Drawing: Invite-only Cold War Kids show at Hollow Bar

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Drawing's closed! Winner's been emailed!

Indie rock group Cold War Kids is playing an invite-only acoustic set at The Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Albany June July 11. The short show is organized by WEQX, and the only way in is via a spot on the list. There will be no tickets for sale.

Well, the good people at EQX have offered AOA four spots on the list, and we're giving them away. To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments:

What's a local way to keep cool during the summer?

We'll draw one winner at random. That person will get to bring along three friends to the show, which starts at 7 pm. Yep, the Hollow is the former Bayou on Pearl Street in downtown Albany.

Cold War Kids released a new album this past April. (A track off the album is embedded post-jump.) And they're gearing up for a tour through Australia and the US that starts later this month. Maybe you saw them play at Tulip Fest a few years back.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 to be entered in the drawing. You and your guests must be 21 or older. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Tuesday and must respond by noon on Wednesday, July 3.

photo: Cara Robbins


Go see a movie at Clifton Park Center

Go up to Thacher State park and hike the Indian Ladder trail, the altitude plus waterfalls make it much cooler than in downtown!

Go to Howe Caverns! A cool 52° F at all times. It is great for all ages and a little bit of something for everyone. If you want to see more than the walking tour gives you, there is an Adventure Tour which takes you on some guided spelunking. And now there are ziplines outside for even more fun. Just be prepared for the cost, it all adds up really quickly!

Pool party at ma folks' house!

Sitting on one of the barges on the river, having a cocktail, and reminiscing about the winter.

Iced coffee from the Daily Grind or Tierra Roasters.

Just be yourself...oh, and maybe take a walk on the Ferndell Trail at Saratoga Spa state Park!

Swim from downtown Troy to the Rusty Anchor

A raspberry extra thick shake from Kurver Kreme!!

A Boston Shake from the Snowman in Troy.

Spray pool at prospect park in Troy

--did you mean July 11th? the piece says June 11th...i know where is 2013 going?

Go up to Uncommon Grounds in Saratoga, then pop over to Yaddo for a stroll among the artists with a girl who digs that sort of thing.

Take a dip in the Poestenkill Falls also know as: Poestenkill High Falls, Mount Ida Falls, Wire Mill Falls. A short drive from downtown Troy. Plenty of parking, trails a little hairy to get down to it, but a cool place and a real adventure if you're up for it!


Swim at the peerless pool in Saratoga!

A dip in the Elm Ave. Park pool in Delmar!

By taking day trips to a number of waterfalls in the area and cooling off in the pools there.

Drinks outdoors at El Mariachi.

Have a cold beverage, & listen to WEQX....

We all head over to the Victoria Pool In Saratoga Springs

Swimming in a pool anywhere.

go for an afternoon romp in the Westland Hills Park water park.

Hanging out in the Trader Joe's frozen food aisle. Seriously, I've been going food shopping 3 times a week. I need an AC.

After a trip to your local farmers market (troy's the fav here) Inviting over some good friends, listening to some good tunes , having a few drinks & noshing on the goods of the day. All in the comfort of your own home's deck & pool. :)

Pick up a movie from the library and enjoy your AC.

By peeing your pants! All the cool kids are doin it

Lionheart patio and an IPA!

Cool off in the walk in cooler @ work!

Victoria pool in Saratoga

What's a local way to keep cool during the summer?

I enjoy the Rensselaerville Waterfall and Myosotis Lake.

I like hiking at Grafton Lakes State Park, then kicking off my shoes and wading in the water - extra refreshing on a hot day!

Go tubing down the Battenkill in Cambridge, NY!!

By having a delicious cold beer at Old English in downtown Albany!

Grafton Lake!

Go to the drive-in(s) with a car full of friends, snacks, and booze. Blast AC. Watch latest summer blockbuster.

Jumping into the Ravena Quarry

Getting fro yo at TCBY! Yummm

An afternoon at the Victoria Pool in Saratoga.

Victoria pool in Saratoga Springs !!!

Grafton Lake State Park - awesome beach!

