sea: Artist Reception at Patsy’s Pinups: Art by Rana at an aweseome beauty salon. The Figgs at the Low Beat: Official grand opening show. Life in
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Armory wins rave appeal

Raves could be back on the calendar at the Washington Ave Armory. The Third Judicial Department ruled that the Albany Board of Zoning Appeals’ determination that raves are not a permitted use of the Armory was “irrational and unreasonable” and must be annulled. The Court was careful to point out that raves and similar dance
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Hudson Valley Hops 2014: Ticket Giveaway

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 4–7pm, the Albany Institute of History & Art presents their third annual Hudson Valley Hops event. From the event listing: There will be an exhibition of historic local brewery artifacts, a series of talks by beer historians and brewery experts, local craft beers, good food, and a commemorative glass
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Craft Beverage Shop ‘Brew’ coming to Lark St

Copypasta from the release: (Albany, New York) – A new craft beverage shop, Brew, is slated to open at 209 Lark Street for early summer 2014 under the ownership of current and prior Lark Street residents, Joshua Cotrona and August Rosa. Highlights of the shop include a growler fill up station, a make your own
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April at EMPAC

EMPAC is in full swing and their latest email spells out all the rad stuff they’ve got in store this month. This April at EMPAC, see how: Lecture can be used as a creative medium Commercialism, mass media and tourism collide in modern cities The seven-circuit labyrinth inspires a sonic sculpture Collaborative theater brings forth
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J-Live feature on the Bandcamp blog

SUNY Albany alum J-Live has a fantastic write up on the Bandcamp blog. If you’re unfamiliar with J-Live’s background, it’s a must read. And once you’re done reading and listening, kick yourself for missing him last Saturday at McGeary’s.


Ticket Giveaway: Life in Color at the TU Center

The kind people behind Life in Color “The Worlds Largest Paint Party” have given me two pairs of tickets to giveaway for their event at The Times Union Center on Friday, April 4. If you’re unfamiliar, Life in Color is essentially Color Me Rad but instead of running, you’re raving. The line-up includes: Nervo, Quintino
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Downtown Albany restaurant week starts Wednesday

Starting Wednesday April 2nd, 17 downtown Albany restaurants are participating in restaurant week. Each one of these establishments is offering a three course meal for a set price of $20.14 per person. Here’s a PDF of all the menus of the participating restaurants. It’s a great excuse to try a new restaurant with some friends
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VICE went to Grace Baptist Church in Troy and wrote 2000 words about their AR-15 giveaway

Click the image above to read all about Grace Baptist Church’s AR-15 giveaways.


Quality events for this weekend vol. 126

Friday March 28 Troy Night Out: Grab a friend and bounce around Troy and check out the shops, bars, and everything else. 4th St Funnies Comedy Show at Kokopellis: With headliner Andrew Ginsburg and many great others. Joshua Black Wilkins at the Linda: Alt/folk/rock/etc sponsored by WEXT. AASRD “Totally Tubular Dance Party” with Nate Da
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Rare Form Brewing coming to downtown Troy

Rare Form Brewing Company located right in downtown Troy (90 Congress St) is set to open sometime this spring. They’re planning four permanent beers with a rotating cast of four more. They’ve also set up an awesome sound program called Scale Up where select homebrewers can brew their beers on the Rare Form equipment, and
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Caffe Vero closing

From Tablehopping: Maria Congo, who with her husband also owns the original Caffe Vero, in Lake George, tells me business in Albany was too slow to justify keeping the shop open. She said the last day will be sometime near the end of April. Honestly not surprised at all. I frequently look for places to
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Empire State Kickball League’s spring session

I originally missed the deadline with this post, but luckily the e‘s spring registration deadline has been extended to March 30th. The league plays Tuesday nights at Lincoln Park in Albany. This sounds like an awesome way to blow off some steam, have fun and meet some people. The League is sponsored by the Lark
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WCDB announces Cloud Nothings for 36th anniversary show

WCDB has announced that on April 5th, they will have Pauly’s Hotel and The Low Beat both simultaneously going for their 36th anniversary party. Cloud Nothings will be the headliner, alongside Cosmonauts, Tweens, Slowshine, Pleasure Leftists, and Secret Release. Half the bands will play at each location, and admission will get you in and out
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 125

