KEXP Ballard Day @ Sunset Tavern: Buffalo Tom

photos by Dave Lichterman

Boston’s Buffalo Tom derives their name from Buffalo Springfield (replacing the “Springfield” with the name of their drummer), but the band’s music has more in common with mid-90’s alternative rock than their namesake’s folk jams. Their new album, Skins, was released on March 8 of this year.

The band began in 1987, with their debut full-length released the following year. Both that self-titled and its follow-up, Birdbrain, were produced by Dinosaur Jr. guitarist J. Mascis, and spurred Buffalo Tom to become one of the more popular 90’s alt-rock bands, appearing on TV in shows like the teenage angst-fest My So-Called Life and Daily Show predecessor The Jon Stewart Show. After a lengthy hiatus from 1999 through 2006, Buffalo Tom finally resurfaced, bringing their crooning vocals and rollicking guitar licks to 2007’s South by Southwest music festival.

Today, KEXP had the pleasure of bringing their live set from right here in Ballard during our annual Hood to Hood broadcast. Short but sweet, their power pop-driven set featured songs new and old to a full crowd made up of fans new and old. Check out the photos from their performance here:

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