Saturday, June 27, 2015

2Rabbit - Buffalo, NY

2Rabbit Prey CD Review
2Rabbit play groovy garage rock with plenty of pyschedelic grace and conviction. The singer on the first song, Lines From Jim, reminded me of Gord Downie from The Tragically Hip at times, I dig the distorted bass sound and the lead guitar accompaniment. Irresponsibility Rag sounds like early 80's punk rock/new wave to me, the singer manages to channel Devo/Talking Heads on this jam. The next song, Bust A Tooth definitely has a cool psychedelic groove, the upfront bass sound on this track is great and the vocal effects complete the surrealistic sound. Grass is Grass has an ethereal sound. The feel is slow and intoxicating leaving plenty of open spaces for an atmospheric, digitally delayed guitar solo. Mon Ocle sounds like a mash up of Nirvana and Black Sabbath served up with a psychedelic twist. Mad Bad Stupid has plenty of punk rock attitude and rock guitar flavor all rolled into one. Terrify Tissue is driven by a solid bass line and Shantastic reminded of Led Zeppelin's "In The Light" upon the first listen. Get It, Peggy! is a bastardized, punk rock version of Peggy Sue with a lot less twang. Beauties has a laid back, sinister Velvet Underground sound. A Deal Is Struck closes out Prey is rockin' style.

2Rabbit performance schedule
July 17: Pleasant Valley Tavern, Lockport NY
July 25: Evening Star Concert Hall, Niagara Falls NY

Thank you, Marc!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Current Events

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Performers, musicians, bands, clubs, show promoters and booking agents feel free to send me any future happening Event flyers to my Facebook, Joe Tell or you can send them in jpg picture file form to and I will post it to help promote your event on this Current Events post.
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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Common Purpose - Buffalo, NY

Gary Ranney is a indie hip hop artist out of Buffalo NY. Common Purpose is the brainchild of Gary Ranney and he has recently released an advance single from his new EP entitled, Certainty And Doubt. The Generation (Wh)Y CD will be released this summer on Deepthinka records.

Here's a Youtube promo video link:
Common Purpose Twitter link: 
Common Purpose bandcamp link: 
Project Contributors:
Production by: DJ Bake$ale and Blueprint
Bakesale twitter link:
Blueprint twitter link
Blueprint website

more links to come, to be continued...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chunkpipe - Buffalo NY

Anybody who missed the 10/11/14 show missed a good one! Lots of people, lots of chunk debris and tons of fun! Don't miss the next Chunkathon on 3/14/15!

    Thank You Mike!

This blogpost is in memory of Chunkhead Jeff and his brother, Mike.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Awolnation - Town Ballroom - June 28th


Los Angeles, CA - March 26, 2015 - AWOLNATION hit the ground running for the release of their new studio album Run notching their highest debut chart positions ever landing atop the Billboard 200 at #17, followed by Top 5 chart debuts on Independent Albums #2, Alternative Albums #3, Top Rock Albums #4, alongside Top 10 chart entrances on the Digital Albums #6, Top Album Sales #9 and Current Albums #9 charts. Coming off one of the most electric and buzzed about live performances at the SXSW music festival, the band officially kick-off their North American Run Tour 2015 on May 28th. Tickets are on sale now and going fast with several dates already adding second shows. The summer headlining tour will include stops at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Firefly Music Festival, Summerfest, Bottlerock Music Festival, and more. A confirmed tour itinerary is listed below with additional dates to be announced. Ticket and pre-sale info is available at

Currently on tour in Europe playing to sold out crowds, the band returns to the U.S. for a televised live performance on Conan (TBS 11:00pm/10:00pm central) Tuesday, April 7th, followed by a round of select festival dates this spring. Continuing to climb the charts, the debut single "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)" has exploded into the Top 5 at alternative radio where it currently sits at #3.  

