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Monday, September 18, 2017

PODCAST: Here's the Thing for Sept. 18, 2017

All WNY Radio     Monday, September 18, 2017    

Scott discusses the most pressing news of the day ... including magpie attacks in Australia and squirrel attacks here in the U.S.

Like the show? Hate the show? Let Scott know on Twitter: @scottleffler.

PODCAST: Cory Comments On ... Cheeseburger Day

All WNY Radio     Monday, September 18, 2017    

Cory doesn't want to talk about the Bills. He'd rather talk about cheeseburgers. Really, can you blame him?

GURNETT: Internet reacts to Conor Oberst Buffalo show

All WNY Radio     Monday, September 18, 2017    

Conor Oberst (aka Bright Eyes) has received a mixture of anger and concern over his concert at Babeville on September 14th. The singer/songwriter was clearly under the influence of something. For Oberst, this is hardly anything new. (A slew of reviews of recent concerts mention him being in a similar state.). But this night, the level of disconnect between Oberst and reality was the worst it’s been. He forgot song lyrics, slurred his words, spent extended amounts of time tuning, and then abruptly left the stage without finishing his set list.

Concertgoers have taken to Twitter and Reddit to talk about what happened. Some are angry, others worried, and some wonder if they’ve seen Conor Oberst for the last time.

From af213
I feel like there aren't many reviews in this sub, but tonight's show was b-a-d. I've seen Conor 15 times in the past 13 years. I've seen great shows and mediocre shows. Tonight he forgot entire verses of songs, relying on an audience member for the lyrics, stopped another song in the middle and re-tuned, stumbled off the side of the stage 2 songs before the encore (which would have been 3 songs) and then the house lights came up. The band looked really pissed as the show went on.
I consider myself a superfan but this was majorly disappointing and sad. Has anyone else been seeing him perform this poorly lately?

From Havaroth:

Last night's show was painful to see, I felt bad for him and the rest of the band. You could tell the band was trying to pull him across the finish line for that set. I hope everything is ok. I don't know what was wrong but the pain that was there felt terrible to see. If it was any other artist playing I think that crowd would have turned ugly.

I noticed the lead guitarist was watching his tuning like a hawk when he stopped the song and tuned. The last three songs, the guy on keys/accordion looks embarrassed/worried because he just kept looking at Conor. He started out great but you could see him getting drunker as the show went on. I could not relax because I was just purely worried about him. And then after the show I thought, when do we stop being fans and start being concerned for the individual in a situation like that. I just wanted to hug him and let him vent for the rest of the set.

Things didn’t look any better on Twitter.

No one knows for sure yet what happened. It could have been a bad night. It could have been booze, it could have been drugs, or it could be indicative of something else. Oberst has begun cancelling his upcoming concerts. Hopefully, he can get whatever help he needs and get back on the road when he’s ready.

Ryan Gurnett has a B.S. in Music Industry from The College of St Rose. He has worked as a studio engineer, live sound engineer, producer and sound editor and has been a musician for 25 years. He is currently the bassist for The Lady, or the Tiger?. Email him at or find him on Twitter @SirWilliamIdol.

HEaRD in WNY: Shows for Sept. 21 - 27

All WNY Radio     Monday, September 18, 2017    

This week's featured show is the Amplify 4.0 (Indoor Electronic Music Festival).

Buffalo Rage Community & SE² Silent Disco present Amplify 4.0 "The Indoor Electronic Music Festival" this Saturday, September 23rd at the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center. Boasting 3 floors of electronic music, 5 rooms, 4 sound stages, 3 silent disco stages, professional lighting & sound production, along with live artists, vendors, and UV & themed decoration.

The huge line up for the evening includes Bentz, Buzzy Trillington, Local Heroes, Rufus Gibson, Rönin, Al Polanski, Alex Morrison, Bad Hombres, BANDO, Broken Ocean, BUDZKI, Buffalo Joe, Catlikethief, cURe, Delano, Deztination, DJ KWALL, DJ Reidmix, EcHo, eFFeX, Fe'netiks, Jeanie, Jiggz, Jillie Hutch, JVZZY B2B Yung Morty, Kitz, M45 B2B Brian Longmire, Marshall, Maxiavelli, MIOSI B2B GREG SPICE, Mr. Fink, MVRBLES, Myke Maz, N3wT, N8trixx, Nate Mannix, PR!ME, PSYSLIM, qwelis, Redubulous, REZI, RPG, Saeger, Salamander Ray, SAV, Scafetta, Tommy Trillfiger B2B Stacks, Travis Poling, Wavy Jones, & Yedo

Doors open at 7 p.m. for this 18 or older event, tickets available for $25 at the door or you can save a few bucks buying presale through Eventbrite.

