Willie Mitchell “Grazing in the Grass”

Hoping to find one of his albums in the record store this weekend.

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Kid Kudi “Rain”

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The Sound Defects “Angels”

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Eels “Fresh Blood”

Just started watching Sneaky Pete on Amazon Prime. Really digging the soundtrack.

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Show Review: STRFKR

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Photo Cred: Cara Robbins

Starfucker (or STRFKR) played to a sold out crowd at the Waiting Room in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, February 11th. To my surprise, the band had a huge following in Buffalo and they showed up ready to rock out.

One of the many things I like about the venue at the Waiting Room is that you feel like you’re standing in a basement full of your closest friends watching a band that brought you together in the first place. Think high school. Garage band. But we are smashed in the basement.

One of the many things I dislike about the venue at the Waiting Room is that you feel like you’re standing in the basement of your friend’s house when everyone from your class showed up unexpectedly and you can’t see or hear shit. Knowing this, (and tip to our readers) I usually show up just after the opening act walks on stage. Otherwise you’re going to get stuck in the back and don’t get the pure experience of the act(s) you’re about to see.

Well, I got there too late. As I walked in and waited for a beer, “Atlantis” ignited the crowd and set the tone for the rest of the evening. Standing in the back, I just caught sight of the band between a pillar and 6’ 5” tall giant. I’m only 5’3.” Think Billy Crystal and NBA player Ghorghe Muresan in the movie “My Giant.” Despite my impaired view, Starfucker put on a strange and energetic show, which I could enjoy all the way in the back.

The 4-piece band didn’t address the crowd very much. Instead, they let the music, props and electro vibes do much of the speaking for them. As the songs would build, it drew more enthusiasm from the crowd.

Standing there I thought, this is how my younger sixteen-year-old self imagined what a college frat party would be like – dancing astronauts, inflatable dolls, lights and projections, Taylor Swift wigs, confetti guns and a large inflatable rubber duck floating through the crowd. I’ve never seen an astronaut crowd surf with the same intensity of running the 400 meter. We were all rooting for a complete finish when they made it around the bend of the crowd and back to the stage. Amazing.

Even at the back, I felt fulfilled by the engaging guitar rifts, synths, bass and drums. Favorites songs of the night were “Sazed,” “Bury Us Alive,” “Never Ever Build,” “Boy Toy,” “When I’m Alive” and “Golden Light.”

Key Takeaway: One, these boys know how to put on a good (long) show pulling from several of their albums. Two, there were a few songs that sounded as if they had just clicked “play.” Three, if you’re looking for a trippy frat-like experience then this show is made for you!

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Logic “Young Jesus (Feat. Big Lenbo)”

And it’s finally the weekend…

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Elley Duhé “Immortal”

Röyksopp meets Sia.

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Spoon “Hot Thoughts”

Spoon just released the title track for their 9th album, Hot Thoughts releasing on March 17th. Yes!

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Shag “Hearmedoe”

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Show Review: Kasador

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Kingston, ON indie-rock band, Kasador plays at The Tralf Music Hall 1/19/17

Kasador, an indie-rock band from Kingston, ON, rung in the new year with its first U.S. show by lighting up The Tralf in Buffalo last night. Bandmates Will Hunter, Boris Baker, Nick Babcock, Cam Wyatt and Angus Fay broke into the Canadian music scene in 2014, and have been playing on the road since, opening for bands like Walk Off The Earth,LightsArkellsJuly TalkWintersleepU.S.S, and Current Swell.

Having just released their self-titled debut EP last September, frontman Will Hunter described the album to Buffalo Heard: “it’s a collection of our favorite songs that we had been writing [in the studio or in rehearsal]. Originally we went into the studio excited to record the songs we knew best and had been playing for a while, but every time we recorded something new we felt the songs were becoming more layered, interesting…just stronger. So through a lot of recording, we learned to work on what we wanted to sound like.  ‘Neighbourhood’ was the first track where everything felt right and we set that as the standard for what we wanted to work towards. After all the dust had settled, we had written a lot of songs and recorded 12 of them and eventually chose the ones that were closest to the vibe we were looking for.”

What can fans expect at your show? Will and Kasador want to put on a solid show—they want people to feel engaged and animated.  “We want the audience to move. It’s not lost on us that when people come to a show it’s their ‘Friday’ night…  Our goal is to have people leaving the show feeling like they had a great night!”

Well, we certainly had a great night. Kasador, you succeeded in your mission and we shook it out all night. After Kasador’s show, we didn’t want our night to end– and it didn’t. Leaving with so much good energy, we took it to Allentown Burger Venture, which never disappoints in both ambiance and food, for a night cap meal.

To be sure, the highlights from the show were the band’s two singles ‘Talk About It’ and the ‘Neighborhood’ (closer and their favorite song to perform) in addition to the surprise cover of  ‘Last Nite’ by The Strokes.  While the band’s vocals could be further refined, Kasador has a powerful sound that fuses rock, pop and electronic.  Cam really kills it on the guitar.

As our last and most favorite question, we always want to know what other artists the band members are really into right now – whether it’s old or new.

“We have been listening to a Canadian band called The Zolas a lot in the car, our friends from Montreal Busty And The Bass are always a go to.”

Band Member: Favorite Artist Right Now
Cam: Whitney
Nick: Mash Out Possy
Boris: Jason Isbell
Angus: Miles Davis
Will: Saint Motel

Key takeaway: Spend a night with Kasador and you’ll find that their energy, upbeat synths and catchy choruses will bring you to your feet and onto the dance floor.

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