Mapmaker – Critical Path

Mapmaker – Critical Path

Mapmaker is probably one of the more underrated bands in Buffalo’s catalog. Their new release is called Critical Path and, while putting the finishing touches on this review on this fine Sunday evening, I realize what a real barnburner it is. The production is lo-fi,...

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Fat Africa Releases Teaser Single

Fat Africa Releases Teaser Single

Set to be released on Dadstache Records (Skirts [formerly Meanagers], Routine Involvements, and bc likes you!), Rochester based outfit, Fat Africa, released their teaser single to  their upcoming album. "Futility, or..." is a crawling minimalist track which can be be...

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Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

Cloud Nothings' face-crunching fourth album is a fearless, assertive follow-up to 2012's Attack on Memory. Oscillating between a chaotic rush of existential howls and throaty but tuneful melodies, Here and Nowhere Else pounds its presence out through furious snare...

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Rackmastas Release Return of the Rack LP

Rackmastas Release Return of the Rack LP

Rackmastas, a long time duo born out of the basement of Gates Circle Wine & Liquor, recently released its long awaited LP, Return of the Rack. Spanning 17 tracks, the record has a lot going on, although don't be misled by the long tracklist as a handful of those...

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Thievery Corporation – Saudade

Thievery Corporation – Saudade

Rob Garza and Eric Hilton are busy guys. Since forming Thievery Corporation in the late '90's, they've produced eleven studio albums, with the release of Saudade as their twelfth. Normally when one thinks of Thievery Corporation, they are associated with the acid-jazz...

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Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

NOTE: This review was written immediately after returning from a Mac DeMarco concert in Cleveland, in which he and his touring bassist licked me in the face (I gave Mac a Valentine and asked for a kiss in return. He obliged me.) and then I talked to him and...

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S Carey –  Range of Light

S Carey – Range of Light

S. Carey – better known as Sean Carey, the drummer for Bon Iver – knows how to stay on the top of his solo game. After surprisingly captivating us with single after single of ethereal beauty from his debut effort All We Grow, the soft voiced drummer has returned in...

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Passion In Constellation Drops New Single

Passion In Constellation Drops New Single

Passion in Constellation, the project of Buffalo producer Chris Alan, released its follow up single to "Sunlight" this past weekend. On "Weird Tonight," Alan appears to be aiming to drop a summer anthem on Buffalo as playful synths lead up to a big chorus that recalls...

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Failures’ Union – Tethering

Failures’ Union – Tethering

When I mentioned to people that I'd be writing up the new Failures' Union release, Tethering, I generally got one of two responses.  The first was that these guys were staples over at Mohawk Place. The association makes sense: that's where the band got its start back...

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Johnny Cash – Out Amoung The Stars

Johnny Cash – Out Amoung The Stars

It’s hard to believe that over a decade after his death, Johnny Cash is still giving us new, baritone-riddled insights to chew on. Or maybe it’s not, given the many stories that seem necessary to accompany a life held by such a prolific personality. In his fourth...

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Waka Flocka Flame – Re-up Mixtape

Waka Flocka Flame – Re-up Mixtape

Waka Flocka goes hard in the motherfuckin tape on his new mix, Re-Up, an 11 track compilation with solid production and clever collaborations. His much-anticipated album, Flockaveli 2, doesn't drop til later this year, and this mix will carry you through til it's...

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Attic Abasement Teases Upcoming Split LP

Attic Abasement Teases Upcoming Split LP

Carbon Records, a 20 + year Rochester indie rock mainstay, is prepping the release of a split LP from 585 act Attic Abasement and Nod. Earlier this week, the label dropped a couple teaser tracks from the record via bandcamp. "Pretty Teeth," part of the Attic Abasement...

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The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams

The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams

The Hold Steady, as their name suggests, have always been consistent. Each record contains the same classic rock bravado, the same gritty tales of skaters and punks, druggies and barflies, "kids at shows" and their "scene leaders." Jesus is found and lost, beverages...

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Gumwads Release Debut Surf-Punk Single

Gumwads Release Debut Surf-Punk Single

Over the last couple years, a few surf-rock bands have been sprouting up in Buffalo, most notably Space Wolves and Aaron & the Burrs. Yesterday, Gumwads, a new local surf-punk trio, released their raucous debut single "Gimmie Every Inch." This is dirty, messy...

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Liars – Mess

Liars – Mess

The Brooklyn-based threesome Liars is hard to peg when it comes to classifying, or relaying their catalogue of music. After moving between New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Berlin, finally settling down in New York City, it is apparent their music morphs alongside them...

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Humble Braggers Release New EP

Humble Braggers Release New EP

Since being featured on one of our Album of the Week features last year, Humble Braggers have been quietly working on their live set. They've also been hard at work on some new material. The Say EP was released today and features three new songs that show that the...

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Future Islands –  Singles

Future Islands – Singles

If you’ve never heard of the synth-rock trio Future Islands, then take a moment to watch their unorthodox yet strangely entertaining performance on the Late Show with David Letterman a couple of weeks ago. That should give you a good idea of the group’s emotional...

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Damian –  You Don’t Need It

Damian – You Don’t Need It

"Play 'Soul Night'!" There are maybe twenty or thirty people crammed into Damian Weber's living room. The request came from a guy standing in the doorway, but all over the room, people begin to signal their approval. Up front, Damian Weber, bashfully charismatic,...

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Producer/MC Jon Bap Readies New Album

Producer/MC Jon Bap Readies New Album

Buffalo based singer/songwriter and producer Jon Bap has an eclectic sound that ranges from experimental rock to soul, jazz and hip-hop. In addition to boasting impressive skills as an MC, the artists remix work which includes tracks from Beyonce, The SEVENth, and an...

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