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

GURNETT: 'X' to rock Town Ballroom on Sunday

All WNY Radio     Thursday, September 14, 2017    

If you asked Los Angeles-based band X if they thought, back in 1977, they’d still be playing their infectious, melodic-based punk in 2017, their answer, according to the band, would be a resounding no. But here they are, 40 years later and on the road celebrating their big anniversary. In spite of mostly avoiding mainstream success, X has been wildly influential, cited as an influence by bands from Green Day to Wilco and gaining a spot on Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 500 Albums Ever for 1981’s Wild Gift. If the band’s lasting appeal was ever in doubt, their recent raising of $50,000 on Kickstarter in under 4 days for their next album puts that doubt to rest.
When X originally formed, they were a counterpoint to punk bands like Black Flag, adding more melody to the mix. While bands like Black Flag were inspired by metal, X’s own influences tended to be more contemporary. They took their cues from The Beatles and Bob Dylan, utilizing similar chord structures. X reminds me an awful lot of The Buzzcocks and Stiff Little Fingers and is still a fixture on the shelves of musicians, vinyl collectors and disaffected youth. The original lineup remains intact with John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake backing up the howling, haunting vocals of Exene Cervenka.
To celebrate their 40th anniversary, X did a month of touring in May and are hitting the road again in September, with a stop at the Town Ballroom coming up on Sunday, (Sept. 17). If you enjoyed them in the 80’s and 90’s, you’ll want to get to this concert. Drummer DJ Bonebrake claims the band “sounds better now than it did 30 years ago. We’re a tighter band because of all our experience, and we have a lot of energy. Exene’s a better singer than ever before and John sounds amazing. Billy’s in a really good place. Everyone’s in a positive mood, and you can hear it when we’re on stage.”

Ryan Gurnett has a B.S. in Music Industry from The College of St Rose. He has worked as a studio engineer, live sound engineer, producer and sound editor and has been a musician for 25 years. He is currently the bassist for The Lady, or the Tiger?. Email him at or find him on Twitter @SirWilliamIdol.

Monday, September 11, 2017

PODCAST: Cory Comments On ... Birthday Wishes

All WNY Radio     Monday, September 11, 2017    

Cory comments on the his birthday wishes.

HEaRD in WNY: Shows for Sept. 14 - 20

All WNY Radio     Monday, September 11, 2017    

The features show for the week is the Gypsy Parlor 4th Anniversary show on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Gypsy Parlor is located in the heart of the West Side of Buffalo, and features local favorites and flavors from around the world. A play on "regional" cuisine, they boost some of the West Side's favorites like pastelillos and samosas.

At Gypsy Parlor you will always find something special going on. From Buffalo B movie series nights to your local indie rock bands. They are all set up for entertainment, including a bohemian backdrop that makes you feel like you're in another country. Gypsy Parlor is situated in Buffalo's most diverse populated neighborhood and is about to hit their 4 year anniversary mark!

Stop in this Wednesday, September 20th to celebrate! FolkFaces will be performing live alongside DJs, Dancing, & more! Complimentary appetizers will be served throughout the evening too! As they say "Ask about one of our specialty cocktails like Gypsy Juice or Love Potion Number 9! We embrace diversity and support the West Side Renaissance. Stop in for a cocktail or dinner, we look forward to serving you!"

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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

