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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Tonight: Basement

Tonight, England’s Basement invades Buffalo’s own Rec Room on Chippewa for potentially one of the best rock shows you’ll see all year. The group has done a good job of keeping us patiently waiting for another show since their visit to see us last spring at Mohawk Place. Since then, they’ve released Beside Myself in October…

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Mammoth Grinder – “We Must Bleed”

Never sleep again with the dominating new track and Germs cover, “We Must Bleed,” from Austin death metal lords, Mammoth Grinder. Singer/bassist Chris Ulsh’s (Power Trip, Impalers) full-throated growls and shrieks petrify a deafening, breakneck beat driven by drummer Ryan Parrish’s (Iron Reagan, Darkest Hour) blasting punk percussions. This suffocating cacophony builds to and ends…

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18 & Under Battle of the Bands Registration Starts Sunday

Are you 18 & under and looking for an opportunity to hop onto the local scene? Brandon Schlia, brains behind local label Steak & Cake Records, hopes to fast track your interest by organizing an 18 & Under Battle of the Bands set for this summer. The registration for the event starts this Sunday, May…

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Wild Once at Mohawk Place (5/10/19)

Fans of local music were treated to a superb showcase of the quality and diversity of Buffalo’s rock scene with Wild Once’s EP Release at Mohawk Place this past Friday, May 10th. Equal parts heartfelt and headstrong, Wild Once’s debut EP, Perennials (Admirable Traits Records), taps into the emotional ambivalence and messy uncertainty that define our lives…

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Tonight: Spirits Having Fun

Tonight, local DIY space Sugar City hosts a “very fun rock show” featuring Chicago art rock outfit Spirits Having Fun, Tokyo East-West rockers and now honorary Buffalonians The Molice, and local post rock avant-gardist Little Cake. Melding sweet melodies, chaotic whimsy, progressive discordance, and elements of free jazz, Spirits Having Fun have a debut album coming out next…

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Diabolic & Vanderslice – “Think of That”

Underground heavyweight emcee, Diabolic, teams up with death-defying producer, Vanderslice, in the visuals for their new joint, “Think of That.” Fresh off their collaborative album, Collusion, the infamous Long Island battle rapper comes out swinging with braggadocios and disrespectful bars that are sharp and, at times, hilarious. Laid underneath like a subway track is Vanderslice’s…

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Airplane Man – “Borderline”

Airplane Man drops off their euphoric new single, “Borderline,” a retro synth-pop track that will melt your brain from sheer joy. The multihyphenate duo of Daniel Feldman and Tim Sommers architect a neon new wave beat that’s overjoyed with funky bass lines, hyper-metronomic drums and a hysterically catchy chorus. ADHD be damned; grab hold of…

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