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Sam Roberts Band returns for New Year's weekend

Sam Roberts Band doesn’t need a holiday season date to pack Town Ballroom. The Montreal quintet could draw a crowd in the frozen darkness of February or dead heat of July, with denim-draped fans calling for the litany of hits that have made the band perennial Buffalo favorites.

But to play a pre-New Year’s Eve show for entrenched locals, Canadian neighbors and roaming Buffalonians home for an extended Christmas visit? That could add some energy around a guitar-geared act that’s never had any problem generating memorable performances.

Since mid-2016, those gigs have included work off the band’s sixth full-length release, “Terraform,” recorded at the Tragically Hip’s Bathouse Studio near Kingston, Ont. Building off the band’s sonic exploration of previous release “Lo-Fantasy,” the slickly produced album continues its ascension away from its grittier, “Brother Down” beginnings.

However, for listeners still loyal to Roberts’ earliest work, there are relatable threads hanging off newer tracks like “Rogue Empire,” the accelerated “Lake Effect” or alt-radio hit “If You Want It,” all rife with the hooks and sing-along refrains that have made the band popular in a city historically devoted to sounds from the north, no matter the season.

Sam Roberts Band: 8 p.m. Dec. 30 at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Opening is Kasador.  Tickets are $30-$35 (box office, Ticketfly).

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