Big ups to everyone who made it through last weekend alive. Shout out to those still recovering from the craziness that was Memorial Day weekend. Ya did good Buffalo, for the most part. On Friday at the Town Ballroom Roni Size was scarcely attended for someone being billed as a Drum and Bass legend. It's not that he isn't that. It's a lack of interest and knowledge in Drum and Bass from the younger generation of concert goers. Simply put, the kids just aren't listening to it at the moment. The older stuff that is. The preference of raver kiddos is perverted Dubstep. It has become so perverted in fact, that Rolling Stone The Big Issue featured a blurb with Skrillex about dissecting "the drop." Making broad claims about the DJs device, a la revealing the magicians secrets, that this is how all DJs fool you into liking their music and going apeshit wild at a show. The author seems to generalize said "drop" as a device used all the time by DJs of every genre in EDM. Skrillex even talks about how his fans want that solo kick-drum buildup climaxing with a glitchy saw-wave laser gun. No. No! NO! That's wrong, that's only Bro-step. The popular lens through which people see Electronic Dance Music is one depicting tricks (fake DJs) and treats (drugs), and although none of us want that to be accurate, how far is that actually from the truth? We found love in a hopeless place. True respect for those guys doing it the right way. Totally. Originally. Guy's like Munchi, like Heartbreak, like Jon fucking Kwest, like the Freshmore crew. Keeping it real. Staying in shitty hotels. Speaking matter-of-factly. Being real as fuck. Great job Queen City Cartel in organizing the first "Field Day" on Allen st. It was a great time, and there is a great foundation for an event that can only get better. An event that continues to rule, and also the talk of last weekend was the Capsized! boat cruise on the Miss Buffalo II. Once again, THE BEST way to kick off summer. Something about that party brings out the very best (worst) in folks. Thanks to Alexi Delano, another down-to-earth guy, who shared everything he had to offer Buffalo. There's rumblings of a QCC boat party in mid-July so look for that to be announced soon. Also coming up next weekend is the NuSkool Pirates ELATION event. check back next week for a preview on that. This weekend is a bit light (thank god), but there's one highlighted event and a few new things to mention below:
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Cool Deep House and Techno show this Saturday at Duke's featuring BLUE BUDDHA out of Pittsburgh. I can tell you that he is a Minimal Techno specialist, taking a lot from guys like Alexi Delano. So if that type of heady sophisticated party sound is your jam, then you'll wanna check his set out. Also on the bill will be BRANON CHASE, PAUL KUENZI, SYSTMTK.DELETION, and TRAKBENDERS with ROB DECKER. I recently listened to TRAKBENDERS Field Day 2012 promo, and it really puts you in a Summertime frame of mind. Listen below.
A few new nights are getting started this weekend including DSTAR headlining Factory Fridays at Skybar, Fusion Fridays at Noir with SWAGGLEROCK, and SUNGLASSES MIKE on Friday nights at Purple Monkey. Those are the new Chippewa options for Friday in the summertime. Also SWAGGLEROCK on the patio at SOCIAL on Saturdays, always a fun time.