Following a whirlwind two-year world tour in support of Megalithic Symphony, AWOLNATION withdrew into the depths of the California coastline to construct the sophomore effort. A culmination of the years following the release of the debut album, the 14-track Run, was written, performed and produced entirely by musical architect Aaron Bruno. The end result is a finely tuned musical masterwork that is at times, and all at once, sprawling, atmospheric, exuberant, earnest and refined with moments of a signature aggressive unease. CraveOnline stated, "
these sounds are designed to stick in your head, and they succeed in their purpose, gorgeously," with Alternative Press calling Run "the first AWOLNATION album of the rest of your life." 
Released in 2011, the band's gold-certified debut album Megalithic Symphony was an alternative music revelation that became an astonishing success resonating with fans around the world. The album holds a number of long-running Billboard chart positions including 146 weeks on the Independent Albums chart, 111 weeks on the Billboard Top200, 105 weeks on the Top Rock Albums chart and has topped the Heatseekers Albums chart several times over. Their hit single "Sail," a redefining global anthem, is certified 6X Platinumin the U.S., and is the second longest charting song in the Billboard Hot 100's 55-year history amassing hundreds of millions of video views and streaming plays online while charting around the world. Following the success of "Sail," the band would go on to have two more Top 10 charting alternative singles, "Not Your Fault" and "Kill Your Heroes," having sold over a million downloads combined. Since the release of their debut, AWOLNATION has performed countless shows to millions of fans across the globe.
DATE                                       VENUE                                               CITY/STATE
March 30                                  Le Divan Du Monde                          Paris, France
March 31                                  Melkweg                                            Netherlands, Amsterdam
April 1                                       Electric Ballroom                               London, UK
April 18                                     Buzzfest                                            Woodlands, TX
April 24                                     KMYZ Radio Show @ Brady Theater     Tulsa, OK
April 25                                     Edgefest @ Toyota Stadium                   Frisco, TX
May 1                                       Beale Street Music Festival                     Memphis, TN
May 3                                       Sunfest                                                    West Palm Beach, FL
May 8                                       Big Guava Music Festival                        Tampa, FL
May 10                                      WRFF Annual Birthday                           Philadelphia, PA
May 25                                      WXXJ 5th Annual Rock on the River      Jacksonville, FL * new show 
May 28                                      Commodore Ballroom                             Vancouver, BC
May 29                                      Roseland                                                 Portland, OR
May 30                                      McDonald Theatre                                  Eugene, OR
May 31                                      BottleRock Music Festival                       Napa Valley, CA
June 2                                       The Catalyst                                            Santa Cruz, CA
June 3                                       House of Blues                                        San Diego, CA
June 5                                       The Aztec Theater                                   San Antonio, TX
June 6                                       The Diamond Ballroom                           Oklahoma City, OK
June 9                                       Iron City                                                   Birmingham, AL
June 10                                     House of Blues                                        New Orleans, LA
June 12                                     House of Blues                                         N. Myrtle Beach, SC
June 13                                     The Tabernacle                                        Atlanta, GA
June 14                                     Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival               Manchester, TN
June 16                                     The National                                             Richmond, VA
June 18                                      The Fillmore Silver Spring                        Silver Spring, MD
June 19                                      Firefly Music Festival                                Dover, DE
June 22                                      Phoenix Concert Theatre                          Toronto, ON
June 23                                      Metropolis                                                 Montreal, QUE
June 25                                      House of Blues                                          Boston, MA
June 26                                      Irving Plaza                                               New York, NY * new show 
June 27                                      Irving Plaza                                               New York, NY

June 28                         Town Ballroom SOLD OUT                                  Buffalo, NY

June 30                                      House of Blues                                         Cleveland, OH
July 1                                         Bogart's                                                     Cincinnati, OH
July 2                                         The Fillmore Detroit                                  Detroit, MI
July 3                                         Summerfest                                              Milwaukee, WI * new show 
July 5                                         The Garrick Centre                                   Winnipeg, MB
July 7                                          Union Hall                                                Edmonton, AB
July 8                                          Flames Central                                         Calgary, AB
July 19                                       Egyptian Room                                          Indianapolis, IN
July 21                                       Cabooze Outdoor Plaza                           Minneapolis, MN
July 23                                       House of Blues                                         Chicago, IL
July 24                                       House of Blues                                          Chicago, IL * new show
July 25                                       KRBZ's Annual Radio Show Beach          Kansas City, KS
July 26                                      Sokol Auditorium                                        Omaha, NE
July 28                                      Aggie Theatre                                             Fort Collins, CO
July 30                                      Knitting Factory                                          Reno, NV
August 1                                   Hollywood Palladium                                  Los Angeles, CA
September 6                             Fashion Meets Music Festival                    Columbus, OH * new show 
September 19                           Kaaboo Music Festival                               San Diego, CA

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Whiskey Reverb - Nathan Bates Rejects The Illuminati

Whiskey Reverb Soul Vibration Tour dates 2015

Whiskey Reverb's latest and greatest musical release is Nathan Bates Rejects The Illuminati.
I am reviewing this CD to support Whiskey Reverb, one of the best original bands from the current Buffalo, NY music scene.

