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.
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.
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.
Comments Off on Mike Parker: 20 Years of Art & Music
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.
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.
Armed with a soulful brand of acoustic rock, I picture folk band Ark Life driving through every state in the union in a big van, strumming their guitars, singing-along, and passing doobies. As the story goes, Ark Life leader Jesse Elliot, frontman of rock band These United States stopped over in Denver on his own journey across these United States, to New York City. There he met the rest of what would become Ark Life and started over in Denver instead of New York. Now, nearly two years later, the band has made their own cross-country journey opening for bands like Of Montreal. Equal parts The Band and The Kinks, Ark Life have not yet released a debut album, but a few of their live performances as heard on YouTube, with perfect vocal harmonies and tight rhythms, might fool you into thinking they’d spent hours in the studio recording them. Catch Ark Life this Wednesday (Sept 24) at the newly re-opened Mohawk Place with support from Buffalo folkies Tiny Rhymes.
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.
Comments Off on Just Announced: DJ Shadow with Cut Chemist
San 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 / tralfmusichall.com) $14 advance, $16 day of show