Ticket Giveaway: A Hawk and A Hacksaw, Brian Dewan, Sgt Dunbar

This upcoming Saturday, Dellarocca Booking has put together quite the show at Valentine’s, while also taking into consideration its sure to be a busy weekend filled with Halloween parties. Start your Saturday off with some quality music before you wreck your costume as the night progresses.

Doors for this show are at 7:30, with music starting promptly at 8pm. Sgt Dunbar will kick the night off, followed by Brian Dewan and A Hawk and A Hacksaw.

There will also be a costume contest judged by Brian Dewan and WCDB’s program director, Gabby McGowan. Winner will receive a free drink from the bar and also a pair of free tickets to the Young Prisms show on November 6th.

Sound good?

It gets better: we have a pair of tickets to giveaway! Hit the jump to enter.

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Saratoga Spa CX: Photos and Recap

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This past Sunday was the annual Spa:Cx cyclocross race held in Saratoga Springs on the race track grounds. As compared to last years total mud fest, this was dry and fast, and compared to two years ago, there was much more flow to the course and technical sections replaced many grueling power sections.

The course itself was really fun, although really narrow in some places. There’s a long downhill sand-pit, lots of deceptively hard flat technical sections and fast straight sections. It was really great for spectating as well, and the temperature and food vendors also helped people stick around to watch the last race. Definitely a great vibe and a good way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Not sure why results still aren’t posted, but check back on crossresults in a few days. Congrats to John who got 3rd in the B race, Austin who won the single speed NYS championship and everyone else who had a blast.

There’s a few more races left in the NYCROSS.com series so come out and watch!

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Ticket Giveaway: Electric Guest

Whoa. Electric Guest is playing at the Upstate Concert Hall tomorrow, and thanks to Step Up and EQX, we’re giving away a set of tickets! Sharing the stage with Electric Guest is NO and Line & Circle.

Maybe you missed the last time Electric Guest played at UCH and want to check them out now, or you had so much fun you want to see ’em again. Either way, hit the jump and enter the contest. I’ll pick a winner tomorrow at 11am!

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 64

Friday October 19th

Hudson Valley Food Truck Festival in Saugerties: All the local foodtrucks that we aren’t allowed to enjoy in Albany gathering and giving you the chance to try them all!

AKOUSMA @ EMPAC: Dubbed cinema for the ear, this performance is played through loudspeakers hung in a circle around the audience by well renowned musicians.

Birthdays, Hand Habits, Sun Burdens, Little Spoon and Eternal Crimes at Design It Together: Big lineup of great music at one of Troy’s coolest businesses.

Pasties, Pencils and Pints at 51 3rd Street: DIY figure drawing class, BYOB and drawing supplies.

Fiona Apple at the Palace: Touring in support of her first release in 7 years, go hang out in the same room as someone with a Grammy.

Hop Harvest at the City Beer Hall: No cover, seasonal beers and farm fresh food.

We Are The Union, IWAH, The Knee Benders and The Growing Pains at HRCH: Pop punk and ska, for free.

Saturday October 20th

Dog Remote at the Flying Chicken: Listen to some tunes and eat some amazing food.

Winterpills and Roasary Beard at the Dream Away Lodge: Little bit away from Albany, but both acts are worth the drive many times over.

Autumn Tasting at the Co-op: A few chefs showing you whats up using ingredients from the co-op.

Silversun Pickups with Cloud Nothings at the UCH: This show is worth it for just Cloud Nothings alone.

End of the Month with JB and Truemaster at McGeary’s: Local hip-hop showcase at the best bar.

Browns Oktoberfest: German food and local beer. Hard to beat.

Sunday October 21st

Service Industry Night at McGeary’s: 2 for 1 drinks and DJ Truemaster.

Uncle Sam GP: Photos and Recap

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This past weekend marked the NYCROSS.com cycling team’s (the cyclocross team KAB sponsors) big race in Troy’s Prospect Park.

