Fall 2016 at EMPAC

EMPAC has announced their Fall 2016 season, and there’s some really great shows coming up. Lapalux is an incredible artist and I can’t wait to see him inside EMPAC. Jlin has also been a long time favorite of mine (Since Erotic Heat was released in 2011 on Bangs and Works Vol.2), and Qrion has been killing it for a while, as noted by her many awesome videos that pop up whenever she DJs.

Head to the Fall 2016 season calendar, find whatever sounds interesting to you, and add a few dates to your calendar.


LarkFest 2016 Lineup Announced

The Lark Street Bid has just announced this year’s first wave of bands for Larkfest lineup, and it’s quite good. This year’s Larkfest is on September 24 and runs 10am to 6pm. The lineup includes The Relationship which is Brian Bell of Weezer, Ought from Montreal, Lower Dens from Baltimore, and Delicate Steve from New Jersey, and Televisionaries from Rochester. The full lineup with more bands, artists, and makers will be released at a later date.

Check out a video from each band below, and mark your calendar for September 24!


Quality events for this weekend

Friday July 29

Swamp Baby at The Tang: Part of the ‘Upbeat on the Roof’ series.

Troy Night Out: Arts, music, food, drinks and more around Troy.

Bohm Dialogue at Savoy Taproom: Jazz fusion.

Mamadou Kelly and Rootbrew at BSP Kingston: West African sound. Bonus post-show dance party.

Saturday July 30

DJ Brian DeGraw at The Half Moon: Peep his Fader Mix.

Exul, Scavengers, The Spirit of Violence at The Low Beat: Rock and roll/punk/hardcore.

In Deep at Blue 82: House music night. With Jen Haley and more.

Discosexual at Rocks: Isaiah Garrett’s new 70s dance night.

Shane Torres at Proctors: Part of ‘Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show’ Series.

Read & Feed at Basilica: Food and literature.

Shush Packet and Odd Body at Pauly’s Hotel: Alt rock/punk.

Soul Vibes Party at BSP: Dance party.

Sunday July 31

Turntables + Bagels at SMCo.: With DJ Tall Ass Matt.

Best Coast at Upstate Concert Hall: Rock.

Bella’s Bartok and Sekanjabin at BSP: Rockabilly/world music.

All weekend

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Second-run movies at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a small centrally located theater.

Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.

Black Lives Matter at Dana Park by Shannon Straney

In the evening on Friday, July 8, 2016, a diverse crowd gathered in Dana Park in Albany, NY for a vigil organized by the Upstate New York chapter of Black Lives Matter. Amid speeches and chants, people came together in solidarity to call for action, change, and accountability. The event was held especially to honor the memories of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and others who have become victims of police shootings and violence.


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