An afternoon at the Victoria Pool in Saratoga.

Raging River at Great Escape!

Joining All Over Albany in the Diamond Club air-conditioned suite at the Valley Cats game, which I hope because an annual tradition!!

Head north to the Adirondacks

A dip at the quarry in Ravena. Good people watching too.

You can take a tour of the capital or a river boat cruise on the Dutch Apple.

Hiding out at the mall, and/or catching a movie in the freezing cold theaters.

Swimming at Lake George enjoying some Summer Shandys

Patio outside at Swifty's in Delmar, with two mug clubs of Summer shandy

Having an evening drink on the patio at Oh Bar

The pool at the JCC is a good cool off.

Enjoy a cool evening show at Washington Park's by Park Playhouse!

Walk down the block and hang out by the Normanskill river.

Bike ride to city beer hall and drink on the patio while eating all the pizza!

picnic in washington park!

Go for a swim in the Hudson, that water always feels cold.

Ice cream, of course!

Christman Sanctuary!

Grab an ice cold margarita on the patio of the new Troy Bombers!

Trying one of the many local ice cream shops in the area!

A hike up Kaaterskill falls then jumping into one of the pools. A refreshing dip that takes your breath away.

Sipping Bellini's on the patio at Laine's.

Running through the sprinkler with my dogs! Because, well, who wants to act like a grown up all the time?

Taking a dip at the bear slides in Luzerne.

I'll preface that this is a little gross. Empire State Plaza sprinklers and if the sprinklers aren't going run through the fountains a bit ( I would recommend wearing shoes). I only did it once or twice on some really hot nights the first summer I lived up here. It was a great time with some friends that I will never forget and it cooled us down. We also took showers soon after.

Get a motorcycle and mess with the squares.

A day at any one of our amazing local swimming holes, either public or off the beaten path, followed by ice cold drinks and snacks on a patio......I'm thinking a rosie margarita and tacos at Bombers.
We love Cold War Kids and already have the next day off from work....just sayin ;).

Head to the local YMCA - there are a few & they all have air conditioning & a pool & killer workouts!

Hike to the Canajoharie Falls for a beautiful view! Enjoy the swimming holes along the way!

I love to sip a cool cocktail at the Albany Riverfront Barge on the Hudson River, take a dip in the Victoria Pool at Saratoga State Park, or eat some ice cream at a local Stewarts Shop! :)

In summer i enjoy to nice cold heineken floating down the battenkill river with my friends!

Tubing on the Sacandaga river is pretty fun. Bonus: It can be a drinking activity as well. ☺

Load up the (air-conditioned) car and head to the Ice Cream Man for a sweet treat!

Become nocturnal.

You can never go wrong with an icecream outing! Or bar hopping...

Kayaking anywhere there's water!

Gelato from Crisan!

I personally love to go caving! Its always a refreshing break from the summer heat.

Eating any flavor of ice cream from Stewarts

Head up north for a hike up Buttermilk Falls in the morning and then float lazily down the Hudson all afternoon... perfect :)

My favorite way to keep cool over the summer is to head up to the Victoria Pool in Saratoga.

A shade tree and a cold drink.

By taking a dip in Victoria Pool.

Stay in the woods during a hike. It always feels cooler under a canopy of trees.

Take a swim in the Great Sacandaga Lake, then head to the Henry Street Taproom in downtown Saratoga for a refreshing craft beer!!

A nice dip in the local lake.

A good way to stay cool is to go tubing on the Hudson River. Lake Luzerne has an establishment called tubby tubes and they bring you by bus to a spot and you float down the river then they pick you up when you're done. Pretty fun!

Ice cream at Jumpin' Jacks in Scotia!! They have so many new flavors this year, too... mmm!!!!

Howe Cavern = coolness year round. And be sure to pick up some cave-aged cheese :)

drink tap water

Boating and relaxing in Sandy Bay- Saratoga Lake

Lounging in lincoln park fountain.

Sundaes at Kurver!

Spray pad at rosemont park

Ice cream from the ice cream man in Greenwich!!

pool with an ice cold beer!

