Avid Appreciation Cruise: Photos & Recap

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This past Wednesday, Avid threw an invite only cruise as a thank you to all of those that have helped them out in the recent past. They had music from DJ Trumastr, DJ Neo, MaryLeigh and the Fauves, Carl Daniels and JB. It was a perfect day for the cruise, warm in the sun, then cooled of when the sun went down. I hope things like this becomes a regular feature during the summer because everyone had an awesome time.

For the gallery, click the image above or hit the jump. Continue reading…

More details announced for Pitchfork affiliated Basilica Music Festival in Hudson

Taking place August 10th to 11th, the Basilica Music Festival, presented in association with Pitchfork, has announced more details pertaining to their event. The venue itself, is an artist-owned, reclaimed 19th century factory, which as since been converted into an art and performance space.

Friday’s lineup includes Metal Machine Music: Solo Noise Makers And Their Machines with Liturgy, Mick Barr, C. Lavender And Brian Dewan, featuring very special guest Kris Perry’s Machines. Plus Rainbow In The Dark DJs.

Saturday’s lineup includes Blazer S.S., a heavy dub, roots, ragga and dancehall group, Neidan! featuring Gang Gang Dance, Prince Rama, The Psychic Paramount, Hiro Kone, And Mike Fellows (Mighty Flashlight, Ex-Rites Of Spring) and more TBA.

As well as a “Suggested Destination” art exhibit, which aims to visually explore the notion of how we chose where we live, with Sculptures And Paintings By William Stone, Pia Dehne, Jim Krewson, Todd Jordan, Sadie Laska and more.

There’s also a sunset cruise on Saturday. You can see the sun set behind the Catskills, as well as some of the Hudson’s lighthouses, all while taking a little break from the festival itself.

Each day is an extremely reasonable $15, and there’s weekend passes available for $25. Tickets are advertised as limited, so if you’re into this I’d avoid waiting.

The Basilica Hudson will more concerts this fall, including Godspeed You! Black Emperor on September 20th as well as Grimes, Elite Gymnastics, and Myths on September 25th.

Follow the festival on twitter @basilicafest, and on facebook.

Ballin’ at the Graveyard opening tomorrow at Spectrum 8 Theatres

Tomorrow marks the opening day for the Ballin at the Graveyard, a film that takes a look at the culture of pick-up basketball right here in Albany’s own Washington Park.

Copypasta from the films website:

Ballin’ at the Graveyard is a gritty, intimate look into the culture and community of pickup basketball as told by a group of hardcore ballers at Albany NY’s Washington Park – aka, the Graveyard. It offers a courtside view of the unwritten rules, hierarchy and special code of ethics of pickup ball, and provides a revealing glimpse into the off-the-court struggles and triumphs of a core group of players who call the court their home. It’s a thought-provoking portrait of urban basketball that will challenge what you think you know about the world behind the chain-link fence.

On Thursday, July 19th all tickets sold on that day will have 50% of proceeds donated to the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region.

Also, we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to this film. Hit the jump for the entry form (and trailer), and I’ll select a winner on Sunday!

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Jessica Gahring from NY Ink to open shop in Troy

This Friday at 784 Pawling Ave, Jessica Gahring of NY Ink fame will be opening her own tattoo shop in Troy, called Ms. Dixie’s Tattoo & Pin Up Parlour.

The former reality show star attended Russell Sage in Troy, so it’s not that unexpected for her to open a shop here. Tattoos are available from her starting this Friday, and after July 24th, she’ll be joined by John Abbott. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-9pm.

Good to see a talented artist joining this regions repertoire of quality places to get tattooed.

Free Show: Electric Guest, Northern Faces and Mirk, this Sunday at The Upstate Concert Hall

This is pretty cool. WEQX and Miller Lite have teamed up for a concert series and are putting on free shows up at The Upstate Concert Hall. The first show is this Sunday, July 15th at 8pm with Electric Guest, joined by locals Northern Faces and Mirk. You can check out Tim Reidy’s photos from the recent Northern Faces show at Valentine’s on his blog.

Electric Guest makes really awesome tunes, I’m a big fan. Don’t take it from me though, hit the jump to hear some music from each of Sunday’s guests. Continue reading…

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Sponsors! They help things over here at KAB, and they’re rad. If you are interested in advertising, feel free to drop me a line using the contact page and we will get something worked out.

Collar City CrossFit: Before joining, everyone that did CrossFit was ripped, and loved it. I recently joined and I totally get it now. Drop em a line, your first class is free.

The City Beer Hall: They’ve got a great craft selection on tap and even more bottles for you to choose from. Their food is really good, and if you’re not that hungry you can opt for the free pizza you get with each drink. And now, brunch on the patio.

Camp Bisco: The biggest 3-day-festival close to Albany. There is something for everyone, as well as great nights of camping.

518Prints: The only place to go if you need shirts printed. Period. Every local band shirt and more you probably don’t realize basically is done by these guys.

We’re on vacation

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KC has been in Europe all week and is now on a retired warship turned rave, and I’m in Louisville, Kentucky. We’ll be updating when we can. Sorry for the slow updates, and feel free to submit anything you want. Also, I saw a mega-church.

Hit the jump or click the photo above to see some of my photos from my trip so far. Continue reading…