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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


Tonight: Peelander-Z

PeelanderPeelander-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.

-Jeff Czum

Tonight: Real Friends

real friendsA 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.

– Jeff Czum

6pm Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave (852-3900 / $15 advance, $17 day of show



Tonight: Modern Baseball

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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.

– Jeff Czum


5:30pm Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave (853-5483 / $15 



The Reign Of Kindo @ The Waiting Room


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.



Tonight: The Irving Klaws Halloween Tribute.

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It’s Friday night!

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.






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



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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