Morrissey to play the Palace Theater October 18th

Pitchfork’s got the scoop on Morrissey’s new tour, and there’s a surprising show in the list: “10/18 Albany, NY – Palace Theatre”. Tickets go on sale Friday.

This makes sense if this is a move from their newly hired executive director, who stated in a TU article:

“The community already loves the facility, and it’s just doing rentals,” said Carlon. “Can you imagine if were doing a lot more shows, bringing in more powerful acts? It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

If this keeps this up through the next few seasons, the Palace is going to be an absolute powerhouse when it comes to talent coming into Albany.

Schenectady twenty-something on MTV True Life: I’m Addicted To Marijuana

In this episode there’s all sorts of Albany cameos, including Golden Fried Chicken on South Pearl as well as clips from Stuff Your Face With Bass at the Washington Ave Armory. There’s just too much going on in this so I’ll just leave it here.

Quality events for this weekend vol. 49

Friday June 15th

Speed Date Round 3 at the Fuze Box: 50s/60s themed speed dating with a bunch of great DJs.

Immortal Technique at the Upstate Concert Hall: Self explanatory. Guaranteed to be amazing.

Nervosity: A battle of the bands to help the fight against AIDS.

Out of the Box at McGeary’s: Blues music at everyone’s favorite bar.

Across the Great Divide at Valentines: A benefit for the American Cancer Society with a big stacked list of local musicians.

Saturday June 16th

River Street Festival: Troy has tons to offer so why don’t you check it out River Street Fest and enjoy it’s amenities.

NastyNasty, EPROM and Sleepyhead at the Upstate Concert Hall: “Future Bass” or “IDM” or whatever stupid label you put on it, this is the one of the few events that the DJs will actually be playing awesome music.

Comedian Sean Lynch at the Pearl St Pub: Sean Lynch is a regular on MTV and Comedy Central and is a real funny dude. If you haven’t been to a comedy show in a long time, you’re missing out.

Mumbai to Negril: DJ Trumastr is back with another one of his super awesome theme parties, and this one is East to West Indian themed. Dancehall, Punjabi, Soca, Bollywood, Roots, Bhangra and the list goes on.

Nate Danker, Hand Habits, Emily Sprague at Fuzz Records: An evening of great music at the best record shop in Albany. And it’s FREE!

Sunday June 17th

Sunday Night Baseball Punk Show at Valentines: Free hot dogs (gross), peanuts and crackerjacks along side Plastic Jesus, Isotopes and Point Blank.

4th Annual Beat*Shot Music Festival Details Announced

The annual Beat*Shot Music Festival is just around the corner and is one of my absolute favorite events in Albany. July 6th to 8th marks this years festival at Red Square, featuring Edo G, J Live, Kev Brown and Torae.

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Ticket Giveaway: These United States at Valentine’s

Dellarocca Booking is bringing These United States back to Albany on Thursday, June 21st at Valentine’s alongside local support Sgt Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and The Great Between.

These United States launched their latest record earlier this week and the album features Deer Tick, Phosphorescent, Langhorne Slim and Jukebox the Ghost. You can also currently stream the entire album over on Paste Magazine.

We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for this show, which you may enter beneath the jump. Only do so if you are able to attend and be sure to provide valid contact information (you will only be contacted if you win). We’ll pick a winner early next week so keep an eye out.

You may also purchase advance tickets here.

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KAB Interview: Rick Whispers

Rick Whispers is a native of Albany who has been making music and rapping for over a decade.

Whispers hails from the world of bands such as Judge, Sick Of It All and Minor Threat, and grew into freestyle battling and eventually creating his own rap songs. He most recently played alongside Recon, who we interviewed awhile back.

We sat down with Rick Whispers in advance of his latest EP, Drifter, which you can download for free over on his bandcamp.

Get better acquainted after the cut!

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Recommended Day Trip: Sam’s Point

For the couple months, I’ve been taking time for weekly hiking trips to various places scattered a stone’s throw outside of the Albany area. The fact that I haven’t been to the same place twice yet this year has served to be a wonderful reminder of just how many awesome places there are to hike and visit in our extended backyard.

Most recently, I ventured just past the Kingston exit (about 45 minutes off the highway) to Sam’s Point Preserve in Ulster County. Sam’s Point is the highest point of the Shawagunk Ridge in New York, at 2,289 feet and they have 4,600 acres preserved.

Hit the jump for photos and to get the gist of what Sam’s Point is all about.

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