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WCDB DJ SUMMER EVENTS WOOO!!!!

JUNE 13th, Thursday – ON WCDB 90.9FM, Tune in for an Interview with Why? at 6:30PM

 

JUNE 15th, Saturday – COMEDY SHOW: The World of “Eat Fried Chicken” Stand-Up Comedy show at Urban Book Café, 8:30 PM, with Lady T and WCDB DJ ETHAN ULLMAN https://www.facebook.com/events/160252044148975/ (Thursdays 10PM-Midnight)

 

JUNE 15th, Saturday – Why? with special guest Sarah Jaffe at Valentine’s, Albany, Upstairs, 7PM

 

JUNE 23rd, Sunday – Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned with Apenglow at Valentine’s, Albany, Downstairs, 8PM (WCDB DJ ALEX MURO, Mondays 4-6PM, AND VARIOUS ALUMNI)

 

JUNE 26th, Wednesday – Storytime Time – Comedy show at More Bread and Jam in Cohoes, 6:30PM https://www.facebook.com/events/317071341757356/ (WCDB DJ ETHAN ULLMAN, Thursdays 10PM-Midnight)

 

JULY 6th, Saturday – 5th Annual Beat*Shot Music Festival at Red Square (WCDB DJ LO FI LOBO, Saturdays Midnight-2AM)

 

JULY 11th, Thursday – Pasties, Pencils & Pints – Burlesque meets figure drawing and pints – 51 3rd Street, Troy – 8:30-11:30 PM (WCDB DJ HEAT, Mondays 6-8PM)

Kyle’s Governor’s Ball Preview

The Governor’s Ball music festival is taking place this weekend, and I am super excited for this. The festival boasts a consistent and impressive lineup that features some of the top artists from alternative music, hip-hop and EDM, with ticket holders having to choose between two artists for each time slot. Fortunately I’m familiar with a decent amount of the artists playing at this festival, and in this post I’ll let you know which artist I’m going to try to see during each time slot this weekend and why.

Friday

12:15-12:45: Swear and Shake vs. Pacific Air

Pacific Air is brothers playing indie pop. They’re a relaxing listen and well-traveled as they’ve opened for high profile acts before like Passion Pit and Two Door Cinema Club. Swear and Shake seems like it’d be a fun show as well but they’re more folky and seemingly conventional, so I’m planning on starting the festival with Pacific Air.

12:45-1:30 Solid Gold vs. Bear Mountain

We got Solid Gold’s 2012 release Eat Your Young at CDB last year and it wasn’t anything special, I’d say it’s alternative rock with a lot of electronic qualities mixed in to it, again more relaxing than danceable. I hadn’t heard of Bear Mountain before this year’s lineup, but their music seems like it would lead to a better live show then what I’ve heard from Solid Gold, Bear Mountain’s sound is more danceable and upbeat electronic so it should be a fun set to attend.

1:30-2:15 St. Lucia vs. Reignwolf

St. Lucia will put on a good electronic pop show, but my interest is in seeing what Reignwolf does during this time slot. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who seems like he’d put on a sick show, check out the video below where “Bicycle” sounds White Stripes-esque with him covering both Jack and Meg’s parts. This guy’s going to be a hit at governor’s ball for sure.

2:15-3:00 Polica vs. The Knocks

Electronic rock/R&B vs. Electronic Pop. I’m not overly excited about Polica, so The Knocks seem like a safer bet for enjoying the set but either way I don’t view this as a decision you can mess up, the options are pretty similar.

3:00-3:45 Dinosaur Jr. vs. Holy Ghost!

I’d be psyched to see Holy Ghost! over either of the past two artists, but in this slot there’s no way I can see them. I’m an alt-rock kid, and Dinosaur Jr. is one of the bands that defined that genre in the 90s, making the fact that they still release awesome albums like last year’s I Bet on Sky even more impressive. I have to go with the classic artist in this spot to get my fill of actual alternative rock.

