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BØRNS, the stage name of songwriter Garrett Borns, brings his irresistible electro-pop to a sold-out Waiting Room on June 14. While Borns is on the ascendant as a musician, he’s likely a magician in a parallel universe. A natural performer, Borns was already making money as a professional magician when he was just 10 years old in his home town of Grand Haven, Mich. Borns…

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Rochester indie-rock quartet Secret Pizza gets called “shoegaze-y” a lot, but let’s set the record straight. Shoegaze brings to mind the fuzzy walls of sound by bands like My Bloody Valentine, but the beauty of Secret Pizza lies in the catchiness of the band’s melodies and a tendency toward the anthemic. You won’t have to dig to find the sing-along lines of its “Nothing N…

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The reviews for Catfish and the Bottlemen's sophomore release, "The Ride," have largely damned the British rock band with faint praise. That’s because the band writes festival-ready songs with giant choruses and just enough edge to earn the label "indie rock." It's not particularly clever music, but it gets the audience jumping and pumping their collective fists. What get…

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Becca Ryskalczyk, the lead singer of acclaimed Brooklyn-based indie-rock outfit Bethlehem Steel, was raised in Buffalo, but she doesn’t feel tied to any particular place.“The people around me are my home,” said Ryskalczyk. “But not Brooklyn. The city stresses me out a lot.”So, at 27, Ryskalczyk is building a home in the back of a box truck. That way, she won’t be tied down…

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England’s Catfish and the Bottlemen is a band on the ascendant across the pond, with fans voting the band “Best British Breakthrough” act at 2016’s BRIT Awards. With the single “Soundcheck” climbing the charts, it looks like Catfish and the Bottlemen might break through in the States as well as the band releases its sophomore album “The Ride.” The quartet’s sound blends f…

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The members of Snarky Puppy, the Brooklyn-based instrumental jazz fusion force of nature, delivered their signature brand of music for both brain and booty at its sold-out visit to the Town Ballroom Saturday night in support of its 11th album, "Culcha Vulcha." Faultless by the standards of the fussiest music student, Snarky Puppy aimed deeper than the intellect. The band w…

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Faced with growing up, pop-punk bands cope in one of two ways. Either they lament their immaturity (“Nobody likes you when you’re 23,” sang Blink-182 17 years ago) or they reconcile with their changing lives. The former is an unsustainable act of childish resistance designed to stave off maturity. The latter signals constructive growth as an artist and a person, but it’s …

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In “Change the World Without Taking Power,” author John Holloway explores the concept of political revolution by starting with “the scream:” the deep, disturbing and unexplainable feeling that something is deeply wrong with the world around us and that something must be done. This feeling isn’t necessarily tied to any political program: it’s the raw passion from which revo…

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Brandon Schlia, vocalist and bassist for local post-punk act Red Heat, lays out his solution to existential panic in the lead single “Dread” off the band’s newest release, “Animals:”“Somehow, every day, I decide to fully and completely ignore it.”It’s not the most sustainable solution, but it might be the most workable one, if Schlia and his peers on Steak & Cake Recor…