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Nearly 70 musical acts will perform in eight venues over four days for the second annual Herd Fest.Bands from Buffalo, Rochester, New York City and Baltimore are among those performing at the indie-music festival opening Thursday. The event has grown since its debut last year, showcasing nearly double the number of musical acts and adding more venues.This year, bands will …

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While the vinyl record format has been steadily making a comeback over the last few years, 2014 can officially be coined “The Year of Vinyl” as record sales saw a ridiculous 49 percent surge than that of the previous year. And while these numbers look great on paper, independent record stores still remain a dying breed as online sales seem to dominate points of purchase, w…

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Here are my Top 5 local singles of the year. 1. Mooses – “Bette Davis” “Bette Davis” is the most exhilarating six-minute rush to come out of WNY in 2014. The track’s blistering psych rock riffs, soaring vocals and a warp speed melody make the Fredonia-bred band one to watch in the coming year. Tales from the Elephant's Nest by Mooses 2. The Lindbergh Babies – “Medicine…

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Admirable Traits, a record label that has established roots in Buffalo and Brooklyn, has been making some noise in the Queen City over the last couple of years, releasing quality EPs from some Buffalo up-and-comers and beyond. Started by longtime friends, Michael Moretti and Robb Haggsman, the former explains that ATR grew out of mutual experiences in the music business. …

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Local lake-pop foursome, Bryan Johnson & Family, recently premiered the first single from its forthcoming EP, “Cool Your Jets,” set to be released in November on Buffalo-rooted label Admirable Traits. Titled “Dead Fox,” the crisp guitars and vocals, toe-tapping beat and care-free melody would be best enjoyed by fans of Vampire Weekend, Beach Boys and Weezer had front-…