Quality events for this weekend vol. 142

Friday July 18

The Track: It’s opening day.

Caffeinated Wax at Tierra Madison: All vinyl set with DJ Tall Matt.

The Firs, Broken Field Runner, Blind Mice, and Laura Murphy at the UAG: Folk/punk jams.

The Lucky Jukebox Brigade and Black Mountain Symphony at the Hollow: LJB’s record release party.

Garage Bands with Party Boat, Pony in the Pancake, and Linear North: Playing in a literal garage.

Saturday July 19

Troy Pig Out: Food, music, rib competition.

The Parlor, Pony in the Pancake, and Careers at The Hollow: Awesome show to help with The Parlors new album.

Slapshot at Bogie’s: Boston hardcore, with New Lows, EgoDestroys, Aggressive Response, Throat Culture.

Sunday July 20

Troy Pig Out: Food, music, fireworks.

Rock and Roll Brunch at the Low Beat: Music, food, booze.

Bruno Mars at the TU: Relive the half-time show.

All Weekend

Play Me, I’m Yours: Citywide art/sculpture/music exhibit is open.

Art Omi: Sculpture fields open now.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

Monty Python & the Holy Grail, Swiss Family Robinson, Dr Strangelove at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

(PS. There’s a few shirts left. Get yours quick.)

Living room concert with Eef Barzelay

The lovely hosts from Eef’s last living room show are throwing another one. If you missed the last show, or have no idea who Eef Barzelay or Clem Snide is, watch the video above to get familliar.

All the details are available on the ticket site. See you there!

Talk with Illustrator Craig Frazier at The Foundry for Art Design + Culture

The Foundry is hosting another one of their awesome design talks this Thursday at 6:30pm with illustrator Craig Frazier.

From the event page

Craig Frazier, one of the leading conceptual illustrators producing editorial, corporate and publishing work worldwide, will demonstrate the discipline of developing ideas through the process of sketching and will share his outlook on the importance of sketching as the basis for great design during a presentation at
The Foundry for Art Design + Culture.

The Foundry has been commissioned to produce a video that follows the making of Craig Frazier’s new book, “sketchy”. The book is being produced by Mohawk at their new Print Innovation Center in the port of Albany. The talk at the Foundry will be recorded to help tell the story of Craig’s process and the production of this book. Please be aware that you may visible in the completed web video as an audience member.

Watch the video above, RSVP to the event and make your way to Cohoes on Thursday.

Saturday: The Parlor, Careers, and Pony in the Pancake at the Hollow

The Parlor has set up a show in tandem with their crowdfunding campaign for their new album.

The crowdfunding bit is to help with “post-production studio costs of remixing and mastering our album, the cost of making physical copies of the album and promotional expenses, including music videos and a press campaign”. In exchange for help with these items, you can pick up digital downloads, an exclusive backer-only EP, demos and b-sides, merch, and more.

In support of the campaign, there’s a show this Saturday at 8pm at the Hollow. It features The Parlor, Careers, and Pony in the Pancake. All three bands on this bill are excellent, and if you’re not familiar with them, check em out and get over to The Hollow on Saturday.

Beat*Shot Music Festival: Photos and (Partial) Recap

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This past weekend was the Beat*Shot Music Festival, which is one of my favorite fixtures of the Albany-area music scene. The festival (which doesn’t involve mud, not showering or neon fuzzy boots) took place over at The Hollow on Pearl Street.

I showed up to the show with basically no knowledge of who was playing and just put my trust into the organizers of the show. Act after act was incredible and there almost no wait time between the acts. I was able to catch Taina Asili, Ses Da Great, Deca, Count Bass D, Blueprint, and Adrienne Mack-Davis. Every single one of them was incredible to watch and despite being unfamiliar with a few of them, easy to get into and even easier to enjoy. Seeing Blueprint and Count Bass D was a real treat.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make the Saturday portion of the show. But as far as I have heard, Pharoahe Monch crushed The Hollow and all the other performers assisted. If you missed this years Beat*Shot Music Festival, you’ve missed the best one yet. Don’t make the same mistake next year!

Big shout out to everyone involved for making the show run so smoothly and for the absolutely impeccable line-up. Can’t wait until next year.


Quality events for this weekend vol. 141

Friday July 11

Beat*Shot Music Festival at The Hollow: If you dont know, read up real quick.

Nightfall at the Albany Barn: Night themed artwork from many locals.

In Circles, New Red Scare and Boxer Brown at the Low Beat: Punk it up.

Snoop at UCH: With Jedi Ry, D3V and DJ Playground.

Saturday July 12

Beat*Shot Music Festival at The Hollow: If you dont know, read up real quick.

EYEHATEGOD at Bogie’s: With Iron Reagan, Vektor, Strong Intention, Maggot Brain, Sepsis.

Haute Surveillance at Basilica Hudson: Art show featuring the works by New York based artists Valerie Keane, Andy Meerow and Daniel Peterson.

2014 Capital Region Craft Brewers Festival at Joe Bruno Stadium: Beeeeeer!

Circa Survive at UCH: Get your Anthony Green on.

Delaware Ave Street Fair: A mile of music, vendors, art and more.

Sunday July 13

Sunday Funday Reading Series at the Low Beat: “Smallbany” themed.

All Weekend

Play Me, I’m Yours: Citywide art/sculpture/music exhibit is open.

Art Omi: Sculpture fields open now.

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Pretty drive and a great museum.

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your backyard.

A League of Their Own, The Muppets, Tootsie, and Thelma and Louise at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Checking out Brew

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Yesterday I stopped into Brew to grab some coffee and check out their offerings. The shop, which is at 209 Lark Street is definitely an awesome and very welcomed addition to the area. For coffee alone, they bring a variety and quality of beans from roasters which weren’t present in our area before. From there, they’ve got 150 types of beer from 50 different breweries around the country, and there were a lot of labels and names I haven’t seen before anywhere. You have your choice of can, bottle or growler.

They’ve also got french presses, the Aeropress, Chemex coffee makers and all of the accessories and filters for those that you’d ever need. And on top of all of that they’re stocked to the teeth with home brewing supplies as well.

Grab a few cans of something you’ve never had before and enjoy the heat of the summer before it’s gone. Or if beer ain’t your thing grab an iced tea or cold brew coffee and do the same.