Tickets for Dirty Projectors at Skidmore College now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the show on April 13th, 2013 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $20 for the general public.

I’m glad to see Skidmore opening up their shows to the general public. It’s really frustrating when you know that there’s an awesome show happening but you’re prohibited from attending. I sure hope this is the norm now and not a one off.

I was turned onto Amber Coffman and the Dirty Projectors by the following Major Lazer song. As if I already wasn’t over this winter weather, listening to the follow song again really reinforces how bad I can’t wait for it to be spring.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 77

Friday March 15th

TWIZTID at the Upstate Concert Hall: You can’t spell Twiztid with out TWIZ.

Stellar Young, This Old Ghost and Kid Jerusalem at Bayou Cafe: A different type of dance party, this one features instruments!

Revenge of the Party at the UAG: I’m DJing, a bunch of other people are DJing. It’s a party.

80s Night Returns at Fuzebox: After what seems like a ten second break, 80s night is back!

St. Patty’s Day Dance Party w/ DJ White Lotus at Elda’s: Music, dancing and probably a lot of the color green.

Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols and Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls at the Linda: Acoustic versions of punk classics from some of the originators.

Saturday March 16th

Albany Music Coalition Presents a Studio Recording Demonstration at Cotton Hill Studios: Awesome hands on way to learn about recording music. Registration required.

Konshens at the Polish Community Center: Huge Jamaican dancehall artist with a ton of local support. Do Sum’n.

Demetri Martin at the Egg: A night of comedy in the weirdest building around.

Brunch fundraiser for at the Albany Free School: Help raise support for Ladyfest Upstate and the Albany Free School food program.

RAILBIRD, Rawhead, Mitochi and Kite Person at Valentine’s: RAILBIRD back by a Sub-bombin Records showcase. Which pretty much means it’s going to rule.

St. Pat’s Parade and Dance Party at Fuze Box: It’s that time of year again!

Sunday March 17th

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Brown’s: 20th Anniversary AND St. Patrick’s Day all in one shot.

There’s some great current exhibits at the NYS Museum to see and it’s a great way to spend your Sunday.

Albany Boarding Zone of Appeals rule against ‘rave-like dance parties’ at the Armory

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From the Times Union:

Large rave-like dance parties are not allowed in the Washington Avenue Armory, the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals ruled Wednesday night.

The ruling is yet another wrinkle in the ongoing dispute pitting the music and sports venue against the city. Officials halted the parties last Friday for the second time in five months, citing security and zoning problems.

It was not immediately clear how the BZA’s decision would affect a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the armory to block the city from enforcing its ban.

A state Supreme Court judge refused to issue a temporary restraining order against city code enforcement officials, who argue the parties transform the venue into a de facto night club that is not allowed in the armory’s commercial-office zoning district.

This is insane. A concert that has a DJ doesn’t make a stadium a night club. The TU Center had Tiesto, and that was very clearly a concert. If quality is the goal here, cut down on the quantity of allowed “rave-like” events and the promoters will only bring the top electronic artists, and not keep throwing these cash-grab “raves for the sake of raves”.

It’s amazing how “it’s bad for the neighborhood” can be used to shut down something they don’t like, but the minute something they think is cool wants to come to town, call everyone in opposition a NIMBY and blame them for the stagnation of culture-rich entities within Albany.

Photos: SCOPE and Fountain Art Fairs in NYC

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This past Friday, I went down to the city to check out the annual Fountain and SCOPE art fairs.

SCOPE and Fountain are two of several other curated art fairs that are organized under the umbrella of the Armory Arts Week. I also saw organized art collections from Fountain and SCOPE this past December as a part of Miami Art Basel, which is one of the largest and most influential collection of art shows featuring galleries, exhibitors and artists from all over the world.

The amount of work, talent, creativity, diversity, etc. can be overwhelming at times and it feels impossible to check out what the art shows have to offer in full. It’s really fun to walk around and soak it all in. It’s hard NOT to take a ton of photos of the work, but I contained myself much better this time around. Plus you know, opening night featured an open bar and performance art pieces, so there was much going on.

Whether you’re a fan of contemporary, fine, performance or street art, these art fairs have all bases covered. There’s something for everyone, and you can also find affordable art in the mix as well. It was also awesome seeing local artists such as Greg Dunn and artists from Davis Art Services, based out of North Adams. Shouts also to Saturated Threads who I met back in the day at Marketplace Gallery. On our way out, we saw street artist Ellis at work tracing the shadow of a bicycle. Overall, this year’s shows were great and I highly recommend you keep tabs on the annual arts week every March in NYC and check it out for yourself.

Hit the jump or click the image above to check out some photos from this year’s fairs!

Also be sure to check out Art Geek Studios’ photo recap over on Facebook!

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Ticket Giveaway: Railbird x Sub-Bombin at Valentine’s

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RAILBIRD is teaming up with Sub-Bombin Records this Saturday at Valentine’s, for an evening of experimental and eclectic music, with each artist having a tie to the Albany area.

If you are familiar with this blog or my personal music taste, you already know that I’m personally excited to see these performers. When RAILBIRD plays, I always want all of my friends to be there. Same with the Sub-Bombin roster. Big fan.

RAILBIRD celebrated their latest EP release, Lucky, this past November and also recently supported Sean Rowe as his backing band on Jimmy Kimmel Live. If you are unfamiliar, Sub-Bombin is a dynamic label of artists based in upstate New York, and I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing music from each of the artists playing this Saturday; most recently being Kite Person’s release this past December.

Playing this Saturday alongside RAILBIRD will be Kite Person, Mitochi and Rawhead. Tickets are $5 in advance available online or $7 at the door.

Courtesy of Dellarocca Booking, we have a pair of tickets to giveaway. Enter beneath the jump!

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Call for Art: Flirting with Tragedy – A Gallery Exhibition

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Call for art from the Dead Presidents Lounge:

The Dead Presidents Lounge will be hosting a gallery exhibition to celebrate the unique life of a creative soul.

Lauren Tanski’s imaginative mind and inspirational soul continues to serve as a muse for many creative individuals. It is our vision to both honor and showcase Lauren’s unique style and talents through exhibiting both her work as well as work inspired by Lauren’s words, images, and friendship.

We are asking for Lauren’s friends and loved ones to contribute to this unique visual experience, however, please note; we are not asking for pictures of Lauren, we are asking for images and writings Lauren created, as well as work that people have created with Lauren as inspiration.

The deadline for submission is March 30th.

We will also host an opening reception at The Dead Presidents Lounge in conjunction with First Friday Albany on April 5th.

Anyone interested in contributing please contact Neener.Stott@gmail.com.

If you are unfamiliar with Lauren’s tragic story, you can read more at the NoLa Defender and the Times Union.