Tonight: Homeboy Sandman at the Hollow

Tomorrow the Hollow will host an awesome hip-hop show featuring Homeboy Sandman and The Difference Machine alongside local favorites Masai, Moses Rockwell, and Mic Lanny.

Background for the uninformed, from his latest Pitchfork review:

Granted, those crunching noises come after a bunch of verses relating to Sandman’s vegan/organic/health food diet, which reclaims almond milk and lentils from hippie-dippie yuppie-shopper punchline status and flips it through his own eat-right lens in the tradition of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Ham ‘n’ Eggs”. From there on out there’s ample proof that Sandman’s blend of straight-up rhyming, conceptual thrust, and worldbuilding storytelling is yet again on point. In doses of little interconnected one-liner details, unspooling over “I Saw a World” or “Bad Meaning Good”, his negative-space-heavy hard-stop flow lets the snapshots come into focus. Bigger-picture stories feel like they could go on for another half-dozen verses—there’s devastating depth to the broken woman depicted at the core of “Echoes” (“Her mother once beside herself with worry/ Now she wander right beside her none the wiser/ She didn’t recognize her”).

Homeboy Sandman is definitely one for the real hip-hop heads. Check out more info on the official event page and head to the Hollow tomorrow to see Albany’s finest along with Homeboy himself.

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Friday June 6

First Friday: Galleries, music, events and more. Check out the GSCA Fundraiser, Urban Art at Stage 1 among others. Check the full list.

The FUs at Bogie’s: With Aggressive Response, MORON, The Outnumbered, Pointblank.

Comedy for a Cause at Comedy Works: Comedy to raise funds for the Hellions of Troy roller derby team.

Bear Grass, Rebel Darling, and The Adventures of the Silver Spaceman at Pauly’s: Folk-rock jams.

Saturday June 7

Art on Lark: Big ole’ art show taking over Lark Street.

B3nson Night at The Low Beat: With Hammer Hawk, Neighborhood Of Make Believe, Bad History Month, Dust From 1000 Yrs.

Immortal Technique at the Armory: Civil liberties themed concert with tons of acts.

Atmosphere at UCH: Hip-hop show with Prof and Dem Atlas.

All Weekend

Phantom of the Opera at Proctor’s: Show ends it’s run on Sunday.

Mummies at the Albany Institute: Last weekend to check out the exhibit. Closes Sunday.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Frozen, Dallas Buyers Club, Frozen, The Wolf of Wall Street at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Ticket Giveaway: The Shivers, Better Pills, and Party Boat at the Low Beat

Tonight at 8pm the Low Beat has a kickass lineup planned, and they’ve graciously given me a pair of tickets to giveaway. If you’re unfamiliar with any of the bands, check them out below, and hit the jump to enter the giveaway.

I’ll be picking a winner today at around 1pm.

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Friday May 30

Troy Night Out: Go to Troy, check things out. Especially Rare Form since it’s their opening tonight.

Jayden’s Benefit Concert at the Albany Barn: Music for a cause.

Herpes, Ya Te Veo, Neutron Rats, Male Patterns at Pauly’s Hotel: D-beat, hardcore, etc.

Saturday May 31

Freihofer’s Run for Women: Big race that attracts runners from all over the world.

EOM at McGeary’s: It’s the end of the month so it’s time for another EOM hosted by Trumastr.

TBR’s 4th Annual BikeFest: All things bike and all things community.

The Unbelievable History of Troy, NY at Troy Public Library: An all-ages cartooning party with Ira Marcks.

All Weekend

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Despicable Me 2, Rango, Godfather, Goodfellas, Casino, Godfather II at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!