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Artpark seems to be going for broke this summer concert season. Following the announcements of Jack White and Nathaniel Rateliff, the latest addition to the Lewiston venue's busy calendar will be a performance by the Decemberists on May 26 on the Artpark Mainstage (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). The hyper-literate folk group out of the Pacific Northwest will be on tour i…

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Artpark continues to make us long for summer with the announcement that Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats is scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. June 2 in the Artpark Amphitheater (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Along with his rowdy backing band the Night Sweats, the soulful, Missouri-born musician broke through in 2015 with the the band's self-titled debut, a release…

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Built to Spill and Afghan Whigs' just announced co-headlining tour will include a stop at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The influential Boise rock act Built to Spill has been no strangers to Buffalo over the years, playing a number of memorable shows at the Ballroom and down at the waterfront. The group's last record "Untethered Moon" was shared i…

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It's time to dig out your Birkenstocks. Dave Matthews Band returns for a concert at 8 p.m. June 27 in the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center). After taking a year off, the long-time road warriors will be returning to the stage with a string of dates in support of the group's untitled new album, set to be released sometime this summer.…

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One of the summer music season's must-see shows has been announced: Jack White will perform at 8 p.m. June 8 in Artpark's Mainstage Theatre (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). The former White Stripes member has seen his profile sky rocket since the band he fronted with his ex-wife, Meg White, split in 2011. In addition to playing in bands including the Raconteurs and the…

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Aircraft & M.A.G.S., 9 p.m. Jan. 12, Lockhouse Distillery and Bar (41 Columbia St.), $5. The lively Cobblestone hot spot is playing host to pair of local heavyweights Aircraft and M.A.G.S., teaming up for a solid double bill to kick off the weekend. The psych-pop outfit Aircraft has been a staple of Buffalo's music scene since 2012. Fans of the quartet hope that …

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Given how cold of a start 2018 has blessed us with, it wouldn't be too soon to start looking ahead to much warmer days. One reason to get excited for the summer is the announcement by Artpark that the Tedeschi Trucks Band's "Wheels of Soul" Tour will include a stop at 6 p.m. July 17 in the Artpark Outdoor Amphitheater (450 South 4th St., Lewiston) as part of the "Tuesda…

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Upstate Rubdown, 9 p.m. Dec. 28, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $15. One of the standout acts from the inaugural run of Cobblestone Live was Upstate Rubdown, a harmony-rich Americana act from the Hudson Valley area. Armed with a trio of powerhouse singers that sound like if Dirty Projectors went full measure folk, the act took the stage to deliver a modestly a…

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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…

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Deadwolf, 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5. After sharing a handful of one-off songs since surfacing in 2014, the psych-rock act Deadwolf is finally ready to share its full-length debut. Titled "Heavy Heart," the 14-track release was recorded by Deadwolf axmen Tyler Mendola and Cody Morse; Paul Besch over at Quiet Country Audio handled mixing duties…

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Hollerado, 7 p.m. Nov. 16, the Leopard Lounge at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $16 - $19. Since Waiting Room and its upstairs Studio closed earlier this fall, the Leopard Lounge, Town Ballroom's intimate front room, has seen quite the uptick in activity. If you have yet to check the space out, then maybe the latest visit from Hollerado would be a good enough excuse. …

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Long-time Buffalo favorite Sam Roberts Band is ready to end the year on a high note as it makes its latest local appearance at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The rootsy Canadian pop-rock outfit has played venues both large and small in town, from New World Records (RIP) to Canalside, since sharing its popular debut album "We Were Born in a Flame" wa…

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Start planning your summer 2018 concert season now. The Barenaked Ladies will return with a concert during the "Tuesdays in the Park" season series at 6 p.m. July 10 in the Artpark Outdoor Amphitheater (450 South 4th St., Lewiston). The long-running Canadian pop-rock favorites will be hitting the road in 2018 for its "Last Summer on Earth Tour 2018," a string of dates t…

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On-the-rise indie act Sylvan Esso will be visiting Buffalo at 7 p.m. March 30 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The folk-tinged, electro-pop duo out of North Carolina tiptoed on to the scene in 2014 with its self-titled debut record. The album boasted a pair of ear-candy tracks in the Feist/Tune-Yards hybrid "Hey Mami" and the slinky late night hit "Coffee." "What…

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Virginia Beach indie outfit Turnover will be passing through town, giving music fans an excuse to take advantage of an underrated Monday night in Buffalo. Emerging as an emo-pop act on the Boston-based label Run for Cover Records in 2013, the group has since slowly drifted away from its early roots to a more wistful, sun-kissed variety of indie rock, first seen on its f…