Quality events for this weekend vol. 76

Friday March 1st

WCDB’s 35th Anniversary show at Valentine’s: Seven band takeover of Albany’s favorite live music venue. Celebrate everyone’s favorite college radio station’s 35th birthday!

First Friday Albany: Lots of art on display and plenty of after parties all over Albany. There will be DJs at the UAG 6-9pm. Also be sure to check Alex Contompasis’ opening at 40 Broadway.

Crown of Thornz, Built for Battle, Life Sentence, Kill on Sight, and Know Your Enemy at Bogies: Hardcore and lots of it.

Vinylmania at Eldas: 40s, 50s and 60s dance music played off actual records.

The Machine Starts at EMPAC: New media performance based on a Sci-Fi novella The Machine Stops which predicted the internet, television and more.

QFest at Proctor’s: Proctor’s LGBTQ film festival, which includes the incredible and devistating film How To Survive a Plague among many more.

Saturday March 2nd

Vessel’s CD Release Show at Bogie’s: With Restless Streets, Crashing Funerals, Voices, and I Am The Anchor. Metal and hardcore extravaganza.

That’s My JAM! with DJ White Lotus: Dance party at Bomber’s.

William Rees and Rosary Beard at the Spotty Dog: Well worth the trip to Hudson. Very excellent guitar music by amazing musicians.

The Machine Starts at EMPAC: New media performance based on a Sci-Fi novella The Machine Stops which predicted the internet, television and more.

QFest at Proctor’s: Proctor’s LGBTQ film festival, which includes the incredible and devistating film How To Survive a Plague among many more.

Sunday March 3rd

Frank Turner at UCH. Legendary musician in the folk punk scene.

2-for-1 at McGearys: Trumastr and 2-for-1 drinks. Enough said.

QFest at Proctor’s: Proctor’s LGBTQ film festival, which includes the incredible and devistating film How To Survive a Plague among many more.

Offensive mural in the State Education Building uncovered after ten years

From the New York Times

ALBANY — For the last decade or so, one of New York’s most curious and controversial pieces of public art has been hiding, Oz-like, behind a big green curtain.

The work in question is a 19th-century mural titled “The Genius of America,” a sprawling 30-foot-long fantasy at the State Education Building whose depictions include angels, babies and women in togas; Gen. George Washington and a god of war; and what seems to be a group of colonial zombies rising from the grave.

Amid that symbolic swirl, in the lower right corner, is a striking and some say unsettling image: a slave in loincloth being held under the arms by a well-dressed white man.

What a fascinating read. It’s crazy how people working in the State Education Building can be offended at a piece of artwork, which reflects on the history of the United States. Hiding the past behind a green curtain doesn’t get rid of it, but I guess it can stop many from the extreme burden of having to simply think about it for ten seconds.

Will the painting again offend or merely mystify people who will wonder what all the fuss was about? Will more explanation clarify or confuse the painting’s meaning?

It’s art. That’s the point.

You can download/see the full resolution version of the painting here.

Click that ‘hood: Albany

How rad is this! A timed, neighborhood identification game with the neighborhoods in Albany. Everyone loves maps, everyone loves Albany, it’s just perfect. I have just become obsessed with playing geography games like this for the USA and the world so this is really doing it for me right now. My best time is 1m 15s for the hard version of the game.

Go play it right now! Great job, Scott.

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

From VICE

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