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3 can't-miss club shows (Feb. 16-19)

Ugly Sun with the Slums, Cooler, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.), $5.

Born from the ashes of acts like Mandy K, Nelson-Type, Father Baron and Arctic Death, Buffalo garage-rock trio Ugly Sun has made a quick impression since emerging just last summer. The group has shared a rowdy five-song EP titled "Cherokee," which was recorded with the always in-demand Jay Zubricky of GCR, and dropped a couple of visually appealing music videos.

Between bouncing around the northeast on some select dates, the three-piece locked in a stacked bill at the Allentown music hub for any local music fans who have yet to catch the buzz.

Joining in on the fun will be the Slums and Cooler. The former continues to drop its well-timed singles, the latest coming earlier this year in the grisly two-track release "Kreb/Shiner." As for Cooler, the re-tinkered '90s indebted-group continues to support its well-received new record "Phantom Phuzz." The six tracks of fuzzy throwback emo rock should appeal to fans of Jawbreaker, Weezer and Bully should dig the late 2016 release.


The Leones with Sonny Baker and Chevron Bloom, 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $5.

Since putting his alt-country outfit Crows and Jays to rest, songwriter Justin Bachulak has switched gears and retooled. Now performing under the name of the Leones (a nod to his grandfather), his quartet has spent the last year crafting a haunting collection of melancholic dream-pop found on group's debut, War on Drugs-esque album "A Ghost in the City."

Once again setting up shop in Babeville's acoustically-rich basement, Bachulak and crew will call upon band favorite Sonny Baker to join the bill for a set of stripped-down guitar rock and folk music. The always busy songwriter has recently teased that new material is in the works, so keep an ear open for some potential fresh tunes.

Completing the bill will be Chevron Bloom, the space-rock/shoegaze infused outfit which has been quietly moving up the ranks of must-see local acts since dropping its dreamy debut record "EP" this past August.


Seth Faergolzia & the 23 Psaegz, 9 p.m. Feb. 18 in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.), $5.

Left-of-the-dial Rochester musician Seth Faergolzia, the singer-songwriter and ringleader of the freak-folk orchestra 23 Psaegz, will be in town to make a rare Buffalo appearance.

With nearly 20 releases in his eclectic catalog, the most recent being 2014's "Doubting Won’t Do," Faergolzia merges a retro folk delivery, looping vocals and an out-there modern sound into a strange mixture of Flight of the Concords, Cat Stevens, early Animal Collective and even a touch of Fleet Foxes.

The eccentric tunesmith and his large cast of players will be supported by grungy psych-rockers Bold Folly, soulful roots outfit PA Line and solo act Dwalt Stihl.

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