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Mac McGuire is the former Editor-in-Chief of buffaBLOG


A holiday tradition like no other, Kiss 98.5's annual Kissmas Bash returns Dec. 9 in the KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza). The radio station has yet to announce the lineup, but promises to share the list of national recording acts in the coming weeks. Tickets are $25-$85 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 16 (box office, Tickets.com or charge by phone at 88…

A strong week at Niagara Falls' Rapids Theatre is set to kick off with a performance from the eclectic gypsy-punk outfit Gogol Bordello. Led by explosive frontman Eugene Hutz, the theatrical road warriors have been releasing a steady stream of culture-clashing records since forming in Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1999. The band's constant touring has taken it all over…

Conor Oberst, 8 p.m. Sept. 14, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $30-$35. Better known as Bright Eyes to some, longtime heart-on-his sleeve singer/songwriter Conor Oberst will be ditching his alias this time around as he makes his much-awaited return to Buffalo. The Omaha musician has had a busy couple of years. In addition to resurrecting his emo-punk ou…

Sorry Danzig fans, we've got bad news. The hard-driving metal icon's Artpark show, scheduled for Sept. 12, has been canceled according to promoters Funtime Presents. He had been on tour in support of his 2017 album "Black Laden Crown," his first collection of new music since 2010. Corrosion of Conformity, Mutoid Man and Governess were also on the bill. Refunds will b…

Intrepid Thursdays Week 1, 8 p.m. Sept. 7, Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.), $5 I will be the first to tell you that jam is just not my scene, but the guys in Intrepid Travelers have a pretty cool idea up their sleeves for their month-long residency at Nietzsche's. Every Thursday in September, a different local musician will join the quartet to open the show. First up is …

Com Truise, 7 p.m. Sept. 22, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $20-$25 It took a little while, but the electronic showcase finally settled on a new venue after having to relocate due to Waiting Room's recent closure. The New Jersey-based producer is now set to take the stage at Town Ballroom while in town to support the recently released new album "Iteration," which saw …

Buzzing Philadelphia band Sheer Mag will be rolling through town at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). The '7os hard-rock inspired punk group is currently on tour in support of its well-received new record "Need to Feel Your Love." The breakthrough album is a collection of 12 hook-heavy tracks, fusing retro riffs and power-pop into a swagger-filled packa…

Big Huge, 8 p.m. Aug. 31, Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.), $7-$10. Sugar City continues its recent hot streak by welcoming New York City act Big Huge to its Niagara Street  headquarters. The five-piece delivers a catchy and nostalgic blend of garage rock, punk and power-pop. Its just-released record "Cruel World" is a swagger-filled collection of fuzzy and upbeat rock…

Buffalo's summer festival season is nearly over, but not before Tailor Made can make its much-awaited debut. The freshman music festival is set to kick off its inaugural run at 1 p.m. Sept. 2 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Brainchild of the crowd-funding company Fanbassador, the voter-driven hip-hop and EDM festival, which is set to include performances from Travis Sc…

Originally scheduled at Waiting Room, the Living End will now be performing at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Leopard Lounge at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Since emerging more than 20 years ago, the Australian pub-punks have been honing its rock-revivalist sound, combining punk and rockabilly into a rollicking package. The salty act's most recent studio album, the rousing and …

The Front Bottoms' latest batch of tour dates includes a return to Buffalo at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). The witty, post-emo act out of New Jersey is hitting the road in support of its just-announced album "Going Grey," which is set to drop on Oct. 13. The album's first single "Raining" is currently available to stream. Last seen in Buf…

Beatles Rooftop Tribute, 6 p.m. Aug. 24, Hydraulic Hearth (716 Swan St.), free. After a successful first run last summer, the Larkinville hot spot is bringing back its rooftop tribute to the Fab Four for a second go-around. Because of the popularity of the inaugural event, the organizers have closed down Swan Street and will open up Larkin Square for much-needed spac…

The Headstones have announced a pair of back-to-back Buffalo shows set for 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Known for tackling some rather taboo topics in its music, the punk leaning alt-rock band debuted in 1993 with the ferocious freshman album "Pictures of Health." After temporarily breaking up in 2003, the group, led by vocalist Hugh Dillon, …

Just days after delivering its latest local performance, Atlas Genius wasted no time in announcing its next Buffalo gig, set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) The Australian electro-pop act, led by the Jeffery brothers, is already a familiar name in the Western New York area after appearing in supporting roles at this summer's Edgefest: Part 3, o…

Goth-folk act Timber Timbre has announced a performance at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.). The eccentric Canadian group has been tinkering with its dark, mysterious and decade-jumping sound since releasing its self-titled debut album in 2009. Timber Timbre shared its latest effort, the swelling, synth-heavy "Sincerely, Future Pollution," this past…