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Congrats to my friends at Spring Break 95

Friend and sometimes KAB author Twomey started up his own clothing brand, Spring Break 95, a little while ago, and needless to say, things are looking very good for these guys. Congrats man!

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River Street Riot Saturday at The Arts Center

This Saturday, the area’s biggest rockabilly dance party, the River Street Riot, is back at the Arts Center. The party starts at 6pm and will feature live music by The Tichy Boys, who have a founding member of the legendary Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen. His son, a well respected local musician, Graham will also be there, along with others.

Another cool feature of the event is the vintage fashion show, with models outfitted by Twilight Vintage Fashion in Troy, NY. The models then will be auctioned off in a live date auction after the fashion show. (This is very likely to be the most weird and awesome thing at the same time.)

Food at the Riot will be provided by Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Sticky Finger Gourmet Apples, both Troy locals.

Tickets are $15 in Advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, visit
artscenteronline.org. All proceeds will benefit The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

And if you’re interested, take a look at the full press release.

Recap: Disappears, Lotus Plaza & Location Ensemble

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Last night, WCDB played host to Disappears, Lotus Plaza and Location Ensemble in what was a relatively diverse live performance with an alternative approach to rock music being the common denominator.

Valentine’s dimly lit Music Hall was bustling with guests prior to the first guitar lick and Location Ensemble took to the stage first, starting off the evening with a heavy serving of sound. The instrumental guitar ensemble is made up of experimental Albany-area musicians, all of whom are closely tied to local music in one way or another.

Location Ensemble for me was a definite high point of the night and as their shorter-than-I’d-have-liked set continued onward, so did the growth and build of their collective sound. For utilizing six guitars, one bass and one drum, the band members made their layering and organizing of sound seem organic (not composed or forced) and relatively effortless.

Check out the rest of KC’s review and see the full gallery from Andrew beneath the jump.

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Ticket Giveaway: Disappears, Lotus Plaza & Location Ensemble

This Wednesday night at Valentine’s Music Hall, WCDB is hosting Disappears, Lotus Plaza and Location Ensemble.

Some quick notes on the bands: Disappears features Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Brian Case of the Ponys; Lotus Plaza features Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter and as an fyi, their new album got rated as ‘Best New Music‘ by Pitchfork. Location Ensemble is a “motley 9-piece guitar ensemble whose membership reads like a who’s who of experimental Albany-area musicians.

Thanks to WCDB, we’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway. Enter the contest form below the jump to be entered and we’ll pick a winner day of the show (tomorrow) at noon. Be sure to check your phone/email around that time, and only enter if you can attend.

The show is Wednesday night at 8:30pm, with doors at 7:30pm. The show is 18+ and tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Upcoming Artist Spotlight: Bobby Stacks

The following is a guest post by KAB’s Official Internet Trendspotter, Bryce Grates (@ladypuke)

Being a young, wild, and free teen, I am always on the prowl to find the next big musician I can fawn over with my friends. I was just surfing the net looking for information about where Rack City is actually located, and found out young money has a new rapper (Not confirmed, but see BOBBY STACKS – JUST GOT SIGNED BY LIL WAYNE – FREESTYLE KINGS) named Bobby Stacks (Sometimes also referred to as Bobby Stacks Ent or B. STAKZ), who claims he is the “young money new addition”. Interesting, and all, but hey, PLOT TWIST!, this guy is from Schenectady! Finding cool local artists is similar to buying local produce – you feel good about yourself. Bobby Ent is home grown, just like those peppers from the Honest Weight Co-op you had in your stir-fry tonight.

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Honest Weight Food Co-Op’s move and expansion a go

After loads of hang-ups due to financial issues, the Times Union reports that the move is stated to finally happen.

The new mega-coop is is 31,000 square feet compared to the current store’s paltry 6,000 square feet. The building on the current land at 100 Watervliet Ave is going to be demolished and the new store to be built from the ground up as a the highest LEED rating. The project is on the April 19th Planning Board agenda and will be followed by the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals later this month. Let’s all cross our fingers this goes painlessly.

I can’t wait. The current parking lot is a nightmare and the store is always packed, which is great for HWFC but miserable for my grocery shopping induced anxiety. I hope this happens as quickly as possible!

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OUTPOST1: Interview with Obey City

Brooklyn-based producer Obey City will be joining Tall Ass Matt and residents Party With Tina, Knomad and Looney this Friday for the April edition of OUTPOST1.

Quick tip: be sure to join in on our RSVP-only happy hour drink specials from 10 to 11pm Friday; just send a quick e-mail with your name to RSVP@keepalbanyboring.com to get in on the fun.

This month’s guest, Obey (pronunciation oh-bee) is definitely not a one-trick pony behind the decks and also keeps busy creating tunes, collaborating with others and maintaining Astro Nautico – the digitally-based label he founded alongside Kuhn and Paul Jones.

For his personal contributions to the world of forward-thinking bass music, he creates tracks that are soulful, emotional and mix the likes of R&B, funky, house and grime into his signature blend of club smashing tunes.

You can check out his music on SoundCloud and also scope his debut Melted Magic EP via Astro Nautico. Additionally, for those of you who missed it, Obey City was featured last night on Noise212, and his set will be added to the impressive archive including the likes of Krueger, Mess Kid, Samo Sound Boy, Sliink, Jim-E Stack and more.

Really looking forward to this month’s party and to help you become familiarized – knomad and myself teamed up to conduct the following interview.

Hit the jump and we’ll see you Friday.

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