Tuesday, August 14th 6:30pm 2018

The Spotty Dog Trivia Night

Our Bi-weekly All-Nerd Throwdown. Free.

Join us for The Spotty Dog Trivia Night. Since 2006, we’ve held this bi-weekly trivia event.

Teams of up to four people compete against each other over four rounds of 15 questions, a worksheet of (usually) 20 questions, and four bonus questions. The winning team gets their bar tab on the house. Anyone can play. See you there!MORE

Past Events
Saturday, August 11th 7:00pm 2018


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

Andrea Kleine is a novelist, choreographer, performance artist, and essayist. She is a five-time MacDowell Colony fellow and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. Her debut novel, CALF, was named a Publishers Weekly Best Fiction Book of 2015. Her new novel, EDEN, has been recommended by BBC Culture, Nylon, Bitch, Book Riot, Library Journal, Powell’s Books, The Millions, and more.

Anna Moschovakis is the author of the novel Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love. Her books of poetry include the James Laughlin Award-winning You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake and They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This, named “best of 2016” by BOMB, Entropy, and The New Yorker. A longtime member of the publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse, she is co-founder of Bushel, an art and community space, in Delhi, NY.

Claire Luchette is a writer from Chicago. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Granta, Iowa Review, Glimmer Train, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She is a MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Millay Colony for the Arts, Lighthouse Works and Elizabeth George Foundation fellow. She’s working on a novel, Superfluity, about a group of Midwestern nuns.

Followed by a DJ set from a special guestMORE

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Wednesday, August 1st 4:00pm 2018

Find Waldo Hudson Closing Party!

Prizes, snacks, drinks and awards! Co-Hosted by The Bee's Knees! Free!

When July ends, Find Waldo Hudson also, unfortunately, must come to an end (until next year!). But – fear not! – we have a closing party where we snack, drink, and award prizes. Slinky Armadillo will be there providing the music. Hudson City Councilman Rich Volo will be there as an impartial prize-picker (and he MIGHT be able to persuade alter-ego Trixie Star to bring us some cookies). Crafts and chill company also included.

Thanks to The Bee’s Knees, Flowerkraut, LICK, Vasilow’s and Candlewick Press for prizes. You guys rule.

Didn’t do the whole Find Waldo thing? Who cares?! Come party with us anyway! It’s all free, so what have you got to lose?MORE

Wednesday, July 25th 7:00pm 2018

Charlie Parr

The Duluth-based songwriter returns. $10.

Fans who have been following Charlie Parr through his previous 13 full-length albums and decades of nonstop touring already know that the Duluth-based songwriter has a way of carving a path straight to the gut. On his newest record, Dog, however, he seems to be digging deeper and hitting those nerves quicker than ever before.

His new Record, Dog, is available on Red House Records.MORE

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Saturday, July 14th 7:00pm 2018


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

ELIZA KENNEDY graduated from the University of Iowa and Harvard Law School. She has published two novels, I Take You (Crown, 2015) and Do This For Me (Crown, May 2018). Her nonfiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, and Cosmo. She lives in Hudson.

DAWN BREEZE is a creativity advocate, change agent, designer of liberatory experiences, and an internationally awarded artist living in Germantown, NY. Her work has been published in Huffington Post, Thrive Journal, Chronogram, and independently in the acclaimed anthology Girls In Trees, the chapbook Suicide Imprint, and her new book of poetry, Breath 40x.

LAURA ESTHER WOLFSON won the 2017 Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction for her debut essay collection, For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors. She translated Stalin’s Secret Pogrom (Yale University Press, 2001), a history of the events leading up to the Night of the Murdered Poets, which won a National Jewish Book Award. She lives in New York City.

Followed by a Special Guest DJ set.MORE

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Thursday, June 21st 7:30pm 2018

Backseat Bullets // Kyle and the Pity Party

Shoegaze + Punk. $6.

