Quality events for this weekend vol. 52

Friday, July 20th

Opening day at the track: There’s a bunch going on, including MaryLeigh & The Fauves at the Hats Off Festival.

Garage Bands 2012 w/The Slaughterhouse Chorus and The Pistolwhips: They’re playing in the Elk Street parking garage. Interesting venue aside this should be a good show and the garage will shield you of rain.

SummerNight Schenectady: Live music, street performers, food, drink, etc.

WEXT 97.7 Birthday Bash at Valentine’s: With Sgt Dunbar and The Hanslick Rebellion.

Saturday July 21st

Death Cab for Cutie at Brewery Ommegang: Needs no explination really. Bonus: The Westboro Baptist Church hates Ben Gibbard.

TightKnit’s Troy Flea: Rosary Beard and Slender Shoulders will be performing at this weeks installment of the vintage and craft market in Troy.

Lawyers, Guns & Photos at The Foundry for Art, Design + Culture: Opening reception for what looks like an awesome book release.

Ladies Eighties Night at McGeary’s: Trumastr holding down another perfectly executed party. Enough said.

Sunday July 22nd

Hearing Sounds Music Performance at Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery: Matthew Carefully, Elky, Doug Van Nort, and Matt Weston using the artwork in Hearing Pictures as their score.

Fuzz Records Presents: Tony Bucci’s Birthday Extravaganza: This is going to be awesome. A mash up of local talent all performing at Fuzz Records all in celebration of a friends 25th birthday.

SIN with DJ Trumastr at McGeary’s: Two for one drinks, good music, patio. No further explanation needed.

Phantogram: “We’ve got some songs on the next Big Boi album”

From SPIN’s ‘5 Things SPIN Learned About Big Boi’s ‘Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors‘:

“She’s my new Sleepy Brown” Big Boi said, comparing Barthel, who was snapping pics of the MC, to the Dungeon Family hookmaster. His connection came from a bit of kismet. Turns out Big had unknowingly heard Phantogram’s ethereal “Mouthful of Diamonds” in a commercial. After he had Shazam’d the track and figured out which band was responsible, he hit the duo up on Twitter. Carter and Barthel eventually came down to Atlanta to work on the record. Sarah handled hook duties on three of the tracks played, one of which was produced by Phantogram’s other half, guitarist Josh Carter. (That track, the spacy “Objectum Sexuality,” was a highlight.)

Dope. This also sort of settles my question of “why do indie artists let their songs be used in commercials for all sorts of shit”. Can’t wait to hear the actual tracks, although I’m sure I’ll forget about this before it’s stated November 13th release date, then be real excited again in October.

Also, just reunite Outkast already.

Ula Ruth to play opening day at the track

Up-and-coming Conneticut based Ula Ruth will be playing this Saturday at 6pm for opening day at the track. Their sound is similar to that of the Black Keys but with a bit more indie and alternative influence. They’ve been selling out shows in NYC and have on-air radio interviews in the works, so they’re not your normal band-for-the-sake-of-a-band type deal that we’re all used to. The NYRA has put in a lot of improvements for this season at the Saratoga Race Course, so if you are there on opening day, it should be better than it was in years past. MIRK will also be joining them.

You can stream their EP below.

WITCH KNOTS Book Release and Storytelling Event at Troy Night Out

Local illustrator and musician Ira Marcks from Troy will be doing an multimedia performance at the Arts Center of the Capital Region Friday, July 27th for Troy Night Out.

The Art Center of the Capital Region will be host to the book release party for Ira Marcks’ new, kickstarter-funded, graphic novel, WITCH KNOTS as part of Troy Night Out. The live storytelling performance with live music and projected illustrations will be held the Black Box Theatre at 6pm and 7pm.

WITCH KNOTS is a 170 page, hard cover, full color graphic novel available for $20 at witchknots.com and Market Block Books in Troy. Really great to see local talent being created, sold, and celebrated all within Troy.

Hit the jump for the official flyer. Continue reading…

Camp Bisco XI: Day Three Recap

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The dust has now settled as this year’s Camp Bisco has come and gone, and attendees are now faced with the task of adjusting back to into their day-to-day routines. A couple days later, and I’m left with Atmosphere still stuck in my head and a pile of laundry.

Day three of the festival was under the blisteringly hot sun, and what I felt was the hottest day of the weekend. It was hot enough to almost miss the rain and storms from Bisco’s past (but not quite).

I was anxious waiting at the shuttle stop, knowing that Atmosphere was slated to begin in mere moments. I was surrounded by festival goers talking about how they’ve never been to Camp Bisco before when I realized that on Saturday, the festival had day-passes available. As a result, the grounds saw an increase in volume and in security alike. (Sporting a bag that had only the line-up guide, my iPhone and ear plugs, I got to make the “I’m your easiest search of the day” comment over three times; security was not messing around on the last day of the fest).

Hit the jump for the rest of Day 3 recap and photos.

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Ticket Giveaway: Matisyahu and The Dirty Heads at the Upstate Concert Hall, 7/19

This Thursday, Matisyahu and The Dirty Heads will be playing up at the Upstate Concert Hall. It’ll be a night of reggae-rooted sounds from these two acts.

Step Up Presents was kind enough to give us a pair of tickets to giveaway for this upcoming show! All you gotta do is fill out the form below and I’ll let you know if you’ve won by Wednesday!

And you should also like Step Up on facebook, as well as the Upstate Concert Hall, and even us.

Hit the jump for the entry form! Continue reading…

NYCROSS.com 2012 Series Announced

The Capital Region based cyclocross team and race series promoter, NYCROSS.com, has announced their 2012 race series:

Sunday, September 16, Kirkland Cyclocross, Kirkland, NY
Saturday, October 13, Uncle Sam GP of Cyclocross, Troy, NY
Sunday, October 14, Uncle Sam GP of Cyclocross, Troy, NY
Sunday, October 21, Saratoga Spa Cyclocross, Saratoga, NY (The 2012 NYS Cyclocross Championships)
Sunday, October 28, Wicked Creepy, Bennington, VT
Sunday, November 11, Bethlehem Cup, Bethlehem, NY

If you don’t already know, cyclocross is a hybrid of mountain biking and road biking, developed by the Belgians to keep themselves in shape for cycling during the fall and winter. It’s on a short 3-4 mile track, usually both on and off road, with obstacles such as stairs, super steep inclines, barriers, etc., all designed to make the race as hard as possible. It’s super fun to come out and watch the races, drink some beers, heckle some riders and even more fun to jump in and acutally race.