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AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND FOR DIY MUSIC IN ALBANY

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Albany is on the verge of being nationally recognized for its local indie and alt-rock scene. This past weekend there were two house shows in downtown Albany that each drew over 100 people, which is a lot considering nearly all of the bands are local.

Friday night was Coupons, Another Michael and more at the World Citizen Party House on Morris Street. Coupons are a relatively new Albany indie band who just self-released a stellar debut album this past August. Another Michael are a bedroom-pop act who frequent the WCPH and performed a stellar set with a full band that really rounded out their sound.

However, the intensity and good vibes were increased tenfold the next night when Prince Daddy & the Hyena and Jouska played in support of their respective, freshly released, debut full-lengths. Jouska were at their best, turning up the energy in order to contend with the ferocious Prince Daddy. The band also announced their signing with renowned indie label Tiny Engines Records mid-show, which is extremely important for putting Albany on the map.

Ariel Einbeinder / Albany Student Press

However, Prince Daddy’s set was, as stated by numerous excited attendees, one of the best DIY shows this generation of Albany show-goers can remember. The band shredded, but were also drowned out by the sea of fans who were falling over each other with joy, screaming back the songs and reaching for the microphone. The photos below do not do this weekend justice, but they give a glimpse into the thriving, underground music community of present-day Albany.

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