3rd Annual Pearl Palooza line up to include Matt and Kim (And now Phantogram, too)

Updated: EQX has announced earlier today that in addition to Matt and Kim, locals Phantogram will be joining the festival, as well as the recently re-formed Conehead Buddha.

Pearl Palooza, downtown Albany’s response to Lark Fest, has just announced their lineup for their block party, which is Saturday September 22nd of this year.

The main stage will host: Matt and Kim, Robert Delong, Oberhofer and The Royal Concept.

The local stage includes: Eastbound Jesus, Wild Adriatic, MIRK and Barons in the Attic.

Stay up to date with the event on the WEQX website.

KC’s Music Monday: Reconstrvct Small World Edition

Over the years, as my personal music tastes within the world of transnational bass-driven music have expanded and evolved, I’ve compiled a growing mental list of “must-see” DJs and producers. reconstrvct, a reoccurring event hosted in various venues and warehouses throughout Brooklyn, has been knocking people off my list with each bill. This upcoming Saturday is no exception.

On Saturday, August 25th, reconstrvct kicks its second year off with an international display of talent from Goth-Trad (by way of Japan), Daleduro (by way of Argentina), Killawatt and Thelem (by way of the UK) and home team residents Joe Nice, Truenature and Hahn Solo. MVC – Max Von Cannon (by way of Hong Kong/Boston) has been added to the line-up as well. With a good majority of the guests playing out for the first time on American soil, Saturday will be a Small World indeed.

You can peep event details via Facebook and pick up tickets in advance via Resident Advisor. If you are attending, please e-mail your name to RSVP@reconstrvct.com to be kept up-to-date on the location announcement and other pertinent details. Also, peep some prose here.

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Quality events for this weekend vol. 55

Friday August 17th

Keep Albany Boring radio on WCDB. From 6-8pm KC and I will be playing some tunes for you to enjoy while driving or pregaming or cooking or whatever. From 8-10pm Looney will be kicking things up a notch, and after him, Lo-Fi Lobo will be giving you the best in local hip-hop.

Take One Car, My Favorite Fence, The Parthenon, Between the Arctic, Perfumeman at Jack’s Place: Some good old fashioned music made with instruments at the St. Rose operated venue. Take One Car has been picking up a lot of steam as of late and here’s a way to see them on the cheap.

Soul Search, Tripface, Rude Awakening and more at Bogies. Some serious mosh will be happening at Bogies.

Jeremy Kelly, Lysergic Shores, Saviour Self, Cyrus Gengras at Fuzz Records. Minimal/drone sounds taking over tonight’s show at Fuzz. There will be snacks.

The Figgs at Valentines. Celebrating 25 years as a band.

Saturday August 18th

SAWFest at Salem Art Works: Featuring: My Pet Dragon, Railbird, The Black Ships, The City Never Sleeps, Eric Margan, Anthony Fallacaro and Josh Robin. Local music, free camping, hosted at a sculpture field. Sounds pretty awesome.

Hip Hop vs Hardcore on a boat. Local rap guys vs local hardcore guys, in a friendly way, on a Dutch Apple Cruise.

Charlie Vella’s Birthday with Long Legs and Sid Stein Karaoke at Elda’s. Long legs is another one of those pop-up groups that you should make sure to see as soon as you can.

Troy Flea featuring music from Mike Tash. Head over to Troy for their farmer’s market, flea market and some music from Mike Tash.

Sunday August 19th

Service Industry Night with DJ Trumastr at McGearys. Music, two for one drinks and a big patio. All you need.

NYS Museum now open on Sundays, closed Mondays

Previously closed due to budget cuts, the museum will return to being open on Sundays. Sundays were previously the second busiest day after Saturdays. There was an old mandate that required the library to remain open Monday through Friday that made budget cuts have to pick a day on the weekend.

The museum is now open Tuesday through Sunday 9:30am-5pm, and is free.

Albany to ban live music (including DJs) after 2am

“If the city would just tell the police to enforce the existing laws they could deal with crowds and any other problems. They don’t need this new (permit),” Spillenger said. “This is just one more attempt to turn Albany into an extremely boring city.”

According to Steve Barnes, all 25 cabaret licences awarded to establishments on Thursday require businesses to end all live music by 2am, a standard for all future licences, according to City Clerk Nala Woodard.

This is the most roundabout way to make last call 2am. I don’t have any idea why it couldn’t be easier to just make last call earlier rather than making all of these convoluted bans that affect the artists playing in Albany. If Troy just keeps on going about their business as usual and not making these convoluted self-serving rules, I can see the draw of nightlife to the Collar City, especially for touring DJs or other late-night acts.

Albany Music Coalition, where you at?

Brent Green and Thom Kubli installations opening soon at EMPAC

There’s two installations opening on Monday, August 20th that have been developed on-site at EMPAC by artists Brent Green and Thom Kubli. Green’s installation premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Kubli’s installation is not yet finished, so guests will be able to see the artist work on his pieces during the installation.

I definitely haven’t gotten out to EMPAC as often as I should in the past, but I’ going to be changing that soon and checking out these two exhibitions is the perfect place to start. Hopefully they top the Four Tet and Jon Hopkins show that they had last fall as EMPAC is sonically the best venue I’ve ever been in.

Also still showing until October 13th, is Jennifer and Kevin McCoy’s exhibit Index. This exhibit features software based video presentation in conjunction with sculptures.

Here’s a video from a previous exhibition from Brent Green so you can get familiar with the artist before checking out his newest work.

Image courtesy of Brent Green.