Saturday, June 9th 7:00pm 2018


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

is the author of Word Has It (Nirala, 2018), Limitless Tiny Boat (BlazeVOX, 2015), and Triangulation From A Known Point. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Florida Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Post Road, Noon, Versal, Mead, BOMB, The Paris Review, Fence, The Boston Review, 3rd Bed, Crayon, and others. She and her husband live in Beacon, NY.

is the author of a novel, The Australian, and a forthcoming story collection, Greyhounds. She is currently working on a memoir. Her writing has appeared in many publications including BOMB Magazine, Subtropics, and Conjunctions. She teaches with the Bard Prison Initiative.

holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine, and is a recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award in fiction. Pretend I’m Dead is her first novel. A sequel, Vacuum in the Dark, is forthcoming from Scribner in spring of 2019. A former cleaning lady, she lives in Hudson, New York.

Followed by a DJ set from Caroline Elizabeth.MORE

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Wednesday, June 6th 8:00pm 2018

Lou Barlow + Bunnybrains

No comment needed. $10.

Louis Knox “Lou” Barlow is a rock musician and songwriter. A founding member of the groups Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion, Barlow is credited with helping to pioneer the lo-fi style of rock music in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His first band, in Amherst, Massachusetts, was Deep Wound. Barlow was born in Dayton, Ohio and was raised in Jackson, Michigan and Westfield, Massachusetts.

Bunnybrains is a punk/noise/psych ensemble fronted by Daniel Seward. Originating from Danbury, Connecticut in the late 1980s, Bunny Brains has recorded 14 albums with a variety of members. Bunny Brains’s output constitutes a wide array of live recordings, self-released records as well as some on more established labels such as 1995’s LP put out by Matador Records. Bunny Brains has a largely undocumented role in contemporary rock; they have toured with such acts as Sebadoh, Devendra Banhart, Jackie O’ Motherfucker, and Japanther. Bunny Brains performed at The Kitchen as part of performa07 in collaboration with the artist Aïda Ruilova.MORE

Friday, June 1st 8:00pm 2018

SVB Tape Release Show

With Ross Goldstein. $5.


SVB lives in Stottville and has made a tape she wants to share.
Ross lives in Catskill and is very talented.MORE

Wednesday, May 30th 8:00pm 2018

Beau Mahadev + Hellish Cashstrap + Robot Detective

A Wednesday Triple Bill. $5.

Saturday, May 26th 5:00pm 2018

Kindred by Giovanni di Mola

Book Launch and Signing. Free.

Join us for the official release at Spotty Dog Books & Ale of Gio’s first book of photography “KINDRED” on Saturday May 26th from 5-8pm of Memorial Day weekend.

He will be signing books and showing a selection of outtakes from the portrait sessions with the final images in a slideshow + have a soundtrack mixed to go along with the evening.

“In 2004, photographer Giovanni di Mola moved from Astoria,Queens where he was born Upstate to Hudson, New York. Hudson gave him the chance to restart with no expectations but so much space and light to be inspired by again. The people he connected with became his Kin. These photographs featured in “KINDRED” were all taken and edited from June 2004-June 2017″
–writer Sparrow Hall

See you all there!MORE

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Friday, May 25th 8:00pm 2018

HOME BODY + Special Guests

Blending electronic, new wave, and experimental pop. $7.

Home Body is Eric Hnatow and Haley Morgan.

Fever-pop duo Home Body ignores convention with their vivid blend of electronic, new wave, and experimental pop music, performed from the gut with wild abandon and art-school-cool theatricality. Balancing textured layers of juicy synthesizers, gritty beats, and tectonic bass with spirited, stormy vocals, synthesist Eric Hnatow and vocalist Haley Morgan create a visceral sonic landscape that feels equal parts cosmic, fleshy and electric. Emerging from the vibrant Western Massachusetts music scene, Home Body plays with form and improvisation while retaining a dreamy pop sensibility and demanding presence. Live, the duo punctuates their sound with dance and manual light manipulation, reaching beyond their performance to create a high-vibration spectacle that is buzzing with soul, shadow, and depth.

