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The Golden Age of TV – “Dust”

Hailing from across the pond in Leeds, the alt-rock five-piece The Golden Age of TV gives their take on nostalgic rumination in their recent release, “Dust.” Through a spunky mix of power-pop vocals, grungy guitars, rhythmic synth lines, and a groove-driven bass, the band takes on the tried and true tale of clinging onto old…

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Keeper Keeper – “Wine Teeth”

The three-piece rock conglomerate Keeper Keeper stake their claim on the hearts of Portland and beyond, specifically in their newest single “Wine Teeth.” With a sound reminiscent of The Killers, The Strokes, and The Growlers, they present an expressive yet too-cool-for-school sound that’s hard to attain but invigorating to listen to. Building in the best…

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Honey Lung – “Sophomore”

London’s post-grunge outfit Honey Lung spice things up with their third single release, “Sophomore.” In an angst-ridden array and distortion and emo influence, the foursome keeps listeners on their toes through the varying calm-to-industrious sections of the song. Written about the intricacies of the relationship, the track enforces the power of friendship in a wholesome,…

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Tonight: Kopps

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Rochester electro-pop outfit Kopps return to Buffalo after a near yearlong absence from playing New York’s Queen City. The band has remained very active over the past year, playing a slew of dates with Joywave and pumping out four new singles (one of which we will be featuring later in the week). As usual, expect Kopps’…

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Taylor Knox – “Running Into Love”

Toronto singer-songwriter Taylor Knox channels a pop-driven super-melody into an indie-rock foundation in his latest track “Running into Love.” Through a dense texture of acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, synth, and a host of vocals, Knox understands the importance of introducing a musical idea and continually building on that throughout the song. He not…

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Happy Gilmore – “Bad Wine”

Mellow DIY indie rock act Happy Gilmore slips smoothly into the scene with his introductory single “Bad Wine.” The track is initially a lulling look within, providing stability with rhythmic arpeggiated guitar lines and a soothing falsetto to write home about. At around the two-and-a-half-minute mark it’s all cranked up several notches, adding percussion, harmonies,…

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Husky – “Ghost”

Melbourne’s alt-rock gem Husky sends synth-infused waves our way in their latest track “Ghost.” This song smoothly enforces the age-old motto that there’s nothing like a catchy synth motif to hammer a melody home. Featuring fuzzy guitar chords, sharp drum work, and musing vocals, “Ghost” tells a pensive story while channeling buoyant positivity towards the…

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No Telescopes – “Girl, Frankly”

Crafting a rocked up version of doo-wop, LA outfit No Telescopes channels their inner Brian Wilson in their track “Girl, Frankly.” An endearing mix of punk and surf rock, this track drives home good vibes with sun-soaked guitar lines, energetic drumming, and captivating harmonies reminiscent of a simpler time. The song centers on the story…

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Japanese Breakfast at Mohawk Place (4/23/17)

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Japanese Breakfast’s dreamy indie-pop was met with rapturous acclaim at Mohawk Place on Sunday, April 23rd, at the band’s first live appearance in Buffalo. Equal parts shimmering and sinister, Michelle Zauner’s emotive songs express both harrowing loss and radiant joy over a bed of gossamer guitars and transcendent pop hooks. Supporting Japanese Breakfast that night was Rebecca…

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Tonight: Cloud Nothings

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Tonight Cleveland post punk garage rockers Cloud Nothings make a welcome return to Buffalo at the Tralf for their first local show in three years. These spirit brothers of the Rust Belt and their mighty, primal rock are back in support of their excellent fourth album Life Without Sound, a melodically complex turn that still retains the…

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