The Gilmour Project opts for improvisation over pinpoint accuracy during riveting Riviera set

If you’re reading this, you may be wondering aloud why the world needed yet another touring act dedicated to keeping the music of Pink Floyd alive and your cynicism wouldn’t necessarily be unwarranted. Between Brit Floyd, The Machine, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and WNY’s own The Floyd Concept, this material has been covered ad … Continue reading The Gilmour Project opts for improvisation over pinpoint accuracy during riveting Riviera set

Look Inside: Bassist Andy Curran discusses Envy of None’s stirring debut album

Envy of None’s debut album dropped earlier this month and the response has been a tale of two eras. In one corner, we have the lifelong Rush Rats disappointed that Alex Lifeson’s new project doesn’t sound like the second coming of “Moving Pictures.” In the other, we have those willing to give the album a … Continue reading Look Inside: Bassist Andy Curran discusses Envy of None’s stirring debut album

Pinky Sings the Blues: Sue Foley rocks Buffalo’s Sportsmen’s Tavern

Eric Clapton gets a lot of credit for being an ambassador of the blues, but it’s been at least 50 years since he’s played anything with the kind of fire that Sue Foley brings on her latest album, “Pinky’s Blues.” She exudes a natural confidence and energy in her six-string attack that makes every note … Continue reading Pinky Sings the Blues: Sue Foley rocks Buffalo’s Sportsmen’s Tavern

Tool isn’t afraid to go deep at first Buffalo show in 20 years

My initial foray into the world of Tool came as a result of reading Robert Christgau’s dismissal of their 2001 masterpiece, “Lateralus,” in which he referred to them as “meaning-mongering for the fantasy fiction┬áset,” and I knew instantly that they were a band worth exploring. Not because I enjoy fantasy fiction, of course, but because … Continue reading Tool isn’t afraid to go deep at first Buffalo show in 20 years

Former Riot guitarist Rick Ventura is back with a new band and that same scorching Les Paul sound

The history of hard rock and heavy metal is littered with bands that people say should have been huge, but Riot is one that actually had everything in place to do so. Killer songs, feral guitars, and a definitive masterpiece in 1981’s “Fire Down Under” that remains a 10 out of 10 to this day. … Continue reading Former Riot guitarist Rick Ventura is back with a new band and that same scorching Les Paul sound

That’s a Fact Jack!: Greg Martin of The Kentucky Headhunters on the band’s latest album and his lifelong love of radio

The Kentucky Headhunters released their twelfth studio album last fall and have dates lined up all the way through this fall, so it’s a good thing that guitarist Greg Martin already cleaned his basement. That’s right, folks. Live music is back in full force, which means that anything resembling domesticity is likely be put on … Continue reading That’s a Fact Jack!: Greg Martin of The Kentucky Headhunters on the band’s latest album and his lifelong love of radio

Bonham-Bullick thrillingly channels the blues on self-titled covers album due out April 29

Her brother was named the “Greatest Drummer of All Time” by Rolling Stone in 2016, but how many people outside the UK are aware of the musical legacy that Deborah Bonham has been building for herself since 1985? The answer is not enough, as Bonham has consistently proven to be a singer capable of summoning … Continue reading Bonham-Bullick thrillingly channels the blues on self-titled covers album due out April 29

My Book, My Story: A conversation with Missing Persons co-founder Dale Bozzio

From 1980 to 1986, Dale Bozzio, Terry Bozzio, and Warren Cuccurullo came out from under the tutelage of Frank Zappa to release three studio albums as Missing Persons. They crafted some of the most memorable material of the New Wave genre and Dale’s fearless presence up front was like catnip for the MTV generation. Every … Continue reading My Book, My Story: A conversation with Missing Persons co-founder Dale Bozzio