This race had record attendance and wildly different conditions on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was frigid and dry, making the course fast and suited for riders with big engines, and Sunday’s rain made the course slick and was much better suited to those with lots of bike handling skills.

I did the C race on Sunday and our race was only three laps. By the second lap, I was shredded and felt horrible, thanks in part to working two long days before the race with almost no sleep between them. And I’m sure the lack of training didn’t help either. There was an awesome back and forth during the Pro race with Curtis White and Christian Favata on both days and once it warmed up, all of the races were awesome to spectate.

If this all seems interesting, your next chance to race/spectate is this Sunday in Saratoga!

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KC’s Music Monday: PJ Katz

When it comes to the genre of hip hop, I’m lazy.

A quick glance at my iTunes library will reflect that inexcusable flaw of mine. I’ve got Dilla, Biggie and the Beastie Boys in heavy rotation, plus a couple albums from left field, such as Mr. Complex’s latest on local label Sub-Bombin. As for the rest? For some reason, I want tastemakers to bring quality hip hop to me, when I least expect it.

Luckily, there’s crew like Pig Food Records and an extended family within 518 hip hop looking after me. If you don’t know much about the genre and are willing to admit it like I am, rest assured that while you’re sleeping, countless people are working hard into the night contributing to the genre and helping to build and sustain an important cog within local culture.

The latest example is one-man band and producer extraordinaire, PJ Katz.

Katz’ new album, ’92 Renault Music, (which drops tomorrow on Pig Food Records), is about to show you firsthand why he’s one of the areas best kept secrets that just can’t be kept quiet anymore.

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 63

Friday October 12th

Just-In Time for Friday: Local favorite DJ Trumastr spinning all night at Justin’s on Lark. No brainer.

MPACK the Vote at Red Square: Benefit supporting the Cooperative Economics and Vote 2012 Initiative featuring live jazz from the Out of the Box Quartet starting at 6, followed by DJ Trumastr and DJ TGIF.

Patrick Porter at the Foundry for Art Design and Culture: Local musician Patrick Porter will perform in the Loft, which is a really cool space if you’ve never checked it out before.

Unity 8 at the Fuze Box: A handful of local DJs playing music you can dance to, all night.

Electric Equinox at Broadway Brew in Troy: House music dance party in the Collar City.

Mayer Hawthorne and Cults at Skidmore: First big show of the season at Skidmore.

Saturday October 13

Deer Tick at the Putnam Den: Pretty solid indie-folkish experimental rock band with support from Barons in the Attic and Wild Adriatic.

Waka Flocka at Upstate Concert Hall: Rap music in Clifton Park.

Uncle Sam Cyclocross Grand Prix: 7th Annual Uncle Sam CX race taking place in Prospect Park in Troy. Go heckle and drink beer!

Hellions of Troy vs. Pair O’ Dice City Rollers at Rollerama: Support your local Hellions and check out roller derby if you haven’t before.

Shop Show at Fuze Records: Agent Ribbons and Emily Sprague performing at Fuzz Records on Lark Street. Support local music and be sure to donate a lil something to the bands since the show is graciously free.

An evening of dark synthpop at the Fuze Box: Exactly what it sounds like, I think. Featuring Todd is New Each Moment, Sun Burdens and the Black Ships. 80s night afterwards.

Women Who Rock II at Justin’s: DJ Trumastr spinning hits from all-female musicians in support of raising awareness (and funds via t-shirts available at the bar) to continue the battle against breast cancer.

Sunday October 14

Battle of the Bands at Bogies: A classic battle of the bands featuring local ska bands.

On the Run, Cosonauts and Aim Your Arrows at Jack’s Place: For those of us in the mood for live music over football.

Uncle Sam Cyclocross Grand Prix: 7th Annual Uncle Sam CX race taking place in Prospect Park in Troy. Go heckle and drink beer!

Service Industry Night: Back at it at McGeary’s. Two-for-one drinks and Trumastr on the decks.