Tuesday, October 29, 2013


NEW YORK, NY - The prog/rock quartet TAUK announces today they will hit the road this Fall in support of their latest full-length album, Homunculus. The band will play 30 cities in 2 months, sharing the stage with talented acts throughout the trek including Dopapod, Aqueous, Acoustic Anonymous, Glostik Willy, Jahman Brahman, Nomadic and many more! TAUK joined forces with Grammy-Winning Producer Robert Carranza (Mars Volta, Jack Johnson) to craft their first entirely instrumental full-length album. For more information on the album and tickets, please visit: www.taukband.com                     

This tour announcement comes just as the band is featured in the September issue of Relix Magazine as an "On The Verge" Artist, joining the ranks of Yeasayer, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Mumford & Sons - all "On The Verge" artists featured in the past few years. The issues is on stands today or available at www.relix.com

TAUK's unique experimental blend of instrumental funk, jazz, pop, and rock landed the band spots on last summer's biggest festivals such as Bonnaroo, The Hangout Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, The Allman Brother's Peach Fest, snoe.Down, Mazfest and opening gigs for moe., Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Perpetual Groove, O.A.R., 311, Tea Leaf Green, Toubab Krewe and more. Check out TAUK performing their unique rendition of The Beatles classic "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" for Indaba Music: http://bit.ly/TAUKindaba

TAUK is Matt Jalbert (Guitar), Charlie Dolan (Bass), Alric "A.C." Carter (Keyboard-Organ), and Isaac Teel (Drums). Forming in middle school, a majority of TAUK's members have been playing together for over a decade. The group experimented with their sound throughout the years both individually while studying at top music universities and conservatories, and together as a band - always working to find their ideal sound. It wasn't until 2012 with the addition of drummer, Isaac Teel, and the realization the band could build a fan base around a completely instrumental act, that the pieces fell into place for Homunculus. Jalbert explains, "This band has been through a lot, but we hit a point last year where it just felt like things were coming together the way they were supposed to. We really wanted this new album to be a statement as to what TAUK is all about."

TAUK manages to create a live show experience to match their masterfully produced recordings.  The unique chemistry and relaxed-focus of Tauk's performance is undeniable, but their ability to create immensely melodic and emotional music without a vocal lead is what continues to captivate and impress music lovers across all genres. The future continues to look bright for this talented and ambitious quartet.

Check out more on Tauk here:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/taukband                 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/taukband               
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/taukband                     
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com//taukband             

Fall Tour Dates:
Nov 07 - Cincinnati, OH @ Mad Frog
Nov 14 - Burlington, VT @ Nectar's
Nov 15 - Rochester, NY @ The Dub Land Underground w/ Aqueous

Nov 16 - Buffalo, NY @ Nietzsche's w/ Aqueous

Nov 21 - Johnstown, PA @ Venue of Merging Arts
Dec 06 - Albany, NY @ The Hollow

WHERE: Nietzsche's | 248 Allen St | Buffalo, NY 14201
WHEN: Saturday, November 16th | Show: 7pm

Thank You Becky and Tauk!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cheap Thrill - Hair Nation

I attended the Cheap Thrill show last friday with two of my good friends. Thank you to Rob for getting me in to take pictures of the band. Also, Special thanks to Jim Crean for giving KISS THIS! a shout out during his rockin' set with Hair Nation. My friends and I enjoyed Hair Nation and the kick ass Cheap Thrill show, even though there was a lil' chill in the air. Thank You Braun's and All Music & All Bands!!

Check out the show review from the All Music & All Bands Facebook page...

 CHEAP THRILL, ( Brandon Gibbs - Lead Vocals Guitars, Jeff LaBar - Guitars, Eric Brittingham - Bass and Cheney Brannon -Drums), played this past Friday at Braun's Concert Cove ( located in Akron, NY ). The band is made up of members of CINDERELLA's, Jeff LaBar, Eric Britingham and COLLECTIVE SOUL 's Cheney Brannon along with Solo Artist, Brandon Gibbs. With members of CINDERELLA & COLLECTIVE SOUL, they had a great list of songs to pick from and they chose the BEST to perform.

