Following a strong showing at the 2005 Buffalo Music Awards, and the full assimilation of new vocalist A.D. Lewis, Klear is back and better than ever. Keyboardist Dan DeLano adds a depth and heft to the band's attack; Lewis is a soulful, passionate singer and charismatic frontman; the rhythm section continues to be one of the most solid in Western New York, and as ever, guitarist Bruce Wojick treads the fine line between classic rock grandiloquence and alternative rock grit with flair.
Klear plays the Evening Star Concert Hall, 8810 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, at 7 p.m Saturday. Cross Pollination shares the bill. Tickets will be available at the door for $5.
I don't wanna grow up
The Queers, the indie pop-punk band that emerged from New Hampshire in 1982 and, like a particularly stubborn case of acne, refused to go away, is riding a renewed wave of credibility these days. Following the 1999 death of drummer Hugh O'Neil, who finally succumbed after a long battle with brain cancer, the band reformed, inked a deal with Look Out Records and hit the concert trail again.
Time has been kind to the group's penchant for recycled Ramones riffs, snotty lyrics, uber-fast tempos and eternal juvenile delinquent ethos. Today, the Queers boasts a cult following that spans two generations, and the group is working on converting a third. Heck, it's not that long of a journey from Green Day to the Queers, after all.
On Tuesday, the Queers play the Buffalo Icon, 391 Ellicott St., beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance through the Icon box office or www.tickets.com. Admission at the door on the night of the show will be $12. Check www.buffalicon.com for more information.
Smoke on the horizon!
Dude No. 1: "Dude, d'ya hear that the Cult is back together and comin' to the Town Ballroom on March 21?"
Dude No. 2: "No way, dude!"
Dude No. 1: "Way!"
It's no lie! The Cult is coming! Get out your leather trousers, folks. Phone your favorite "Fire Woman." This show will present rock of arena proportions in an intimate club. And we all know how joyous and momentous such occasions are.
Tickets go on sale Saturday at the Town Ballroom box office, New World Record, Home of the Hits and all Tickets.com locations. Admittance to the sonic temple will cost you $35! Yeah, baby!
In the "don't miss" category: The fourth annual Bob Marley tribute, featuring Neville Francis, the Dreadbeats and others, takes place inside Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St., at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Florida ska-punk legends Less Than Jake hit Club Infinity, 8166 Main St., Williamsville, at 7 p.m. Monday. A Wilhelm Scream opens. Tickets are $17 in advance through the Club Infinity box office and Tickets.com, and $20 at the door.
And '80s New Wave icons A Flock of Seagulls hits Club Infinity at 7 p.m. next Friday, as part of the "World's Biggest '80s Party." Tickets are $10 advance through the Club Infinity box office or www.tickets.com, $15 at the door on the day of the show.