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The Watchmen is another Canadian band with a creative and diverse rocking style and huge following. The band -- featuring Sammy Kohn, Joey Serlin, Daniel Greaves and Ken Tizzard -- comes from Winnipeg and is enjoying success with its current album, "Brand New Day." The Watchmen perform tonight at 9 in the Showplace Theater, 1063 Grant St.

"Three Man," self-titled cassette tape by the band featuring Jeff Pulinski, guitar/vocals; Nick Gonzales, bass, and Chris Quinn on drums. High-intensity modern rock with a lyrical edge. "Nowhere Fast" sets the pace for the tape with solid musical backing and a song about the frustrations of youth. Pulinski sings about locking "my feelings in a box of memories." Three Man flashes tight form on such cuts as "Known" and "Force Fed," and the band offers a powerful anti-violence statement on "Voice of Reason."

1. Johny Vegas: Tonight at 8 in the Marquee at the Tralf, 100 Theater Place. Johny Vegas, a Syracuse band with local connections, plays the Tralf in support of its hot new CD, "Super Cool American." Sunflower opens.
2. Korn: Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Ogden Street Concert Hall, 652 S. Ogden St. Korn plays hard-rocking, aggressive music as heard on the band's new album, "Life is Peachy." Delinquent Habits and Limp Biscuit are also on the bill.

3. A Nightmare on Allen Street: Saturday at 11 p.m. in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. Halloween celebration with the Barking Pumpkins, featuring local musicians Tom Fenton, Cathy Carfagna, Kilissa McGoldrick, the Pine Dogs and Tina Peel.

4. Big Jack Johnson: Saturday at 10 p.m. in the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St. Big Jack plays down-and-dirty blues.

5. Republica and Gravity Kills: Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Ogden Street Concert Hall. Modern rock acts Republica and Gravity Kills gig on Ogden Street.

The best part of the World Series for rock fans may be those promos of Buffalo's Goo Goo Dolls singing a pop/punk version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with members of the Atlanta Braves. "At first we wanted to do it totally hard-core, but the song didn't seem really conducive to it," Johnny "Goo" Rzeznik said. Johnny Goo said he isn't a big baseball fan -- but, he added, "I like to sit in the park and watch the game and eat a hot dog." . . . Dylan Hicks brings alternative rock sounds Saturday at 11 p.m. to Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. Animal Farm is on the bill. Hicks will also appear Saturday at 7 p.m. in New World Record, 512 Elmwood Ave. . . . I Mother Earth plays modern rock Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Ogden Street Concert Hall. . . . Billboard No. 1, Oct. 25, 1986: "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper.

The soundtrack from the play "Peer," at the Alleyway Theater, is now available at the downtown theater. The recording features members of the cast including Tom Sartori, Katy Clancy and Mary Stahl. For information, call 852-2600. . . . Comics Taylor Negron and Airborne Eddy will appear tonight at 8 at a benefit for the Clarkson Institute, 660 Main St. Music acts performing include McCarthyizm. . . . Scene Quiz: Who said: "Marriage can be a lot of trouble and spoil a relationship." Was it: Saxman Big Bill Clinton, Mick Jagger or RuPaul? Answer: Old stone Jagger. . . . Cotton Mouth plays original music tonight at 11 in Nietzsche's. Oui 73 is also on the bill. . . . Who is that mystery man pictured inside the Johny Vegas CD sleeve? None other than Smokin' Joe Rubino, local big cheese down at Nietzsche's. . . . Billboard No. 1, Oct. 25, 1976: "If You Leave Me Now" by Chicago.

Veteran Buffalo musician John Culliton Mahoney and Mike O'Boyle play live music every Friday and Saturday at 9 in Mahoney's Pub, 1345 South Park Ave. . . . Storyteller "Tiger" Tom Walsh holds a CD release party Thursday at 9 p.m. in Mohawk Place. . . . Outer Circle Orchestra plays world beat music tonight at 11:30 in Broadway Joe's, 3051 Main St. . . . Piano man Jackie Jocko tinkles the keys every Friday and Saturday at 9 at Fanny's, 3500 Sheridan Dr. Says the Jocko man: "I'm movin' and groovin' and havin' a ball." . . . The wit and wisdom of Dave "The Bear" Bubar: "Bob Dole can still rock 'n' roll." . . . This week's words to live by, courtesy Joni Mitchell: "I was a free man in Paris/I felt unfettered and alive/Nobody was calling me up for favors/And no one's future to decide."

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