Sweethearts for over twelve years, Hnatow and Morgan have been been making music as Home Body since 2011. The duo’s chemistry and unique sound have garnered an enthusiastic fan base throughout New England and beyond. Drawing comparisons to The Knife, Bjork, Sylvan Esso, and early Eurythmics, Home Body has performed over 500 shows across the North America since their inception, supporting acts such as Dan Deacon, Boy Harsher, Marco Benevento, And The Kids, Guerilla Toss, Pumarosa, and Downtown Boys. In addition to releasing their debut full length In Real Life on Feeding Tube Records, and a follow up EP Guts in 2014, the duo has scored fashion shows and dance performances and has made music for films and commercials. Home Body is currently finishing up a new full length album, to be released in 2018.

– “Superbly talented…Haley Morgan and Eric Hnatow rewrite the basic DNA of electro-pop for their own nefarious purposes…creating purely original vistas of possibility.” – Byron Cooley

– “Home Body – Part musical show, part performance art, a Home Body gig is one you’ll never forget. Armed with an arsenal of keyboards, pedals and other musical gadgetry, Eric Hnatow creates a cosmic dance atmosphere that frames vocalist Haley Morgan’s powerful voice and words perfectly. Both members of this this post-techno duo move and dance like no one is watching, which, of course, makes everyone watch with intrigue.” – MassLive

– “Morgan dances, crawls around, and manipulates a light show while she sings, creating a seamlessly integrated expression of each song’s moods.” – The Montague Reporter

– “Few are able (or even attempt) to bridge the gap between music and visual art as well as Home Body does.” – Pioneer Magazine

– “Intelligent approach to construction that never surrenders to the impulse to be merely clever.” – The Wire

– “Subtle and piercing…they bring a raw energy to the stage leaving the audience begging for more.” – The Free George

-“…theatrical, art-pop glitch without unnecessary weirdness…” – The NoiseMORE

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Friday, May 18th 8:00pm 2018

Travis Johns, Max Hamel, + Others

Sound art saturation. $5.

Travis Johns is a composer and sound artist currently active in the United States and Central America. Using processed field recordings, prepared instruments and homebuilt analog electronics, he creates pieces that blur the lines between performance, composition and installation, often using the environment and biological processes as inspiration for his works. More info: www.vauxflores.com

Max Hamel is an artist, musician, and experimental instrument builder based in Hudson, NY. Drawing on influences from circuit bending, feedback systems, and chaotic circuit designs, Hamel builds synthesizers that rely on intuitive touch, gesture, and textural sound to create exploratory interactive experiences for the player.MORE

Saturday, May 12th 7:00pm 2018


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

KATHLINE CARR is the author of Miraculum Monstrum (Red Hen Press 2017), winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize. Carr’s writing has appeared in many publications, and her visual art has been exhibited in NYC, New England, and Canada. Learn more at www.kathlinecarr.com.

SHIRA DENTZ is the author of Leaf Weather (Shearsman), black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press), FLOUNDERS (Essay Press), how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry), and the sun a blazing zero (forthcoming, Lavender Ink/Diálogos). More about her writing can be found at shiradentz.com.

SAM J. MILLER is the author of The Art of Starving, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017. His current novel, Blackfish City, is an Entertainment Weekly “Must Read,” and the Washington Post called it “an action-packed science fiction thriller” and “surprisingly heartwarming.” Read more at samjmiller.com

Followed by a DJ set from Ariel Hellwitz.MORE

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Wednesday, May 9th 7:00pm 2018

Human Host

+ Ethan E + Personal Crisis Management. $5.

