Built4BBQ vs. Cabin Fever.

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Built4BBQ and The Low Beat are teaming up for a string of shows to close out January,  guaranteed to help you kick those ice-covered mid-winter blues. Read on and plan accordingly.

First up, Milwaukee maniacs S.S. Web bring their hard-charging, heavy-drinking, washboard-assaulting folk to the stage on Monday, January 26! Henry’s Rifle breaks a few months of hibernation to kick off the festivities, and everyone’s favorite 518 punk rock macho men the Savage Randys round out the triple bill. Just try to have this much fun anywhere else on a Monday in January! Here’s the Facebook event.

On Thursday, January 29, the latest edition of the Low Beat’s $3 Thursdays series features Built4BBQ ska-punk-shitstorm Girth Control, plus punk rockers 1-10 and Sick Mind, all at a very reasonable price.

And then, my friends, happy hour is back! Catch The Kimono Dragons and the debut of brand-new supergroup Victory Soul Orchestra, drink specials and associated shenanigans on Friday, January 30 at 6pm! More info here.  And hell, why not make a night out of it? Choogle a few blocks down Central after happy hour to The Fuze Box for a serious blast of punk rock ‘n’ roll from New Jersey redeemers Hudson Falcons, long-lost Waterford legends Plastic Jesus and local dudes Teenage Shred and New Red Scare! Stick around for Albany’s favorite punk rock dance party, The Cretin Hop! Get down.

Don’t let cabin fever get you down this winter. We’ve got your back.

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It’s a girthquake!

It's a goddamn girthquake!

We did it, people. The future is here, and it’s already looking pretty weird.  2015 kicks off with a righteous birthday bash for our buds at B-Scene Productions at the Low Beat on Saturday, January 10. This killer bill of northeastern punk rock will be initiated by none other than Built4BBQ’s latest offspring, GIRTH CONTROL. A ska-punk sideproject from members of The Slaughterhouse Chorus, what began as a one-off excuse to play Less Than Jake covers in public is now a living, breathing, skanking monstrosity. Armed with a set of original songs celebrating the glory of ’90s punk, cheap beer and mohawks, Girth Control will make their very first venture above ground on the 10th after a couple wild Shred Shack appearances closed out 2014. Actual bands on the bill include Totally Gnarly, Boston dudes Loser’s Circle, long-running Pittsfield punx The Damaged and CT’s Cry Havoc. Bring your circle-pittin’ shoes.

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Here’s the Facebook event.

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A December to remember.

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Well, friends, as 2014 comes to a close, we reflect back on a year of the highest highs and lowest lows, a tumultuous 365 that gave us the Kimono Dragons, a Henry’s Rifle album and the Entree sampler, but took away our beloved Pistolwhips and Valentines Music Hall. Some things change, some things stay the same, and we look forward to ringing in 2015 and the THIRD (!) year of Built4BBQ with all of you wonderful folks. What will the new year bring? Well, can’t nobody predict the future, but here’s our wish list:

Is that too much ask? Only time will tell.

And of course, we’ve still got a few more chances for you to get loose in 2014. A few recommended activities to get you through the holidays:
December 11: Linear North, Nobody For President & Broken Spirit at the Low Beat.
We hear it’ll be Linear North’s last appearance for a while, so don’t screw this up.

December 20: Girthday Party at the Shred Shack.
Bob might finally be old enough to rent a car, so party in style with the statistically impossible second show by Slaughterhouse Chorus shit-ska-punk sideproject Girth Control.

EQX New Year’s Eve with Northern Faces, Stellar Young & The Slaughterhouse Chorus at the Hollow.
Ring in the new year with an increasingly rare set from the Chorus, plus two fine 518 bands making big waves in a national way. $10, or get the most bang for your buck with a dinner/open bar/show package. All class.

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Goodnight, sweet ‘Whips.

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It’s the day we hoped would never arrive: the one, the only, the Pistolwhips, destroyers of planets, saviors of the universe, will take their final bow this Saturday at the Shred Shack. The plaid-clad garage rockers have been doing their thing better than everyone for a few years now, putting out the best album of all time and some face-melting singles along the way, but now the time has come to freeze this beautiful, three-headed rock ‘n’ roll dragon in carbonite. Nothing solid gold can stay, my friends.

We’ve got one last chance to laugh, cry, sing loud and shred gnar – this Saturday, November 15, at the Pistolwhips’ underground lab away from home, The Shred Shack, with The Slaughterhouse Chorus and Long Island dudes InCircles in tow. Drop us a line for address at built4bbq at gmail dot com.

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Holy Whole Hog!

Man oh man, what a Halloween! Thanks for dressing up and partying down with Built4BBQ! Hammer Hawk shredded, Kimono Dragons pulled off a righteous Pixies impression, Henry’s Rifle went full-on hootenany, and Rival Galaxies kept us dancing well past the witching hour. If you missed the festivities, we’ve got a bit of audio-visual evidence courtesy of unofficial Built4BBQ documentarian Chris Hanley…

Kimono Dragons gouging away:

Henry’s Rifle, featuring half a dozen friends, family and ninjas:

Rival Galaxies bringing down the house:

It was an extra special occasion for us, as the full-length debut album from Henry’s Rifle, Barroom Weather, finally saw the light of day! A lot of blood, sweat and beer went into the making of this record and we’re all extremely excited to share it with you. It’s now available for your internet consumption. Dig in:

If you missed the party, we’ve got a pretty excellent second chance for you to pick up your handmade copy of Barroom Weather: on Saturday, November 8, Henry’s Rifle shares the stage with fellow 518 folk Matt Durfee and Carl Daniels at the legendary Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs!  It’s another one-of-a-kind evening brought to you by the fine folks at WEQX, showcasing some of our finest local songwriters at the little coffee shop that Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie and Don McLean once called a home away from home. Get your tickets here, and let the circle be unbroken.

Lots more great shows a-comin’ throughout November – keep an eye on the shows list right here for your BBQ-approved activities.

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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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Upcoming Events
  • $3 Thursday with Girth Control at the Low Beat January 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm the Low Beat
  • Happy Hour with Kimono Dragons & Victory Soul Orchestra at the Low Beat January 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm the Low Beat
  • Henry's Rifle, Girth Control, Jesse Ray Carter Trio at Aaron's Ir ish Pub February 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm – 12:00 am Aaron's Irish Pub, 231 N. Main St, Gloversville, NY12078
  • Henry's Rifle & that dude from Fuel at the Putnam Den February 25, 2015 at 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm the Putnam Den $20
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