KC’s Music Monday: Astro Nautico

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For your work soundtrack this week, I suggest downloading this year’s compilation from the Astro Nautico crew. Released on 4/20, the label put together their third volume of their Atlantics series, which is available for free download.

The third compilation features a generous handful of producers and the tunes span genres that end up all flowing together like that of a mix tape. The compilation aims to help introduce you to new talent, a goal which I think they accomplish with nonchalant and taste-making ease in representing underground sounds and their creators. Cop it and ease into Monday!

Sponsor: The Law Office of Eric K. Schillinger

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If there’s anything you’ve been thinking of talking to a lawyer for, you should head over to Mr. Schillinger’s website and get in touch!

We’d like to thank The Law Office of Eric K. Schillinger for sponsoring Keep Albany Boring this week. As you may have noticed, there’s now a sponsorship blurb in the sidebar, and you too can sponsor Keep Albany Boring for less than you’d expect.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 83

Friday April 26th

Troy Night Out: Tons to check out in Troy!

Retribution Body, Clew of Theseus, Zackery Belanger, Leah Rico at 51 3rd St: Art/noise show to properly kick off TNO.

Troy Night Out Afterparty at Daisy Baker’s: Free and good as heck.

Ten Foot Polecats CD Release at Valentine’s: “Hill country blues punk” at everyones favorite live music venue.

Double Album Release Party at Bogie’s: Mic Lanny w/ DeeJay Tone “Good Cop, Bad Cop” AND I.B. w/ Chambers “Isaac Berry” album release party.

Fourth Friday with Great Mastr at Justin’s: All the classics under one roof.

Pop Elation at Elda’s: White Lotus has got you covered at the other side of Lark.

Saturday April 27th

MOVE Music Festival: An all you can eat buffet of local talent.

Fine Arts and Craft Festival at The Arts Center: A juried event that will showcase tons of cool art to check out.

Game Fest at EMPAC: Student designed video game exhibition and competition.

UAG Benefit: Lots of music for a good cause.

TAP NY at Hunter Mountain: Craft beer festival. Enough said.

Sunday April 28th

Albany Tweed Ride: Ride your bike around in a group while looking prim and proper.

Sunderground with DJ Trumastr and Party With Tina at McGeary’s: 2-for-1 drinks and the best music in town. It’s going to be in the 70s!

Fine Arts and Craft Festival at The Arts Center: A juried event that will showcase tons of cool art to check out.

TAP NY at Hunter Mountain: Craft beer festival. Enough said.

Review: The Dillinger Escape Plan at the Upstate Concert Hall

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Hearing is disoriented, but the soul is warm with vigor. Crazy hardcore kids are jumping on your back and leaping at you from the stage. Sweat and water sprays in all directions.

Chaos is happening all around me, but I can’t take my eyes off Dillinger Escape Plan.

Uniqueness is rare in music these days, but Dillinger has been slaughtering concert halls for 16 years with its signature spazz math metal hardcore assault. The band stands alone in its own fucked up category.

Dillinger Escape Plan has only been accessible to the people who love blistering noise and math-like, ass-backwards rhythms. It’s complicated music, and as loud as seven fighter jets taking off. Dillinger’s music is inaccessible to a mass population, but has become admired by those who respect musicianship, skill, and raw energy.

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Restaurant Week: The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

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I went on a date with myself on Monday at The Hollow Bar + Kitchen for Downtown Albany Restaurant Week and I have to say it was a good start. Last month, owner Mike Phillip announced his plans to rebrand The Bayou Cafe at 79 North Pearl Street and make food a new focus, and from the small crowd stepping in on a Monday night, people have been receptive to the idea.

The Hollow, which sits at the foot of Sheridan Hollow, is previewing its new menu and new space this week for Restaurant Week and rolls out a full menu next week. The Restaurant Week menu is promising and worth a look, and Mike has done a beautiful job of transforming the Bayou dining room with exposed brick walls and black tablecloths bathed in light from a chandelier of mason jars. My only concern is that, with the attention the dining room has received, the space seems incongruous with the bar and back room, both drab in the early evening light, and in need of an update to fit with the new concept.

I started my evening at the bar with a Victory HopDevil IPA (Downington, Pennsylvania), which along with Peak Organic IPA (Portland, Maine), was the best beer on tap, as Ithaca Flower Power IPA (Ithaca, New York) had been kicked. I was disappointed drinking craft beer from a Bud Light pint glass, and I am sure I am not alone in this, but I’ll try not to hold it against The Hollow for now.

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