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Chill out with Radical Something at Waiting Room - VIDEO

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

To a large degree, Radical Something fits the stereotype of the laid-back California mentality.

Three guys—two of whom were California Golden Bears D-I football players under head coach Jeff Tedford—were aspiring musicians in college, and when their careers didn’t follow the trajectories of NFL-bound teammates like Tyson Alualu, Alex Mack, Shane Vereen and Cameron Jordan, they still managed to find success in a different niche.

Although this might seem antithetical, Alex Lagemann (Loggy), Josh Hallbauer (Josh Cocktail) and Michael Costanzo (Big Red) work feverishly to convey the California lifestyle—the carefree, fun-loving spontaneity that embodies parts of the sun-drenched West Coast.

Touring off its Sept. 2013 album “Ride It Out”—which you can listen to in its entirety here—Radical Something joins openers Down with Webster, Faith and Fiction, and Intent to Sell at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

Tickets can be purchased online here for $15 general admission or $30 for a meet-and-greet with the band an hour before the show. The show is presented by After Dark Entertainment and sponsored by Buffalo.com, even if we have a hard time living the California lifestyle.

Here’s a quick rundown of “Ride It Out” by University of California at Santa Barbara’s The Bottom Line and writer Kyle Skinner:

Easy listening seems to be a common theme when it comes to the sounds of this album, and these mellow vibes are highlighted by the beautiful vocals of Josh Cocktail, smooth rapping of Loggy, and catchy samples produced by DJ Big Red.

Don’t expect an overwhelming amount of complexity or deep themes in Radical Something’s work, but that’s not the trio’s goal. Loggy, Josh Cocktail and Big Red extol the simple life, one of individuality and relaxation—not corporate stress and constant pressure.

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