Recap: Animals As Leaders, BTBAM at Northern Lights

This past Friday, Step Up Presents brought the 2011 Saints & Sinners tour featuring Between The Buried And Me, Animals As Leaders and Tesseract to Northern Lights for a night of melodic debauchery much to the delight a packed, sweaty venue. The tour’s pit stop in Albany marked the second-to-last show in a 30+ day run, during which Animals As Leaders released their sophomore album, Weightless.

photo by kc orcutt

Tesserect, BTBAM and Animals As Leaders made for a complimentary show billing – although I did just catch the tail end of Tesserect kicking off the evening. Tesserect was followed by Animals As Leaders who stirred up a progressive melting pot of an influx of metal-based instrumentals with BTBAM turning up the heat and consequential aggression as headliners.

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Review: The Addams Family at Proctor’s Theatre

If you’ve been following the chronicles of KAB over the past year or so, then you’ll notice this advice to be a bit redundant but still timelessly important to keep in the back of your mind: The key to keeping things fun in your city is to experience what is going on in your city. GO OUT AND DO THINGS.

My most recent example of that mantra was earlier this week. I caught the live performance of the Addams Family Musical at Proctor’s in Schenectady on its opening night.

Part of an Addams Family theme window display

Prior to the performance, I looked up how long the runtime is being full aware that musicals aren’t really ‘my thing’. Once seated in the soft velveteen seats and the curtain pulled opened with the help of the infamous Thing, I was sucked in. Didn’t look at my cell phone for the entire first act and that can be verified by my guest if you insist.

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Twiddling thumbs, and more

Last Friday night, Pearl Street was popping. Numerous characters hopped in and out of bars throughout the night, taking advantage of Holiday drink specials and live acts. At Jillian’s, local blues veterans Sly Fox and the Hustlers opened up for emerging Vermont-based jam and funk band Twiddle.

Sly Fox had the slowly growing crowd mildly moving to their original songs but when they covered Jimi Hendrix’s “Stone Free” and a funky version of a James Brown song, familiarity provoked the dancing shoes to begin twist and shuffle.

Not long after eleven, the Killer from the Scream trilogies, a pirate-complete with red and white stripped cut-off pants and a Peter Pan hat, and two gentlemen dressed in flashy, glittery, and eccentric clothing started tuning their instruments. Without any prior knowledge, these characters could have just been seen as young hooligans, but their riffs and beats while just tuning and setting up justified their youthful talent.

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Recap: Every Time I Die + Gwar at Northern Lights

Gwar crawled out of their cave in hell Saturday night, dragging Every Time I Die and Ghoul alongside them, to play to a sweat-soaked-turned-fake-blood-soaked crowd at Northern Lights, as part of the “Return of the World Maggot” tour. The national tour kicked off on Tuesday of this past week and will also make an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Thursday, the 27th. Seeing Every Time I Die on the bill was a huge draw for many (including myself) and they very well could have headlined the night and have had just as much of a successfully packed turn out, if not more.

ETID is a staple in the music that shaped my youth and last night easily made my own personal ‘best shows in 2k11’ list. Judging off their tweet from last night, they felt the same way.

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Recap: Four Year Strong at Northern Lights

This year’s AP Tour made a pit stop at Northern Lights on Tuesday. This year’s bill brought headliners Four Year Strong, with Gallows, Title Fight, The Swellers and Sharks. This year marked the third-annual fall seasonal trek for the AP Tour, which combines the bands the magazine covers with the opportunity to see five of them play together all on one bill.

AP Tour has brought together various shades of punk rock including the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, August Burns Red, Emarosa, Polar Bear Club, This Is Hell, Mayday Parade, The Academy Is…, Set Your Goals, The Secret Handshake and You Me At Six in years past. Other highlights of the tour include free copies of AP magazine (which goes on newsstands for $6), as well as certain tiers of ticket purchases including a one-year subscription, the opportunity to be an AP-featured video journalist and so on.

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