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Max Cavalera is the real deal. A Lifer. A guy who, should he happen to cut himself, will bleed metal. If you doubt this, you should ask Max directly. Go ahead. I dare you.By the time he formed Soulfly, Cavalera’s metal credentials were already in order, seeing as he’d served as frontman for underground legends Sepultura for a good chunk of time. But that form…

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Roots Collider has the spent the better part of the past decade attempting to rehumanize dance music. Clearly in love with the grooves summoned by EDM, but just as clearly enthralled with the gospel of the funk as preached by the one and only James Brown, the group is, as it says itself on its Facebook page, “proud of being one of the last almost completely analog d…

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In 1964, author Ken Kesey and his troop of Merry Pranksters hopped into a converted psychedelic school bus and drove across the country, wreaking playful havoc wherever they went, and kick-starting a soon-to-come massive cultural and social upheaval.Yes, there were drugs involved.However, the Furthur Bus has come to represent much more than hedonism or drug consumption in …

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Indie-rock has now been around long enough to have grown several subgenre appendages. Which means we will be busy hyphenating everything in sight for the foreseeable future. Surely, this will become annoying. But it will have its uses.For example, when we want to describe the music of Southern California quartet Bad Suns, it’s nice that we can fall back on “r…

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The Tralf Music Hall has been packing its roster with high-end funk, fusion, soul and groove music of late, and that trend continues this week, with Friday’s headlining set from the Nth Power. A veritable supergroup comprised of some of the most dynamic musicians in modern-day R&B and funk, the band is barely more than a year old, but the combined experience accrued b…

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Many in the local music scene have expressed some ambivalence about it, but now that Mohawk Place is officially reopening, only a cynic could deny the tingling of excitement. Yes, it’s really happening. Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.) will reopen in September under new management, but with some hopeful signifiers that the club’s original ethic will be adhered to. First, …

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Many in the local music scene have expressed some ambivalence about it, but now that Mohawk Place is officially reopening, only a cynic could deny the tingling of excitement. Yes, it’s really happening. Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.) will reopen in September under new management, but with some hopeful signifiers that the club’s original ethic will be adhered to. First, …

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One doesn’t always think of hip-hop as being a family-friendly genre, but that needs to change. One way to foster such change is through encouraging community involvement, particularly of the family-friendly variety. Hip-hop is, after all, an art form that requires and encourages discipline, while also providing opportunities for the betterment of self. Battle @ Buffalo:…

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Randle and the Late Night Scandals – just “Randle” to the band’s ever-growing fan base – first came to my attention a few years ago, when I wandered into Nietzsche’s one night and they happened to be playing the satellite stage in the front of the club. I was immediately struck by the swampy, sultry, blues-based vitality of their jams, and also by the undeniable charisma o…

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Our Lady Peace has done what so many of its Canadian rock peers from the 1990s have failed to do – endure with integrity and relevance intact. Back in the mid-’90s, OLP was part of a class of emerging Canadian rock bands that seemed poised to follow in the path paved previously by the Tragically Hip. Acts like I Mother Earth, Moist, Pure and Moxy Fruvous represented a vibr…

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Todd and Ryan Doyle have been singing together their whole lives, and it shows. The brothers come from a musical Buffalo family, and took to singing together in harmony as quickly as less musically inclined bros might have taken to full-blown sibling rivalry. It was that core of brotherly vocal harmony that made their band, More Than Me, a major alt-pop draw in the region…

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For 40 years, Larry Swist worked tirelessly to break new ground in the world of high-quality acoustic sound engineering. Swist started out as a Buffalo musician and when he passed away in December of 2013, he left behind a legacy that includes work on highly successful projects for the likes of Spyro Gyra and Chuck Mangione, among many others. A member of the Buffalo Musi…

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Buffalo native Dave Schulz has been living and working in Los Angeles for more than a decade now, when he isn’t acting as a touring member of the English Beat and Berlin, or handling a schedule stuffed to the max with recording sessions and club dates. Buffalo will always be home, though. Which explains why Schulz makes a point of coming back to the city of his birth a few…

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There is a beauty in controlled cacophony, and Michael Gira has been searching for that beauty continuously since forming Swans in 1982. More often than not, he’s found it. And with Swans just-released double-album “To Be Kind,” he’s perfected a high-decibel onslaught, a wall of sound marrying resonant drones and heart-rending melodies.Gira alwa…

Whenever Dave Alvin comes to town, I’m invariably reminded of my late friend and former Buffalo News colleague Jay Bonfatti.He was a serious fan of both Alvin’s solo work, and his efforts with the Blasters, the band he co-founded with his brother, Phil Alvin.Twelve years ago, I was still “the new guy” at The News, and Bonfatti was one of the fir…