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Buffalo three-piece The Tins have come far since their early days in an underground practice space at New York State’s Binghamton University. Praised by the New Musical Express, Magnet, and Paste Magazine and a staple of entrepreneur Sean Parker’s Hipster International Playlist on Spotify, the band melds flecks of art rock, new wave, and post-punk with massively catchy alternative rock foundations. While Modest Mouse producer Joe Blaney helmed their 2012 full-length album, Life’s a Gas, The Tins return to self-production for their latest EP, Young Blame. Young Blame explores themes of movement, says the band: “moving forward, moving on, moving into the unknown, regardless of the consequences.”

Describing the influences behind the song, The Tins suggest “Clearly Not Zen” is, “a song about not getting over the past.  It’s the “what if” apology that you’re too stubborn to make… yet as long as you keep it inside you’re kind of trapped in your thoughts… and you’re clearly not zen”. Featuring the vocal debut of drummer Dave Muntner, musically, “Clearly Not Zen” is a slinky beast, all reverberating bass and bright, meandering guitar flourishes. A fitting way to sign off a triumphant 2017 for the band, many years into their musical careers, The Tins have never sounded better.


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On November 22nd, 2009 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band brought the memorable Working On A Dream Tour to a close at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo. The show would be the last saxophonist Clarence Clemons would play with the band before his 2011 death. Springsteen has opened the vault to release an official recording of the show via his official website.

The Boss played a number of his classic albums in their entirety over the course of the Working On A Dream Tour. In Buffalo the band treated fans to a complete performance of Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ. This led to a pair as bust outs as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played “Mary Queen Of Arkansas” for the first time since 2002 and “The Angel” for the first time since 1996. “This was the miracle,” he said during the show. “This was the record that took us from way below zero to … one.” Springsteen dedicated the performance to his former manager Mike Appel, who was in attendance, for making his successful audition with Columbia Records happen. During “Growin’ Up,” Springsteen broke the song down and recalled the night in 1971 when he first performed with Clarence Clemons at the Student Prince in Asbury Park. Then he metaphorically described what happened next, a late-night drive through the woods in a Cadillac followed by a long dream. “And when we woke up,” he concluded, “we were in f—in’ Buffalo, New York.”

Clarence  died on June 18th, 2011 after having suffered a stroke a week earlier.
The concert also fell on guitarist Steve Van Zandt‘s birthday, and Springsteen indulged his friend by breaking out the world premiere of “Restless Nights,” a outtake from the “River” and one of Van Zandt’s favorite Springsteen songs. This was followed by “Happy Birthday” and Working on a Dream’s “Surprise, Surprise.”

Springsteen dug deep to close the tour with a 34-song performance that included holiday gems “Merry Christmas, Baby” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” The former was played for the first time since 2004. Bruce offered the live debut of The River outtake “Restless Night,” purportedly by request of guitarist Steve Van Zandt. The show ended with a lengthy encore that included a guest appearance from Willie Nile on “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher.” has got one more from the archives: the tour-closer from the “Working On A Dream” Tour on November. 22nd, 2009 in Buffalo includes a complete performance of Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ and several rarities. This was Clarence Clemons’ last show with the E Street Band.

Head to to purchase the archival release in a variety of formats.

Buffalo-based indie rock act, Chevron Bloom’s released their debut EP earlier this month. The 4-track EP, aptly titled EP, was recorded in Geneseo, at Temperamental Recordings. In the band’s debut effort, the trio has crafted a tight set of tunes with psychedelic overtones.

Each song, though short in nature, still goes through several different shifts throughout its runtime. The EP varies between moments of straight ahead rock and spaced-out meandering. They meld together elements of psychedelic pop, heavy alt. rock and shoegaze, and every transition through styles is seamless. Throughout, the vocals are light and airy, floating overtop of the arrangements, at times like they are barely there. The snare drum is front and center for most of it, sitting comfortably right in the middle of the mix, a consistent and heavy presence through each dynamic shift.


In fact, it’s the snare drum that kicks off the record. Opener “Home?” begins with an almost New Orleans feel beat, before a reverb-laden guitar comes strumming in. “Inactive Minds are Personal Crimes” features two alternating sections rather opposed with each other; the verses are loose, drifting and almost mindless, giving way to distorted guitars and heavy drums on the more direct choruses. “You Got It All Wrong” is an upbeat rocker at first, until its outro winds down into half-time feel. The synthesizer that opens “Dying All Alone” is a slight surprise at first, but lends itself well to the spacier final track.

On their debut EP, Chevron Bloom makes good use of their arrangements as well as the studio space. The new EP is available now on bandcamp as a name-your-price download.

Chevron Bloom is Jay Sallese, John Miller, and Aaron Martin.

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A Ramones radio broadcast from Buffalo in early 1979 with Marky Ramone being quite new to the band!

This outstanding performance by The Ramones was taped for radio broadcast in Buffalo, New York, on February 8, 1979, shortly after Marky Ramone joined the band. It captures New York’s punk pioneers at the peak of their powers, tearing through many of their most renowned songs in typically energetic style. It’s presented here in superb fidelity, with background notes and rare photos. Digitally remastered.

1. Rockaway Beach
2. Teenage Lobotomy
3. Blitzkrieg Bop
4. I Don’t Want You
5. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
6. Rock n Roll High School
7. I Wanna Be Sedated
8. I Just Wanna Have Something to Do
9. Bad Brain
10. I’m Against It
11. Sheena Is a Punk Rocker
12. Havana Affair
13. Commando
14. Surfin’ Bird
15. Cretin Hop
16. Listen to My Heart
17. California Sun
18. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around with You
19. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World
20. Pinhead
21. Do You Wanna Dance
22. Suzy Is a Headbanger
23. Let’s Dance