Surf’s up Saturday!

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Built4BBQ and the good folks at WEQX and The Hollow Bar & Kitchen are bringing you one ripper of a show this Saturday! Ride a wave of surfy twang with Party Boat, The Kimono Dragons and Henry’s Rifle at downtown Albany’s finest establishment for one low, low price! You heard all three artists on the Built4BBQ Entree Comp, now catch ‘em live, loud and in person. And in case you missed it, the mighty Dragons recently released their debut 3-song demo… give it a listen, we guarantee the best 10 minutes of your day.

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We’ll also have plenty of CD copies of the Entree out on Saturday if you were out grillin’ on the 4th! Come on out, get yourself a classy beer and a cheeseburger with a fried egg on it, and hang ten with three of the finest in all the 518!

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The Entree

Built4BBQ’s second sampler, The Entree, is now live for your internet consumption. Featuring 19 tracks of new, unreleased and rare music from our favorite bands and yours, nearly 70 minutes of righteousness is available for streaming, name-your-price download or on a $5, handcrafted compact disc. Enjoy.

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Happy birthday, America!


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Today’s the day! Spend America Day with Built4BBQ at the Star Spangled Bonanza, featuring 8 awesome bands and the release of our second compilation album, The Entree! Come and get it!

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The Entree: A Sneak Preview

We’re one week from the Star Spangled Bonanza and the release of Built4BBQ’s second sampler album, The Entree! Check out The Entree menu and get a taste with new tracks by The Lucky Jukebox Brigade, The Kimono Dragons and Hammer Hawk!

1. The Slaughterhouse Chorus – Pedestrians *
2. The Pistolwhips – Law T-Rex *
3. Charmboy – Your Guy Fawkes Mask
4. Straitjacket Escape – On & On *
5. The Kimono Dragons – Freddie, It’s OK *
6. The End Men – The Wolves (live) *
7. Henry’s Rifle – Don’t Your Worry (demo) *
8. The Lucky Jukebox Brigade – The Shroud *
9. The Radicals – Toss Me a Shovel, Pt. II *
10. Hammer Hawk – Deep Breath *
11. Linear North – Been to the Deep
12. Bad Friends – Holy Vivisection
13. Stuck Lucky – Isolato *
14. Bridge Under Fire – Previously on the West Wing *
15. Broken Field Runner – Peace Offerings *
16. Henry’s Rifle – Hammer and Nails *
17. Party Boat – Catchy & Contrived
18. Rival Galaxies – Faxes on a Yacht
19. The Pistolwhips – Space Boner

* previously unreleased track!

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Star Spangled Spotlight: Caddywhompus


We want to talk to you about Caddywhompus.

Flashback to summer, 20 aught 13, a Thursday night in a sweaty basement in Albany. A small crowd is gathered, canned beers clutched tightly. Two skinny, unassuming dudes from New Orleans set up a strange tower of small amps and a drum set facing the wrong direction. A couple thuds of a kick drum, a couple twists of a couple knobs, and all of a sudden the entirety of Pine Hills is flooded with waves of sound that are somehow abrasive and beautiful at the same time, like a symphony played exclusively on broken fuzz pedals. Look around the room and everyone’s transfixed. Jaws actually hang open. No one’s totally sure what they’re witnessing, but they know it’s awesome. That’s Caddywhompus, and that’s what they do.

Maybe their official bio by Derek Zimmer sums it up best: “The colloquialism “caddywhompus” is defined by such adjectives as “uneven,” “crooked” and “out of whack”—a list which could, in some instances, allude to the mind-bending sounds of the experimental noise-pop band who bears said name but whom can otherwise be described thus: spot on. Quasi-fraternal twins Sean Hart (drums) and Chris Rehm (guitar/vocals) have been playing music together since their middle school days, establishing their most serious project to date in September of 2008. Since then, they have played over 150 shows, the majority of them outside their native waters. With a daunting assortment of amplifiers and effects-pedal tweakery, the duo executes its incredibly loud and at times nearly overwhelming sets with an impeccable musicianship and live presence. Song structures alternate between sweet psychedelic indie ballads to the most intense, ear-splitting of noise-driven crescendos. Showcasing such raw emotion everywhere from cramped basements to the swankest of clubs, delivering sonic rapture to both veteran punks and seasoned hipsters alike.