First I must comment on the title of the CD, Nathan Bates Rejects The Illuminati, the title made me think "Who is this Nathan Bates guy and why did he reject the Illuminati?" so I googled Nathan Bates and there really is no world famous Nathan Bates to speak off. Maybe it's an offhand reference to Norman Bates? The title made me think how did Whiskey Reverb come up with this title and why did they use the title? The title piqued my interest and made me want to hear the music to find out what Whiskey Reverb is all about. I'm sure there is a great story behind the cool, hip CD title.

Onto the music, the CD starts off with a very cool prelude called Shake The Cage. The piano sounds, provided by Wade Benford, are very melancholy and the backwards guitar fades in right at the perfect moment.
Shake The Cage continues on into a funky, steady flowing rock tune with a ton of great sound effects throw into the musical palette to keep the listener's ears engaged. A cool indian sound featuring a sitar introduces a rockin' guitar solo played by Mike Cassidy. There seems to be a positive message flowing throughout the song. My interpretation is that if you want to change your life you need to shake things up a bit and break out of your daily routine. Shake The Cage sets the tone and the mood for the rest of the music to follow.

Something Good is a strong and positive song that starts off with the droning sound of an A note. The songs' sound is reminiscent of a great Coldplay or Oasis song with some Whiskey Reverb juice thrown into the mix. Jim Candytree sounds great and he takes this one out with a awesome vocal outro.

Thank U sounds like a soundtrack for a party, with a intro by A2J and a sweet chorus sang by Megan Brown. Thank U is a uplifting song you should play when you want to have a good time, better yet cue this song up when you are havin' a party to lift it up that much higher.

Dreamsong is exactly as the title suggests, an ethereal, soft flowing song that features Megan Brown on lead vocals. Dreamsong has the sound and feel of a song that can easily carry you away into a different state of mind if you let it. A dreamy song featuring a beautiful voice.

Nathan Bates Rejects The Illuminati is proving to be a diverse soundscape full of different musical genres and talented singers mixed into one cohesive unit, the band has proven to bunch of highly talented individuals halfway through the CD.

Between The Veil is up next, this song is carried by a uptempo acoustic guitar groove and a great lead vocal by Jim Candytree. Mike Cassidy adds some color to the groove, strumming an electric guitar into the mix. This is a strong, uptempo rocker. The rhythm section of Scotty Harrington and Tony Bales lay down a solid groove with Tony Bales throwing in some quick bass lines to help push the song along.

The Way We Live sounds like it has the potential to be a great rap song. The rhythm section sounds as if they're holding back but the groove is still tight. I can hear a stronger rhythm track that could make The Way We Live an awesome rap song with A2J grabbing the spotlight with his words. The tempo twists around as the song morphs into a unique mix of original samples and a erotic gasp brings a lead guitar solo in. The Way We Live is a unique song, it takes a few listens to "get" the groove. Great performances by A2J, Megan and Mike are highlighted on this experimental track.

Letters is a straight forward, acoustic rock song driven by the vocals of Jim Candytree and the keyboards of Wade Benford. After a tasty guitar solo by Mike Cassidy a double vocal by Jim and Megan takes this song out.

The final song, Keep It Movin' (EDM Remix) is sure to get you dancin'. This song would sound just awesome in a crowded dance club on a Saturday night dance marathon.

Congratulations Whiskey Reverb!

"Now that the cat is out of the bag, we (Whiskey Reverb) are proud to announce that we have officially signed on our first distribution contract with Projekt/Warner Bros. and a publishing deal with Seireenien/BMI. We are so excited for the opportunity to spread our music to a worldwide audience and feed that SoulFire. "

Buffalo Music Award winners and Tudor Lounge favorites, Whiskey Reverb are climbing the rock 'n roll ladder to success.
Whiskey Reverb can best described as "Psychedelic, sexy, funk rock from heaven" and they come highly recommended by JoTell.
With their recent Facebook announcement (goto it's a fact that Whiskey Reverb have parlayed their back-to-back Hard Rock Buffalo Rising winnings (2012 & 2013) to even more juicy success...
W.R. combine a myriad of great musical influences, excellent musicianship and awesome stage presence into a complete rockin' party everytime they grace a stage. Good looks W.R.!

Now, just for you, here's Whiskey Reverb's "World's Greatest Hits"

FutureSight from 2012

Serendipity from 2012.

The Tyranny of The Mainstream SoulFire Volume I from 2011.

and Proverbs Bi-Polar & The Body Electric from 2010.

W.R. says "Thank You" for your support!

Special thanks goes out to Jim and Whiskey Reverb.