Ticket Giveaway: WCDB 35th Anniversary Birthday Bash

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While WCDB doesn’t ever necessarily need a reason to celebrate, 35 years as a station is a good milestone to throw an event. This Friday marks the 35th anniversary and WCDB will be taking over Valentine’s showcasing two floors of music.

Fun fact: WCDB celebrated its 14th anniversary at the QE2 (local-music-in-Albany’s-history-cool-point) and twenty years later, celebrated in the form of a two-day festival, which was awesome. The station also continues to be a close-knit group, with alumni reunions every 5 years.

For this occasion, the line-up consists of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Oberhofer, Blotto, Summer People, Barons in the Attic and if Madrid. Tickets and more info available courtesy of Dellarocca Booking.

Additionally, we have a pair of tickets to giveaway so hit the jump to enter!

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KC’s Music Monday: Full Moon Edition

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As someone who is fascinated by all things relative to the universe, astrology (let me live, bro) and the natural world, I feel a strange obligation to tell all my friends when it’s a full moon.

So all that being said, here’s some music. Get weird tonight.

First up is a new one from a fellow Albany-based appreciator of the moon, elsphinx. As I’ve said, title any track “The Moon” and I automatically deem it a love song. Regardless of what you’re actually rapping about. The line “blowing smoke rings around the moon” is incredible. Delicious imagery.

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VICE visits Shoenice in Lake George for an interview, feeds him an entire bottle of wood glue


The Latest from My Life Online, profiling internet stars and their lives behind the screen. In the latest episode, VICE travels to upstate New York to get the exclusive with Chris Schewe, better known as Shoenice22, the YouTube sensation known for eating non-edible objects, from tampons to glue. Shoenice does this all, he claims, to raise awareness of world hunger. We sat down with him to talk about his his family, his rise to fame, and what drives him to open his gullet to anything and everything.

The video above provides a introspective look into the life of Chris Schewe and gives you an idea of what’s brought him to where he is now. There’s even a goal behind all the stunts he’s pulled.

Hit the jump for the video of VICE feeding Shoenice a bottle of wood glue.

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The best coffee shop in Albany

The best coffee shop in Albany is Stacks Espresso on Lark Street. Stacks features different roasters from around the country (and sometimes, beyond) each month and is the only shop constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to coffee. They had cold brew before everyone else, and now they have nitro cold brew in addition to the regular stuff. They do pour overs, iced or hot, and they do it properly.

The best coffee shop in Troy is, without question, The Charles F. Lucas Confectionery which serves Blue Bottle beans, and has a vintage piston driven manual espresso machine. The Confectionery also has the best atmosphere out of any establishment in the area, and is also not a coffee shop, but a wine bar that happens to have coffee.

Stacks Espresso Bar 260 Lark St Albany, NY 12210

Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar, 2nd Street, Troy, NY

Artists announced for Camp Bisco XII


Here’s the list of performers so far: The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Passion Pit, STS9, Animal Collective, Umphrey’s McGee, Flux Pavillion, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lotus, Boys Noize, Wolfgang Gartner, Tommy Trash, Dillion Francis, UZ, Aeroplane, Alvin Risk, Audrey Napoleon, Baauer, Bear Mountain, Boombox, Break Science, Cherub, Chris Malinchak, Clockwork, Com Truise, Congorock, Cosby Sweater, Crizzly, Dan Deacon, Designer Drugs, Dirtyphonics (Live), El-P, Eskmo, Flosstradamus, Free Energy, Gigamesh, Govinda, Gramatik, Grandtheft, Green Lantern, HeRobust, Heroes x Villians, Indobox, Killer Mike, Koan Sound, Manic Focus, M | O | D, Nadis Warriors, Nick Thayer, Paper Diamond, Party Supplies, Popeska, Project 46, RL Grime, Rubblebucket, Ryan Hemsworth, The Werks, Toro y Moi, Twiddle, Vacationer, VHS or Beta, Wick-It the Instigator, and Zoogma.

Additional details to follow on campbisco.net.

We’ve covered the past two festivals and you can check out our coverage in our archive.

Power Animal Systems still set to perform in wake of Gaga tour cancellation

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Unfortunately, all doesn’t go as planned. And it’s an even bigger bummer when the plan is to perform with Lady Gaga. I originally wrote about Power Animal Systems opening for Gaga, but an injury has nixed those plans and the tour is being rescheduled. However, Power Animal Systems had a few other dates lined up as after-parties and will still be performing at those.

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Mom charged after hiring strippers for son’s 16th birthday party

From the Times Union:

The Nov. 3 party at Spare Time Bowling Alley featured two exotic dancers performing for partygoers as young as 14. The dancers stripped to thong underwear and bras and gave lap dances to some of the teenagers. A photo taken with a cellphone camera shows an upside-down dancer with a teen’s head between her knees and her head between his legs.

Judy H. Viger, 33, of Gansevoort, was charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

I’m very glad the original article included a photo to show everyone exactly what “endangering the welfare of a child” looks like.