Elysia Crampton at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

Incredible electronic music producer Elysia Crampton is performing this Friday, May 26 at EMPAC. The wonderful folks at EMPAC have given me a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader. You can read their event description, enter the giveaway, and check out some of Elysia Crampton’s music below, as well as read reviews of Demon City from Pitchfork and Resident Advisor.


A force within Latinx culture and the rising genderqueer electronic aesthetic (alongside Arca, Lotic, Rabit, etc.), Elysia Crampton has described her style as “severo,” a word suggestive of the raw textures and violent juxtapositions she creates with source material ranging from American pop to cumbia, hip-hop, ratchet, and South American metal. A descendent of the Aymara people indigenous to Bolivia, Crampton made waves with last year’s Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City. A sister piece to the theatrical production Dissolution of the Sovereign: A Timeslide into the Future, the album was written in the style of an epic poem, taking inspiration from the story of the Aymara revolutionary Bartolina Sisa, whose severed limbs were paraded through the Andes after her execution at the hands of Spanish colonists.

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Quality events for this weekend

Friday May 19

TGIF Yoga at Heartspace: Community class, In both Albany and Troy.

ill.Gates, Levitation Jones, Evac Protocol at River St Pub: Part of the Raging on the River series.

Sean Rowe at The Hangar: Sold out.

Kimono Dragons, Rechorduroys at Dinosaur BBQ: Surf/alt rock.

Cretin Hop at Fuze: Rock and roll/punk/new wave dance party.

Saturday May 20

Smorgasburg Upstate at the Hutton Brickyards: Opening weekend.

Freedom Fest at Upstate Concert Hall: Featuring Ramallah (Playing Blood For Blood Classics), Terror, 100 Demons, All Out War, Death Before Dishonor, Rude Awakening, Gods Hate, Concrete, Laid 2 Rest, Purgatory, Jagged Visions, and Zero Hour.

Michael Bisio Accortet at The Sanctuary for Independent Media: Celebrating 30+ years.

Real Estate at BSP: With Pelican Movement.

Emo Night at Fuze Box: Scream sing all those songs you used to be embarassed about loving.

Sunday May 21

Smorgasburg Upstate at the Hutton Brickyards: Opening weekend.

Iron Chic, After The Fall, Mikey Erg, Sink or Swim at Pauly’s: Punk/pop/etc.

All weekend

Art Omi: The sculpture fields are awesome.

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.

Second-run movies at the Madison Theater: Only five bucks!

Movies at The Spectrum: First run, independent movies at a small centrally located theater.

Farmer’s Markets: Troy, Delmar, and Saratoga on Saturday, and Schenectady and Saratoga on Sunday.

EMPAC Summer Season 2017

EMPAC has announced their first ever summer season, which runs from May 5 to Aug 16. As usual for EMPAC, there’s a wide array of music/sound performances, talks, workshops, and film/video viewings.

I’m particularly excited for May 26’s Elysia Crampton performance.

Be sure to check out the video below, which is an awesome recap of their Spring 17 season, and don’t sleep on checking out the summer programming!