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Few bands have such a firm grasp on the millennial zeitgeist and state of mind like The Front Bottoms. The New Jersey quartet of Mat Uychich, Tom Warren, Ciaran O’Donnell and lyricist/master of wit Brian Sella has connected with the youth through extremely high-energy shows, intense acoustic rock instrumentals and Sella’s razor-sharp emotional lyrics and honest everyman v…

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As contentious as it may be, you cannot deny the impact of nu metal on the evolution of modern hard rock. Disturbed was one of the few bands that exploded onto the metal scene in the early 2000s and helped shape that genre. As time passed, the Chicago quartet – vocalist David Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, bassist John Moyer and drummer Mike Wengren – promptly pushed pas…

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Tonight Alive has been noted for its fast and furious, no-holds-barred brand of pop punk, fronted by the incredibly talented Jenna McDougal, who brings a presence to every track this Australian quintet has released. The band’s recent experiments with electronic elements and some slower paces, while staying true to the intensity of the older pop-punk material, is a feast f…

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Dan “Soupy” Campbell is among a select few who have crafted some of the most iconic songs and records in modern pop punk. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone at the Warped Tour who doesn’t know his name and his band, the Wonder Years, and their accomplishments. The band – vocalist Campbell, guitarist Matt Brasch, guitarist Casey Cavaliere, drummer Mike Kennedy, bassist J…

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A Great Big World had a great big year last year. The piano-pop duo of Ian Axel and Chad King recorded a No. 1 song with Christina Aguilera (“Say Something”) which went on to win a Grammy and performed everywhere from “The Voice” to “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.” And its debut album “Is There Anybody Out There?” wasn’t just a feel-good album; it really presented th…

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When Metro Station burst onto the pop-rock arena in 2008 with the smash hit, “Shake It,” high school kids across America couldn’t stop dancing. Founded by Trace Cyrus (yes, brother of the Miley Cyrus) and Mason Musso (brother of Disney star Mitchell Musso), the synth pop-punk group seemed to be on a neverending rise. After all, this was the golden age of the Disney Channe…

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There is no name more synonymous with ska music than Reel Big Fish, and perhaps no better group that exemplifies its values. Its live shows are legendary and prove why this band, which started as a Led Zeppelin tribute band, doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Frontman Aaron Barrett has been keeping the band in peak form through many lineup changes since 1992, and its…

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Author, television host, motivational speaker, rock star; all of these phrases describe Andrew W.K. (Wilkes-Krier) but none of them say who he is. If asked that question, he’d most likely answer “professional partier.” But partying isn’t just fun and games with Andrew W.K. (though it is that as well), it’s a lifestyle and a philosophy. The very act of letting yourself go …

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There’s something to be said for endurance and the staying power of an artist. Relient K  -  yes that’s an intentionally misspelled name - has been through it all. The band formed before Blink-182’s “Enema of the State” would change the landscape of pop punk in 1999 and is still a part of most pop-punk fans’ minds today. Despite its tendency to be grouped in the category …

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Classified as an “adult alternative” musician, Mat Kearney wanted to explore how he got there.The Oregon-born and Nashville-based singer/songwriter’s newest album, “Just Kids,” shows an artist trying to portray what growing up was like not just for him, but the moments that we all remember and perhaps struggle with in our childhoods. Though he’s no stranger to soft rock ra…

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Some bands would embrace the term “critical darlings” from the press as a point of pride. For Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House, the music they make is just a part of their fabric of life, and the real praise they love is the joy of touring in front of an audience. Keyboardist/vocalist Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally have been wowing critics for almost a decad…

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The congregation had gathered en masse, with the anticipated service and gospel of Father John Misty already causing a stir in the crowd. On Saturday night, the Town Ballroom was packed full of young and old faces in a sold-out concert from the witty folk balladeer. This was to be a night of showmanship, cynical and romantic tales of love and excess, and a wonderful conne…

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The evolution of pop-punk as a genre has been one of the most interesting to watch over the years. It’s gone through so much flux and change from the snot-nosed founding fathers of the ’90s (Green Day, Blink-182) to the emo era of the early 2000s (Fall Out Boy, the Get Up Kids), the melodic golden age of the mid-2000s (Motion City Soundtrack, All Time Low) and today’s high…

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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 fille…

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The sold-out crowd Sunday evening in the Town Ballroom was electric, full of youth and young love – the very things Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff loves to sing about. The club was packed from front to back, and all three tiers were filled from side to side with eager faces. The show started well as openers Night Terrors of 1927 took the stage by storm and delivered a very well…