3:45-4:45 Best Coast vs. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

I might regret this and be stuck watching a girl on stage sing to me about how great California is, basically the only premise of 2012 release The Only Place, but I’m going to gamble we get the distorted energetic Crazy For You tracks that would make the set amazing. If you were completely off-put by her last release, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs won’t be a bad consolation prize.

4:45-5:45 Of Monsters and Men vs. Dillon Francis

I saw Of Monsters and Men perform last year in Albany and they put on a good show, but I’m a bit bored of their sound now(and the mini-genre as a whole to be honest). I’m not overly into EDM but my friends who are recommended this artist, so I’m going to go with a new experience here rather than attending a show where I know I’ll be indifferent about the band.

5:45-6:45 Crystal Castles vs. Local Natives

This is another big contrast in sound between the artists, so I’d say it depends on your mood. Crystal Castles will definitely be more upbeat and danceable, and apparently she’s very good live, but I’m probably going to give Local Natives a shot here as I find their music easy to enjoy.

6:45-8:00 Feist vs. Young the Giant

This one is based entirely upon the Broken Social Scene rumor if nothing else. BSS is booked in the city to do a late-night gig on Thursday night, and a rumor is going around that Feist’s label mates might help end the BSS hiatus by doing a collaborative set or maybe even taking the stage for their own set after Feist. If it happens it would be probably the most notable story from the festival.

8:00-9:30 Beach House vs. Erykah Badu & the Cannabinoids

I feel like I’m making a mistake on this one so don’t let me sway you away from Erykah Badu, but I loved Beach House’s 2012 release Bloom and am hopeful that they put on the most relaxing show ever performed for their set. Can’t pick wrong between these artists though as they’ll both put on great shows.

9:30-11:00 Kings of Leon vs. Pretty Lights

Finally the headliners, neither of which I’m overly enthusiastic about unfortunately. I’m going to go with the same mentality I had for Dillon Francis in giving the artist who I know less about the shot here. I enjoy some Kings of Leon songs, but Pretty Lights seems like a more fun way to enjoy the end of the first day to me as I’ve heard good things about their live shows.

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Yazen Hits Up: Skate and Surf Festival at Six Flags Great Adventure (5/18/13)

Skate & Surf Festival made its return this spring after John D, the founder of The Bamboozle Festival, announced that Bamboozle wouldn’t be making a return in 2013. When the details about Skate & Surf were announced, the main attraction would be Fall Out Boy headlining the festival after their four year hiatus. Along with Fall Out Boy, some other bands played at the smaller stages who have been nothing short of phenomenal.

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WCDB DJ EVENTS: May and beyond!

WHAT ARE THESE WCDB DJs UP TO? (DJ names and WCDB time slots are in italics):

5/3, Friday: DELLAROCCA BOOKING PRESENTS: THE BABIES (Vivian Girls, Woods) will be here with openers Birthdays and Party Boat. Valentine’s, Albany, NY. FACEBOOK EVENT. (Nicole, Tuesdays, 6-8PM)

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5/4, Saturday: WCDB’s DJ AK will be joining Machine in the Garden and JimmyNort for a fun night at Pauly’s Hotel. FACEBOOK EVENT. (DJ AK, Thurs nights/Fri mornings 2AM-4AM)

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Albany Sonic Arts Collective — UAG Benefit

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The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is holding their second annual benefit show for the Upstate Artist Guild. The show is going to run all day Saturday (today), starting at 4 and going until late. It features a long list of performers:

Fossils From The Sun

Matt Weston

Grab-Ass Cowboys

Parashi

Sun Burdens

Blacklight Lighthouse

Tiki Bats

soundBarn

CASE

World Lines

Crank Sturgeon

Crank Sturgeon is headlining the show. When he played a few months ago at the UAG it was a brilliant mix of noise, ipod karaoke, cosmetology, caricature drawing, and all around madness. It was really something to see, and I highly recommend catching him. You can see a clip of that last show below.

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Public speaking + 1983 + Tiki bats

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The Albany Sonic Arts Collective is bringing Jason Anthony Harris, known as Public Speaking, to the Upstate Artist Guild Wednesday April 3rd.

