Anthrax, Testament, and Death Angel at Town Ballroom (2011)

If you can picture someone trying to stuff a hyena into a shoe box, you’ll begin to ascertain just how harried the atmosphere was inside the Town Ballroom on Tuesday for Anthrax and Testament. The thrash giants injected their heavy metal serum straight into Buffalo’s jugular, and the followers responded accordingly. Bodies went flying, knees … Continue reading Anthrax, Testament, and Death Angel at Town Ballroom (2011)

Alter Bridge tears up Town Ballroom (2011)

When Creed called it quits in 2004, the public’s reaction was anything but typical.  Rather than millions of fans crying foul and expressing their undying affection for all things Scott Stapp, we heard nothing but jubilation from pundits who had reached wit’s end regarding the band’s bloated brand of theological post-grunge. Despite being one of … Continue reading Alter Bridge tears up Town Ballroom (2011)

Allen Toussaint brings the Bayou to The Bear’s Den

As a music journalist, I’m often confronted with the contention that quality music just isn’t being written or performed anymore, that any composition worth its salt has already been chewed up and spit back out into the public sphere by a corporately controlled organism that feeds off hype and pusillanimity. MTV is anathema to music … Continue reading Allen Toussaint brings the Bayou to The Bear’s Den

An Interview with Adelita’s Way vocalist Rick DeJesus (2012)

Adelita’s Way sounds exactly the way you would expect a band from Las Vegas to sound.  They have an unrefined aggression to their songwriting that radiates with the type of indignation and salacity one would associate with Sin City. Just listen to various tracks from 2011’s “Home School Valedictorian,” and you’ll hear a band trying … Continue reading An Interview with Adelita’s Way vocalist Rick DeJesus (2012)

Five Finger Death Punch at the Rapids Theatre (2013)

Wednesday night marked the third time in four years that Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP) injected its über-masculine strain of groove metal straight into the veins of The Rapids Theatre. If you take into account shows at both Town Ballroom and Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Western New York has been certifiably rife with knuckleheads … Continue reading Five Finger Death Punch at the Rapids Theatre (2013)