Quality events for this weekend vol. 53

Friday July 27th

Troy Night Out: It’s the last Friday of the month, so that can only mean one thing. This month’s includes the previously blogged about WITCH KNOTS release and other events at the Arts Center, Critical Mass bicycle ride around Troy which will feature stops at a few local gardens, a comedy show at Kokopellis, and of course, the after party at Daisy Bakers, featuring McGillicuddy, Properly Chilled and Il.

Fourth Friday and Everything Classic: Trumastr and Nate Da Great will hold down this months party at Quintessence, playing all the tunes everyone knows and loves.

Friday Night Rock Social at Red Square: With The Growing Pains, The City Never Sleeps and Linear North.

Saturday July 28th

Capital Region Craft Brewers Festival: Another awesome event going on in Troy. This time it involves “sampling” beers from tons of craft brewers.

Troy Flea: Party Boat will be performing at this weeks installment of the vintage and craft market in Troy.

Traffic Light 80s Night at Fuze Box: Dj Auryn’s last 80s night with tons of prizes!

Sunday July 29th

Revenge, Doubledealer, Breakaway and Hardluck at Fuze Box: A truckload of heaviness to bring your weekend to a close.

Saratoga-based Druthers Brewing Company to open Wednesday August 1st

Saratoga’s newest brew-pub to open on Wednesday, August 1st, according to their twitter. Longtime Albany Pump Station brewmaster and fellow cyclist George di Piro is stated to be part-owner, so you can continue to expect a a similar high quality product from Geroge that you’ve had in the past.

Stay up to date on the Druthers Brewing website, and hit the jump for the somewhat hard-to-read menu. Continue reading…

Review: Rick Ross – God Forgives I Don’t

Let me start off by saying I’ve been a huge Rick Ross fan since his Poe Boy days and it truly does bring me great pleasure to see him still be able evolve and put out great music.

With that being said this Rick Ross album is no different than any other Ross album; it contains all the usual subject matter such as boisterous proclaims of wealth – this includes “Ten Jesus Pieces,” and “Maybachs on top of Maybachs with Audemar Piguet’s on top of Audemar Piguet’s,” (Yes that is the correct spelling of Audermar Piguet not Audimar which is how you spell it if you’re still hooked on phonics).

The deluxe version of the album, which I’m reviewing, contains 17 tracks and 15 of them are all stand-out tracks which any other artists would be lucky to have.

My favorite/most hated track has to be “Sixteen.” It’s a great song that features André 3000, however, as usual, that weird-ass looking dude fucks up the entire vibe of the song with his weirdness.

That “3 Kings” shit is just aight. Dr. Dre should give up rapping and just slang those garbage-ass headphones to the black youth, but Ross delivers a quality verse with Jigga man just stealing the entire song with memorable lines such as “I spent that Watch the Throne money on drapes.”

“Ten Jesus Pieces” is just simply amazing. “Maybach Music IV” sonically is the most compelling rap song I’ve ever heard. True story, shit is super cray cray. To be honest I don’t even want to review more just buy that shit bruh bruh. It’s amazing, seriously.

Albany Music Coalition to host songwriting workshop series

The Albany Music Coalition has announces a free (donations accepted) series of songwriting workshops which will take place at Fuzz Records. All sessions take place at 6:30pm starting on August 2nd. The schedule is as follows:

“Lyrics First”
August 2, with panelists:
Eric Margan (The Red Lions)
Eric Krans (The Parlor)
Jen O’Connor (The Parlor)

“Instrumentals First”
August 23, with panelists:
Tim Koch (Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned)
Chris Tenerowicz (Aficionado)

“Structure & Arrangement”
September 13, with panelists:
Meagan Duffy (Hand Habits)
Michael Eck (Ramblin Jug Stompers)
Matthew Loiacono (Matthew Carefully, Rosary Beard)

AMC says more panels may be coming down the pipes, which is awesome. You are encouraged to bring an instrument if you would like, but it’s not a requirement. It would be really awesome if this expanded to include electronic music as I know many people who struggle with software. This is such an awesome opportunity to see how your favorite local musicians work and have them teach you at the same time.

Read the full press release on the Albany Music Coalition website.

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Tony’s Birthday Bash at Fuzz Records: Recap & Photos

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Everyone has a different idea of the ideal way to celebrate their birthday. For some, it’s consuming copious amounts of alcohol at Matt Baumgartner’s bars until you win that free t-shirt proclaiming victory. For others, it could be a huge party pulling out all the stops, excessively lasting for several days or an annual milestone gone by barely acknowledged. For Tony Bucci, of Caleb Lionheart, it was ordering a caprese salad at lunch and playing music alongside friends, for friends.

Sunday night, Fuzz Records on Lark played host to Terry Connell (of Ship Me Overseas), Michael Tash (of Orphan Legs), Nick Warchol (of Aficionado, for his first acoustic performance ever), a guest appearance from Caroline Corrigan and the birthday boy himself.

The shop itself is an inviting and friendly atmosphere for live music, and last night, was adorned with festive balloons and a birthday banner, with homemade cake and cupcakes for the not-shy and willing. All performances were great and heartfelt, and it was fun to see the musicians jump in for a certain song or two during another’s individual set. A perfect way to celebrate.

Click the photo above or hit the jump to see Andrew’s full photo gallery. Continue reading…

KC’s Music Monday: Dimensions Festival

Photo © Graham Turner courtesy of Dimensions Festival

Summer will stretch into September with this year’s Dimensions Festival coming to life a week after its sibling festival, Outlook kicks things off. Dimensions Festival is to be held at the Fort at Punta Christo in Croatia the 6th through 9th of September. Situated alongside the picturesque Adriatic Coast, the details regarding the setting of Dimensions and its line-up alike reads like a music enthusiast’s wildest dreams.

Hosting a wide-ranging assortment of artists focusing on house, techno and the deeper end of the electronic spectrum, the festival will showcase a variety of sounds through some of the best sound systems in Europe.

The venue is located on a peninsular surrounded by the ocean just across the bay from Pula. The festival will feature daytime beach parties as well as daily boat parties which are curated by the likes of Tectonic, Beat Dimensions, Resident Advisor, XLR8R and Deviation, to name a few. Boat parties will take off from the harbor twice per day, either mid-day or in the evening as the sun sets. You can check out more information about the boat parties here.

Headlining the festival this year is Nicolas Jaar (Live), Carl Craig presents 69 Live, Little Dragon, Moodymann, Four Tet (Live), Theo Parrish, Mount Kimbie (Live), Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Joy Orbison, Dyed Soundorom, Gold Panda, Cassy, Scuba, Surgeon, Shackleton, Jimmy Edgar, Todd Terje, Levon Vincent, Roman Flügel, Floating Points, Andrew Weatherall, Mala – Digital Mystikz and Kode 9. The full line-up can be found here.

Beneath the jump is a small taste from some of the acts featured – just in case you want to listen to something other than the wicked storm brewing outside in the Capital Region at the moment.

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