It was likely everything that you wanted it to be:
Chest-thumping and ear-throbbing
Awesome and assaultive
Epic and ecstatic
Loud as fuck
Consider this your Fall Arts Guide, the condensed version.
We picked five – count ’em, just five – events that you really shouldn’t let pass you by this autumn. Music, art, fashion, film, theater, books – we tried to cover ’em all in just Five Don’t-Miss Events.
You know things are going to get crazy. You know you’re gonna forget something. You know you can’t be everywhere you want to be.
So mark these on your calendar right now:
Friday, September 11: The Boredoms‘ Boadrum 9 with Deerhunter @ EMPAC at RPI, Troy
You didn’t really think that Yamatsuka Eye and his thundering crew could slip unnoticed into the Capital Region, did you? Drums, drums and more drums. You may not enjoy this show, but trust us, you’ll never forget it.
Saturday, September 19: LarkFest on Lark St. in Albany (FREE)
It’s Nippertown’s biggest free outdoor party. There’s art. There’s fun. There’s catching up with old friends. And there’s plenty of music – great music. Moby, Bell X1 and Matt & Kim. And that’s just on the main stages. The local music line-up is just as impressive.
Saturday, October 17: Discard Avant Garb @ the Grand Street Community Arts Center, Albany
Albany’s annual recycled fashion show marks its tenth anniversary this year, so you know that everyone’s gonna pull out all the stops. Approximately three dozen artists have signed on as designers this year. Part wearable art exhibit, part theater and all fun, Discard Avant Garb is a great charity event and simply THE social event of the season.
Friday, October 23: Benefit concert for WEXT-FM with Super 400 @ the EXIT Dome (aka the WMHT-TV Studios), North Greenbush
Super 400’s new album “Sweet Fist” kicks you upside the head like an atomic kiss. You can’t ask for more. But you’ll get it from Eric Margan & the Red Lions, Sean Rowe and some of the Railbirds. All to benefit the best radio station in Nippertown.
Friday, November 6: “The Man With the Golden Arm” @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany (FREE)
Yes, it’ll be great to see this vintage jazzman-junkie film (starring a jittery, manic Frank Sinatra as Frankie Machine) on a big screen, but the real reason to head to this New York State Writers Institute event is that the screening will be followed by a discussion of the writings of Nelson Algren by literary lions Don DeLillo and Russell Banks.
So what’s on your don’t-miss list this fall?
Hit the comment button below, and let us know.
Japanese noise-rockers the Boredoms bring Boadrum 9 to EMPAC @ RPI in Troy on Friday, September 11.
Wanna know what to expect? Well, they fired up Boadrum 9 at Terminal 5 in New York City on Wednesday. The date was 9/9/09 and the Boredoms hit the stage at 9:09pm.
Here’s our fave review (actually it’s 9 reviews and 99 photos) of Wednesday’s show from the fine folks at Brooklyn Vegan.
Japanese noisemakers the Boredoms team up with Deerhunter in a double-bill at EMPAC at RPI in Troy on Friday, September 11.
At another college campus in Troy, Brooklyn indie trio Elizabeth & the Catapult make a tour stop at Hudson Valley Community College on Friday, September 25.Also in Troy, raging power trio Super 400 will be holding their CD release party for “Sweet Fist” at Revolution Hall on Friday, September 11. Matthew Loiacono will open the show.
The Linda in Albany has upped the ante for the November concert calendar with a couple of new additions. Irish folk-pop duo Guggenheim Grotto returns on Friday, November 13, while indie singer-songwriter Grant Lee Phillips teams up with Winterpills for a dynamite double-bill on Saturday, November 14.
Natalie Merchant – the former frontwoman with 10,000 Maniacs – will be offering a special benefit concert at the 1848 Shaker Meeting House in Colonie at 1:30pm Sunday, September 27. The concert is a benefit for the Shaker Heritage Society, and tickets will go on sale at 9:30am Saturday (August 22), priced at $150, $75 and $50.
Apparently, the less-than-gangbusters ticket sales for this summer’s back-to-back shows by John Legend and Maxwell hasn’t given the Palace Theatre cold feet about booking more R&B acts. The Palace has just announced R. Kelly for Saturday, October 10. Tix go on sale to the general public on Friday (August 21).
Following her July performances, cabaret singer-songwriter Amanda McBroom returns to Pittsfield, Mass. for a two-night stand at the Barrington Stage Company’s Stage 2 on Friday-Saturday, October 23-24.There are a batch of new shows on the calendar for Northern Lights in Clifton Park, including the Veronicas on Saturday, October 3, 3 Inches of Blood on Sunday, October 11 and Kittie on Thursday, October 29. Tix for those shows go on sale at 10am on Saturday, August 22.
Meanwhile, Boys Like Girls, Cobra Starship, the Mayne and others drop into Northern Lights on Wednesday, November 18. Tix go on sale at 12noon on Saturday, August 22. Also currently available are tix for the Insane Clown Posse on Tuesday, December 8.
But it’s not all good news at Northern Lights – unfortunately, Placebo has been forced to cancel their U.S. tour – including the date that was scheduled for Northern Lights on Saturday, October 10.
Guitar guru Charlie Hunter rolls into Red Square in Albany on Thursday, September 10.
Chiodos vocalist Craig Owens grabs the stage at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany on Friday, September 18.