Recap: Dr. Dog at Northern Lights


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Before heading out to Northern Lights yesterday evening to catch Dr. Dog play, I recruited a friend to join who had never heard their music before. As it went, I myself was not all too familiar – and assured my friend that they were a “good, fun band.” Which is vague enough to either fly or pass by under the radar. In this case, fortunately, my hyper non-committal description of Dr. Dog was on point: Dr. Dog is a good, fun band.

When I’m feeling optimistic about contemporary American music, I feel like people are less interested in over-commercialized or seemingly mass-produced or pretentious elements and gravitate towards the exact opposite. Dr. Dog is an example of no silly gimmicks, despite their growing popularity, (unless, of course, you want to call them out on wearing their own merch and sunglasses indoors). Dr. Dog feels like a band with a genuine, quirky story to tell. I even ran into one of my favorite local rappers who reminded me that people listen to all types of music, when the music is good.

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Artists Announced for Camp Bisco 11

The 100+ performer lineup includes: The Disco Biscuits; Bassnectar; Skrillex; Amon Tobin ISAM; Crystal Castles; Atmosphere; Big Boi; Shpongle presents The Masquerade; A-Trak; Lotus; Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set); Dada Life; Zeds Dead; Porter Robinson; Portugal. The Man; Big Gigantic; Bonobo (DJ set); Zedd; Mimosa; Daedelus; Holy Fuck; Mord Fustang; Break Science with Chali 2na; Kill the Noise; Rubblebucket; Gramatik; Tycho; Star Slinger; NiT GriT; Brothers Past; Archnemesis; El Ten Eleven; Craze; Alvin Risk; The M Machine; Zoogma; Eliot Lipp Live; 3LAU; Mansions on the Moon; Future Rock; Minnesota; The Knocks; Abakus; Thundercat; Shigeto; Ill-Esha; Killabits; Lance Herbstrong; Mux Mool; Orchard Lounge; Virtual Boy; DrFameus; Nick Catchdubs; Codes; JWLS; Star Eyes; Mindelixir; The Nadis Warriors; Paul Chambers; Inspired Flight; Freekbot; Alpha Data; Kung Fu; Manhattan Project; Rich Aucoin; HOTTUB; Xylos; Spiritual Rez; Bird of Prey; Revolvr and Michetti. Additional details about this year’s festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more info: campbisco.net

Interestingness in the local news vol 53

smiley ginger arrested after a 1 car accident and blowing a .14 [tu]

albany sheriff discontinues shady drug unit [tu]

kegs and eggs is officially over [tu]

weirdo who was recording women using the bathroom at a rest stop is goin to jail [tu]

city gives citations to these houses on hudson ave: 452, 455, 456, 458, 459, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467, 469, 470, 472, 475, 476, 477, 479, 480, 481, 484, 492, 496, 500 and 502, destroys everyones security deposits [tu]

all good bakers new spot to open wednesday [tu]

mega liquor outlet rejected from latham site [tu]

Review: The Men, Open Your Heart

So, wait – everyone’s fine with this?

Brooklyn’s the Men have been attracting some media attention lately. Not internet attention – the real kind; the square kind. The New York Times kind: in a write-up of their March 7 Williamsburg loft show, reporter Ben Ratliff vacillates between lauding the Men and disparaging them, although in the end he opts for the former. To Ratliff, they don’t stand up to close analysis. “You can wonder why the men in the Men don’t want to be better: better singers, better players, better riff writers,” he writes. “Reduce this band to its parts, and all the charm drains out of it.” Elsewhere, he notes that their songs “run beyond their natural length and just keep going” and describes their performance as “slovenly.”

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Quality events for this week vol. 1

Monday
Front Parlor Storytelling at the Olde English Pub. “Sticks and Stones” is the theme and you can sign up to tell a 5 minute story, or just listen. And drink. [link]

Tuesday
I Call Fives and others at Bogies. Bunch of pop-punk bands to give you a mid-week lift. [link]

Dr. Dog at Northern Lights. Doesn’t need much of an introduction, does it? [link]

Wednesday
Comedy Night with Tony Jackson and Gavin McInnes at the Fuze Box. Cool to see the Fuze doing more than just 80’s night in the recent past. Also, this will be filmed for Gavin McInnes’ comedy tour DVD. [link]

2012 Knickerbocker Film Festival begins at the Spectrum 8 Theaters. [link]

Thursday
Capital Comedy Underground at Savhanna’s. Basically open mic for comics. [link]

If I missed something yell at me in the comments.

Never Forget: Albany 2011 Kegs and Eggs

Apparently NYU students did some partying to be compared to Albany’s finest. But on this St. Patrick’s day, never forget. Even though now Spring Break will now always happen to fall on St. Pat’s weekend, we can all still drive back to Albany from Long Island and prove how much we’ve been hitting the gym.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 39

Friday, March 16

Incendiary, This Is Hell, Loma Prieta, Birds in Row, Concrete, Infidels at the State St Church in Schenectady [fbook]

Disposable Rocket Band, Goldtooth, The Lucky Jukebox Brigade at 51 3rd St Troy [fbook]

We Love House at Daisy Bakers, Troy [fbook]

Bass Fix at Red Square [fbook]

OUTPOST1: OUTPOST1: Brother Suarez, Tall Matt, Jay Travis b2b Brad Lee, Party With Tina and Knomad [fbook]

Saturday, March 17

Albany St Patrick’s Day Parate Starts at 2 at Quail and Central. [via]

Sean Rowe and Babe City at Steamer 10 [fbook]

A Taste of House, Troy [fbook]

SPAM Burlesque at Valentines, 11pm [via]