Edgy post-rock outfit Salt Peter has landed a deal with German record label B&3, and will celebrate the signing with a show inside Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., on Saturday evening. The label has picked up Salt Peter's debut full-length, "NaNo3," and will distribute it throughout the country, which is certainly good news for the band, whose members have been slogging it out in the trenches of the Buffalo and Niagara Falls club scenes for the past few years. If you haven't seen the band, you should -- particularly if a blend of propulsive chord progressions and a feel for the rock avant-garde somewhere between Tom Waits and, appropriately, German progressive outfits like Can and Neu! appeals to you. The show begins at 11 p.m. with an opening set from Eulipion. Admission is $5 at the door. If you're eager to get out of the house and burn off some of that turkey-based tryptophan, you might want to make a day of it; Celtic Sessiuns kicks off inside Nietzsche's at 4 p.m., and Bread Gone Wry assembles for a reunion show beginning at 8 p.m. Call the club at 886-8539 for details.
Also on Saturday, the Icon continues its resurgence with a triple bill of radio-friendly alternative-metal headlined by the always entertaining Papa Roach, and also featuring sets from Trust Company and Chronic Future. The club, located at 391 Ellicott St. near the corner of Chippewa, recently reopened as a rock hall after a stint as a dance joint and a few years in the dark. Tickets for the Papa Roach celebration are available now for $14 through Ticketmaster at 852-5000. Buy them at the door as you arrive for $16. The show kicks off at 8 p.m.
Break out the skin-tight jeans and the Aqua Net; Honeymoon Suite will bring its candy-floss pop-metal to Rock 'n' Roll Heaven, 101 French Rd. in Cheektowaga, for a 9 p.m. show on Saturday. Remember the band's '80s hit "I've Got A New Girl Now"? Eminently catchy and given to flights of crunchy, distorted guitar histrionics, the tune has survived grunge, electronica and rap metal; you can still hear its kitschy melody blasting out of rock clubs in and around Buffalo. Hit 'n' Run will open the show. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster at 852-5000. Call the club at 608-0000 for more information.
The working life
The Showplace Theatre, 1063 Grant St., will resonate with the sounds of blue-collar punk when the "Punk the Clock Tour" passes through town on Monday evening. Beginning at 6 p.m., My American Heart, Greeley Estates, For Felix, the Q, Gym Class Heroes and No Easy Answer will play the short, the sharp and the shocking. Admission is $7, and tickets are available now through Showplace at 447-1271.
A few other shows of note, including Dope, with guests Motorgrater and Twisted Method, in the Showplace Theatre on Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are priced $10 advance, through Ticketmaster at 852-5000, or $12 at the door on the night of the show . . . The Jazz Mandolin Project, also on Thursday, inside the Tralf, 622 Main St., beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets for this jazz-bluegrass hybrid run $12 advance, through Ticketmaster at 852-5000 or at the Tralf box office, or $14.50 at the door on the night of the show. For a full preview, see Page 28 . . . Also on tap, Genesis tribute band the Waiting Room, another Tralf show. The band will celebrate the music of one of progressive rock's most influential bands next Friday, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance through Ticketmaster at 852-5000, or at the Tralf box office. On the evening of the show, $12 will get you through the door. Call the Tralf at 851-8725 for details.