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Ophelia Smiles

FOR THE CHILDREN The civic-minded folks at Albany Barn, Inc., are up to their good deeds again. This week and next, the nonprofit arts organization is teaming with the Salvation Army of the Capital Region and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region to present the 2008 Because We Care Health & Family Expo. It’s an annual event staged to help at-risk children start their school years healthy and ready to learn; a series of programs, health screenings, and other such good things will be provided through next Saturday (Aug. 23). The Barn is providing the entertainment: Each day (except Sunday and Monday), a local musician or band will perform for free at the Salvation Army at 20 S. Ferry St. in Albany. Performances start at noon and last approximately one hour, and all performers have donated their time to the cause. If you hurry, you can catch Bailey Quinn today (Thursday); other performers include Laura Boggs (Metroland’’s Best Female Singer-Songwriter of 2006), Ophelia Smiles, and Brothers of Intention. For a full schedule of performers, e-mail; for more on the Because We Care event, visit www.

FIGHT CLUB We love seeing our homeboys go national in any way, so this one’s pretty neat: Riot Fest 2008, an independently produced punk-rock showcase in its fourth year, will take place this Oct. 10-12 in Chicago, and among the announced acts are Albany’s own After the Fall. Dozens of bands will perform throughout the weekend at venues throughout the city; After the Fall will be part of the all-ages bash on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Congress Theater, on a bill that features reunions of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the original lineup of All (for the first time since 1993!) plus Jay Reatard, Horrorpops, TSOL, Leftover Crack, and bunches more. Hear some music from ATF—and wish them well on their Chicago trip—at

After the Fall

MAKE-YOUR-OWN RADIO If you haven’t been keeping tabs on the programming over at WEXT 97.7 FM—our 2008 pick for Best Music Radio Station (Non-Commercial)—you’re missing out on some cool shit. For starters, there’s My Exit, a weekly program where listeners—that’s anyone—get to spend an hour as a disc jockey. The program airs Mondays at 8 PM. Metroland’s very own Mike Hotter hosted an episode last week, and he was excited as a schoolgirl to play some Beefheart for the status quo. Visit to put in your own “application.”

Also of note: Live @ EXT debuted last week, and it looks to be a very exciting addition to the local airwaves. The program features live, in-studio performances from some of today’s best up-and-coming, and very-well-established-thank-you-very-much, musicians. They’ve got quite a stockpile going, so the show will run every Friday at noon through the end of September; starting Oct. 3, it will air the first Friday of each month. Some highlights: English newcomer Newton Faulkner on Aug. 22, Martha Wainwright on Aug. 29, and Tift Merritt on Sept. 12. Check out the Web site (I’m not saying it twice) for the full schedule.

—John Brodeur

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