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.)

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.

SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT THE TALK
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.