Wednesday, October 26, 2016

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for Oct. 26, 2016

It's a spooktacular Halloween episode of All WNY Radio's ThinkSoJoE Show with your hosts ThinkSoJoE and Muller, featuring music from Exham PrioryThe RabiesThe Anti-Bodies, and Nazg├╗l

Monday, October 24, 2016

HEaRD in WNY: Top shows for the week of Oct. 24 - 30

This week's featured show is The Rabies Reunion: 10 p.m. Saturday at Nietzsche's.

Come celebrate Halloween with the 5-year reunion of Buffalo's quintesential horror punk act, The Rabies at Nietzsche's on Saturday, October 29th!

The sweet and syrupy powerful vocals of Lexi Lawsuit (often compared to Siouxsie Sioux), combined with catchy yet haunting guitar melodies, spooky keyboards, and the steady throbbing rhythmic percussion...it's horror pop cabaret that packs a punch.

The Rabies emerged back in 2003 and quickly grew in popularity, touring around the U.S. and performing alongside acts such as The Buzzcocks, Billy Talent, The Dickies, Wilco, and many more. They also played on Vans Warped Tour and performed live on Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider's radio show.

Emerging from the dead, they will be joined by fitting support acts The Irving Klaws and The Stripteasers starting at 10 p.m, and there's only a $5 cover!

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Greg Burt is a Concert Promoter/Sound Guy/Music Supporter/Keyboardist/etc. He can be reached at Greg@FTMPEvents.com. For the full FTMP show calendar, visit www.FTMPEvents.com.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tickets still available for tonight's Sheepdogs show at Town Ballroom

BUFFALO -- Canadian rock band the Sheepdogs will make a Queen City appearance tonight at Town Ballroom -- and there's still tickets remaining.

The band, which formed a decade ago in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is comprised of lead singer and guitarist Ewan Currie, his brother Shamus Currie on trombone, keyboard and tambourine, bass guitarist Ryan Gullen, drummer Sam Corbett, and guitarist Jimmy Bowskill.

The band describes itself as "pure, simple, good-time music" with their most recognizable song, "I Don't Know" sounding almost like Southern Rock. In fact, Currie often credits groups Sly and the Family Stone, Humble Pie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and The Allman Brothers Band as influences on his style.

Tickets to tonight's show start at just $17. They're available online.

Like to save money? Check out our All WNY Deals page.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Headstones, USS to play Rapids Theatre

NIAGARA FALLS -- A pair of popular Canadian bands will be playing to fans on this side of the border as Kingston punk-rockers, Headstones, and Toronto alt-dance duo USS have upcoming shows at the Rapids Theatre.

Tickets went on sale today to the Dec. 16 Headstones show, as well as the Jan. 14 Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker show with special guests Repartee and Said The Whale. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the Headstones show and at 7 p.m. for the USS show.

General admission tickets to the Headstones are $27.50 in advance, and $32 on the day of the show. USS tickets, meanwhile, are just $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for Oct. 19, 2016

Your hosts ThinkSoJoE and Muller bring you music from Senick, Skinbound, Ghostfeeder, and Dirty Smile on an all new ThinkSoJoE Show! Plus, ya know, boy stuff ...

Monday, October 17, 2016

LEFFLER: 'Monday is Dead' is actually quite lively

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I feel guilty -- or somewhat silly -- admitting this but until a week ago, I had never stepped foot in the Buffalo's famous Tralf Music Hall.

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I'd walked (or ridden) by it probably hundreds of times, but I'd never taken the opportunity to walk into the iconic Main Street venue. Last Monday, though, I went in to partake in "Monday is Dead," a relatively new weekly event taking place at the Tralf.

See, every Monday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. the Tralf celebrates all things Grateful Dead beginning with an airing of a Grateful Dead performance or Dead-related film. Then at 7 p.m. some of Buffalo's best musicians get on stage and jam. Typically led by one or two musicians, the on-stage product changes from week to week. Last week was "The Grateful Dans" -- along with an eclectic mix of musicians joining in to play about 90 minutes worth of jams.

