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"You have to make sure you are feeding the crowd energy from start to finish. The goal is to make the crowd excited for the next time they get to see us perform again." - Marc Mostro "It’s all about keeping the vibe where it needs to be and coming with a proper set. At the end of the day it’s about captivating the crowd." - Doc Obvious "It starts with passion . . . and f…

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After a rather slow May of new material from the Buffalo music community, June will see things get back on track, starting this weekend with the release show for "Disposable Friends," the new EP from the Tom Burtless-fronted synth pop act, Humble Braggers. Set to drop via busy local label Admirable Traits, "Disposable Friends" is a polished collection of songs that pulls …

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Go to a show at the Waiting Room or Mohawk Place on any given week to catch some local acts, and there is a very good chance you will see a band that has spent some time at Quiet Country Audio, an Alden-based recording studio run by Paul Besch. Some of Buffalo's best up-and-coming punk, emo and garage acts, including I Can See Mountains, Cedar Kites and Bearhunter, have wo…

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It's about that time for The Tins, one of Buffalo's tirelessly working acts, to return to the studio. The new-wavy garage trio -- Adam Putzer (vocals, guitar), Michael Santillo (vocals, keyboards) and Dave Muntner (drums) -- has begun work on its second full-length album, something that you can help make happen (more on that later). After recording with renowned producer …

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There has been a steady stream of surf rock bands popping up in Western NY over the last few years, possibly as a response to both cities' never ending winters, but more likely as an attempt to install some surf culture and fun into two towns that will never be known for its waves. Rochester acts like Harmonica Lewinski, the Huckleberry Fins, the Televisionaries and the S…

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Buffalo's resident haunting and dark garage rock act, JOHNS, is quickly approaching the release of its debut LP, "Grift Marks," set to drop on March 28. Depending on what night you catch the band, JOHNS is a four or a five-piece with John Toohill (guitar, lead vocals), Sean Kader (bass, backing vocals), Nick Gordon (guitar), Ryan McMullen (drums), and "interplanetary fash…

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With all of the creative minds currently floating around Buffalo’s music scene, you would be hard pressed to find a harder working, yet out-of-the-box one than of Lesionread. The project of former art student Shawn Lewis has grown from a manic electro performer to a calculated, detail-oriented musician who relishes the unexpected, resulting in one of the most original and…

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This past Saturday night, in a packed West Side basement, a couple of Buffalo's best bands - Space Wolves and Newish Star - celebrated the releases of their new cassettes. "It was a serendipitous coincidence," said Newish Star singer Jordan Nittoli. "Plus, it’s always nice to have an excuse to do a free, all local gig." The cult surf-punk duo, Space Wolves (who you may r…

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After releasing four albums in less than a year (something that would put Ty Segall to shame), local duo Space Wolves took some extra time before the release of its fifth tape, “Space Wolves V,” which is set to officially drop on Saturday. Space Wolves – Nicholas Reynolds (guitar, vocals) and Chris Scamurra (drums) – has been creating quite the buzz in Buffalo since the t…

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With some solid buzz circulating throughout the indie music blogosphere over the last couple of months for the single “The Balance," local synth pop twosome Royal Tongues, is prepping for the release of its debut EP, “Patterns and Shapes,” set to drop on March 10. The pair, comprising Justin Gammella and Aaron Bonus, originally started as a production company, Like A Parro…

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Have you ever wanted to join a band, but didn’t feel you had the musical chops, or didn’t know any other musicians? Well, the Queen City Music Lottery is coming back for round two and may be exactly what you are looking for. Before I move any further, let’s get a proper explanation as to what exactly the Queen City Music Lottery is: “In a nutshell, the Queen City Music L…

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Over the past couple of years, the Western New York area has gained a slew of great live video session series. From Rochester based Genesee Live, to Macedon’s 1809 Sessions, to Buffalo’s very own Silo Sessions filmed within the acoustically blessed grain elevators, area and touring musicians have been given different outlets to be filmed in unusual and/or intimate spaces, …