Quality events for this weekend vol. 129

Friday April 18

Knickerbocker Film Festival: The fifth year for the city-wide film festival.

C. Amanda Boutahorse’s Cult Classics: Little Show of Horrors: Little Shop of Horrors themed burlesque show.

Wordfest Open Mic at the UAG: Over 30 poets are signed up for this open mic!

Rubblebucket at Skidmore: Brooklyn indie jams.

Saturday April 19

Record Store Day at Fuzz Records: Lots of ‘record store day only’ releases to be at the shop as well as fun times all around and djs inside of fuzz.

Dan Croll at the Hollow: With Panama Wedding.

The 4/20 Party at Red Square: Fun rap show. Easter really ruined the date on this one, huh?

Wordfest Invitation Slam at the Linda: Closing out Wordfest with a proper slam.

33RPM at EMPAC: “Rabih Mroué and Lina Saneh reconstruct the final moments of a person’s life.”

Rival Galaxies, The Parlor, and Charmboy at Pauly’s: Great local lineup.

Ramen Noodle Diet, A Benefit: Silent auction benefit show with live music and all sorts of other fun.

Sunday April 20

Harm’s Way at Bogie’s: Easter night show.

All Weekend

The NYS Museum: Bunch of great exhibits and it’s right in your back yard. Also, CANstruction is happening this weekend.

Goonies, Hook, Chinatown, Anger Management, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Easy Rider at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Day trip to MASS MoCA: Just. Go.

Hudson Valley Hops 2014: Photos & Recap

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Last Saturday, the Albany Institute of History and Art played host to the annual Hudson Valley Hops festival which showcases our excellent local breweries. Having all these breweries come to you to distribute samples is an approachable way to see what’s out there and what plays into your tastes.

The breweries in attendance were Adirondack Brewery, Brown’s Brewing Company, Chatham Brewing LLC, C.H. Evans Brewing, Crossroads Brewing Company, Druthers, Old Saratoga Brewing Company, and Ommegang Brewery. I tried something from everyone who was there and it was awesome to see the amount of variety across the different beers. I also got excited about some of the new things these breweries are up to, such at as the 8 Barrel Reserve form Crossroads which gets aged in bourbon barrels for four months.

Hudson Valley Hops is an awesome event in a really cool venue. If you have any interest in beer whatsoever, check out the next one and learn what beers get brewed right in your backyard.

Thanks to everyone at the Albany Institute for putting on a great event and for allowing us to give away a few tickets as well.

Down On The Corner #1 at The Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel

The split venue format at WCDB’s 36th Anniversary Party was a great success so it’s happening again on Saturday April 26. Presented by Pauly’s Hotel, The Low Beat, WEXT and Keep Albany Boring, the show features seven bands at two venues and one ticket will get you into both all night long.

The bands on the bill are The Lucky Jukebox Brigade, New Red Scare, The Schoemer Formation, Neighborhood of Make Believe, UnEvEn StEvEn, MR Poulopoulos and Chloroform Party.

Check the official event listing, add the date to your calendar and I’ll see ya there!

KC’s Music Monday: HORSE – Giant Gorilla Dog Thing

After finding an opportunity in a normal conversation with Mitch, of Giant Gorilla Dog Thing, to quote back his own lyrics to him, it dawned on me that I’ve spent way too much time listening to their new album to NOT put together any words out there about it. And that I’m a total fangirl nerd sometimes. (Not a new realization).

I’ve been listening to this album on the daily ever since I got my hands on a copy of the 2XLP back on the release date March 28th. HORSE is available in both vinyl and digital formats courtesy Pig Food Records, and also is available at Fuzz Records if you haven’t picked up a copy yet. After GGDT worked on this album for the past year and a half, maybe two years, I’m fairly confident in saying that they are beyond happy to take a little break from listening to this sucker and to finally be able to let others in on listening to their beats, raps and secrets.

Quite often these days it seems as though artists on both an independent and mainstream level are too quick to release their music for a plethora of reasons and I’m glad that HORSE is not an example of that. Much respect to GGDT for releasing their album when the time was right, and for accidentally-on-purpose creating what will easily become my favorite spring, summer and maybe even winter, soundtrack. I mean, hell, I’m still listening to ERIC (which is totally free and amazing if you haven’t heard) on a regular basis.

In short, my friends are GREAT at what they do.

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