On Saturday, the University at Buffalo will host some of the most enticing and up-and-coming artists in the indie/alternative scene at Spring Fest. Headlining the show are alt-radio darlings Young the Giant, who won the hearts of Canalside concertgoers last year, are excellent at crafting slick melodies with an emotional edge, and will be sure to deliver a killer set filled with energy. Rustic indie duo In the Valley Below bring slightly folk-tinged pop with a bite.
Smoky synthpop singer Banks will be certain to please both college and non-college attendees alike. With her very danceable hits like “Beggin’ for Thead” and slow burners including “Drowning,” Banks will show why she’s a mainstay of CMJ and college radio nationwide. Indie pop band and Kerfuffle veteran Bear Hands is another fresh and fun act that most certainly will get the crowd moving and shaking. Royal Tongues is a local duo whose pop hooks and masterful synth work should earn them a great deal of new fans.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday at Baird Point/Alumni Lot on the UB North Campus, Amherst. Show starts at 5:20 p.m. Rain location is Alumni Arena. UB students are admitted free; general admission tickets are $40 (Ticketmaster).
– Kris Kielich