Ticket Giveaway: Passion Pit at Northern Lights

As I’m sure you know, Step Up has been putting together some amazing shows for years all over the area. Today they are generous to give us a pair of tickets to give away to the Passion Pit show at Northern Lights, which is tomorrow, April 23rd!

Also on the bill is Brooklyn Based band Arms. Tickets at the door are $30 and the show starts at 7:30pm.

Hit the jump for the entry form. Winners will be picked Monday, 4/23, at noon.

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Review: The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods is a movie for both the horror buff and the casual viewer. While Scream turned the slasher genre on it’s head, Cabin in the Woods does this to literally every scary movie you’ve ever seen, and intelligently to boot. While it’s been advertised and hyped as a traditional horror movie, that was a lie. Yes, five college-ish aged kids venture into the woods with a keg to have sexy times and maybe have that cute redhead show her nipples to the cold mountain air. And yes, shit starts to get creepy. But then the movie’s second act takes a hard right into Weirdville, and that’s where it starts to get really, really fun. By the third act the film truly flies off the handle, and it become as close to a carnival ride as you get without actually having to make eye contact with a carnie.

It confronts every cliché you’ve ever seen- from the dumb blonde to Chekhov’s Gun, and gives not only reasoning, but justifies all of the mistakes horror movie characters make that have us react with “WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT” every time. (My personal annoyance is the basement. Never go in there, and if you do, you’re dumb.)

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Happy Free Burrito Day!

It’s everyone’s favorite day. The one involving free burritos. From 11-4:20 at both Bomber’s, you can pick up a burrito, for free. There is a suggested donation to a charity and you are basically a douche if you don’t donate at least a few bucks! It’s win/win.


Congrats to my friends at Spring Break 95

Friend and sometimes KAB author Twomey started up his own clothing brand, Spring Break 95, a little while ago, and needless to say, things are looking very good for these guys. Congrats man!


River Street Riot Saturday at The Arts Center

This Saturday, the area’s biggest rockabilly dance party, the River Street Riot, is back at the Arts Center. The party starts at 6pm and will feature live music by The Tichy Boys, who have a founding member of the legendary Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen. His son, a well respected local musician, Graham will also be there, along with others.

Another cool feature of the event is the vintage fashion show, with models outfitted by Twilight Vintage Fashion in Troy, NY. The models then will be auctioned off in a live date auction after the fashion show. (This is very likely to be the most weird and awesome thing at the same time.)

Food at the Riot will be provided by Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Sticky Finger Gourmet Apples, both Troy locals.

Tickets are $15 in Advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, visit All proceeds will benefit The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

And if you’re interested, take a look at the full press release.

Recap: Disappears, Lotus Plaza & Location Ensemble

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Last night, WCDB played host to Disappears, Lotus Plaza and Location Ensemble in what was a relatively diverse live performance with an alternative approach to rock music being the common denominator.

Valentine’s dimly lit Music Hall was bustling with guests prior to the first guitar lick and Location Ensemble took to the stage first, starting off the evening with a heavy serving of sound. The instrumental guitar ensemble is made up of experimental Albany-area musicians, all of whom are closely tied to local music in one way or another.

Location Ensemble for me was a definite high point of the night and as their shorter-than-I’d-have-liked set continued onward, so did the growth and build of their collective sound. For utilizing six guitars, one bass and one drum, the band members made their layering and organizing of sound seem organic (not composed or forced) and relatively effortless.

Check out the rest of KC’s review and see the full gallery from Andrew beneath the jump.

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Ticket Giveaway: Disappears, Lotus Plaza & Location Ensemble

This Wednesday night at Valentine’s Music Hall, WCDB is hosting Disappears, Lotus Plaza and Location Ensemble.

Some quick notes on the bands: Disappears features Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and Brian Case of the Ponys; Lotus Plaza features Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter and as an fyi, their new album got rated as ‘Best New Music‘ by Pitchfork. Location Ensemble is a “motley 9-piece guitar ensemble whose membership reads like a who’s who of experimental Albany-area musicians.

Thanks to WCDB, we’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway. Enter the contest form below the jump to be entered and we’ll pick a winner day of the show (tomorrow) at noon. Be sure to check your phone/email around that time, and only enter if you can attend.

The show is Wednesday night at 8:30pm, with doors at 7:30pm. The show is 18+ and tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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