Harris makes songs out of little pieces of sound that he coaxes into beats which then mingle together with horns, guitars, and other orchestration. It is his voice that glues all of these pieces together transforming these sounds into something closing in on the sublime. Check out “Funny You Ask” (below) it’s really great.

1983 is an alias of Jason Cosco, who has played live on WCDB before as part of Grab Ass Cowboys. Cosco makes harsh dark pieces—the audio equivalent of course sandpaper—in the best possible way that is.

Tiki bats bring the heat with their danceable chaos. They meld punk, industrial, noise, and what ever else together to get something, that on somedays, you might be able to dance to.

It should be an awesome show. You can get more info at the Albany Sonic Arts Collective website

Facebook event.

A Night Out With Dispatch

“Best night of my life.” A phrase that I will undoubtedly use again to describe something of monumental meaning to me in the near or distant future. But for this moment the title goes to Dispatch and their sold out performance at Radio City Music Hall. It was their first outing at the world famous hall, and mine as well. In fact, if I were to compare myself to many of the younger crowd, I’d say I wasn’t alone. From the time those golden curtains ascended, we all began the night on the same level: old friends, newcomers, on untouched land that we were about to stake as our own.

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Live Show: See You Next Year, The Fallen Starlets, Nine Votes Short, and ExoVox Review

Valentine’s of Albany is known for hosting local bands and putting on shows that make people proud to live in the area. Well, folks, this show didn’t disappoint. The line up consisted of See You Next Year (SYNY), The Fallen Starlet, Nine Votes Shorts, and ExoVox.

The show kicked off with local band SYNY, a pop punk band with the job of getting the crowd pumped up for the rest of the show. Instrumentally, these guys brought the energy. Continue reading Live Show: See You Next Year, The Fallen Starlets, Nine Votes Short, and ExoVox Review

CMJ: The L Train, Passes, and oh yeah… Music

The College Music Journal Music and Movie Marathon or as most call it, CMJ, is a week long festival of the arts that is held in Manhattan and Brooklyn every year towards the end of October. I wish that I could write a long review about the interworking and technicalities of the festival, but I’d be better suited with a review of New York’s Subway since that’s where I spent the most time.
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Fountain Day is cancelled, why do I even go to college?!

Taken from Facebook, an invitation to all UAlbany students:

Yeah, Fountain Day got canceled and it’s probably the worst thing to ever happen to anyone ever. Yeah, for many, this is our Vietnam. A chance to organize in protest and fight to bring it back or possibly create a Fountain Day 2.0. But just like the Vietnam protests (and Vietnam itself) these attempts will most likely fail because honestly, if the school wants to get rid of Fountain Day, you think they’re just going to sit back and watch it happen on a different date without any type of reaction? That’s just silly. DAMN silly. Before I alienate absolutely everyone though with all this doom and gloom, let me tell you: there is a light at the end of the tunnel. WCDB is here to make everything alright, baby.
A lot of you may not have the slightest FUCK what WCDB is but don’t worry sugar, we got you. We are the most awesome, most coolest, most most radio station in the capital district. We swag. We swag to the maximum. WCDB has been known to stand for many things. “We Can Drink Beers” (and that’s a challenge), “Wasted Chicks Dig Boners” (consensually, of course), but most importantly, WCDB stands for quality music and the most bitchin’ parties this side of the Mason Dixon. And we do all this so we can be there for YOU.

This is why I’m proud to tell you that WCDB is bringing professional singer, musician, professional everything KEVIN DEVINE to Albany for an end of semester bash and we’re sharing it. Sharing it with the UAlbany student population. Damn the man and let’s have the greatest party ever. And it’ll be right in his uppity face smack dab in the middle of Campus. We want you to tell all your friends to come. We want you to tell all the future friends you don’t know yet to come. But most of all, we want you to come.

Kevin Devine
April 27th
Campus Center Ballroom
$10 (that’s so effing cheap no way!)

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