Mike aka Anthony Apichella aka Human Host



will help you solve all your problems. just throw them in a parachute and let them fly away.MORE

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Saturday, April 14th 7:00pm 2018


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

Monika Woods is a writer, a literary agent at Curtis Brown, and an editor at Triangle House. Her writing has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, Joyland, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn with her family, and teaches at Catapult. Find her at booksijustread.com & @booksijustread.

Rachel Lyon is the author of Self-Portrait with Boy (Scribner 2018). Her shorter work has appeared in Joyland, Iowa Review, McSweeney’s, and other publications. She teaches for Sackett Street, Catapult, and elsewhere, and co-founded the reading series Ditmas Lit. Visit her at rachellyon.work.

Bud Smith is the author of nine books, including the novel Teenager (Tyrant Books, 2018), and the short story collection Double Bird (Maudlin House, 2018). He lives in Jersey City and works heavy construction. He blogs at tinyletter.com/Bud_Smith, and tweets at @bud_smith.

Followed by a DJ set from Volume writer Taylor Larsen.MORE

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Monday, April 2nd 5:30am 2018

>>!!Zine Fair!!<<

w/ Readings and Music ! $7

Readings @ 6:30 by:
C. Lavender

Rebecca Wolff

Bibbe Hansen

Music @ 7:30 by:

Lily & Horn Horse:

Lily: Sometimes Matt just pulls out a cowbell and just starts smacking on it during one of the songs, and it’s very distracting when he does it. But sometimes we add a little percussion.

Matt: Yeah, according to Lily it’s never attractive. It never sounds attractive.

The cowbell?

Matt: Yeah, confusing and not appealing to you. Right?

Lily: It’s just… Yeah, I would have to say yes.

Scott Yoder:

Seasoned musician Scott Yoder has travelled a persistent & diverse path since he first began performing as a young teenager. From starting out with the noisy garage pop of his former band The Pharmacy to playing as a backing musician for Kimya Dawson he has always reinvented himself. All the while opening for bands such as Fleet Foxes, Smith Westerns, Black Lips & Kevin Morby.

As a solo musician he further evolved his sound into fronting an electrified & theatrical band of glammy freaks across the US & Europe. After a series of cassettes he released his first solo LP “Looking Back In Blue” to critical acclaim in May 2016. “Lyrically impressive songs & melodies drive this album” (Surviving the Golden Age) “No matter what the sound the songwriting remains the strongest part of Scott’s work” (Clunk Magazine).

His new 7” “Ways Of Love” (Greenway Records) comes out in September as he embarks on a US tour. Drawing inspiration from T. Rex, The Damned & Kate Bush the new single evokes a moody & danceable darkness that compels you to follow him deeper. Look for him & his band (featuring Shawn Randles from Boyfriends, Bryant Moore from The True Loves & Brent Zmrhal from Slushy) this fall as he tours the USA.


Howardian is an American pop collective fronted by Ian Vanek (x-Japanther.) The group uses loose poly rhythms, sticky synth melodies and dynamic vocal hooks to make strange songs for weird people. The resulting infectious art-rock is authentic and catchy. Howardian’s tracks feature fuzzy, distorted walls of sound and plenty of samples, all with a scuzzy garage-rock vibe.

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Thursday, March 29th 7:00pm 2018

The Writers Studio

Hudson Valley Reading Series. Free.

Please join our students and faculty for a reading at The Spotty Dog.

The Hudson Valley branch, the newest addition to The Writers Studio branches, operates like the flagship New York City school — with the same workshop model designed to help students discover and nurture their own voices by “trying on” many approaches to fiction and poetry. The Writers Studio Hudson Valley welcomes students at all stages, from those who have only dreamed of writing fiction or poetry to those with MFAs hungry for additional serious, ongoing instruction. Students provide the desire to write and the willingness to learn, and we provide the structure, the technical know-how, the professional feedback and the nurturing community to enable them to reach their full potential. Hudson Valley currently offers two levels of workshops, as well as readings and other public events. Teachers receive the same rigorous training as our New York City and online faculty. Students who travel frequently or have irregular work schedules are welcome to move back and forth among any of the on-site branches and the online workshops. For more information, contact Therese Eiben: 917-733-7770 or theresee@writerstudio.com.MORE

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Sunday, March 11th 5:00pm 2018

Katie Heaney and Chloe Caldwell

Book Release Party with Readings by the Authors. Free.

