80’s Band Strikes Chord With Diverse Crowd

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A Flock Of Seagulls
Bear’s Den Inside
Seneca Niagara Casino & Resort
Niagara Falls, NY
Saturday April 30, 2016
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

The synth sounds of new wave band A Flock Of Seagulls transformed the Bear’s Den into a time machine Saturday evening. One step inside and you were transformed into the 1980s. While to an average music fan AFOS may seem like a one hit wonder, their performance proved otherwise (the band actually had four songs crack the top 40 on various charts). While keyboardist and lead vocalist Mike Score may be the sole original member remaining, his band was solid and delivered the songs as they were recorded and remembered. Continue reading

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Catching Up With Mike Levine From Triumph

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L-R Gil Moore, Rik Emmett and Mike Levine

Interview
Mike Levine
Triumph
By: Thom Jennings

 

 

They were a “Rock-n-Roll Machine” known for their annual stops at Kleinhans and later the Buffalo Aud. The Canadian power trio Triumph featuring Rik Emmett, Mike Levine and Gil Moore, defined the arena rock era with a powerful stage show complete with lasers and a healthy dose of pyrotechnics. Continue reading

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Kansas Announce Tour

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Kansas Tour Dates 2016

America’s preeminent progressive rock band KANSAS will be touring select cities this fall celebrating the 40th Anniversary of their breakthrough album ‘Leftoverture.’ To celebrate, for the first time in history, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. The tour will showcase two hours of classic KANSAS music including hit songs, deep cuts, and new songs from their soon to be released album, ‘The Prelude Implicit.” Continue reading

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CD Review- Cheap Trick

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Cheap Trick
Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello
Big Machine Records
2016
Produced By: Julian Raymond &
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Review: Joseph Suto

Upon first listen to Cheap Trick’s seventeenth studio release, one thing is certain, this ageless band are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This album is perhaps the band’s heaviest output since their self-titled 1997 release. Those expecting all soft slow ballads will be in for a surprise as the band really turned up the juice as the album is very heavy with guitar and of course the scorching, definitive vocals of Robin Zander. Continue reading

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CD Review- Gwen Stefani

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Gwen Stefani
This Is What The Truth Feels Like
Interscope Records
2016
Review: Joseph Suto
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It was no doubt surprising that it has been 10 years since The Sweet Escape, Gwen Stefani’s last solo album was released. This Is What The Truth Feels Like carries on similar to her first two releases albeit not as many radio friendly songs as one would expect. The album did reach number one, her first even though the first two singles “Used To Love You” and “Make Me Like You” were unable to crack the top 40. Continue reading

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Tate Gives A Nod To Past While Re-Inventing His Future

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Operation: Mindcrime
The Tralf
Buffalo, NY
Thursday April 7, 2016
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto

 

Following an acrimonious split with his old band, Geoff Tate has emerged none worse for the wear. His new band Operation: Mindcrime made their Buffalo debut inside the Tralf Music Hall Thursday evening. Those who thought Tate’s best days were behind him clearly were in for a surprise as he was in fine vocal form all night. Continue reading

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