If you happen to be scrolling through your Twitter feed this morning, you may notice a flurry of ecstatic tweets directed at Alternative Buffalo. The radio station has just released the lineup to its popular summer concert festival Kerfuffle, sending its listeners, or rather, #AltFamily, into what very well could be described as a digital mind freak.
Like years past, the station has complied a list of eclectic acts, all falling under the alternative rock umbrella, this time headlined by AWOLNATION and Bloc Party. The show, scheduled for July 23 at Canalside, also features Coleman Hell, Death From Above 1979, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, The Moth & The Flame and The Strumbellas.
Tickets are $35 general admission, $50 premium view and $150 VIP and go on sale at noon March 30 via alternativebuffalo.com.
The festival organizers have promised some very special guests will soon be announced, but in the meantime, get yourself acquainted with the latest cast of Kerfuffle acts.
If you are still kicking yourself for missing out on tickets to AWOLNATION's sold-out performance at Town Ballroom last June, you now have your second chance. The electro rockers by way of Los Angeles are taking top billing at this year's Kerfuffle so expect Aaron Bruno and company to prove why they were selected as festival headliners. The dark night sky descending over Canalside should be the perfect complement to the act's bombastic, indulgent and sometimes industrial tinged brand of electronic dance rock.
The angular London rockers splashed onto the scene in the mid-2000s on the latest wave of Brit-rock that gave us the likes of fellow UK acts Art Brut, Futureheads and Franz Ferdinand. The group's grand, arena-ready and often politically geared art-punk was perfectly suited to blast over the speakers of sporting events all over the world. From its passionate debut record "Silent Alarm" to the band's most recent release "Hymns," the Londoners have evolved and stayed relevant in the ever-changing landscape of alternative rock.
Often described as a genre-less, or rather, genre-defying artist, musician Coleman Hell has become an internet sensation on the heals off his much streamed (13 million and counting) track, "2 Heads." Hailing from Thunder Bay, Ont., the diverse performer, whose music fuses hip-hop, electronic and pop into what has become a blog sensation, is an especially intriguing act to keep on eye on this summer.
Death From Above 1979
After breaking up in 2006, the brash Toronto dance-punk duo returned with a fury in 2014 with the release of the long-awaited sophomore album "The Physical World." The record thankfully re-captures the explosive energy that the duo's debut record "You're a Woman, I'm a Machine" unleashed on the world a decade earlier. While often tense and volatile, DFA1979's powerful racket, delivered mainly via bass and drums, still keeps concertgoers moving during the band's blistering set.
The Moth & The Flame
The Utah quartet should be no stranger to Western New Yorkers at this point, with a pair of shows at the Tralf Music Hall already on the young band's resume. The on-the-rise experimental act has become an alternative radio mainstay thanks to the invigorating synth rock single, "Young and Unafraid."
Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear
On a bill full of alternative rockers, a soul-folk group comprised of a mother and son would seem to not quite belong. A sold-out performance at Niagara Falls' Rapids Theatre this past December would seem to prove otherwise. Earlier that year, Missouri's Madisen and Ruth Wath delivered an NPR-approved Tiny Desk Concert performance prior to the spring release of the group's debut record "Skeleton Key," a collection of soul-infused roots music that demands to be heard live. What the family may lack in theatrics, it certainly makes up for in heart and a pair of booming vocals.
Formally know as Paris, the Massachusetts trio may have taken a page out of CHVRCHES' book on the band name, and maybe even a touch of their sound. The former metalcore group has since evolved into a darker take on electro-pop, featuring metallic synths and moody vocals.
After making a name for itself in its native Canada, the Strumbellas out of the well-represented province of Ontario look to keep the success going as it makes its Buffalo debut this summer. The loose and spirited Juno Award-winning outfit's sound has been coined "folk popgrass" (indie-rock plus folk plus alt-country for those who can not decipher the oddly termed genre) and should be a fine table setter for this year's all day festival.