Tonight: Horror Movie Mondays at the Fuze Box

For the month of October, the Fuze Box is getting into the Halloween spirit, screening horror films night every Monday, while other businesses begin decorating too early for December holidays.

Tonight, Fuze will be showing Army of Darkness and Dead Alive – two classics from the early 90s.

Even if you have seen either film already, chances are you haven’t seen ’em projected on a big screen, and for free, no less. Additionally, Fuze will be running drink specials and have snacks available at the bar.

Starts at 8, see you there.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 62

Friday October 5th

Dada Life with 12th Planet and Alex English at the Upstate Concert Hall: Bleepy bloops to dance to.

Vibes at the Pearl St Pub: Progressive house at the PSP with Brother Suarez, Despereaux and more.

The Growlers, Denny and the Jets and Sean Bones at Valentines: Indie rock for your Friday Night.

Albany Distilling Company Grand Opening: Go check what all the fuss is about and bring a bottle home!

First Friday Albany: MoHu sponsored and incorporated night to celebrate the arts! It’s gorgeous out today too, take advantage!

Roadmap to Apartheid at The Sanctuary for Independent Media: Check out the trailer for a better explination than I could provide.

Miriam at EMPAC: Dance theater performance at the best venue in the area.

Cuddle Magic and Matthew Carefully at Caffe Lena: Amazing lineup at one of the best spots to see music in Saratoga.

Nice Try Kid, Vacate the Scene and the Pistol Whips at Valentine’s: Handful of rowdy tunes to listen to on the start of a lovely Friday night at Albany’s CBGBs.

Saturday October 6th

Oktoberfest Block Party at Wolff’s Biergarten: Beer, lederhosen and dachshund racing in North Albany.

Madball and Brick by Brick at Bogie’s: Old school hardcore bands showing the new schoolers what’s what.

Capital Area Indie Fest at the Egg: Tons of local talent to enjoy and discover. A part of MoHu fest.

Miriam at EMPAC: Dance theater performance at the best venue in the area.

Troy Chowder Fest: Eat a bunch of chowder. Pick your favorite.

Wild Belle and Emily Sprague at Valentine’s: A great local opener to a great band.

MoHu Takes Flight: Photos and Recap

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Last night marked the kickoff of MoHu Fest at the Albany International Airport. In the spirit of any cultural festival, there was painting by Tony Iadicicco in front of all the passers by and a generous spread of food and drinks. There also was an enormous sculpture representing the bridging of all four major MoHu regions, as well as a musical petting zoo where you could try all sorts of instruments out that you’ve never had the chance to before. Big shouts to 3 Chicks and a P for being the only vegan food there and letting me continuously sample their hummus.

See what MoHu has going on at their events page and go enjoy some art events in the upcoming 10 days.

If you weren’t there, you can pretend you were by checking out the gallery, just click the photo above or hit the jump! Continue reading…

Tonight: MOHU Takes Flight

Tonight at the Eclipse Hangar at the Albany International Airport is the kickoff event for MOHU Festival.

From the copy:

In addition to enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, you can help build a 44′ sculpture of the Hudson River Train Bridge, test your musical abilities in the Instrument Petting Zoo, sample local food artisans’ fare, make your own YouTube video, try your hand at painting or just stand back and watch it all to the sounds of the Teri Roger Quartet. The evening culminates with the art of clothing and The Electric City Couture Fashion Show. Who knows what else we’ll come up with?

I’m pretty excited to check out the fashion show and drink some cocktails with a few other people that are excited about the whole MOHU arts festival. I’ll be there tonight with my camera so expect a gallery tomorrow. Also I’ll have KAB stickers with me if you want some.

Frankie Rose and Better Pills: Photos and Recap

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Last night was Frankie Rose’s second time in the recent past to play Valentine’s. This time around, she was joined by locals Better Pills, made up of Brent Gorton, Meg Duffy, Phil Pascuzzo, and Andrew Sullivan.

It was my first time catching Better Pills live, and I was amazed with how good they are. Not sure why their web presence is so limited with such a talented line-up though. Duffy is incredibly talented, and at the same time has a super unassuming stage presence. Their performance was super tight and Gorton is a really great vocalist. Do yourself a favor and catch these guys the next time you see their name on a flyer.

Once Frankie Rose came on to the stage, everyone was properly warmed up and the crowd started to dance immediately. I recognized many of her songs from her album Interstellar, but embraced with open arms the songs I wasn’t familiar with. This time around, she had a full(er) band with her which included keys, drums, second guitar and bass and it was worth the additions as her sound was much fuller than last time. She has a shockingly amazing voice and the whole room soaked it up. I hope she comes back to Albany for her next albums tour.

Hit the jump or click the photo above to launch the gallery! Continue reading…

Shop Visit: Sciortino’s Pizzeria

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As many of you know, the latest Matt Baumgartner business venture is called Sciortino’s, an Italian restaurant in the former Miss Albany Diner, at 893 Broadway in Albany. What many of you may not know, is that it is currently open, as of today. I stopped by earlier to check the place out and take a few photos. I really like how much was kept the same, and all the new stuff fits right in with the old. The place also feels a lot bigger as there’s almost no extraneous display cases to encroach on your space.

If you are unfamiliar with the space and the story, a quick google search will take care of that.

Either way, stop by to check em out for dinner tonight, or after a bunch of beers at the Biergarten over the weekend. I’m sure I’ll be there a ton as this is now the second closest restaurant to my house.

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Must Watch: “Marshall Applewhite” by PJ Katz ft. Giant Gorilla Dog Thing and Gorilla Tao

Ever get a song stuck in your head before you even get the words down? That’s basically what I experienced yesterday after I listened to this track from a local gem of a musician, PJ Katz.

In advance of his release of his latest work, “’92 Renault Music,” which will be available on October 16th via Pig Food Records, Katz gathered his best troops for a modern day battle of an epic nerdy proportion, all set to the soundtrack of “Marshall Applewhite” which features Giant Gorilla Dog Thing and Gorilla Tao.

The video came out simply awesome and there’s a lot of local faces throughout. The music video’s concept and execution matches the song perfectly, in a weird, creative way and the editing/direction is of the highest calibre. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, that something featuring ninja turtle masks could come off so realistic and professional (?), while still being lighthearted and fun and maybe even totally serious. I can’t wait to check out the full album, which is available for pre-order here. PJ Katz will also be throwing a release party in celebration on November 17th at Valentines. Peep details here.

Also with full disclosure, I’ve watched this video (and therefore listened to the track) about six times in a row so far and I can’t get enough. I’m sure “Marshall Applewhite” will speak for itself, so check it out below: