A longtime favorite venue for indie rock music, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk), will be closing its doors on January 12, 2013. Unfortunately, this seems to be a continuing trend in Buffalo as we have also lost two other venues in recent years, The Buffalo Icon and the Showplace Theater. This Friday, Falling Hollywood of Erie, PA and three acts from Buffalo, Coterie of Stern, the Larkin Plan, and the Albrights will pay their final respects to the club.
Falling Hollywood blends tight vocal harmonies with memorable hooks to create catchy, yet ground acoustic rock that draws comparisons to the Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and The Strokes.
Coterie of Stern is influenced by The Tragically Hip, Weezer, SoundGarden, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Alice in Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots. These varying influences meld together for unique twist of rock that includes everything from classical to punk. Formed in 2009, the band released their self-titled debut album in Marc 2011.
The Larkin Plan touches on triumph, tragedy, industry, vice, power, murder, family, invention, and rebirth all within a lens focused at the City of Buffalo and its history. From a song cycle about the 1901 Pan-American Exposition and the assassination of President McKinley to songs about steel mills, grain elevators, captains of industry, and a waterfront that was once a colorful mix of ships, canal boats, trains, sailors, and prostitutes. The Larkin Plan finds hope in Buffalo's future without smoothing over the rough edges of its past.
The Albrights are soulful, emotional, versatile, and real while delivering pop-steeped indie rock in the tradition of The Beatles and The White Stripes. This year has been filled with new highs for the band, including performances at Austin's SXSW festival, an opening slot for Fountains of Wayne at Buffalo's Thursday at the Harbor, and the honor of being named Best Original Music Act by readers of Artvoice.
Doors open for the show at 8 pm and admission is $6 at the door. The show is open to everyone 16 years and older with an accompanying adult.