buffaBLOG Sessions

Frame and Mantle

We have a new project for you, and it’s called buffaBLOG Sessions. The aim of this project is to take up-and-coming artists, whether they’re Buffalo born and raised or just passing through the area, and feature them in intimate locations around the city. Each bi-weekly session will feature one of these bands performing two songs,…

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Column 31: It Follows, Unfriended, and Fresh Take on Horror Music

While the summer movie season has just begun with the box office wrecking ball of The Avengers, I thought it was worth taking one last look back at the spring. Spring is often the dump season, where studios get rid of whatever excess cargo they deemed not prestigious enough for awards season or not bankable enough…

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Column 30: Rick Masi’s On the Level: A Love Letter to Buffalo and the Sounds of the City

Tomorrow at the Amherst Theatre, will be the grand cinematic debut of one of Buffalo’s most exciting new voices, Rick Masi. His first feature-length film, On the Level, is a thrilling neo-noir about a teenage boy investigating the death of his brother and those he meets on the quest for answers. Masi’s  independently-funded feature debut was…

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Chicken Noodle Coffee

Dance With the Girl You Brought to the Party

Virginia Beach’s Turnover, whom just gigged Waiting Room roughly a week and a half ago with a tour package including The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Pianos Become The Teeth, and Take One Car, constructed their native identity on a platform of pop punk — originally releasing…

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Sound Devices: Why wZa Loves His Custom Roland MV-8800

Editor’s note: Each week, Cory Perla of The Public asks a local musician to tell us why they love their favorite piece of gear. wZa is hip-hop producer and member of the Buffalo-based hip-hop groups Radarada and Death Picnic. His solo debut full length, AzN CHiKz, comes out this winter. “I love this piece of equipment…

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buffaBLOG Sessions

M.A.G.S.

M.A.G.S. is the main project of Elliott Douglas, the multi-faceted Buffalo musician who has been a member of, by his count, about 14 different bands in the area over the years. Somehow distantly related to Jimi Hendrix, through marriage or something like that (you can hear his story about his relative in the interview halfway…

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Chicken Noodle Coffee

We Salute You, Jay Zubricky

In my dog days of boyhood, I shared the warmth of the summer months with pure bread Polish grandparents who proudly prepared authentic dinners on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I despise Polish cuisine, therefor stubbornly maintaining a diet of strictly saltine crackers. Routinely I would make innumerable trips to a kitchen cabinet, which above hung a sign…

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Column 32: Brian Wilson’s Survival and Love & Mercy

Simply put, Love & Mercy,  Bill Pohlad’s loving tribute to the genius and struggles of Brian Wilson, is an effecting film and a rousing victory. Featuring two different actors in the role and chronicling the former Beach Boys mastermind’s life at two crucial junctures in his life: – his creative apex and fall during the…

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Column 29: The Influence and Legacy of The Breakfast Club

As the 1970s came to a close, pop music found itself at a crossroads, Power rock bands like AC/DC and Led Zeppelin had ruled the back end of the decade, inspiring a generation of cartoon-ish imitators that would produce the Hair Metal of the 80s. But meanwhile, the start of a new movement was bubbling…

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Column 35: Ranking the Beats of Bond

James Bond is inarguably one of the most famous characters in the history of cinema. And while each entry into the well-known franchise has given us a new tale in the classic spy series, it’s also provided us with a new definitive pop theme. It’s interesting to look at the change over the years as the…

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