IMG_20161010_175906.jpg by All WNY Photos on 500px.comPersonally, I'm not a huge fan of the Grateful Dead. I consider it to be great background music. But I've never been into "the scene." So I went mostly to get out of the house and enjoy a libation or two.

The Tralf is spectacular. The nicely stocked bar carries a wide selection of domestic and craft beers in addition to whatever spirits one might want. It has a very decent bar menu, although the kitchen is closed on Monday nights -- kind of a shame when you consider some of the crowd probably has the munchies all the time.

The music was perfect. And the musicians were spot-on -- especially considering they aren't used to playing with one another. Want proof? Check out this YouTube video of "The Grateful Dans" and company jamming to "The Weight" (a.k.a. "Take a Load Off (F)Annie.")

In short (too late?), if you have even a remote fondness for the Dead, get to the Tralf one of these Mondays (why not tonight?) and take in a show. There's no cover and many of the drinks are buy-one-get-one before 7 p.m.

I know I'll be back.


+Scott Leffler founded All WNY Radio in 2006 to offer more exposure for the talented musicians in Western New York. Occasionally, he may pen a column discussing one of them. Follow him on Twitter @scottleffler.

HEaRD in WNY: Top shows for the week of Oct. 17 - 23

This week's featured show is Breckenwood's Last Show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Evening Star Concert Hall in Niagara Falls.

Buffalo-based Pop Rock band Breckenwood is saying goodbye for good, and wanted to do it with a bunch of musicians they've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with numerous times, and who will continue to keep the Buffalo music scene going. Garrett Shea, Will Folckemer, and Cam Kukla formed the group in March of 2011 and exactly a year later they were signed to indie label Buzz Records. Stephen Adolf and Tony Knox joined later on guitar for the band's second album Handheld Memories which was produced by Rob Freeman. After a variety of tours and shows opening for the likes of Aaron Carter followed by a decision that they should eventually go their separate ways, they slowly faded out. But the crew is back to have a proper send off. Don't miss your last time to sing along to your favorite tracks from one of Buffalo's favorite local bands.

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Greg Burt is a Concert Promoter/Sound Guy/Music Supporter/Keyboardist/etc. He can be reached at Greg@FTMPEvents.com. For the full FTMP show calendar, visit www.FTMPEvents.com.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for Oct. 12, 2016

The boys went in without a plan. Who needs plans, anyway? The did manage to play some local music, and stay on-air for the entire two hours. That's what we call a success. (We believe in setting attainable goals at All WNY Radio)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

GURNETT: Project/Object was 'Frankly' brilliant

Sunday at the Tralf, Project/Object came rumbling into town celebrating 50 years of Frank Zappa's music. The band, which plays the music of both Frank Zappa & the Mothera of Invention and The Frank Zappa Band, was on top of their game and put on a brilliant performance. It's rare that you get to see world-class musicians playing some of the most difficult music ever written, and Project/Object was up to the task.

The opener was Jamie Holka, a brilliant guitarist who played interpretative oldies with mixed results. His guitar style was amazing, handling percussion, rhythm, melody and sometimes bass all at once. He moved from tapping to strumming to finger-picking to slapping the strings with ease as he performed covers of Steely Dan, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. I would never consider knocking Holka's skill at guitar, but I do have an issue with his content. Halfway through his short set, the songs started to sound more like Muzak versions of oldies. I could see people yawning in the crowd. It was beautiful, but if I'm amped up to see Project/Object, the last thing I want is to be lulled to sleep.

Then Ike Willis came out by himself. He apologized for the 12-year absence of Project/Object in Buffalo, promising a return next year, then introduced synthesizer player Don Preston (Zappa contributor from 1966 - 1974), who opened the set by laying down a bizarre, dissonant soundscape much like something Zappa himself would have written. Afterwards, the rest of the Project/Object joined in. Along with Ike Willis on vocals and guitars, the group consisted of Andre Cholmondeley on guitar and vocals, Zappa doppleganger Ryan Berg on drums, Kendal Scott on keyboard and synths, Richard Rutkowski on saxophone and Andrew Walley on bass.

