If third time’s a charm, fourth time’s explosive. Friday August 7th, Town Ballroom will be taken by storm by Team Radio’s 4th annual Teamwork event. Teamwork 2015 is to be a memorable night of mind-blowing music in the name of raising awareness and support for Compeer of Greater Buffalo.
This year’s lineup includes second to none local and internationally acclaimed hip hop performances. Musician and filmmaker, Chae Hawk, the man behind creative record label Team Radio and the Progressive rap Cinema genre, will be performing in collaboration with X Nameless as well as some of his own music (if you’re not excited by now, hop on YouTube and check out his music video “Dirty Rich” or their collaborative single “Good Days”. These guys are good.) For 93.7 WBLK enthusiasts, DJ Juggernaut will be dropping his own beats as well as Sirius XM Radio’s DJ Heat. The headliner of the evening is producer and EDM/ hip-hop phenomena Araabmuzik, fresh off his new record Dream World.
What makes this night more than just a ridiculously awesome showcase of talent and creativity is the cause. After raising $1,200 in 2013, Teamwork 2015 is again supporting Compeer of Greater Buffalo, a volunteer mentor program designed to help kids, adults, veterans and senior citizens succeed and find a greater sense of mental well being through mentorship with carefully picked volunteers. This organization thrives on the power of friendship and touches lives of hundreds of Buffalo citizens. Teamwork 2015 will not only help raise awareness for this organization but also celebrate its 30th birthday.
Tickets for Teamwork 2015 may be purchased in advance online for $20 dollars. With unforgettable music for an unfathomably important cause, this event is not one to be missed.
Modest Mouse will perform in Buffalo on Friday, April 17th, inside Asbury Hall @ Babeville. The group began life as humbly as its name suggests, but after a couple of trial-and-error years, members Isaac Brock (guitar/vocals), Eric Judy (bass), and Jeremiah Green (drums) hit on the strange and compelling racket that buoyed them toward the top of the underground rock scene. On their first two albums, 1996’s This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About and the 1997 breakthrough The Lonesome Crowded West, Brock’s smart, cynical lyrics sharpened fine new points on God, booze, and loneliness; fans obsessed over his words and the group’s raggedly passionate music. Fans can expect a new LP, Stranger to Ourselves to be released later this month.
Tickets for this show are available Friday at noon, March 6th and can be purchased here.
Peelander-Z. What can I even say about this band? In one word…. “Incredible.” Although they’ll tell you they’re all from the Z area on the planet Peelander, the Japanese-action comic-punk band may be one of the weirdest bands you’ll ever see (I mean that in a good way). The group was Originally formed in 1998 by Peelander-Yellow, Peelander-Red, and Peelander-Blue after meeting together in New York City. With elaborate costumes that could have come off the set of a Power Rangers movie, Peelander-Z offers an experience you shouldn’t miss. Describing the style of the band is a unique endeavor because Peelander-Z is not an ordinary punk band. Sure, they have songs like “Taco Taco Taco” that fit the DIY punk rock ethos, but when Peelander-Z performs, it is as much interactive experience as it is a concert. The band, designated by their colors, utilize the crowd to the fullest in back-and-forth chants, pulling audience members onstage, jumping out into the crowd and even rolling up and playing human bowling with the band members. While maintaining an incredibly fun rapport, their music is driving and ferocious. Fan favorite songs like “S.T.E.A.K.” and “So Many Mike,” both contain insane amounts of fast tempo-energy that you could expect from legendary punk bands such as The Dead Kennedys and Minor Threat. Peelander-Z is unique, wacky and fun. Catch them and their crazy antics Tonight (12/3 @8PM) at Mohawk Place.
Just take the time to watch this and I think you’ll understand…. See you tonight.
A group of musicians can do a lot of things. They can tell a story, they can make us dance, or as with the group Real Friends, they can express how past romance and heartache become acceptance and closure. This Chicago five-piece has already had a big year, from their latest release, Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing, (Fearless Records) to a very successful run on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour where they drew some of the biggest crowds. The bands greatest asset is their poignant lyrics that evoke a sense of nostalgia. The raw emotion of singer Dan Lambton connects his audience to his lyrics. Whether heard on headphones, car stereo or a live show, Real Friends engaging hooks and high energy should quickly capture your attention. “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” “Loose Ends,” and “Cover You Up” bleed power, racing at you with scrappy guitars conveying an urgency behind every song. The songs trace the transition from youth to adulthood and whether you’re going through that transition or have already passed it, you’ll certainly appreciate what they’re saying. Real Friends will take you on that journey tonight (11/25) at the Waiting Room.
