more by Christopher John Treacy
[POP] 6 million downloads of the Maroon 5-esque tune “Shut Up and Dance,” and this Ohio quartet got catapulted into pop stardom, but their musical aspirations run a bit deeper than that particular track might lead you to believe—something that critics picked up on from the get-go.
[POP] In order for something like this to work, it needs to be done well. While we can’t vouch for this particular production, it’s received a series of four-star reviews and has gained enough momentum elsewhere to tour the US later this year.
[ROCK] Time has a way of building people up and tearing them down, public personalities and performers central among them. Bob Seger was truly a larger-than-life entity on the FM dial at a time when other singer-songwriters that emerged in the 1970s couldn’t catch a break.
[ROCK] The name might have you assuming this is an indie-pop outfit, but Donna the Buffalo have been delivering a tasty blend of roots music since forming outside Ithaca in 1989.
[ROCK] As an offshoot of Medeski, Martin, and Wood, one would expect the Wood Brothers to let loose a bit from their contained rootsy folk, and with 2015’s Paradise, they did it. At least a little.
[FUNK] G. Love & Special Sauce have been making Western New York a habit for years now and it looks like 2019 is no exception.
[BLUES] For the week between Christmas and New Years, the Howlin’ at the Tralf series heats up with a visit from guitarist Jack De Keyzer. British-born but raised and based in Canada, De Keyzer is a modern legend in blues circles.
[FOLK] Binghamton’s Driftwood is stopping at the Tralf Music Hall on the tail end of a fairly extensive fall tour building toward their forthcoming new disc, Tree of Shade, out next spring.
[ROCK] Since ending Gorgeous Frankenstein with his former wife and ex-professional wrestler, Stephanie Bellars, one-time Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and Cancerslug frontman, Alex Story, have gone on to form the simply named, Doyle...
[HOLIDAY] Last weekend the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus opened their Christmas concert series, Our Grown Up Christmas List, with a bang, filling up Westminster Presbyterian Church for a holiday celebration that you don’t want to miss.