Friday March 21 Mike Birbiglia at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall: With Chris Gethard. Stand Your Ground and Snapmare at Bogie’s: With Adhara, Echoes, Like Lions, Breathless by Dawn. Highly DEADicated Double Album Release Party at the Hollow: Read the post below this for details! Hand Habits with Bearchild at The Half Moon: One
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Screen Print Biennial Catalog on Kickstarter

I recently posted about an awesome event coming up in September in Troy. Since then, the idea of publishing an awesome, high quality exhibition catalog has gotten enough traction to get them to about exactly half of their funding goal. Check the artists list to get an idea of how rad this show will be.
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Stopping into Bread and Honey

Earlier this week I heard some great things about a new bakery that opened up along Madison Ave between Quail and Ontario. And since I’m a sucker for an everything bagel and an even bigger sucker for Gimme! Coffee, I stopped into Bread and Honey. The real draw for me was the fact they serve
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Ravens Head Brewery “called ‘dead’ by city officials”

Danielle Sanzone for The Record: “I don’t think Ravens Head is going forward. Right now, I am considering that dead,” [community development director Ed Tremblay] said of the brewery that was planned to be run by Brennon Cleary and Brent Decker. Not surprising whatsoever based on the lack of updates regarding this project. There was
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No. 22 Bicycle Company announces new framebuilding operation in upstate New York

On the heels of the bad news that Saratoga Frameworks has been shut down by Divine Cycling Group comes the great news that the team will be joining No. 22 Bicycle Company. Not only that, but the team is setting up shop locally. I’m interested to know if this means they’re buying the ex-Serotta facilities
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Porches., The Slaughterhouse Chorus & Soft Powers tonight at The Low Beat

Dellarocca Booking is still at it! Nicole’s got a show set for tonight at The Low Beat featuring Porches. alongside The Slaughterhouse Chorus and Soft Powers. Straight from the horses mouth: If you haven’t checked out Porches. album Slowdance in the Cosmos yet, you’re messing up. Tickets are $10 on the door and the show
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Juicy J at the Upstate Concert Hall: Recap & Photos

Last night, Juicy J’s ‘Never Sober’ tour made a stop at the Upstate Concert Hall. Juicy wasted no time and asked the sold-out crowd where he could find the closest and “most ratchet” strip club. As the audience started chanting “Nite Moves,” Mr. J took a second out from his set to bring up ladies
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 124

Friday March 14 Outstanding Upstate at The Foundry: Visiting artist series featuring the work of Brian Cirmo, Abraham Ferraro and Robert Gullie. FUNK at the Low Beat: Fantastic idea for a fun party at the Low Beat. Saturday March 15 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Albany: Kicks off from Quail and Central at 2pm! Born
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Giant Gorilla Dog Thing – Hematoma

Jesus. These guys keep raising the bar. After two+ years of work, Giant Gorilla Dog Thing‘s album HORSE is coming out on March 28th, and here’s a track off the album, accompanied by an incredible video with artist credits longer than a CVS receipt. For info on pre-ordering the record, some background on the artists
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Takk House: 55 3rd St, Troy

Not too long ago, there was an unusual real estate listing going around for a place in Troy called Half Moon Hall. This space had a bowling alley, a big gym, and a grip of other unusual features for an unassuming space on 3rd street. As it happens, a friend of mine, Heidi Benjamin and
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 123

Friday March 7 First Friday Albany: Also check Allyson Smith’s opening at Fuzz Records, Aleister at The Machine, and Just Relax at the UAG. Session Americana at The Low Beat: Playing our fair city, all the way from Boston. Deer Tick and Toy Soldiers at the Hollow: An Albany favorite. Go early and eat at
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 122

Friday February 28 Nine Pin Cider Works Grand Opening: First day for the first farm cidery in New York. Pecha Kucha at Opalka Gallery: 20 slides in 20 seconds. To the point. Sounds rad. Troy Night Out: It’s the 8th Birthday of TNO! Go out and get weird. 4th Street Funnies at Kokopellis: Comedy show
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America’s Test Kitchen at the Palace

The Palace has recently announced that on Sunday April 13 America’s Test Kitchen will be coming to town. If you are interested in cooking at all, and somehow don’t yet know about ATK, do yourself a favor and watch the video above. From the copy: America’s Test Kitchen on PBS is one of the most
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Nine Pin Cider Works to open Friday

Last week, Governor Cuomo announced Nine Pin was the first licensed cidery under the new farm cidery laws, and this week Nine Pin Cider Works will be holding a grand opening celebration. The grand opening will take place on February 28 at 3pm, at Nine Pin’s production facility and tasting room at 929 Broadway in
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Giant Gorilla Dog Thing: HORSE Announcement

On March 28th, Pig Food Records will release HORSE, and there’s no better way to announce it than with a commercial. Pay attention to the lyrics since they’re actually giving you details on the release. HORSE be available digitally, as well as double LP format. More info on the PFR site.


