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Here are my Top 5 local singles of the year. 1) Sixties Future – “Saint” In the time where much of indie music has some kind of gimmick, it’s refreshing to hear a band deliver some straight forward rock 'n' roll, and no local group did that better in 2015 than newcomers Sixties Future. On “Saint,” the first single from the act’s self-titled EP, the gravely Americana roc…

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Urban surf act The Get Money Squad will take part in the latest live showdown for Artvoice’s annual BOOM (Battle of Original Music) competition Friday at Nietzsche’s. Led by Network MC Quinton Brock, backed by producer Jon Bap and filled out by the former backing band to Royal Tongues [Read a Buffalo Music Spotlight on them], the five-piece will ride the laid back vibes o…

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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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About four years ago, Brandon Schlia gave me a compilation of area artists that he had helped record for a little DIY label he was starting called Steak and Cake Records. The comp, simply titled “Sampler 1,” was a collection of Buffalo and Fredonia (his alma mater) musician friends that ranged from lo-fi electronica to singer/songwriters to straight up indie. “The label b…

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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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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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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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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-…