The grapevine: Your weekly collection of sonic selections


Buffalo has a high quality selection of concerts this week – its genres range from jam bands and slacker garage rock to trap and ’90s hip-hop.

There is even a funk collective coming to town this week.

Check out the list of featured concerts this week and make sure to buy a ticket, get out of your house or dorm room and go see a show. It’s a great way to de-stress before heading to finals in a couple weeks.

Wednesday, April 13

Turkuaz and The Nth Power – Iron Works

One of the most eclectic concert options this week, Turkuaz and The Nth Power will both be vising Iron Works on Wednesday.

Turkuaz, a nine-piece funk collective from Brooklyn, New York is closer to an orchestra than a band. They have incredibly arranged songs, each with nuanced rhythms, harmonies and choruses. What’s more, the band loves to improve, guaranteeing that each show feels spontaneous and authentic.

The Nth Power has been to Buffalo a few times. They are a popular soul group whose music is filled with impromptu jams and lush guitar riffs.

Each group’s spontaneity ensures this concert will be fun and diverse.

Thursday, April 14

The Mowgli’s – Waiting Room

The Mowgli’s, an alt-rock band from Calabasas, California has been on the fringe of the alt rock mainstream for some time now. From their first release Sound the Dawn to their most recent Kids in Love, the band has experienced a wide-range of success.

The group is now signed to Def Jam Recordings following its earlier successes and has been touring off of its newest album for the past year.

Currently, the band’s biggest hit is called “San Francisco,” which will likely be performed at the Waiting Room on Thursday, along with a host of their other biggest hits.

Friday, April 15

DTCV – Mohawk Place

DTCV is the odd combo of Lola G, a French musician, and James Greer, a novelist and guitarist from Los Angeles. Both being multi-instrument talents, the duo went on to release casual, “anarcho-symbolist” rock, as they call it.

Overall, their music is reminiscent of a fusion of surfer, indie rock and chill wave. Their music is catchy and easygoing; the show on Friday at Mohawk should be a perfect place to unwind after a long work or school week.

Currently, the duo is touring off of their newest album CONFUSION MODERNE.

Saturday, April 16

Father – Waiting Room

Atlanta’s burgeoning rap scene is highly regarded as one of the most go-to places for finding new talent.

Father, who has been in the Atlanta scene for a few year now, both as a rapper and as a producer, but also the owner of Awful Records. He has blown up in recent years because of his brash, off-the-cuff bars and personality.

His live shows are touted for their insanity – mosh pits, fights and more generally, wild, reckless behavior are routine for his shows.

If you are going to make it out to his show on Saturday, be ready for a raucous night.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad – Tralf Music Hall

Once again, the Dub Squad is coming to Buffalo.

The band has been playing non-stop shows since 2004. The Rochester band is known for its non-stop touring and impromptu, one-of-a-kind concerts, heavily reliant on covers and winding jam riffs.

The band will be coming to perform at the Tralf Saturday – bring your dancing shoes and get ready to get funky.

Sunday, April 17

Mobb Deep – Evening Star

Hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, consisting of rappers Havoc and Prodigy, is considered one of the most influential ’90s hip-hop groups on the East Coast.

They have sold over three million records and are still making music today.

In 2012, the group went on an indefinite hiatus, but got back together in 2013. In 2014, the group released The infamous Mobb Deep, its eighth studio album.

Don’t miss this chance to see one of the most iconic rap groups of all time. They will be performing all their biggest hits, like “Shook Ones (Part II)” or “Quiet Storm,” on Sunday.

Brian Windschitl is a senior arts editor and can be reached at