GURNETT: Pocket Vinyl's 'Drive. Play. Sleep.' a must-watch

All WNY Radio     Sunday, September 10, 2017    

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise; the struggle is real. YouTube is full of videos of road stories from everyone from The Beatles to Metallica to Ludacris. However, the true struggle takes place not among the biggest stars, but the smallest independent artists. Ringo Starr probably doesn’t have many stories about not getting paid for gigs, playing for crowds of zero, not having a place to sleep for the night, or being completely disrespected by a concert’s promoter. That’s what Drive. Play. Sleep. aims to show audiences. The documentary, which covers a year in the life of the band Pocket Vinyl, shows some of the band’s firsthand experiences, as well as including interviews from over 30 independent musicians. Interviewees’ stories around different themes -- sleeping arrangements, booking, car troubles -- are paired with clips of Pocket Vinyl experiencing these same things. Paced and edited smoothly, the documentary is interesting, thought-provoking and engaging from start to finish. While Drive. Play. Sleep. certainly has its serious moments, the topics are covered with levity and joy, resulting in an educational, uplifting and fun experience -- both for those uninitiated to life on the road for the DIY, independent musician and those who’ve been there themselves. Eric and Elizabeth are naturals on camera, and you may find yourself wishing they were your best friends by the time the film is over. I bought a copy of Drive. Play. Sleep., which will be available for physical and digital distribution in the coming months (and is available now as a physical copy if you catch Pocket Vinyl on tour). First, I’m going to circulate it among everyone in my band. After that, I’m going to show it to anyone to whom I’ve been unable to perfectly describe the experience of being an independent musician. Family will come next. Frankly, if you have any interest in music, this movie is for you. If you’ve ever been to a small, local concert, this movie is for you. If you’ve ever been friends with a musician, this movie is for you. It will be up for pre-order at some point at the end of October. Buy it.

Ryan Gurnett has a B.S. in Music Industry from The College of St Rose. He has worked as a studio engineer, live sound engineer, producer and sound editor and has been a musician for 25 years. He is currently the bassist for The Lady, or the Tiger?. Email him at or find him on Twitter @SirWilliamIdol.

GURNETT: Pocket Vinyl masterfully blends music and art

All WNY Radio     Sunday, September 10, 2017    

I’ve written a decent number of music reviews in my life, and my biggest complaint is, frustratingly, a lack of originality. In a time where every band and artist can release a smattering of videos, creating something that stands out gets harder by the day as new ideas -- for better or worse -- are constantly available on social media. Pocket Vinyl managed to take the art of mixed media, stand it on its head, and perfect it on their visit to Sugar City last Thursday, September 7th. The evening consisted of a 30-minute performance by the band, which always includes a painting created live by artist Elizabeth Jancewicz. The performance was in support of the band’s new documentary, Drive. Play. Sleep. Pocket Vinyl’s current tour normally involves just showing the movie, but for this evening, they were asked if they could perform in addition to the screening to the movie. It was a smart choice.
The set opened with what pianist/vocalist Eric Stevenson referred to as his own “30-minute Pixar short.” The music was upbeat and poppy -- “slam piano” and ”piano punk” are terms Stevenson uses. With a strong Ben Folds Five influence, he mixes contemporary rock with classical and ragtime elements and also throws in a good measure of percussive elements. The songs featured emotional, sincere lyrics served to the crowd in the form of everything from growling anger to high falsetto. The energy and emotion behind every second of the performance was enough to leave Stevenson out of breath after each song.

 Eric, who is happy and engaging onstage, told a lot of stories during the set, which included a “Buffalo-centric” set of songs written during the band’s one-month stay in the area in 2016. The set included “Death Anxiety,” “Heaven, Hell & Nihilism,” and “Sink,” in addition to three currently unreleased songs from their forthcoming album including the quiet, introspective “Fein Rage” and “Dumber” & “Effigy” (all working titles).

Watching someone paint live created an atmosphere like no other concert I’ve been to. Pocket Vinyl’s performance would have been memorable without the painting, but Elizabeth’s contribution to the performance made the evening extraordinary. She may have been speed-painting (a typical Pocket Vinyl performance is usually closer to 45 minutes or an hour), but you couldn’t tell from the result. Her finished painting (see photo insert) was whimsical, soothing and as impressive as anything you’d find at indie galleries like CEPA or Hallwalls. The experience of watching Elizabeth do something as simple as adding little dotted stars to a sky was relaxing to watch, and seeing her creative process an artform in itself. Some might ignorantly refer to Stevenson as a solo act with an artist on stage, but it couldn’t be further from the truth; Elizabeth’s painting carries a calm, steady pulse that paces the show and perfects the atmosphere. As is Pocket Vinyl’s tradition, the painting was auctioned off to the crowd at the end of the night. Amazingly, after 700+ shows, each painting is a distinct, one-of-a-kind original.

If the world were perfect, Pocket Vinyl would be selling out arenas, performing on Jimmy Fallon, and plastered on the side of a tour bus while bands like Nickelback play to small handfuls of people in art spaces in places like Possum Ridge, Arkansas. The world is not perfect, but that does mean we get to see amazing acts like Pocket Vinyl in small, intimate settings. They usually play around here twice a year, so hopefully we’ll see them back in the spring. When they come, run, don’t walk, to the concert and know that for next to nothing , you’ll get a great night of entertainment and see something you’ve never seen before.

