Album Review

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye

When you woke up on the morning of Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, you might have noticed that the grass was a bit greener, and the air was a bit cleaner. There’s an easy explanation for that: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers released a new album! Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but…

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Opinion

The Stunning Endurance Of Weird Al

Last week, the winner of the internet was pretty much unanimous: it was Weird Al by a mile. After releasing his new album Mandatory Fun and putting out a new video for eight straight days, it became abundantly clear that the world is still interested in Weird Al’s warped take on the popular songs of…

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Rochester

Pink Elephant Releases Grungy, Self-Titled Debut LP

The debut LP from Rochester’s Pink Elephant is a head-rush of grunge, punk, and psychedelia that fans of bands like Mudhoney and The Melvins will likely be quite fond of. For 10 songs, the band captures the energy of pre-mainstream grunge mixed with late-60s psych rock similar to the 13th Floor Elevator. The album makes…

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Preview

Tonight: Alternative 90s Dance Party

Are you only happy when it rains? Do you want to be the girl with the most cake? Is today the greatest day you’ve ever known? Well, then you’ll want to get down to Allen Street Hardware Cafe for tonight’s 90s alternative dance party. Hosted by DJs Jen and Bill Page( the latter of Transmission),…

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Concert Review

Mikaela Davis at Buffalo Iron Works (7/25/14)

This was a show that our fair city had waited six months for. Mikaela Davis was scheduled to come to the Tralf on January 3rd, but the show was canceled due to a pipe bursting at the venue. The weeks and months continued to build up, and we were left to wonder if the brilliant…

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Playlist

4th Of July

America – better known as Murica -is celebrating its 238th birthday on Friday. And that seems like a perfectly good excuse to get drunk and enjoy some barbecue (note: do we need an excuse?). So, with that in mind, we presented this list of songs that will make of 4thof July party even July-ier than…

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Opinion

When Rock Stars Are Jerks

Last week, I wrote about the ongoing feud between Jack White and The Black Keys, and why I didn’t think it was anything to get worked up about – musicians talk crap about each other’s work all the time, so what if one artist you like hates another artist you like? But the┬áRolling Stone interview…

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Opinion

Remembering Echo, Tom Petty’s Overlooked Masterpiece

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Tom Petty is asked if there’s any album he’s made that he’s not fond of. He responds by telling us that he’s not particularly thrilled with 1999’s Echo, although people have told him it’s “not that bad.” Well, I can safely say that this is an enormous udnerstatement….

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Opinion

Can We Still Believe In Weezer?

So a few weeks ago Weezer released a new single and… it’s actually pretty good. If you haven’t heard “Back To The Shack” yet, I’d recommend checking it out. It’s catchy as hell and it displays the sense of humor that has always been one of Rivers Cuomo’s strong suits. So do we get excited…

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Opinion

The De-Evolution of Robin Thicke

At the end of 2013, when I made my predictions for what would happen in the year to come, one of them was “Robin Thicke will return to pre-Blurred Lines fame level.” It was something of a throwaway line. I figured a 36-year-old lucking into a monster hit was more of a fluke then a…

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