Caddywhompus has shared the stage with such acts as Zach Hill, The Antlers, Japanther, Cursive, Givers, Tera Melos, and a long list of other local and national performers. They have two EPs and an LP worth of material under their belts, as well as a new EP, all of which—true to their D.I.Y. roots—were composed and recorded themselves, and can be downloaded for free at Their new EP [The Weight], released on New Orleans-based labels Chinquapin Records & Community Records, has proven itself a more focused and cohesive representation of their unique sound, and these young men have completed two full months of touring in support of it. Shit’s dope.”

Catch Caddywhompus destroying everything in sight at 9:45pm on the Pauly’s Hotel stage at the Star Spangled Bonanza!

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Star Spangled Schedule

Friends, we’re just two short weeks away from Built4BBQ’s Star Spangled Bonanza, our dual stage, Independence Day blowout and compilation album release! We couldn’t be more excited about this lineup or the way the brand new Entree sampler is shaping up. You guys are in for it. We expect that you’ll show up early and stay late, but in the interest of your busy 4th of July itinerary, we present to you the Star Spangled Schedule:

7:00pm: Straight Jacket Escape @ Pauly’s
7:45pm: Kimono Dragons @ Low Beat
8:15pm: Henry’s Rifle @ Pauly’s
9:00pm: The Pistolwhips @ Low Beat
9:45pm: Caddywhompus @ Pauly’s
10:30: The End Men @ Low Beat
11:15pm: The Slaughterhouse Chorus @ Pauly’s
MIDNIGHT: Charmboy @ Low Beat

That’s 8 bands, almost 6 straight hours of continuous rock ‘n’ roll and 1 monster of a compilation CD, all available to you for a Lincoln and two Washingtons. You can’t beat that kind of American value. See you on the 4th.

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Star Spangled Spotlight: Straight Jacket Escape


Don’t call it a comeback, because Straight Jacket Escape never really went away. After rising from the aftermath of high school punk rock heroes Mr! Wednesday sometime in the mid-2000s, Straight Jacket Escape honed their previous band’s ‘80s-inspired hardcore into something catchier but no less invigorating. They played a few shows, recorded a demo, and faded into the background as the all-ages venues closed down and the real world came calling. It’s a familiar story.

But while a lesser band would have hung it up, Straight Jacket Escape kept making noise for fun, eventually re-emerging from their basement this year to play their first show in over half a decade (in a basement) and record their first track in even longer (in a different basement). Seeing these dudes in a legitimate venue is like spotting a bald eagle in the wild, so Built4BBQ is obviously thrilled to host the elusive SJE’s first above-ground show since like 2007 at the Star Spangled Bonanza. They’ll kick off the 4th of July festivities on the Pauly’s Hotel stage at 7pm. You can catch their brand new track, “On & On”, on the Entrée sampler – it’s a slice of speedy, catchy punk rock that might seem like a throwback if these guys hadn’t been playing music like this since the early aughts. A new EP is in the works and we can’t wait to hear it. Of course, Straight Jacket Escape is too punk for a website, so you’ll have to track them down the way you found bands when you were 15… onstage at a sweaty club or dingy basement, or maybe on a cheap compact disc compilation album. Recommended if you like Lagwagon, Lifetime, NOFX, skateboarding or circle pits.

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Upcoming Events
  • Rival Galaxies & The Pistolwhips at Collar Works July 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Collar Works
  • WEQX & Built4BBQ present Party Boat, The Kimono Dragons & Henry's Rifle July 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm – 12:00 am The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, North Pearl Street, Albany, NY, Unit ed States $5, 18+
  • Charmboy, Matt Durfee & Rattling Baddlies and Graveyard Lovers at the Low Beat July 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm the Low Beat

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