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3 can't-miss shows: Different Strokes, This Day & Age, War War War

Different Strokes, 10:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.), $5.

Buffalo has quietly put together a nice collection of alternative rock tribute/cover acts over the years. Kurt & the Loders and Soul Patch have the whole '90s scene on lock down.

Long-running experimental rock collective Lazlo Hollyfeld's tribute nights to seminal acts like Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire and the Talking Heads have become the stuff of local legend.

The newest group to join the scene is Different Strokes, a tribute band to, you guessed it, early aughts garage outfit the Strokes.

Comprised of local musicians including Tom Burtless (Humble Braggers), Griffin Smith (Feverbox) and Ryan Schlia (formerly of the Slums), the five-piece made its debut opening for the Lazlo crew this past Halloween weekend at Mohawk Place.

For the band's next gig, Different Strokes will be covering the NYC rockers' much celebrated debut album "Is This It" from front to back. If that wasn't enough, the Revenge Therapists will be on hand to get its nostalgia on, tackling Jimmy Eat World's emo classic "Bleed American."

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War War War, 8 p.m. Dec. 22, Electric Avenue (300 Ellicott St), $5.

Another venue that has seen an uptick in activity since the closing of a number of Buffalo's legit and underground venues is Electric Avenue.

The sort-of sister bar to its neighbor Mohawk Place, the corner drinking spot has been hosting an eclectic batch of local showcases lately.

On tour from Flint, Mich., the eccentric Midwest act War War War will be making a pit stop in town to play tracks from its really nice debut album "I Saw An Angel, I Buried Its Body." Band leader Samuel Boyhtari has some serious Dan Bejar vibes going in his vocals so if you are fans of the Vancouver musician's Destroyer project or his contributions to power-pop group the New Pornographers, then you may want to check the show out.

A trio of local acts - the sad-rock emo act honey COMA, grungy duo Velvet Bethany and the aggressive indie band Passed Out - will fill out the solid bill.

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This Day & Age, 6 p.m. Dec. 23, Town Ballroom (341 Main St.), $20-$25.

It's not every day a local band's reunion show takes place at Town Ballroom, but that's just what we have in store when This Day & Age hits the stage for its reunion show.

Signed to emo-geared Orlando label One Eleven Records, home to acts like Rookie of the Year and the Split Canvas, the Tonawanda-bred group released two albums on the label during its run: 2004's melodic, pop-rock debut "Always Leave the Ground" and 2006's ambient, post-rock leaning "The Bell and the Hammer."

The group would disband shortly after the release of its sophomore record, with many members circling back to form the now NYC-based band Reign of Kindo.

On hand for support will be the Eaves. Formally known as heartland bar rockers Sixties Future, the resurfaced rock outfit recently shared the first track that shows off its retinkered sound, the Tragically Hip-esque single "Feel Better."

Rounding out the bill is Buffalo's still buzzing garage trio M.A.G.S. and fellow reunited indie act the Common Kings.

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