Rust Belt rock
Jamestown septet Lareau makes its Buffalo debut inside Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., at 10:30 tonight. The gig will be a CD release party for Lareau's Cleveland-based Rust Records debut, "Changes," out now, and receiving distribution through the Universal Music Group.
The band's sound has been compared to the rustic roots-rock and pop-based balladry of artists like Ben Harper, Ben Folds and Three Doors Down.
The band is led by founding member and namesake Larry Lareau -- a prodigy of sorts, who was accepted into Penn State after high school and received his medical degree at age 22. With Lareau are drummer Darrin Payne, guitarists Pete Gool and Chris Saxton, bassist Tim Reed and keyboardist Anthony Brown.
Much of Lareau's material was written while its leader was in med school, soaking up the influence of idols like the Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, the Moody Blues and Hall & Oates.
Copies of "Changes" will be available at the Nietzsche's show. Call the club at 886-8539 for more information.
Newcomer Lenny Revell has assembled a songwriter-showcase gig inside Nietzsche's, to take place Wednesday, and featuring the talents of Nelson Starr and Standard of Living.
Revell, a skilled pianist and singer who commenced his musical career at age 9, has worked with the Greater Buffalo Opera Company under renowned director Gary Burgess ("Carmen" and "The Flying Dutchman"), logged slots at the Lewiston Art Festival and Tonawanda's Canal Fest, and dabbled in modeling. Not a bad resume for someone so young.
Revell has a debut full-length in the works, and an advance teaser disc suggests a modern-day Elton John with a strong voice and serious piano chops.
The show kicks off at 9 p.m. Call Nietzsche's at 886-8539 for admission prices and set times.
No metal 'Head'
If you know Daryl Palumbo only as the leather-lunged angry man fronting hardcore/metal band Glassjaw, you're forgiven for assuming that Palumbo's post-Glassjaw project with legendary beat-manipulator Dan "the Automator" Nakamura, of Head Automatica, is some sort of metal/hip-hop hybrid. That's not the case, however.
Palumbo has indeed moved on, investing himself in a vibrant form of electronica favoring the blending of big, fat beats and front-and-center pop hooks. There is depth to the Head Automatica sound; it's layered and rich, and it fits very neatly into the post-modern "collage" sound favored by hordes of contemporary artists.
Head Automatica headlines a bill that also features Morningwood, Kamu and We Are the Fury, inside the Buffalo Icon, 391 Ellicott St., next Friday. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door prior to showtime. Find them now at the Buffalo Icon box office, or through www.tickets.com.