RELATED: GURNETT: Pocket Vinyl's 'Drive. Play. Sleep.' a must-watch

Ryan Gurnett has a B.S. in Music Industry from The College of St Rose. He has worked as a studio engineer, live sound engineer, producer and sound editor and has been a musician for 25 years. He is currently the bassist for The Lady, or the Tiger?. Email him at or find him on Twitter @SirWilliamIdol.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for Sept. 6, 2017

All WNY Radio     Wednesday, September 06, 2017    

It's a brand new ThinkSoJoE Show. Take the time to listen. 

PODCAST: Cory Comments On ... Fall

All WNY Radio     Wednesday, September 06, 2017    

Cory comments on the Fall.

Monday, September 04, 2017

PODCAST: Cory Comments On ... Balloon Fest

All WNY Radio     Monday, September 04, 2017    

Cory comments on Balloon Fest.

HEaRD in WNY: Shows for Sept. 7 - 13

All WNY Radio     Monday, September 04, 2017    

This week's featured show is The Fell, featuring Buffalo's own: Billy Sheehan on Sunday at Evening Star Concert Hall.

Billy Sheehan has changed the way bass guitar is played. Rising to cult status in the 80's with his Buffalo, NY based band Talas, Billy was recruited by David Lee Roth when Roth left Van Halen in '85. He recorded two platinum selling albums with the former Van Halen front man before setting out on his own. Forming Mr. Big in 1989, the band achieved a Billboard #1 single in the US and 14 other countries with "To Be With You" from their 2nd Atlantic Records album release "Lean Into It". While developing his trademark style of playing he has performed over 4000 live gigs on every continent except Africa and Antarctica.

Voted the "Best Rock Bass Player" 5 times in Guitar Player magazines Readers Poll, an honor which placed him in their "Gallery of Greats" (alongside Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee and Eddie Van Halen to name but a few), he has also won readers polls in Germany, Japan, Korea, Italy, and many other countries. On January 27, 1999 Billy's handprints and signature were preserved in cement on the Hollywood Rockwalk at Guitar Center. An honor attributed to those artists who have made a significant contribution to Rock and Roll. In Japan, Billy has won the prestigious "Player Magazine" (Japan's #1 Music mag) Readers Poll for Best Bass Player an unprecedented 14 consecutive times and Burrn! Magazines (Japan's #1 heavy metal mag) Readers Poll 5 times while selling out Budokan arena 3 consecutive nights with his band Mr. Big.

Sheehan has performed on many of Steve Vai's solo albums and was the bassist for Vai's touring band from 2001 until early 2007, an incarnation which Vai dubbed "The Breed". The Breed was noted by Vai as having "worked beyond his expectations" and has expressed that he hopes to will work with Sheehan and The Breed in the future as schedules permit. In 1999, he helped to record the widely acclaimed album "Brotherhood", with the multi-platinum Japanese band, B'z, and subsequently played with the band live for their 2002 "Green" Tour in front of total 750,000 audience.

The Fell –a new alternative rock band consisting of the multi-talented Anthony De La Torre on vocals, who you may also know as Young Jack Sparrow in Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales or the drummer in Metallica’s video “Man Unkind” with the cast of Lords of Chaos in which he played “Hell Hammer”, Mike Krompass - Guitar player and Multi-Platinum producer , Notorious session drummer Randy Cooke and last, but not least, Billy Sheehan on bass.

The Fell is not typical of any of their past projects, It’s a fresh new direction, but uses their influences to create a more modern sound, with heavy guitars, powerful riffs, crushing grooves and huge vocals. "The Fell is a collaboration of musicians who hail from rock'n'roll upbringings. We wrote this record with no filter, just the pure experience of playing music around the world. The four us met through rock'n'roll, and that is the language we are projecting in this project. Lyrically, we hope to inspire those in doubt and join those who reap. It’s a new world… a new fight".

Don't miss their debut tour as it comes to the Evening Star Concert Hall in Niagara Falls, NY on Sunday, September 10th! Tickets are $25 each presale or $35 at the door with doors opening at 5:30pm. The Scarecrow Show, Mike Zogaria Band, Seven Faces, The Freshwater Four, & Arcadia will be opening this 18 or older event.

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for Aug. 30, 2017

All WNY Radio     Wednesday, August 30, 2017    

It's a brand new episode of the ThinkSoJoE Show. 

PODCAST: Cory Comments On ... Roc City Sports

All WNY Radio     Wednesday, August 30, 2017    

Cory comments on sports in Rochester.

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