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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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The Otherme – Blacksheep

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When The Otherme‘s (aka solo artist Aidan Licker) new album came floating into the buffaBLOG inbox, it brought us back to a simpler time… Namely, the mid to late aughts where emo acts were blossoming from basement show staples to full-blown rock stars. Blacksheep is a startling tonal shift for The Otherme, whose previous efforts have been more hip-hop…

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Jet Rewind – “Someone Else”

Jet Rewind’s recent single release, “Someone Else” is a sunny slice of indie rock reminiscent of your favorite early 2000’s Californian-teen drama. The Stockholm band delivers smoothly rhythmic melodies in a neat and tidy package, satisfying a need for a cruise down Highway 1 as the sun sets. The four-piece gets their name from the…

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Tonight: Walrus

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Tonight Curly’s will host Canadian Psyche-Rock outfit Walrus at the cozy west side DIY venue. “Walrus is one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live,” Schila, a booker for Curly’s, says adding “they were here like 2 years ago and people still stop me to ask about them.” Walrus’ show is one of a couple in the…

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