Get a taste of “Barroom Weather”

The highly anticipated Henry’s Rifle full-length Barroom Weather hits the streets at Built4BBQ’s Whole Hog Halloween on October 31, and we’ve got your first taste! Check out two tracks from the record, album art and the tracklist at the brand-new HR Bandcamp page.

These two numbers will give you a nice preview of what your ears are in for with this record. A fine example of the patented one-man-band wailin’ and stompin’ you know and love, you might recall hearing an earlier mix of “Hammer and Nails” on the Entree sampler. Here it is in final form, and we can just about guarantee you’ll be feeling some feelings by the end of this one. “First Time Last Time” is three-and-a-half minutes of country gold, fleshed out by a full band and some sweet, sweet harmonica playing – one of our favorite tracks on the record. John will play the whole album, start to finish, with a full band and special guests at Whole Hog Halloween – be there at Pauly’s Hotel October 31 to soak up some Barroom Weather!

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My Goodness, it’s the End Men!

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Rad shot of the End Men in action by JTG Photo for Upstate Live!

We keep saying it! Don’t we keep saying it? Albany is a goddamn embarrassment of rock ‘n’ roll riches, and one of the major parties responsible is WEQX. The good folks at the Northeast’s finest alternative radio station have been kicking out the jams, day in and day out, for 30 years now, and they’ve got a doozy of a mid-week show slated at The Hollow on Wednesday, October 15! That’s right, fresh off a huge tour of the U.S.A., with their chops honed to a razor’s edge and their Isuzu back on the road, our favorite New Yorkers The End Men return to their adopted hometown to slay the big stage! The dynamic duo (or trio? who knows!) opens up for next-big-thing Seattle rockers My Goodness, making this a serious but lighthearted evening of righteous, down-and-dirty heavy blues from two of its finest modern practitioners.

But wait, it gets even better! Yes, friends, through some sort of Vermont voodoo magic, EQX is bringing you this evening of killer rock music for FREE. Keep a few extra bucks in your pocket to sample one of the Hollow’s dozens of delicious brews, or maybe put it toward one of the best burgers you’ll ever eat in your life. Better yet, pick up some fancy End Men merch or the new My Goodness album! Or how about your quit mooching off EQX and buy a nice cocktail for your favorite DJ, because you really owe them at least that much. The choice is yours and yours alone. We’ll see you there.

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Whole Hog Halloween 2!

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The leaves are falling, the mercury’s dropping, the wind is howling through the trees… and that can mean only one thing: Whole Hog Halloween rapidly approaches.

We’re tearing the roof off the thing this year, and the big news in BBQ country is that Henry’s Rifle will take this opportunity to officially release his long-awaited full-length album, Barroom Weather! This record has been well over a year in the making, a fully DIY operation involving nearly everyone in our little enclave of rock’n’roll in the service of John’s spectacular collection of songs,  so let’s just say that we fully intend to put the “party” in this album release party. Playing the album start-to-finish with a full band, you aren’t gonna wanna miss this Henry’s Rifle performance. Stayed tuned for more Barroom Weather news, coming at your ears and eyes all in due time.

And of course, that’s not all! Closing out the festivities are the only band for the job, the four-headed dance party machine that is Rival Galaxies! In just over a year, these dudes have become one of our favorite bands in all the Capital Region, a thunderous sonic rush of ridiculously catchy songs, space-age synths, massive basslines and superhuman drumbeats. We expect to see all manner of ghosts and ghouls at Whole Hog Halloween, but your feet ain’t moving to this, you might actually be the walking dead.

Wait, there’s more! Built4BBQ supergroup Kimono Dragons bring their spooky, destroy-all-monsters sci-fi surf-rock to the stage. Fuzz, reverb and a thunderous rhythm section collide into the soundtrack to a slasher movie that just happens to take place on surfboards in the Pacific Ocean. We know how much the Dragons enjoy Halloween, so it’s quite possible there’s a surprise or two up their collective kimono sleeve.

Rounding out this mean, lean lineup is one of the finest rock ‘n’ roll groups the Albany area’s produced over the last couple years, B3nson Recording Company power trio Hammer Hawk! You know ‘em and love ‘em from their scene-stealing contribution to the Entree sampler, these dudes are knocking out the best straight-up, guitar-shredding, drum-flailing, no-nonsense rock music we’ve heard in these parts. Wrapping up mammoth melodies in a warm shell of delicious distortion, Hammer Hawk makes for a tasty, tasty appetizer to this four-course Whole Hog feast.

