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Basement at Rec Room (05/17/19)

This past Friday, UK indie/pop punk outfit, Basement, made their return to Buffalo.  Following their appearance a little over a year ago opening for The Front Bottoms at Riverworks, they now have a new album under their belt, titled Beside Myself.  Though the group’s sound has slightly drifted from their original roots, it seemed to have work…

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Batavia Post-Rock Act Ever Onward Starts Song a Month Project

Batavia native Colin Berardini is a lifelong musician that has recently embarked on a song-a-month solo project with his new songwriting vehicle, Ever Onward. He specializes in instrumental post-rock epics; lyricless soundscapes meant to inspire daydreams and to encourage the listener to find their own thoughts to take away. His most recent effort is “Hindsight,”…

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Super Paradise – “6:30”

Super Paradise’s latest grunge-laden anthem “6:30” is an energetic ball of fire, sonically venturing across peaks and valleys with the same unrelenting force from start to finish. The London expats bring hints of psych rock into their brand of beachy garageband influence and punk delivery. The inflection of this track is ever-evolving, starting off with…

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Sonar.Suite – “Be Coool (Gon’ Take It So Easy)”

Sonar.Suite, the hip-hop/funk-fused brainchild of Brandon Thomas invites listeners to drop their serious guises in his latest track “Be Coool (Gon’ Take It So Easy).” While acknowledging the inherent negativity of the world, Thomas encourages embracing the collective ‘chill pill’ and simply letting go. It’s a heady mix of sizzling guitars, crisp percussion, and creamy…

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War Strings – “My Alien Heart”

LA outfit War Strings tee off with their latest raucously cinematic single, “My Alien Heart.” The overall effect is both noisily grating and symphonic, combining the edge of distorted guitars with gossamer suspended strings. Where the chorus is a crashing wave, the verses take a step back, allowing vocal lines to swim into the forefront and…

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Zoe Zobrist – “Someday”

Singer-songwriter Zoe Zobrist may be young, but her soulful voice and stirring lyricism belie her years in her latest track “Someday.” The track measures out nostalgia and introspection in heaps, finding comfort in the temporality of feeling lost. Twangy guitar lines and sweeping vocal layers hammer home a lulling sense of comfort amidst the chaos….

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Fly By Midnight – “Waiting Tables”

New York alt pop duo Fly By Midnight provide a strong follow up to their 2018 album Rerunning with their latest synth-ridden single, “Waiting Tables.” A tongue and cheek take on biding your time until the tides shift in your favor, this track tackles touchy subject matter with the help of buoyant beats, infectious vocal…

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Album of the Week

The Hamiltones – The Shape of Walter

Creeping out of the shadows for some fun in the sun are spooky surf rockers, The Hamiltones, with their tubular new instrumental EP, The Shape of Walter. Having risen out of the Buffalo party scene like a Chubbies-clad Dracula from his coffin, this cheerfully eerie trio has crafted a rad 4-track record that perfectly captures…

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Tonight: North by North

The unicorn of rock ‘n roll bands happens to be the two piece line-up. Stripped down, this combo of guitar and drums delivers more punch than a full piece orchestra.Take for example, The Flat Duo Jets influencing the White Stripes who gave credence to the Black Keys. Following suit, from the city of Chicago, I’d…

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Tonight: Passion Pit

Cambridge-based indietronica band Passion Pit makes their return to the area tonight with a show at the Rapids Theatre. Frontman Michael Angelakos, who spent his formative years in Buffalo, will be bringing the tenth anniversary tour of their major label debut Manners, a glistening, danceable record that is filled to the brim with hooks. However…

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