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Irish quartet Stand arrived in New York City from its native Dublin several years back, and the group has been slogging road miles ever since. Several trips to Buffalo have endeared the passionate, rootsy and eminently tuneful band to discerning area music lovers, and that relationship is sure to deepen during next Friday's show inside the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

Since we last met up with the Stand boys, the band has been touring, touring and touring some more, returning "back home" for a month's worth of shows in Dublin over the holidays, and preparing new material for an upcoming new album.

Arriving back in Greenwich Village just last week, Stand started woodshedding the songs it will take to the recording sessions for that album, rumored to be a production collaboration with Nashville studio ace Jay Joyce, whose imprint can be found on records by Shelby Lynne, John Hiatt and Patti Griffin.

I've watched this band for a few years now, and I remain surprised by the fact that no major label has capitalized on its ability to generate feverish excitement, both on the concert stage and in the recording studio. It will only be a matter of time, surely.

Meanwhile, check out the band's Town Ballroom show beginning at 9 p.m. next Friday. Tickets are $10 and can be found now at the Town Ballroom box office or through www.tickets.com. Call the club at 852-3900 for more information.

-- Jeff Miers

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