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One of the city's newest summer traditions, Live at Larkin, continues its weekly run Wednesday evening with arguably its strongest bill of the summer, welcoming the Tins and Applennium to the business district hub. The new wave-y garage pop trio the Tins is fresh off the completion of a very successful Kickstarter campaign, one that aimed to fund the group's forthcoming L…

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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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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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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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You know those situations in life where one thing would not exist had the other not happened. Well that’s kind of what buffaBLOG’s, and this column's for that matter, relationship is with Harvestsum, an Eden-based label operated by Mark Nosowicz. Let’s back track for a moment. My first foray into local music came after moving back home from Cortland in 2006. As a kid from…

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If you have been following the short run of this column over the last month or so, you may have noticed the name Sonny Baker show up here and there. While I am trying to cover a variety of genres and acts on a week-to-week basis, to be perfectly honest, Baker has made himself pretty hard to ignore. Playing in clubs practically since he started driving, the hard-working mu…

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When Megan Brown stepped to the front of the stage and Dirty Smile kicked into its set as part of last summer’s Edgefest at the Outer Harbor Concert Site, she looked like a star. The crowd was pretty much hers for the taking before she even opened her mouth to sing, but once she did, all bets were off. A sultry blend of soul, rock and pop stylings emerged from Brown and he…

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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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Clarence garage rock trio Made Violent – vocalist and bassist Joe White, drummer Justin Acee and guitarist Bobby Romano – is well on its way to becoming the next kings of rock radio. The trio’s songs already have been featured locally and overseas. The band has toured extensively around the northeast and recently finished a critically acclaimed show at London’s Old Blue La…