The band got it going with CINDERELLA's " Save Me" and then went into COLLECTIVE SOUL's " Heavy". Brandon Gibbs played a song "This Town " of his solo CD " Into The Ocean". The audience got to hear a new CHEAP THRILL song " Heavy Man". They got the crowd going with " Heartbreak Station'- CINDERELLA and great cover of Stealers Wheel's "Stuck In The Middle". The band was having a fun time, as well as the crowd. "Long Cold Winter's" - "Gypsy Road" was next and a cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". Jeff LaBar played an amazing solo and then a little HEART's "Crazy On You". Playing CINDERELLA's biggest hit song " Nobody's Fool" got the fans loving it and singing along. The band did an excellent version of REO Speedwagon's "Roll With The Changes". Closing out the stellar night was "Imagine" by the late, great John Lennon. The band has been on tour for 9 months and shows no sign of slowing down.
Thanks to CHEAP THRILL and their management team, and Braun's Concert Cove for the opportunity to cover the show.
Review - Rob Loiacano

Cheap Thrill FB link

Brandon Gibbs

Jeff LaBar

Eric Brittingham

Hair Nation's set list, Jim Crean gave KISS THIS! a shout out during Rock and Roll All Nite, Thank You Jim!

Hair Nation website

All photos by JTellfotos.

McGee Art Gallery - Clarence, NY

McGee Art Gallery's Halloween inspired group show "Off the Grid" will have it's closing reception on saturday November 9 from 6pm-10pm at 10931 Main St. Clarence, NY 14031.

Featuring the fantastic creations of: Bill Huggins, Cari Feltz-Abdo, Jeff Cudmore, Ali Jafri, Madeline Nickowski, Ted Butler, Faranack Benz Nader, Sakura Paterniti, Joe Agen, Keilka Salsbury, Enid Edelman, Barb Ernst, Betsy Marie, Jackie Burdman, Eric Evinczik, Mary Wyrick, Sibel McGee, John Farallo, Sophia Tareen, Chris McGee. exhibit runs through November 17.

Also, on that day is a studio art sale on Oddities and rarities from 12pm-10pm.

Hope to see everyone there!

Chris McGee

Buffalo Comicon 2013


Special Shout Out to Queen City Bookstore for donating some Super Awesome comic books and graphic novels for the KISS THIS! band to giveaway @ last years Halloween show @ R 'n' R Heaven.
Thank You to Queen City Bookstore and all the other local sponsors who donated prizes!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Liquid Think

One of my co-workers is a true jazz fan (by true jazz fan I mean he had some Wes Montgomery, The Rippington's and Jell Lorber CDs laying around @ work and we listened to them together, some people say "oh yeah,  I like jazz" yet they never listen to jazz and they wouldn't know who Wes Montgomery is...) and a open minded rock fan as well. Seeing as he's leaving the company next week I wanted to give him a special musical going away present.
I decided to give him my copy of Liquid Think by Carina and The 6 String Preacher as a going away gift. My friend immediately played the CD and we listened to all of the music while I worked along side of him yesterday.
We both went about our business as usual, digging the original music.
My friend even complimented Carina on her voice while the CD played.
I'm glad I gave him the CD and I'm also glad my friend decided to play it right away.
The best part is that he listened to it and enjoyed it, he didn't analyze or criticize the music just because it was local music, it certainly doesn't sound like local music in my opinion.
I'm probably more than a little biased but I know good music when I hear it, the overall mix, song selection and musical performances on Liquid Think make it one of the best original music CDs from Buffalo in 2013.
It was cool hearing Liquid Think played through a boombox @ work, I usually listen to it through my headphones at phone.
He even went so far as telling me he will be playing Liquid Think at his new place of employment!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Record Theatre - Buffalo, NY

Thank You Record Theatre! for donating 2 KISS CD's, 1 KISS DVD and 1 KISS photo book to giveaway @ the KISS THIS! Halloween party @ RnR Heaven on 10/25.
Check out Record Theatres Saturday Morning Special, every Saturday morning between 10am - 12pm
(see flyer directly below)


Here are the items Record Theatre donated...
2 CD copies of KISS The Millennium Collection

1 copy of the Detroit Rock City DVD...
Detroit Rock City is a 1999 comedy film about four teenagers in a KISS cover band who try to see their idols in Detroit in 1978.

1 copy of the KISS: The Early Years photobook.

These are all great KISS related prizes, sure to please any KISS fan or any 70s rock n roll fan for that matter...
Once again, Thank You Record Theatre!

Off Beat Cinema - Movie Schedule


Bird, Zelda & Maxwell.