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Have you ever heard of Alex Berkley? The folkie singer/songwriter has been a local staple for some time and is normally found with his classical guitar on a quiet weekday night on Allen Street or playing a hushed living room somewhere on the west side of town. Fans of Mountain Goats and the Weakerthans would find Berkley’s quirky and, at times, sardonic wordplay right up t…

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Over the last couple of years, Fredonia has acted as a farm system of sorts for Buffalo’s local music scene. Bands, many forming between classes at the SUNY institute, have honed their craft at places like BJ’s in downtown Fredonia, in addition to various basements on the outskirts of campus, before getting the call up to the big show here in the Queen City (admittedly, us…

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A couple of years ago, a fresh wave of local bands popped up in area suburban high schools. Acts like Victory For Poland, the Cascos and Brimstone Blondes were offering a wide-eyed take on indie-pop, garage and new wave/post-punk, respectively, giving the local music scene a glimpse of what the near future may hold. Sadly, as with many high school birthed acts, once membe…

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After months of minor setbacks, and even longer local anticipation, rambunctious college rockers Wooden Waves are finally set to release their long awaited, full-length album, "Wilder Dreams," next month, via local label and comic/zine distributor One Percent Press. The 10-track LP was recorded over a weeklong period in 2012 and 2013 at Matt Smith’s Hi/Lo Recording Studio…

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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-…

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Buffalo band Thundercloud Kid is ready to make a splash in the local scene in a big way. The band has a hooky pop-punk sound mixed with post-hardcore sensibility harkens back to the heavy hitters of scene from the early 2000’s. The band’s clever lyrics thrive on that delicate balance of wittiness and relatability that every young band should master. Thundercloud Kid has b…