It all goes down in the oldest, haunted-est bar in Albany, Pauly’s Hotel, where the beer still flows like it did during Prohibition. Start putting that perfect costume together, stock up on candy, and prepare to rock… Whole Hog Halloween is back, and this time, IT’S PERSONAL.

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Maggot Brain crushes the Low Beat.

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Today’s a big day, friends. Built4BBQ’s favorite band in all things brutal, Maggot Brain, unleashes their first shards of new noise in over two years tonight at the Low Beat! Pick up two brand new ragers on CASSETTE (with download card, of course), including the mighty “As the Crow Flies”, which you can preview right here. These dudes have been working hard on the follow-up to one of the Capital Region’s best-ever metal recordings, 2012’s Stop and Breathe, and we do believe they’ve topped themselves this time. “As the Crow Flies” is somehow meaner, weirder and harder than anything these guys have done before, and we can’t wait to see where they go from here.

If that wasn’t enough for you, tonight’s monolithic metal monster of a show also includes one of the first appearances of the new doomy hardcore band DoubleCROSS, featuring Bob from the Slaughterhouse Chorus and Ryan from Bad Friends holding down the rhythm section. Also onboard: NYC’s No Way and Bardus from Philly, making this an opportunity to sample some of the finest heaviness the Northeast has to offer for five measly dollars.

Check out the Facebook event here and prepare for punishment.

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We’ve got a band for that.

Syracuse rockers Bridge Under Fire hit Albany on Saturday, September 27 on a weekend long celebratory release of their new EP, I’ve Got a Guy for That, available in classic L.R.S. Records style on glorious 7″ vinyl.

The crowning jewel of L.R.S.’s first 10 albums released since 2012, the new EP is the long awaited follow up to Bridge Under Fire’s last killer release, the Bridge Under Fire / The Slaughterhouse Chorus split 7″ (LRS001 Jan. 2013) and their full length album Why Wait? (May 2012).

No strangers to the world of Built4BBQ, Bridge Under Fire has included tracks on both the 2013 Appetizer sampler (B4BBQ004) and the new Entree comp (B4BBQ007), on which they revealed the track “Previously on the West Wing”,  a sneak-peek at what awaits your earholes on the new 7″ – more of that patented melodic punk slathered in classic Turley screamin’.

Join us in welcoming Bridge Under Fire to Albany’s #1 underground punk house, the Shred Shack on September 27. Joining them at the Shack are 518 pop-punk wiz-kids Boxer Brown; Syracuse indie rockers Department, bringing their recently released EP, Conversation; aaaand the world premiere of Girth Control! Shit-ska/punk from the righteous dudes who brought you The Slaughterhouse Chorus and Public Access.

$5 cash, 7pm sharp, BYOB, and always remember, “don’t be a dick!” Check out the Facebook event page here, if that’s your style. Need an address? Ask.
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The End Men cometh.


Our favorite NYC rock ‘n’ rollers, The End Men, kick off their fall U.S. tour  right here in little ol’ Albany this Thursday, sharing a heck of a bill with Charmboy, Henry’s Rifle and Sun Voyager at the Low Beat! Come on out and see one of the finest bands in the land off as they embark on their latest adventure. We’ve heard rumors of new jams, and perhaps even the appearance of a certain reformed ska-punker  holding down the horn lines. Trust us, you don’t wanna miss this one. Here’s the Facebook event.

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Henry’s Rifle slays Muddy Roots.


Built4BBQ’s own Henry’s Rifle recently put some serious miles on, heading to Cookeville, Tennessee to slay the crowd at the venerable Muddy Roots Music Festival, where he shared a bill with everyone from The Sonics to the Legendary Shack Shakers. Roots-goers got a monster solo set and an early shot at HR’s brand new “Barroom Weather” album, which you’ll be hearing a whole lot more about very soon. Keep an eye out, big things a-rollin’.  Catch the conquering hero in his return to Albany on September 11 at The Low Beat, holding down a killer lineup featuring the End Men, Charmboy and Sun Voyager!


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Upcoming Events
  • A Night of Murder Ballads with Charmboy & more at Cafe Lena October 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Cafe Lena
  • Built4BBQ Whole Hog Halloween 2! October 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm – 12:00 am Pauly's Hotel Henry's Rifle "Barroom Weather" album release! Rival Galaxies! Kimono Dragons! Hammer Hawk! Costumes, candy, booze, bands, just $5!
  • Linear North/Many Trails/William Hale/Sun Voyager November 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm Parish Public House, Albany NY

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