Katie Heaney:
I’m a writer from Minnesota, living in Brooklyn. I am the author of the memoirs Never Have I Ever and the forthcoming Would You Rather?, as well as the novels Dear Emma and Public Relations (co-authored with Arianna Rebolini). I have written for Cosmopolitan, New York magazine online, The Atlantic, Racked, and The Hairpin, and others. Before working as a full-time freelance writer, I worked at BuzzFeed for four years as both a writer and editor.

Chloe Caldwell is a nonfiction writer living in upstate New York. Her essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Chronogram, The Frisky, The Sun Magazine, SMITH Magazine, Jewcy, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Vol 1. Brooklyn and Freerange Nonfiction. She writes a column for The Faster Times called “Love & Music.MORE

Saturday, February 24th 8:00pm 2018

Kulton the Maker

With DJ Fulathela, Mounanou Badilla, and Dee and the Sunny Saps. $8.

Wednesday, February 14th 5:00pm 2018

Lonely Hearts Happy Hour and Open Heart Surgery DJ Dance Party!

Valentine's Day Events Start at 5pm. Happy Hour is Free. Dance Party $3.

Lonely Hearts Happy Hour featuring Bell’s Ales (Hopslam, and other favorites)

Open Heart Surgery
(Deep Cuts from the Knife)
$3 Cover

DJ SHanny
DJ Fulathela

Saturday, February 10th 7:00pm 2018


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:

DARCEY STEINKE is the author of the memoir Easter Everywhere and the novels Milk, Jesus Saves, Suicide Blonde, Up Through the Water, and Sister Golden Hair. She has taught at the Columbia University School of the Arts, Barnard, The American University of Paris, and Princeton.

NICK FLYNN has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a caseworker with homeless adults. He is currently a professor on the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston, where he is in residence each spring. His most recent book is My Feelings, a collection of poems.

Followed by a DJ set from Dawn Breeze.
REBECCA GODFREY is the author of the novel, The Torn Skirt, and Under the Bridge, an investigation into the murder of a 14-year-old girl. She teaches writing in the MFA program at Columbia University. Her new novel, The Dilettante, is forthcoming from Knopf.MORE

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Friday, January 19th 7:00pm 2018

Hot Dog Boat!

Collabotative Sogwriting Workshop and Performance about Hot Dogs with Burt Murder. Free!

Bring an instrument. Be ready to Play, to write,to sing, and jam.
There will be beer-boiled hot dogs, and a person dressed as a hot dog.

Yes, it’s ridiculous.MORE

Saturday, January 13th 7:00pm 2018


The Monthly Reading & Music Series. Free.

Volume is a FREE reading & music series featuring prose, poetry and a short DJ set. Every second Saturday at 7:00 pm at The Spotty.
Books are available for purchase and signing.

This month’s writers include:
TAYLOR LARSEN is a graduate of Columbia’s MFA program and her debut Stranger, Father, Beloved came out in July of 2016 through Simon and Schuster. She is currently a fiction instructor at Catapult and The Sackett Street Writers Workshop. Her novel was selected as a “2017 Summer Must Read” by The Huffington Post.

JOE HAGAN has written for Rolling Stone, New York, and The Wall Street Journal, publishing profiles and exposés of Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger and many others. His new book, “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine,” was a two time NYT, Critics’ Top Books of 2017 pick.

MICHELE FILGATE is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and on the board of the National Book Critics Circle. Her work has appeared in Longreads, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Slice, Tin House, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, and many other publications.

Followed by a DJ set from Samantha Hunt.MORE

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