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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.


Friday (8/7 @8pm-12am)

Town Ballroom 681 Main St, Buffalo (

Tickets $20/ Ages 16+


~ Kellie Coppola


Well Kept Things EP Release

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Photo Credit – Brett Ballachino


Buffalo’s pop/punk band Well Kept Things have just released their debut EP, Homegrown via Antique Records. The band puts an exclusive indie spin on conventional pop/punk music that undoubtably makes for great songs. Their anthem-like choruses and driving guitars will have you playing these songs in your car all summer long. Check out their song ‘Younger’ below and stream the entire EP on Absolutepunk.

Just Announced: Modest Mouse

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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.

Friday (4/17)

Asbury Hall @ Babeville

341 Delaware Ave

7pm doors



Just Announced: The Get Up Kids

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The-Get-Up-KidsAnyone who has ever posted emo lyrics in an away message has heard of the Kansas City, Missouri band, The Get Up Kids. The group were viewed throughout their existence as a prototypical emo-band, having been major players in the Midwest emo (count how many times I can mention ’emo’ in 30 seconds) movement of the mid-1990s. However, like many early emo bands, The Get Up Kids sought to dissociate themselves with the term, as it was considered dismissive to be seen as an “emo band.” Years later, guitarist Jim Suptic even apologized for having the influence they did on many of the modern third-wave emo bands, commenting that “the punk scene we came out of and the punk scene now are completely different. It’s like glam rock now . . . If this is the world we helped create, then I apologize.” Internal conflicts caused the band to break up in 2005. In 2008 they announced a 2009 reunion tour in support of the tenth anniversary re-release of their most successful album, Something to Write Home About. The band will be heading to the Studio @ Waiting Room w/ PUP and Restorations on March 25th. Tickets will go on sale starting Jan 15th.







Burn Out Brighter: Anberlin On Their Final Tour

Burn Out Brighter: Anberlin On Their Final Tour

by Kris Kielich

1655943_10152227807741835_1026445173804037798_nAnberlin is one of those bands that you had to pay attention to. Starting in 2002 in Florida, every record the five piece alt-punk band released showed mastery in the art of writing great, hooky songs with an emotional message. With every record, the band continued to mature and their sphere of influence in the rock world deepened, until their song “Feel Good Drag” hit number 1 on the alternative charts. Not one to rest on their success, the band quickly evolved, and their sound continued to mature. Now, the band has decided to end their career on a high note, after a career of innovation and progression. They’ve released one last record, Lowborn, this summer and have embarked on what will be their last tour as a band. I recently had the chance to correspond with bassist Deon Rexroat to talk about their final tour, the final album, and what their legacy of work as Anberlin means to them and the fans.

Artvoice: It’s been a long journey for you guys from 2002 to now. What are your emotions surrounding your final album and final tour: Happiness? Sadness? Hope? Maybe all of these emotions?

Deon Rexroat: There are a lot of different emotions. So much happiness that we’ve had the career we’ve had and that our fans have been with us, in force, up to the end. There is also that sadness that something I have loved doing for 12 years is coming to an end. I think it’s always hard to say goodbye.

AV: When recording this last album, you all split yourself up to record parts separately. Do you think that was a way of pouring as much of yourselves as individuals into your recording and show in one ultimate form what you each bring to Anberlin, while still finally coming together as a band?

DR: We were actually together the whole time even though we’re worked out of three separate studios. We simply chose to work with three different friends/engineers who knew us best and could get what we wanted. It was our last time making an album, so I don’t think it would have felt right if we didn’t do that together one final time.

AV: For this final tour, can fans of you guys who have both been there from the beginning and fans who are relatively new to your music expect to hear a “best of Anberlin” set that explores your whole career, or are you focusing on the new material from your record?

DR: We are definitely paying homage to our whole career. The way I see it, if I was going to see my favorite band’s farewell tour, I’d want to hear more of the songs I had loved for years, not just new songs that I heard for the first time last month.

AV: Being the final tour of your career, how has the response been from fans? What are your thoughts on the shows you’ve played so far? Has the relationship on stage between you and your fans been any different due to the fact that they know this might be the last time they see you play?

DR: The shows have been much more emotional considering the circumstances, but every night has been incredible. I think there is a deeper connection this time because it’s the final tour, so the fans have really been giving it their all right along with us.

AV: Is there one particular song or moment that you look forward to every night during this tour when you play?

DR: I look forward to those points in the set when I can hear the crowd’s voices over our amps and drums. It’s an incredible feeling to have people sing your songs so loudly right back to you.

AV: This is probably a hard question, but if you were to pick any track off of any album that to you sums up all you’ve accomplished both personally and professionally, and gives a sense of what the band is all about on an emotional level, what would that track be and why?

DR: Lately, I’ve been feeling that from “Time and Confusion” because Stephen wrote it at a point when we realized we were actually doing this thing for a living. It’s about us all touring and playing shows and how that is just an amazing life to live, so to be here 10 years after that song was written still doing that, it rings very true.

AV: So, to you, what’s the legacy of Anberlin? How do you want your fans, or anyone who’s listened to your music, to remember you? How do you think you guys will remember your career?

DR: I think our legacy will be our music. It has affected so many and I hope those people always remember us as a good point in their life because I think I will always look back on this career and the music we made together with love for what I did with those 12 years of my life.

Catch Anberlin at the Phoenix Concert Hall in Toronto on Tuesday, November 18Tickets are $25 (

Audien at Lift


Friday, October 17

syt2An 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.

