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Tonight: Rick Maguire from Pile

Head down to Sugar City tonight to catch a short and sweet showcase featuring some stellar songwriters. Over the years, Rick Maguire has made numerous stops in Buffalo, mainly with his main project, Pile. While Rick is the front man of Pile, he has also been writing solo tracks since the late 2000’s, around the time…

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Album Review

Bare Mattress – Some Great Magnet Pulls

Albany bedroom electronica act Bare Mattress dropped a tasteful EP of low key jams at the end of last month by the name of Some Great Magnet Pulls, and it’s irresistible vaguely vaporwave sonic textures and pulsating basslines will be ideal for your late night and or early morning come down/chill out sessions. Wrapped around a sinewy guitar and…

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Album of the Week

Jong SL – Ice Cream

Recording under the name Jong SL, Buffalo-based musician Jong Lee has released his debut EP, Ice Cream. With roots as an acoustic singer-songwriter, on this seven track EP Jong’s compositions are rounded out with full-band arrangements and careful production. On top of an acoustic guitar bedrock, he layers influences of R&B, pop, jazz and blue-eyed…

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Tonight: Hello Shark

Sometimes you just need an off-the-beaten-path, genre-defying show to cap off your weekend… If that’s the case, we know we’ll see you at Milkie’s tonight. Philly sad-boy Hello Shark will be jamming his literate, casio-driven poetry tonight alongside the literal caveman proto-punk of Boston’s The Cavemen. Local support is also aplenty, with applicable sets from…

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New Music

Nathan Ball – “Waste Of Time”

Nathan Ball ventures further into his musical pilgrimage with his latest single “Waste Of Time.” After straying from his original path, Ball took an opportunity to escape into nature’s tranquility, coming back revitalized and brimming with inspiration. The track boasts meandering guitar lines, smoothly soulful vocals, and a brisk beat, reliving feelings of restlessness and…

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New Music

thanks. – “Loose Gun”

Alt rock duo thanks. blend genres and break routines with their new track “Loose Gun.” What starts off as an indie rock head-bobber morphs into an electronic dance track for the ages. Lyrically, all bases are covered, from youthful indiscretion, political misgivings, and living for the weekend. Their goal is accessibility, stating “Whatever the theme…

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Album Review

Roger Bryan and the Orphans – 9er

Buffalo indie rock veterans Roger Bryan and the Orphans are back with a sparkly new EP of material ideally timed for wrapping up the summer season, looking ahead to fall, and giving it all a fuzzy folk rock kiss. 9er is a tight and thoroughly refreshing burst of Midwestern/Rust Belt sonic and emotional earnestness that recalls the…

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New Music

Mallrat – “Uninvited”

Australian electropop songstress Mallrat creates a buzz with the release of her video for “Uninvited.” Under her pseudonym, Grace Shaw shakes up youth’s banalities with surging beats, sharp percussion, and listlessly hypnotic vocals. This track redefines teenage party culture, where ‘toothless smiles’ mask a craving for solitude and simplicity. The video runs along a similar…

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New Music

Freedom Fry – “Strange Attraction”

LA’s Freedom Fry is back with their latest single “Strange Attraction,” brought to us at the forefront of their upcoming EP. The alt-folk duo is known for their catchy hooks and danceable beats, and this track is no exception. Their mix of astral guitars, heady falsetto, and a propelling bass line is bright and refreshing,…

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Rochester

Pink Elephant Return with Grungy New Single, “Around Your Neck”

Rochester trash-wave veterans Pink Elephant are back at it again with a grungy new single called “Around Your Neck.” Recorded at More Sound Studios in Syracuse, “Around Your Neck” is a skulking rock banger with tinges of psych rock and garage twang. The song is about wanting to help someone who can’t be saved; rather…

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