B4BBQ plays GNR

7.21.17 GNR poster

On July 21, 1987, five LA dudes released a little record called “Appetite for Destruction”. 30 years later, an all-star collection of Albany dudes assemble to pay tribute to one of the great, ridiculous pieces of modern rock n roll music. Folks you know from Charmboy, Henry’s Rifle, Maggot Brain, Linear North, The Slaughterhouse Chorus, Kimono Dragons, Girth Control, and more will cease to exist, and for one magical evening Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff and Steven will take to the Pauly’s stage to play Guns N’ Roses’ classic debut album start to finish. Bust out the leather and line up the shots, for one night only we’re turning Central Ave into Sunset Strip.

Supreme bonus: kicking things off, Built4BBQ’s original cover band supergroup Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride make a rare appearance to slay all the hits. Don’t miss.

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The Bonanza is Back!


It’s that time of year again: Built4BBQ’s Star Spangled Bonanza is back for round 4! Join us this Independence Eve on Monday, July 3 at The Low Beat & Pauly’s Hotel for our annual celebration of all things awesome and American.

We’ve really outdone ourselves this year. One lonely Lincoln gets you in to see NINE of the finest musical acts our great state has to offer across two stages. Built4BBQ is proud to present: rare Albany appearances of Brooklyn rock ‘n’ rollers The End Men and B4BBQ prodigal punks The Slaughterhouse Chorus, swirldoggin’ with Kimono Dragons, garage rocking from Rechorduroys and The Abyssmals, melodic destruction from The Spirit of Violence, country-blues heartbreak from Henry’s Rifle and Matt Durfee & The Rattling Baddlies, and the world debut of the new Hot Cousin/Charmboy/Kim Akins super-amalgamation Upstate Hussy!

Happy America Day, friends. We’ll see you soon.

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Save the date, dudes.


Lineup coming soon! Spend your Independence Eve with Built4BBQ!

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Get Savage.


FRIDAY! FRIDAY! FRIDAY! The time has finally arrived for you to snap into a full length album by The Savage Randys. Apeshit is 10 tracks of catchy, rippin’ punk rock madness that’ll take you straight to the mat. This one’s been in the works for a while, but we guarantee it’s worth the wait. Celebrate with the dudes at The Low Beat, where they’re making up for lost time with a big stack of new merch to go with the album. Get into it, brother.

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March Madness

Welcome back grilling season with Built4BBQ! We’ve got a pair of big shows in the works, and we hope you’ll join us for the party.

First up, B4BBQ’s prodigal punk band The Slaughterhouse Chorus returns for their first local show in nearly a year on March 24 at the Low Beat! Joining our beloved twang-punks and fresh off the release of a fantastic new LP, Syracuse dudes Bridge Under Fire are back in town and ready to make you feel things with their patented brand of post-hardcore. Featuring faces you might recognize from the dearly departed Bad Friends, Albany’s best new band The Spirit of Violence kicks things off. They’ve retained that Bad Friends bad-assery but traded the powerviolence for righteous rock and roll riffing we can’t get enough of. Earplugs might be a good idea for this one. Facebook event here.

We flip it to quieter side of things for a one-man-band bonanza at Pauly’s Hotel on March 31, featuring our Built4BBQ’s banjo-bashing country-blues troubadour Henry’s Rifle! Here’s your first chance to pick up a copy of HR’s brand new “Arkansas” EP, and you’re not gonna want to pass it up. As if that wasn’t enough to drag you off your couch, we’re really stoked to host the Albany debut of Boston’s Coffin Salesman, a brand new solo folk-punk project from Aria Rad of The Radicals/Live Nude Girls/Jason Bennett & The Resistance/etc fame.  Albany alt-folk mastermind County Mike and After the Fall frontman Mike Moak round things out with more killer songs straight from the heart. Go on and RSVP.

Mark your calendars, friends. We’ll see you soon.



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Built4BBQ is proud to present the latest by the one and only Henry’s Rifle. “Arkansas” was recorded over a good portion of 2016 at a couple houses in Albany and WEQX‘s live room in lovely Manchester, VT. Featuring some of John Alfred’s finest songwriting and contributions from members of The Slaughterhouse Chorus and Linear North, “Arkansas” shows off the gut-punch lyricism and raw roots raucousness that’s the stock and trade of Henry’s Rifle. From the classic country weeper “Matchbooks” to the unaccompanied blues stomp of “Honeybee”, this one finds our favorite one-man-band expanding his palette while staying true to the banjo-smashing sound we all know and love. Look out for a physical CD release in the near future.

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Swirldoggin’ with Kimono Dragons


Cowabunga! Mark your calendars, because Built4BBQ’s surf-rock superstars KIMONO DRAGONS drop their debut full length in a suitably gigantic way on October 7 at the Low Beat! Pick up your very own copy of Swirldoggin’ with Kimono Dragons on glorious 12″ vinyl at the party of the season. Pressed to wax a short drive from Albany at Burlington Record Plant, the album is a tidal wave of righteous, raucous surf-fuzz impeccably produced by Maggot Brain maestro Ryan Slowey and featuring killer hand-drawn artwork by our own John Pipino. It’s the first Built4BBQ vinyl release and a family affair through and through. Henry’s Rifle himself and new psych-rockers Sun Natives join in the release party shenanigans. Now’s as good a time as any to get reacquainted with the sounds of the Kimono Dragons… take their 2014 demo for a spin and get ready to be swept away in the undertow of Swirldoggin’!


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