Troy resident, historian and blogger Suzanne Spellen profiled in the New York Times

Ms. Spellen is finding a way to make the move work, in part by using about one post a month to introduce the charms of Troy’s architecture to Brooklyn readers. Click the image above to read the full piece.


Peg/Hand Habits split 10″ out today via Eschatone Records

Peg, from Long Beach, California teamed up with Albany, NY dream-pop outfit Hand Habits to offer a split on Eschatone Records. Peg is a new psych-rock solo project from Avi Buffalo drummer Sheridan Riley and friends. By now you should know about Hand Habits, which is Meg Duffy’s superlative project. Give half the split a
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Quality events for this weekend vol. 121

Friday February 21 Bear Grass, Immaculate Heart and Thomas LaFond at Tierra Coffee (Madison): Free music, dawg. Yes! at The Albany Center Gallery: Poetry and performance series with Claire Donato, Jeff T. Johnson and Eric Hardiman. Bobby Long at the Linda: With With Tor & the Fjords. Pony in the Pancake, Gusto at The Low
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Phantogram on Jimmy Kimmel

Too good. Loving the full band. Pick up their new album via iTunes, and be sure to watch the other video from last night.


Opening day at The Low Beat: Photos

After hearing rumors of a soft opening of The Low Beat, I had to check the space out. I had wanted to check it out while they were still working on the inside, but because that didn’t happen, I had no idea what to expect. The Low Beat sits at 335 Central Ave next to
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Stream PHANTOGRAM’s whole album ‘Voices’ via NPR

Whole album, start to finish, from NPR.


Andrew’s Music Monday: Gorgeous Children, Future Brown

Future Brown is a club-music supergroup consisting of Fatima Al Qadiri of Fade to Mind, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda, better known as Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush, the mind behind NYC label Lit City Trax and curator of many-a-night at the late 285 Kent. I’ve caught a few of their tunes throughout a few mixes (namely
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PHANTOGRAM’s new video for ‘Fall In Love’

Another rad video for a rad song from our very own. Their new album, Voices comes out February 18th, and they will be playing that night on Jimmy Kimmel Live to celebrate. You can pre-order Voices via iTunes.


Quality events for this weekend vol. 120

Don’t forget that it’s Valentine’s last weekend! Friday February 7 Slowshine, Secret Release and Bear Grass at Valentine’s: Indie jams. It’s First Friday. Check out art galleries, shops, bars and all of that. It’s rad. RA The Rugged Man at Bogie’s: With many more artists on the bill. Just-in Time for Friday: True holding down
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It’s officially Valentine’s last weekend

That’s right, after months of “last shows”, the time has actually come. This weekends lineup features Slowshine, Secret Release and Bear Grass on Friday, and Sgt. Dunbar with the Parlor on Saturday, followed by EIGHTIES, which will most likely devolve into an anything and everything last-night-at-Valentine’s-dance-party.


WEQX presents free show with Surfer Blood

WEQX recently announced a free show with indie rock bros Surfer Blood. The show will take place on Saturday, February 22 at Nanola in Malta and there is no ticket needed, just show up. Read more details and RSVP on the event page.


Sun Ra’s ‘Space Is the Place’ at the UAG

On Wednesday, February 12th, the Albany Sonic Arts Collective presents a night of film and music at the UAG. The film portion kicks off at 7 with Sun Ra‘s 1974 sci-fi film Space Is the Place. The following is the first sentence of the plot of the film: Sun Ra, who has been reported lost
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Carmen’s Cuban restaurant in Troy to extend hours and menu

Great news sent over from Duncan Crary: Carmen’s will now be open five days instead of three. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday additions include soups, salads, sandwiches and light dinners, with local delivery available with a $15 minimum order. Friday night is still Tapas Night, and the full weekend menu is still offered. New hours will
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