The chubby, tee-shirt addicted vocalist/guitarist Brendan Lukens of Modern Baseball has to be the most unlikely rock band phenomenon since Meat Loaf. Modern Baseball are young, immature, often melodramatic, and impossible to ignore. Modern Baseball’s authentic approach is as refreshing as it is appreciated, particularly against the context of cookie cutter top 40. The Philadelphia quartet became an overnight sensation to pop punk and emo fans in 2012 when the band, who were full time college students, recorded and self released their debut album Sports. The songs, whilst quite short, are extremely memorable, as are their videos. Brendan Lukens unusual voice leads us through tracks like “Re-Do” and “The Weekend,” accompanied by driving riffs. The liveliness of the songs invites listeners to get lost in the jaded life of our narrator Brendan Lukens. Lukens is just a young college student who has experienced everything you have but happens to be better at expressing how you’re feeling better than you can. Modern Baseball could be a gateway drug into the wonderful world where punk rock fused with classic late 90’s emo engulfs your soul and takes over your life. Pop punk is dead? I don’t think so. Whatever you take away from the band, it’s safe to say these guys have immense staying power in a pop punk scene that’s not dead yet. You won’t want to miss out on any of the hype tonight at the Waiting Room.
You know when you come across a band that just stands out from all the other ‘cookie-cutter bullshit’ artists that flood the airways of almost every FM radio station? It feels pretty refreshing, right? Well one of the hardest working bands to emerge out of Buffalo is just that. The Traditional is on a steady rise to deliver (what I would say) is a much needed approach to indie/rock/emo music as a whole. The band just streamed a new song “My Brother is the Sea” on Absolutepunk.net in anticipation for their new album How to Live Without Blood, which drops on January 13th (Anchor Eighty Four Records). “My Brother Is The Sea, is a song about how I felt about myself after my father passed away, and how I found comfort in the fact that my brother had his whole life ahead of him to grow and be better than I was/am,” explains vocalist/bassist Anthony Musior. “He deserves the world, and it’s right there for the taking.” The howling punctuation of brutally honest lyrics in addition to the band’s powerful musicianship blur into a satisfying whole. Often being compared to bands like The Wonder Years, Man Overboard and Real Friends, I’d say The Traditional falls closer to the early days of emo music when Taking Back Sunday and Brand Newflooded the Livejournals and away messages of every teenage girl in North America. It’s going to be a big year for these guys and I’m looking forward to see what they have in store for us. Check them out first hand this Thursday, November 13th at the Studio at Waiting Room as they’ll be supporting The Swellers.
How can I describe The Reign of Kindo while avoiding clichés like ‘modest’, ‘experimental’, ‘ground breaking’, and of course, ‘a mix of this and that’? I can’t. They truly showcase all of that and more. The Reign of Kindo stands out as one of those bands that comes around every now and then that just gets it. See for yourself as the Buffalo based indie-jazz band will be hitting it off at the Studio at the Waiting Room tonight at 7pm. Give these guys the hometown welcome they deserve as they wrap up their fall tour with Mathew Santos and The Doyle Brothers. The show is $10 and it’s all ages.
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The Irving Klaws are set to celebrate their favorite time of the year in Allentown. Tonight’s “Freak Show Tribute to Music From Movies” theme will undoubtably be gritty, creepy, weird and haunting…. In other words, just another typical night on Allen St. Get ready for a psychedelic roller-coaster of songs from your favorite cult classic movies along with cash prizes and giveaways. You are cordially invited to spend your Halloween night with the weirdest of the weird. Get to Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.) at 10PM. $5 with a costume, $8 without.
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Mike Parker is a hidden gem here in Buffalo. A world traveler that has decided to call Buffalo his home, he is celebrating 20 years of producing music thru his vanity label, Geophone. With over 20 releases of his own, he has many others off his partner label, Prologue, based out of Munich, Germany.
Mike is inviting you all to his closing celebration for his most recent art show:
ArtSpace Lofts 1219 Main St. 6-9pm Halloween Night (10/31)
Take a look at this video overview about how he connects his love of producing Techno with his uncanny ability to create fine art.
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An emerging force in the realm of big room electro-house, 22-year-old Nate Rathbun, better known as Audien, has made his name known not from American EDM meccas like Denver or Vegas, but from little, old Mystic, Connecticut. Audien caught the attention of a few underground trance labels after releasing his first single, “Rise & Shine” in 2009 at the age of only 17. Since then he’s released singles on labels like Anjunabeats, Trice Records, Zouk Recordings, and Spinnin’ Records and has made a living dropping EDM beats in clubs around the country. It should be a good time when Audien comes to Buffalo’s newest club, Lift Nightclub on Friday (Oct 17) with support from Jesse Aaron, but the real reason to check out this show might be the new club itself. Lift is born from the ashes of a few local nightclubs including Rendezvous and Lux. It is essentially club Rendezvous—the club located on the ground floor of the Statler Hotel—relocated to the second floor of 257 Franklin Street, the building that is currently home to Skybar on the top floor and D’Arcy McGee’s Irish Pub on the ground floor. Hopefully Lift will provide some exceptional sound in an intimate space; something the local electronic music scene sorely lacks. Take this opportunity to get your first look at Lift Nightclub and decide for yourself when Audien lifts off on Friday.