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

Award-winning act Tegan and Sara will be back in Buffalo for a performance at 7 p.m. July 29 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The Canadian indie-pop duo - identical twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin - is back on the road in support of its eighth studio album, 2016's "Love You to Death." The record finds the Quin siblings continuing to dive deep into its current mode…

The Flaming Lips and Mac DeMarco are set to team up for a double bill at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). The long-time Oklahoma City psych-rockers kicked off the new year with the January release "Oczy Mlody," the latest edition to the band's long, ever-evolving discography. As for DeMarco, the Canadian songwriter with a rather w…

DYNAMO, 9 p.m. April 21, Lockhouse Distillery & Bar (41 Columbia St.), $10. Lockhouse's eclectic winter concert series comes to a close as the Nashville band DYNAMO touches down in the Cobblestone distillery. The must-see live act fuses funk, soul, R&B and rock into an explosive package that has taken the band on tour nationwide. DYNAMO released its debut al…

Operators, 7 p.m. April 14, Studio at Waiting Room, (334 Delaware Ave.), $15-$17 Even with his cult indie band Wolf Parade finally ending its hiatus to work on new material, Dan Boeckner has managed to find the time to take another one of his bands on the road. The busy Canadian musician, formerly of acts like Divine Fits, Handsome Furs and Atlas Strategic, is on…

T-Pain will return to Western New York with a performance at 8 p.m. April 28 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Presented by the Niagara University Traditions Committee, the engaging Florida-born musician may be best known for popularizing the use of auto-tune, also known as a "Hard & B" style of music. His distinct vocals have been featured on d…

Thin Man is quickly approaching its one-year anniversary, and to celebrate the occasion, the Elmwood Avenue brewery has a big ol' party planned. At noon June 17, the bar-restaurant (492 Elmwood Ave.) will close off Elmwood from Hodge and West Utica to present the Summer Solstice Street Festival. An eclectic batch of bands will make up the all-day festival's musical l…

A new batch of tour dates from the Naked and Famous will include a Buffalo stop at 7 p.m. June 12 in the Town Ballroom (681 S. Main St.). The slick, New Zealand-bred synth-pop group made a big splash in 2011 with the shimmering single "Young Blood," a cut from its glossy and grand debut record "Passive Me, Aggressive You." The album's success has the band in heavy ro…

Critically-acclaimed songwriter Conor Oberst is set to make his return to Buffalo at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.). The Omaha musician, long known for his work under the Bright Eyes moniker as well as with acts like Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk, has had a busy calendar year. He just released his latest album, the robust, fleshed ou…

Modern Love, 11 p.m. April 7 at the Old Pink (223 Allen St.), free. Since his passing in 2016, the lasting influence of David Bowie has been celebrated worldwide. Now it's time for the Old Pink's turn. Presented by Shaken' Stylus, Allentown's go-to last call bar will be spinning selections from the mercurial musician's long and ever-evolving catalog. In addition, tra…

The CW sure seems to have a thing for the Buffalo music scene. After including songs from local acts M.A.G.S. and Humble Braggers on hit shows "The Flash" and "iZombie," the network will next feature music from local electro artist brat'ya on the popular show "The Originals." Scheduled to air on April 21 April 28, the episode is set to feature the song "Dreams,"…

Minus the Bear with Beach Slang, 7 p.m. March 30, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $24-$28. No offense to Minus the Bear. The Seattle group has been releasing a steady collection of loopy math-rock for years now, and doing a good job at it to boot, but if you want to catch the real highlight of the night, get to the Ballroom early to see Beach Slang take the stage. A ra…

Music festival season is quickly approaching, and Buffalo is getting a new one of its own. Cobblestone Live, a two-day indie-music festival, will kick off its inaugural go-around at 1 p.m. July 15-16 in Buffalo's historic Cobblestone District. "Cobblestone Live is loosely inspired by Brooklyn Comes Alive," said promoter/founder C.J. Cook of Sunbeam Entertainment. "A …

Scott Stapp is set to bring his solo tour back to the area for a show at 7:30 p.m. May 24 in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda). The former frontman to the multi-platinum stadium rockers Creed, the singer has continued to release his anthemic brand of post-grunge since going solo in 2005. His most recent solo offering "Proof of Life" was release in 20…

With tickets for the 23rd edition of the Vans Warped Tour now on sale, it was only right to next find who you are paying to see. Notable acts joining the annual area pit stop, which will kick off its long day of music at 11 a.m. July 13 on the grounds of the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien), include the politically driven Steel City punk…

Emo heavyweights Taking Back Sunday have announced a 2017 summer tour that will include a stop at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 on the Waiting Room's summer stage (334 Delaware Ave.). Joining the influential   group will be Buffalo hardcore heroes Every Time I Die and So-Cal rock outfit All Get Out. Since debuting in 2002, the New York-based Taking Back Sunday has been one of the tor…