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Cymbals Eat Guitars tonight in Kingston

Cymbals Eat Guitars are playing BSP Kingston tonight at 9pm.

From the NPR preview of the new album, Lose:

Lose, Cymbals Eat Guitars’ third album, finds the band sticking to its old structural modus operandi — namely, stitching thunderous vamps together into rambling odysseys, then interspersing those numbers among marginally more focused songs — but also mining a rawer corner of the musical landscape. (At times, it recalls the clamor and squall of groups like Titus Andronicus and At The Drive-In.) That edge doesn’t displace the pop sensibility that underpinned prior albums, nor the habit of flitting between moods with little warning; see the way the reckless, rootsy “XR” gives way to the spacey freakout “Place Names,” which summarily cedes its ground to the keening balladry of “Child Bride.” But the exploration has a more deliberate cast.

You can still grab tickets online until 5pm, or at select local spots (Outdated Cafe, Jack’s Rhythms, Darkside Records & Gallery and Woodstock Music Shop) to avoid online ticketing fees.

For more info head to the event page and head out to BSP Kingston tonight!

Barons in the Attic – You Can’t Front on That

Barons in the Attic recently called it quits. They’ve released all their music for free on bandcamp and have just well as publishing a career introspective video into their band.

The (partial) description from the YouTube page

Barons in the Attic started in 2008 as many bands do; just some dudes messing around in a shitty house. In 2014 they decided they were tired of messing around in this formation so they changed course and ended the band. What plays above is a video homage to ourselves, a career retrospective on something too short to be a career, and a nice way to find some closure, at least for myself. I made this video, with help from some amazing friends and feel it (at least for me and hopefully the band and our closest friends) sums up a truly amazing part of our lives.

I’ve seen BitA few times and it’s always sad when a band calls it quits, but at least there’s this great video to revisit in years to come.

Living room concert with Eef Barzelay

The lovely hosts from Eef’s last living room show are throwing another one. If you missed the last show, or have no idea who Eef Barzelay or Clem Snide is, watch the video above to get familliar.

All the details are available on the ticket site. See you there!

Saturday: The Parlor, Careers, and Pony in the Pancake at the Hollow

The Parlor has set up a show in tandem with their crowdfunding campaign for their new album.

The crowdfunding bit is to help with “post-production studio costs of remixing and mastering our album, the cost of making physical copies of the album and promotional expenses, including music videos and a press campaign”. In exchange for help with these items, you can pick up digital downloads, an exclusive backer-only EP, demos and b-sides, merch, and more.

In support of the campaign, there’s a show this Saturday at 8pm at the Hollow. It features The Parlor, Careers, and Pony in the Pancake. All three bands on this bill are excellent, and if you’re not familiar with them, check em out and get over to The Hollow on Saturday.

Beat*Shot Music Festival: Photos and (Partial) Recap

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This past weekend was the Beat*Shot Music Festival, which is one of my favorite fixtures of the Albany-area music scene. The festival (which doesn’t involve mud, not showering or neon fuzzy boots) took place over at The Hollow on Pearl Street.

I showed up to the show with basically no knowledge of who was playing and just put my trust into the organizers of the show. Act after act was incredible and there almost no wait time between the acts. I was able to catch Taina Asili, Ses Da Great, Deca, Count Bass D, Blueprint, and Adrienne Mack-Davis. Every single one of them was incredible to watch and despite being unfamiliar with a few of them, easy to get into and even easier to enjoy. Seeing Blueprint and Count Bass D was a real treat.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the Saturday portion of the show. But as far as I have heard, Pharoahe Monch crushed The Hollow and all the other performers assisted. If you missed this years Beat*Shot Music Festival, you’ve missed the best one yet. Don’t make the same mistake next year!

Big shout out to everyone involved for making the show run so smoothly and for the absolutely impeccable line-up. Can’t wait until next year.

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Full Basilica Soundscape line-up announced

The 2014 lineup for Basilica Soundscape has been announced. This two-day musc and art festival takes place in the repurposed 1800s factory, Basilica Hudson.

The line-up is as follows:

FRIDAY
+ legendary New York psych band Endless Boogie
+ Balinese ensemble Gamelan Dharma Swara
+ musician and sound artist Tim Hecker
+ the breezy and resonant Julia Holter
+ Richard Reed Parry (of Arcade Fire), who will perform material from his upcoming solo album, Music for Heart and Breath

SATURDAY
+ Swans
+ Deafheaven
+ Vancouver-based punk group White Lung and reading by White Lung frontwoman Mish Way
+ reading by Perfect Pussy frontwoman Meredith Graves
+ Guardian Alien with additional solo sets by drummer Greg Fox (also of Liturgy, Ben Frost, Dan Deacon, Zs)
+ nomadic dream-pop artist Emily Reo

PLUS
+ installation work by acclaimed visual artist Sterling Ruby
+ visual arts, performance art, readings, and farm-to-table food
+ camping

Advance Tickets are $35 per night, and $60 for the weekend pass.

Read the about the 2013 festival at Pitchfork and the NYTimes for a better idea of what to expect from this awesome festival. And don’t forget camping is a lodging option!

Tonight: Dwele at Alive at Five

Tonight is Alive at Five’s RnB night with Dwele and locals MIRK. Show starts at 5pm at Jennings Landing.

Dwele has a string of top 10 RnB albums and has collaborated with the likes of J. Dilla, Kanye West, Common and more.

More info via Albany Events.