Critically acclaimed musician Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg will be dropping by San Antonio on Saturday September 10th with his band, Avi Buffalo, for a show with the Kickback of Chicago, Illinois and local favorites, the Rich Hands.
Beginning his recording experiments as a teenager around 2007, Avidgor’s music eventually caught the attention of major independent label, Sub Pop Records, who inked him to a deal for the release of the band’s first self-titled album. The album, and the track “What’s It In For”, gained immediate traction among the blogosphere while garnering a significant amount of praise from national press outlets for its beautifully executed meld of instrumentation, lyrical compositions, pop elements, folk, and Americana.
Unfortunately, citing pressure from a number of areas in his upstart music career in addition to his creative desire to be free to explore a fairly impressive number of other enjoyable recording projects outside Avi Buffalo with whom he had begun to collaborate, Avigdor felt led to declare that Avi Buffalo would be calling it quits in January of 2015. This in turn was broadcast quite prominently across Pitchfork, NME, and numerous other major music news outlets adding a great deal of weight to the proclamation. Perhaps for a little while, the project really was over.
By no means though did it mark an end to Avigdor’s musical experimentation. Nor did it, intriguingly enough, symbolize the passing of Avi Buffalo either.
The band returned to shows in the months and weeks following their announcement, and they are now embarking on a 21-date west-coast-tour suggesting on social media earlier this summer that their roughly year old announcement had been meant as a way to circumvent the strict control of their “Twisted Metal management”. What that means exactly is unclear, although Avigdor has suggested he might talk more about it in the future. But as Avi Buffalo stands ready to move San Antonio with their intimate style of indie rock this September, there’s no question the band is as alive and kicking as ever.