The band went straight into a medley of “Who Needs the Peace Corp?” and “We Are the Other People” from the album We're Only In It for the Money (which, in my opinion, is one of the 10 greatest rock albums ever made). From there it was fan favorite “Montana.” The set also included Zappa mainstays like “Go Cry on Somebody Else's Shoulder,” “Idiot Bastard Son,” “Apostrophe,” “Uncle Remus,” “Who are the Brain Police?” and “Excentrifugal Forz.” The set also included a few instrumental pieces I wasn't familiar with but was easily impressed by, with arrangements so complex I could barely count.

Each musician on stage played brilliantly. Every note, key change and bizarre, inexplicable time signature was played to perfection. There were a few slight issues hearing Preston and Cholmondeley's vocals and some of the lead guitar work, but aside from that, every instrument came through clearly. Ike, seated for the majority of the concert, still has a rich baritone that billowed all throughout The Tralf. He was clearing having a blast. He counted out every song with a loud “1-2-3-4” and conducted the group the same way Zappa did in its heyday. As someone who hasn't seen much live concert footage of Willis prior, his proficiency on guitar was a pleasant surprise to me. Walley, meanwhile, played so quickly that I wouldn't have been surprised if he'd melted his bass at some point.

There aren't many bands one can compare to Project/Object. The most obvious, of course, is Zappa Plays Zappa, which I've also seen. Zappa Plays Zappa has an equal of amount of talent, but if they perform the music of Frank Zappa for a setting like Shea's, Project/Object is Frank Zappa for a bar setting, like it should be. There seemed to be a particular relaxation and joy to Project/Object that I just didn't see in Zappa Plays Zappa. They allowed a little more wiggle room during the originally spoken-word bits of certain tunes, with Willis and crew inserting custom updates (like talking about a certain presidential candidate grabbing women in the crotch, less timely remarks about Tony Blair having sex with a chicken, and, when speaking about the night's presidential debates, “I'm not in the mood for bullshit. I want to hear Zappa music”), all of which Frank would have undoubtedly enjoyed.
It was a fantastic performance played with joy and virtuosity by a phenomenal group of musicians, from younger members like Walley and Rutkowski all the way up to Don Preston (who can rock his ass off for an 84-year-old). Being a Frank Zappa fan since junior high, I can't think of a better compliment than telling them they would have made Frank proud.

Ryan Gurnett is a local musician with an appreciation for other local music. Email him at never_really_been@hotmail.com or find him on Twitter @SirWilliamIdol.

Monday, October 10, 2016

HEaRD in WNY: Top shows for the week of Oct. 10 - 16

This week's featured event is the grand opening of VENU (formery LUX) on Wednesday.

Buffalo's Hottest party venue is back! The former LUX / PURE / LEVEL Nightclub, VENU is here! They will be celebrating their Grand Opening this week on Wednesday with national recording DJ and producer 3LAU headlining alongside Corrupt, DJ Rankan, & Tommy Trillfiger. VENU boasts state of the art sound and lights, cryo effects, an LED dance floor and walls, two stories, and much more! Welcome back this great venue to downtown Buffalo and join in the party!

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Greg Burt is a Concert Promoter/Sound Guy/Music Supporter/Keyboardist/etc. He can be reached at Greg@FTMPEvents.com. For the full FTMP show calendar, visit www.FTMPEvents.com.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

'Unleash the Lion' show worth catching

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There are two types of people in the world: those that like Pearl Jam and those that are wrong.

I've seen Pearl Jam twice in my life. The first time was when they played Lollapalooza '92. It was pretty much the best lineup of a concert ever. Other performers included Ministry, Ice Cube, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden, among others. There was also the Jim Rose Sideshow and 30,000 screaming fans. The second time I saw them was in May of 2010. We missed the opening act. A packed HSBC Arena did not.

Saturday night, I caught Buffalo-based Pearl Jam tribute act, "Unleash the Lion," at Evening Star Concert Hall in Niagara Falls. There were about two dozen people there. The rest of you missed out.

