KC’s Music Monday: Airplane Mode Edition

I’m jetting off (literally) to Croatia later today, but I’ve got to take three planes and one bus to get to where I’m going. Which is rather gross and perhaps a bit crazy. Needless to say, I’m going to be spending quite a bit of time in headphones.

I’m heading out to attend Dimensions Festival. The fest is put on by the people behind Outlook, which is a four-day music festival that takes place in an abandoned fort in Pula, Croatia. Outlook has existed in its current form since 2008 and this year is the premiere of its sister festival, taking place at the same location a weekend following. You can check out details of the fest and the massive line-up here.

For your listening pleasure (and perhaps for my maintaining my sanity) I’ve compiled a collection of must-have mixes for time spent in transit.

Hit the jump! Maybe it’ll even come in handy for soundtracking any travels you do for the long weekend.

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 57

Friday August 31st

Keep Albany Boring radio with KC, Knomad (6-8pm) Looney (8-10pm) and Lo-Fi Lobo (10pm-12am). Tune in 90.9fm or via WCDBFM.com

August Troy Night Out: Art. Everywhere. Also, check out the Troy Critical Mass Bike Ride, art and live jazz at the Flying Chicken, Sweet Sue’s grand opening, and much more while you’re out there.

Troy Bike Rescue Benefit at Carmen’s: Lots of great music for a Summer night and some amazing food too.

“Just-in” Time for Friday with DJ Trumastr and guest DJ Element at Justin’s: No cover with a touring DJ from Germany. Top that.

Jason Lescalleet, Picther/Chen/Van Nort and Cristyn Magnus at UAG: Tons of talent and tunes right on Lark for you to start your night off with.

Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, Hard Luck and more at the State St Church in Schenectady. Guaranteed heaviness.

Saturday September 1st

Open Mic at Ground Zero: Frist of the semester, free to attend, perform and free coffee and tea!

MC Battle hosted by Iron Solomon at Bogie’s. Featuring Iron Solomon, Shyste, Tone, Neighborhood Creeps, Mic Lanny and Grimace.

Music and Pizza with Emily Sprague at Salem Art Works: Two 45 minute sets and pizza with the performer.

Sunday September 2nd

2 for 1s and 1s and 2s at McGeary’s with DJ Trumastr. Special guest DJ Playground will be in the house. 2 for 1 drinks, and no work Monday!

Built to Spill and Helvetia at the Upstate Concert Hall: Photos and Recap

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This past Wednesday was Built to Spill, Helvetia and Revolt Revolt at the Upstate Concert Hall.

I unfortunately arrived as Helvetia was setting up, so apologies to the Revolt Revolt crowd. I haven’t ever seen Helvetia or Built to Spill live, so this was definitely a treat. Helvetia strongly reminded me of Control-era Pedro the Lion, but with a bit more math-y, solo-esque parts. It’s quite rare for me to be fully captivated by band live without ever hearing them before, but these guys had me hooked. Really crazy to me that the area in front of the stage wasn’t super packed.

Built to Spill, was, well Built to Spill. Very solid, and brought the energy and focus into the room. People seemingly came out of nowhere and packed close to the stage; there was no room to move at all unless you were all the way back at the bar. They played a really tight live set; barely anyone wasn’t dancing and everyone was having fun.

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4th Annual Local Harvest Festival

The Local Harvest Festival is in it’s fourth year and this edition is shaping up to be an awesome time. The fest brings tons of local vendors under one (figurative) roof, as well as local musicians to showcase what the Capital District has to offer.

This years vendors include: All Good Bakers, Ali Herrmann, Ana’s Lavender, Aqua Vitea, Bake For You (who we’ve reviewed in the past), Bard Farm, Bettie’s Cakes, Champlain Valley Mills, Chef’s Consortium, City Dining Cards, Design It Together, Divinitea, Earthly Remedies, From Scratch Club, Gade Farm, Gammelgarden Creamery, Katalyst Kombucha, Lloyd Spear, Beekeeper, Log Cabin Farm Soap, Micosta Enterprises, Maria Lloyd – Peruvian Delights, Mingle, Miss Sydney’s Secret Family Recipes, Mountain Winds Farm, Naga Bakehouse, New World Bistro Bar, Our Daily Eats, Palatine Valley Dairy, Peanut Principle, Peyster Street Designs, Spotted Pony Garlic & Squill Hill Farm, 3 Chicks and a P, Tierra Farm, Two Bear Provisions, Ulster Soaps, Vegan Creations and Vermont Soap.

This year’s music and schedule has also been announced and will feature live sets from Ben Karis-Nix, Kid’s Contra Dance, Matthew Carefully and Olivia Quillio.

This year’s festival takes place on September 23rd from 12-4pm at the Washington Park Lakehouse. See you there.

Ticket Giveaway: Built to Spill at Upstate Concert Hall

Built to Spill is coming to the Upstate Concert Hall this Wednesday and we’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway courtesy of Step Up Presents.

Built to Spill, who will be joined by special guests Helvetia (not a typo, promise) and Revolt Revolt, is definitely a must-see for fans of veteran/influential indie bands. The band hasn’t released a full length since 2009, but after seven albums and being active since 1992, they’ve got quite the discography to choose from for their live set.

Definitely recommended for fans of genuine indie rock, to say the absolute least.

Hit the jump to enter. We’ll pick a winner sometime before Wednesday’s show.

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