Grafton State Park- canoes and swimming, then stopping by Calhouns for some fresh produce on the way home

A cold beer on the patio outside at druthers!

A movie or show at Proctors in Schenectady. Right now they're still screening movies from the FILM 100 series!

Nothing better than tubing down the battenkill!

A way too large twist with rainbow sprinkles from any of the area's "summer-only" joints.

Have a delicious picnic in Washington Park with goodies from the new Honest Weight Food Co-op. After dinner, go to the drive-in with some homemade dessert-to-go. Watch the stars from the roof of my apartment on lark to end the night.

P.S. Huge CWK fan! I seriously had a mini-meltdown when I saw this was an invite-only show.

Hanging with friends around my backyard bar and pool, or one of the many outdoor patios in the capital region.

checking out new music at your favorite albany music venues!

either hiking the plotter kill preserve or indian ladder trail at thatcher park then hanging out at one of the waterfalls...

Dump cold water over your head

Driving around town after dusk with the windows down and the A/C on, blasting CWK's from the stereo

Ice cream!

A cold beer... or soft serve ice cream!

A dip in a lake! I won't reveal my secret swim spots, but adventurous driving with a map will help you reveal your own.

Also- near constant rainstorms?

Sitting in a shady spot @ Washington Park.

Either Sacandaga (my allegiance) or Lake George

Spending the afternoon tubing with friends down the Battenkill followed by some ice cream at The Ice Cream Man in Greenwich. Perfection!

When it is over 90 and unbearable to be outside, go to a movie at the Spectrum! Nice and cool in there and you can eat cake too!

Take a ride on a CDTA bus to somewhere. They're always freezing cold.

Cold beer and live music of course!

Crack open a cool beverage and enjoy on the porch!

Take a paddle boat out in Central Park in Schenectady... Go under the fountain.

Ice cream at country drive in!

Grab a delicious variety of summer beers from Olivers and drink 'em cold on the porch!

Lincoln Park pool :D

By following my dog's lead and lying on the kitchen floor.

Keep your cold toes on the cold floor.

Tastee Freeze!

Escape to the Adirondacks!

Swimming in Lake George!


Fountains @ Riverfront Park/ Monument Sq in Troy

A passion cooler smoothie from Emack & Bolio's on Delaware Ave.

Grab some mountain brew beer ice from stewarts, pour it in a burger king cup and go for a bike ride to lansingburgh.

This summer? Just take one step out of your front door and be careless in your summer clothes, splashing around in the muck and the mire! ;)

Cold beer, Slip-n-Slide, and Snowman icecream..

open top jeep ride to our favorite ice cream spot, the Ice Cream Man in Greenwich :)

Grab a jimbo and one of the tables by the window upstairs at bombers and watch all the action on lark street

Two words: Kurver Kreme

Enjoy a flavor of the day ice cream (especially pistashio!) at Jumpin Jacks, enjoy live music at Freedom Park, the waterski show, and Collins Park!

Bring a group of friends and a few coolers to Grafton State Park. Rent some Kayaks or go swimming and BBQ!

Hanging out in the shade & the pools along the Plotterkill gorge...

The North Greenbush Town Beach!!!

Kayak rentals at Thompson's Lake State Park. Bring a car load of friends and picnic baskets, but don't forget the SPF. The lake could bake you if you're not careful.

Hang out at Andy's Sports Bar! It's freezing all the time.

The Victoria Pool in Saratoga of course!

Toasted coconut ice cream at the Coney Express at Guptill's.

Lazy River Tubing

Well ...I personally love the concerts at the Plaza...and I know it wasn't the right thing to do but I was at a concert before down there and we jumped in the fountain to cool off!!! Ha ha!!!

Cold beers were of course involved!!!



Cohoes falls new overlook......nice spray from the river.

Best way to cool off is by sipping several ice cold adult beverages while lounging on a float in my pool!

sitting at beach at raquette lake

Victoria pool!

sitting on beach of raquette lake!!

Best way to cool off is at a pool party with the friends!

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