Tonight: DIIV

Tonight: DIIV

In this day and age, terms like “shoegaze,” “dream rock,” and “indie pop” get thrown around fairly often. It makes sense in our brains to categorize music as we try to explain it to someone who’s never heard it before. Rarely...
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Tonight: A Celebration of Pete Perrone

Tonight: A Celebration of Pete Perrone

For the Buffalo music scene he was a key player; a fatherly figure who helped support a generation of bands simply by opening his doors and giving us weirdos an opportunity to be weird. In doing so he transformed an aging, somewhat dilapitated building into a musical...
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Essex St. Pub

Essex St. Pub

Jukebox Heroes is a new feature, highlighting the best Jukeboxes Western New York has to offer. The focus here is pre-digital, pre-touch screen. In other words, jukeboxes that play vinyl or compact discs. It is the 21st century. The world, as we know it, is changing....
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Tonight: Slapshot

Tonight: Slapshot

I think it’s fair to say that Slapshot is one of the most famous hardcore bands to ever come from Boston, Massachusetts. They’re certainly the most notorious, with a penchant for out of control shows and borderline militant straightedge dogma (at least in...
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Tonight: Killswitch Engage

Tonight: Killswitch Engage

After years of touring and a steady stream of innovative and punishing releases, Killswitch Engage has finally found their way into the mainstream. Perhaps the most popular “metalcore” band of our time, Killswitch’s combination of soaring melodies...
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Tonight: Mastodon

Tonight: Mastodon

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend of mine and we were talking about what makes a metal band great. In this day and age, metal bands are a dime a dozen, and with so many heavy bands out there, it’s sometimes difficult for the uninitiated to...
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Tonight: Floor

Tonight: Floor

To the heavy-initiated Floor need no introduction. They are a legendary metal band incorporating stoner elements with traditional doom and sludge. To their fans, they are much, MUCH more. Floor have always been trendsetters, among the first to incorporate slowed...
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Just Announced: Man or Astro-Man?

Just Announced: Man or Astro-Man?

In 2010, the original lineup of sci-fi, surf legends, Man or Astro-Man?, reunited for a series of shows, which ultimately led to last year’s fantastic release, their first in 12 years, Defcon 5..4..3..2..1. Since that time MoAM? has been on a tear, exciting...
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Tonight: Master

Tonight: Master

One of the most underrated bands to come out of the early death metal scene, Master was instrumental in bringing the classic death sound to the forefront of metal culture. The group found some success in the late 80’s and early nineties, releasing excellent...
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Tonight: The Hold Steady

Tonight: The Hold Steady

One time I heard the Hold Steady described as “Bar Rock for literates,” and to this day, I think that’s the best description I’ve heard of them. Thoughtful lyrics spoken story-like to the tune of hard-driving indie music with classic rock...
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Tonight: Cloud Nothings

Tonight: Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings is one of those groups that become popular simply because there is no other option. Too inspiring to remain hidden, too interesting to blend in with the grey scenery, too good to go unnoticed, the now trio has become one of the most talked about bands...
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Tonight: The Misfits

Tonight: The Misfits

It’s one of the most iconic logo’s in rock’n’roll. The Misfits’ skull can be spotted miles away; often greeted with enthusiastic shouts and howls. Whether a punk rocker or casual music fan, everyone recognizes it, even if they...
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