Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 26

Troy Night Out: Art, food and culture in Troy.

The Space Between at Show Map Clement Frame Shop: Works by Jillian Platt & Tony Iadicicco.

TNO Taco Shop at the Grocery: Tacos and beer.

TNO After Party at O’Briens: With DJ Jennifer Haley, Goldee Dust, DJ Wildecrist, DJ Dipset Taliban, and b0ynature.

Sheer Terror at Bogies: With Stigmata, King Nine, Heavy Chains, Reason To Fight, Lowered AD, and Bloodwar.

Good Grief Album Release Party at The Hollow: Celebrating Mic Lanny & James Rock’s new album, with Knowle’ge, Like Lions, Muscle City and Great Mastr.

Rival Galaxies with Kimono Dragons and Secret Release: Dance pop jams.

Marco Benevento at BSP Kingston: “Swift” Album Release show.

Saturday September 27

Wolff’s Oktoberfest: North Albany’s biggest block party.

OktoBIRDfest: Oktoberfest fundraiser for the Audubon Society.

StoryHarvest in Troy: Food, art, and more with a performance by Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra.

Yes! Poetry & Performance Series at Albany Center Gallery: With Daniel Nester, Nate Brown, and Thea Brown.

Sunday September 28

Rensselaerville Cycling Festival: Bike ride and festival.

Hudson River Festival: History centric event with Henry Hudson’s (replica) ship.

Basilica Screenings at Basilica Hudson: Three films by Gregory J. Markopoulos.

Mopco at The Low Beat: Improv comedy Sundays.

Vintage Trouble at the Hollow: Blues-ey rock.

All Weekend

A Couple of Blaguards at Proctors: A comedy about growing up in poverty in Ireland. (Yes, Proctors is a sponsor of KAB this week.)

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are always 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.

Lucy and The Expendibles 3 at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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


Intensive: October at EMPAC

On October 4, EMPAC is having what’s essentially their fall festival. The Intensive is showcasing four performances in a single day from their artist-in-residence program. These pieces include a band in a mirrored box, a talking car, a performance on a moving bus and a solo performance from Mick Barr.

Again, if you haven’t been to EMPAC recently, or ever, just pick one of these and go. It’s always awesome.

Check out the official descriptions on the event page and head over to EMPAC on the 10th to enjoy the performances.


Wolff’s Biergarten Oktoberfest: Ticket Giveaway

This Saturday, September 27th is the annual North Albany Oktoberfest, put on by Wolff’s Biergarten. Oktoberfest runs from 11am-7pm and is a street festival with all sorts of activities throughout the day, German food and of course, beer.

This year’s Oktoberfest will include a tug-of-war, a dachshund race, Miss Oktoberfest pageant, three legged race, a bratwurst toss, keg toss, stein holding competition and my favorite, a yodeling contest.

If you’re not the contest type, regular admission tickets are available for purchase online and you get a free stein and quick entry just for buying presale tickets. VIP has already sold out.

Enter below and keep an eye out around noon on Friday as that’s when I’ll be selecting TWO winners! Each winner will get two tickets to Oktoberfest!

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Bobby Shmurda and the Twerk Team at the Armory

On October 10, 20-year-old Bobby Shmurda will be performing at the Armory, along side the Twerk Team.

The facebook event indicates that Bobby will be performing twice and that it won’t be set up like a traditional concert. And before the 10th, you ought to learn the Shmoney Dance.

Tickets are $30 and should be available via ticketfly soon, as well as the Armory box office.


Mic Lanny & James Rock ‘Good Grief': Review

When local emcee Mic Lanny teamed up with James Rock, of Mirk, I knew the result would be something interesting. Both musicians are harboring raw talent and have been working to find their signature sounds and styles, as evident in that both musicians are really just only getting started.

This Friday marks the official release party of the collaborative EP, titled Good Grief, and will be taking place at the Hollow down on North Pearl Street, as presented by Beat*Shot Productions. The release party will hold a semi-formal theme and will also feature performances by Knowle’ge, Like Lions, Great Mastr and Muscle City. This line-up features a great mix of rock and rap, just like the album itself. Additionally, admission to this show will also come with a free copy of the EP while supplies last, which is pretty awesome.

My first listen of the album had me focusing on the instrumentals, which I found to be a very impressive showcase of talent with an excellent composition and unique sounds. I think that James Rock and Mic Lanny met in the middle somewhere in terms of the sound they were going for and the collaboration is very much in a similar styling to Mirk’s music, which I wasn’t quite expecting. An eclectic blend of pop rock and rap may not be everyone’s taste, as I personally found myself wishing the album was a little bit harder, like Mic Lanny’s usual honed delivery, but I appreciated that he showed range in his interests and approach to rapping for this project.

As far as the concept of the album being a play on Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, I was anticipating more of a channeled focus material wise. Despite the upbeat pop influence instrumentally, I couldn’t tell if I was listening to a sad album or a happy album, (which is totally fine, of course), but I think for a concept album I was hoping to see the story a little clearer. Maybe Friday’s performance will open my eyes a little bit. I’m very much looking forward to hearing how everything sounds live.

All in all, the album is enjoyable and one that made me optimistic for future collaborations with these two performers. Notable tracks for me are “Talking to Walls” and “Castling” with stand out instrumentals, great hooks and excellent flow.

Friday night falls into of those “don’t miss” rap/rock show category for those looking to support local music, so don’t sleep on this!

Pecha Kucha kab

Tonight: Woodside Pecha Kucha

Tonight at CAC Woodside the latest installment of the Capital Region Pecha Kucha.

Pecha Kucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really. Pecha Kucha 20×20 is a simple format where each presenter shows 20 images which they discuss for 20 seconds each.

These talks are a lot of fun, and with a bunch of presenters you can learn about a variety of topics in a night. And if something doesn’t interest you, it’s just a few minutes until the next presenter is on stage.

Find out about the presenters on the event page, and go enjoy the talks tonight!


Quality events for this weekend

Friday September 19

Bad Scene Forever Fest at the Icehouse: Violent Sons, lovechild, Aviator, Placeholder, Trife Life, Trenchfoot, Space Camp, Slowshine, and Throat Culture.

Garage Bands at the Albany Public Library: With Hammer Hawk and Hill Haints.

Those Darlins, Palm, Florist at BSP Kingston: Rock and roll from Nashville.

Basilicascope Film Fest: Straight to Hell Returns.

Cretin Hop at Fuze Box: Rock and roll dance party.

Saturday September 20

LarkFEST: Yep.

Bad Scene Forever Fest at the Icehouse: Sorority Noise, Born Without Bones, Save Ends, Scout, Haverford, and City Limits.

Basilicascope Film Fest: Walker and Repo Man.

Uncle Sam GP at Prospect Park: Bike race in Troy. Spectate or race!

Sunday September 21

Bad Scene Forever Fest at the Icehouse: The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die, Young English, Told Slant, LVL UP, Crying, and John Galm.

Uncle Sam GP at Prospect Park: Bike race in Troy. Spectate or race!

Brunch at the Low Beat: Sixth so far, and the best looking menu to boot.

All Weekend

Troy Restaurant Week: Try something new for cheap.

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are always awesome.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum. Also, FreshGrass festival

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

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Guardians of the Galaxy at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

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