Time for another Crucial Tracks feature – this time it’s talented and prolific musician Vic Lazar, who we met during college at the University at Buffalo. Vic played in the legendary Buffalo hardcore band Union, as well as fronting many of his own indie-leaning bands, including his latest, Some Gifts.

Buckle your seatbelts folks, the show is about to get really good. We’ve made it through Chris and Jason’s posts… now for our first guest: Rachel Shelton, studio artist and co-founder of Mirabo Press.

Band of Horses in Buffalo, NY

I suppose I should start by introducing myself: I’m Chris Fritton, the other half of the Crucial Tracks team. I’m a working artist & author based in Buffalo, NY, that specializes in letterpress printing. I recently wrapped up a ten-year-long traveling project called The Itinerant Printer, where I…


Everyone has moments in their life that are defined by music. Whether it’s a song that introduced you to a genre of music that changed your tastes and style, or a lyric that made you think about the world in a different way. Songs can represent relationships. Songs…

I have to be honest: I had a different experience of the 2023 musical landscape than Jay – it was hard for me to find any anything to really settle into, anything that moved me, or anything that shocked me in a way that was wholly new. Nevertheless, here’s my top albums of the past year, in no particular order, because I don’t think they’re really comparable.