Recap: Kevin Devine at SUNY

Last night, the Campus  Center Ballroom at UAlbany, accomadated students looking to break up their academic week nicely, with the treat of some live music from local musicians and city folk alike.  WCDB got it right on point that a concert was a more solid, positive form of distraction from prepping for next week’s final exams than getting worked up over whether or not the fountains will be turned on or other various areas of focus these days on campus. BTW, Shoenice won.

photo by katie anello

I personally have realized the past few shows that, well, these things start on time and for some reason I always assume they never do.  Therefore I regret to report that this is the second time in a row that I’ve attended where I’ve missed a band that I did not want to miss. Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned opened up this show, after being out on the road touring extensively for a month or so.  They trekked across country playing shows all over the west coast and central US, as well as playing as a part of this year’s SXSW festival.  The band is no doubt up to good things, and you can be sure to catch them at this year’s Tulip Fest on Sunday, May 8th.

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Shoenice officially wins.

From the president of the SUNY Albany Student association:

As you are no doubt aware by now the fountain has been filled with water. I am pleased to say that the administration has also agreed that the fountain will be turned on at some point next week. I hope that you will join with me and enjoy the fountain for these last few remaining days of class and finals week.

Recap: Bassnectar at the Washington Avenue Armory

Last night, 4,500 of our closest friends flocked around the outside of the historic Washington Avenue Armory and pulsed inside for hours, hands up and asses out. Bass heads were summoned, from all over the Capital Region and beyond, to board the mother ship back home to get lost in the spacey electronic sounds for a few fast-paced hours.

Bassnectar, the moniker for DJ and electronic music producer Lorin Ashton, attracted an eclectic and colorful crowd to the auditorium, where everyone communally drank up the sweet nectar of his sound swarm. Also hitting the decks were opening acts Eliot Lipp and EOTO. It was truly impressive that this show started on time, given that the staff had to accommodate an event that was at capacity for the entire evening, as well as host a solid bill of 3 different electronic acts. Despite the scattered line outside the Armory, which stretched around the block, moving fairly quickly, I still didn’t catch a single beat from Lipp. Eliot Lipp accompanied Bassnectar on 10 shows of his majority sold out spring tour, which spanned the east coast from Providence to Burlington to Portland to Boston, with a final stop in our fair city.

Lipp recently released a collaborative remix album, Brolabs, which you can download here for free. Highlight tracks include “It’s Time To Leave,” remixing with Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic on “Yeah,” and Mux Mool on “The Outside.” Each song was created with a personal touch and some face time, not done via trading samples over the Internet. He’s up to some good things these days and I recommend you keep him on your radar upcoming, especially with this summer’s festival spread in mind.
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Albany Bicycle Coalition: Bicycle Month 2011 Events

The Albany Bicycle Coalition is a rad organization which you may have never hear about that helps Albany to move forward with regard to bicycling. Most likely they’ve helped get bike racks in front of your favorite spots in the city. They always do May Bike Months and here’s the schedule for this years! The rest of this post is copy-pasta from their press release.

The Albany Bicycle Coalition (ABC), a not-for-profit organization supporting bicycling in the Capital Region, has announced its roster of events for the May 2011 – Bicycle Month 2011. ABC’s Bicycle Month 2011 runs from April 29 to June 12, 2011.

The events include a kick-off Bike Expo 2011, several urban rides including an historic mansion tour, bicycle-themed movies, tune-up clinics, a blessing of the bicycles, and art tours. It wraps up with a three-night camping outing at Thompsons Lake State Park.

More info of course, on their website.

2011 Tulip Fest Survival Guide

Are you one of the millions that are just like, oh so mad that the City of Albany will continue to enforce laws on May 7th and 8th? Are you going to brave the beer tents where the median mass of each patron is twice that of yourself? Do you need a place to go where there will be cars that you can punch in the face in the name of a made up Albany holiday? Well listen here rule breaker; I’ve commissioned a team of scientists to formulate a way just for you to be able to see some band you don’t know and be drunk simultaneously. Behold the science that awaits you below.