– cory perla

10pm Lift Nightclub, 257 Franklin St. ( $23 advance

Tonight: Ab-Soul at the Waiting Room


Thursday, October 2


Name someone in the rap game. Ab-Soul has probably collaborated with them. Chance the Rapper, Talib Kweli, Jhene Aiko, Action Bronson, Mac Miller, Danny Brown, Jay Rock, Schoolboy Q, and Kendrick Lamar (he formed the super group Black Hippy alongside the latter three) are only a few of the many artists this 27 year-old hip hop artist has collaborated with since signing with Top Dawg Entertainment in 2007. On his latest record, These Days released over the summer, Ab-Soul, aka Herbert Stevens, shows off his lyrical talent, originally displayed on 2011 debut record Longterm Mentality. “These days I’ve seen my best,” sings a gospel choir on the album’s closing track, and title track “These Days,” just before Stevens unleashes one of his strongest, most poignant verses on the over 90-minute long record. By the end of that verse you’ll truly believe you’ve seen his best. He may not reside on hip hop’s highest tier like his friend Kendrick, or as a revered underground trend-setter like Schoolboy Q, who is featured on the album’s single “Hunnid Stax,” but on this, his third album for Top Dawg Entertainment—the follow-up to the 2012’s equally impressive Control System—he has finally stepped out from the intimidating shadows of the other members of Black Hippy. Ab-Soul comes to the Waiting Room on Thursday (Oct 2) with support from Earthgame, Bas, and DJ Jett.

– cory perla

7pm The Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave (852-3900 / $23 advance, $27 day of show

716 Hip Hop: Just Ending Now, Mic Excel, and ChaunSAY Mackin’ & Chisom Uzosike

716 Hip Hop: Just Ending Now, Mic Excel,  and ChaunSAY Mackin’ & Chisom Uzosike

We’ve got a wide variety of hip hop music for this much needed installment of 716 Hip Hop.

First we’ve got the latest track from Just Ending Now aka Jeremy Jermaine Jerome. With production from The Dead Beatz, Jerome delivers one of his more polished, hi-def tracks. His flow is as always, a bit whacky, but the lyrical content is the kind of unusual, surreal, pun filled prose that makes Just Ending Now stick out. This is certainly the most experimental track on this list.

On their latest collaboration, Mic Excel and Cove of Essential Vitamins crew deliver yet another strong track, from production to content. Mic Excel sounds as cool as usual and his flow is on point. The classic rock/classic hip hop vibe of Cove’s production, with trilling guitar riffs and bounding basslines has me interested to hear the pair’s record, FML II, the forthcoming project from which this track comes.

Finally, Buffalo rapper ChaunSAY Mackin’ and Maryland producer Chisom Uzosike have collaborated on a solid full length mixtape. “Reputation” takes on Kanye’s “Bound 2” and though it’s a well known beat, Chisom makes it his own and ChaunSAY holds his own with some tight verses.

Just Announced: DJ Shadow with Cut Chemist

Just Announced: DJ Shadow with Cut Chemist


One of the world’s most renowned DJs and samplers, DJ Shadow will bring his Renegades of Rhythm tour to the Town Ballroom on Tuesday November 11th. Shadow, along with fellow legendary DJ, Cut Chemist, known for his work with late 1990s hip hop group Jurassic 5, will present a compendium of tracks by hip hop originator Afrika Bambaata and from the innovator’s extensive vinyl record collection. DJ Cutler and LoPro will open this show, presented by MNM Presents and Funtime Presents. Among other accomplishments, DJ Shadow is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first producer ever to write an album made entirely of samples, for his for his 1996 album Endtroducing.

Tickets go sale this Friday at Noon ($27.50 advance / $30.00 day of) available online at TICKETFLY.COM and Town Ballroom box office.



Thursday, September 18

syt1San Francisco’s Deafheaven deal in tension and anxiety in a way that is cinematically intense and similar in nature to the sounds of Explosions in the Sky or Sigur Rós. Which is odd, because there are not a lot of metal bands that are easily compared to post-rock bands—these days metal tends to be short and brutal or epically progressive—but Deafheaven are kind of the exception to the rule. Metal, as an overarching term that includes black metal—the closest subgenre that Deafheaven touches on with their rolling blast beats and snarling vocals—is not really a sufficient genre-description. On their latest album, 2013’s Sunbather, Deafheaven takes those black metal characteristics combines them with pop-sensible melodies, and creates songs that tend to be structured in a way that is more similar to most post-rock pieces, with tracks like the 14 minute and 37 second album centerpiece “Vertigo,” which adds layer upon layer until it gradually peaks in intensity before subduing once again. This formula lands the five-piece band somewhere between Swans’ drone-ability, Mogwai’s heavy post-rock (they even slipped in a bonus Mogwai cover on Sunbather) and My Bloody Valentine’s noise-layered melodics. Mix in some guttural screaming from vocalist George Clark of which Jacob Bannon of Converge would be proud (he signed the band to his label, Deathwish in 2010) and some relentless drumming and you still probably don’t have an idea what Deafheaven sounds like but it’s a start for a band that eludes categorization. Deafheaven comes to the Tralf Music Hall on Thursday (Sept 18) with support from Canadian indie rock band No Joy and fellow Canadians Indian Handcrafts.

– cory perla

7pm The Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. (852-2860 / $14 advance, $16 day of show

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