Fronted by Julian Burgio, Unleash the Lion includes Brendan Brady and Anthony Carames on guitar, Ian Corbitt on bass, and Andrea Zaramella on drums. The five-piece outfit played about 15 songs to the small crowd of loyal fans, including many of Pearl Jam's biggest hits -- Alive, Jeremy (video -- poor audio quality (sorry!)), Daughter, and Better Man. Burgio -- channeling Eddie Vedder -- also covered John Lennon's Imagine. (video below)

The Evening Star is a great venue. You walk in to what looks like your standard corner bar but then off to the right, there's a huge room with a really nice stage, sound equipment and lights. It really is a concert hall. And because it's also a neighborhood bar, you always meet some interesting folks there. I wouldn't mind a better tap beer selection. And some food would be nice. But if wishes were horseshoes ... or whatever.

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Anyway, back to Unleash the Lion. They're a young band put together by Burgio, who also has a solo gig. The band and Burgio are both All WNY Music Award-nominated artists. And rightfully so. Burgio's got pipes. And the band sounds cohesive behind him -- despite some technical difficulties that they had Saturday.

You should check them out sometime. Conveniently, they'll be playing another gig on Saturday (Oct. 15) at Central Park Grill.

For a quick interview with Burgio following Saturday's show, check the podcast below. For more photos from Saturday's show, click here.

+Scott Leffler founded All WNY Radio in 2006 to offer more exposure for the talented musicians in Western New York. Occasionally, he may pen a column discussing one of them. Follow him on Twitter @scottleffler

Thursday, October 06, 2016

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for Oct. 5, 2016

It's an all new ThinkSoJoE Show with your hosts ThinkSoJoE and Muller. This episode features with special guests Nick and Dan of Exham Priory in studio. Plus music from Lost ElysiumSeven Faces, and As Summer Dies. And some technical difficulties. 

Monday, October 03, 2016

HEaRD in WNY: Top shows for the week of Oct. 3 - 9

This week's featured show is Meghan Pawlak's Benefit Dinner & Concert from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Sanborn Fire Hall.

Meghan has been a part of the Boulevard Music Lessons and Performing Arts family for a few years. She is a very talented 12-year-old who love to sing and play guitar. She recently found out that she needs a medical surgery which will financially cripple her family and to help support her and her family the students and faculty wanted to do something to show their support by bringing the community together to raise funds & make new friends

Please read her full story here.

Featuring performances by the students of Performing Arts and Boulevard Music Lessons

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Greg Burt is a Concert Promoter/Sound Guy/Music Supporter/Keyboardist/etc. He can be reached at Greg@FTMPEvents.com. For the full FTMP show calendar, visit www.FTMPEvents.com.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for Sept. 28, 2016

Wednesday's all new ThinkSoJoE Show on All WNY Radio, with your hosts, ThinkSoJoE and Muller featured music from Beneath Hell's Sky, So Far So Good, Stalking Neptune, and Nerds in Denial.

Download the podcast and listen again and again and again.

Monday, September 26, 2016

HEaRD in WNY: Top shows for the week of Sept. 26 - Oct. 2

This week's features show is the Trust Me, They're Dead & Now In Stores Reunion Show at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mohawk Place.

Ryan, Matthew, Tom, David, Angelo, & Tony are getting back together one more time to play songs from their previous music projects! Don't miss your only time to hear some of your favorite metal jams from these Buffalo veterans again! It's about to get rowdy at Mohawk Place on Thurs, Sept 29th when they join Prepare For The Mindscan, One Way Terror, Crooked Gener8ion, & Inertia on stage. Get your Owen Wilson references ready, your jack in your hand, and ears ready to hear those sweet sweet tracks way back from The Team Records days & before!

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Knockout Kid : 5 p.m. Wednesday at Mohawk Place
Forever Grey : 6 p.m. Wednesday at Sugar City
The Observers : 9 p.m. Thursday at Nietzsche's
Virus X "Punk Rock Reunion Show" : 9 p.m. Friday at Evening Star Concert Hall
Taboo Masquerade & Fetish Ball : 11 p.m. Friday at Mohawk Place
MAPS : 8 p.m. Saturday at Stamps
Motorizer : 6 p.m. Sunday at Evening Star Concert Hall

Greg Burt is a Concert Promoter/Sound Guy/Music Supporter/Keyboardist/etc. He can be reached at Greg@FTMPEvents.com. For the full FTMP show calendar, visit www.FTMPEvents.com.