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

The Queen of hip-hop, Mary J. Blidge, will bring her "Strength of a Woman Live" tour to Buffalo at 8 p.m. Aug 4 in Shea's Performing Art (646 Main St.). The long-time R&B musician, who debuted in 1992 with her freshman album "What's the 411?," will be on tour in support of her just-released album, the well received "Strength of a Woman." Lalah Hathaway opens the sho…

Popular alternative-rocker act Imagine Dragons has announced a new tour that includes a stop in Buffalo at 8 p.m. Nov 1 in the KeyBank Center (1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza). The Las Vegas four-piece has turned itself into an alternative radio heavyweight since debuting in 2012. Blending together dance-friendly synth-pop with soaring, arena rock hooks, the group has found …

WWE LIVE Summerslam Heatwave Tour is set to roll through town at 7:30 p.m. July 28 in the KeyBank Center (One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza). The summer string of dates will include appearances by WWE stars Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Alexa Bliss, The Hardy Boyz, Finn Balor, Bayley, Enzo Amore & Big Cass, Cesaro and Sheamus. It all leads towar…

Vancouver alt-rockers Mother Mother has announced a return to the area for a show at 8 p.m. July 14 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). The band's sound has shifted drastically from its early days. Its 2006 freshman record "Touch Up" was a quirky, folk-rock debut ("hillbilly art-pop" as one writer so sarcastically put it) that only flirted with its fu…

Made Violent with Sixties Future, 7 p.m. May 5, the Studio at Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.), $10-$13. A local show of the year contender is approaching as Buffalo's next-big-thing Made Violent is set to return to Waiting Room. The gig should be a proper kick-off for the brash garage trio as it gets ready for a string of summer dates with Philadelphia haze-pop o…

Foxygen's latest tour itinerary is set to include a Buffalo stop at 8 p.m. July 26 in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Since debuting in 2012, the Los Angeles duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado has been steadily releasing a collection of dense, classic rock-indebted pop records that touch upon a variety of musical influences including '70s glam, British Invasion, …

Critical darlings the New Pornographers have announced a welcome return to Buffalo with a performance set for 8 p.m. July 25 in Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.). Featuring acclaimed songwriters A.C. Newman, Neko Case and Dan Bejar, the Vancouver supergroup has been releasing record after record of intelligent and addictive power-pop since sharing its debut a…

On-the-rise act LP has announced an intimate session at 11 a.m. May 6 in FYE in the Walden Galleria (1 Walden Galleria). Recently in town for to perform at Alternative Buffalo's ongoing "You Saw Them First" series at Waiting Room in January, the genre-defying Los Angeles artist Laura Pergolizzi will be making a quick return to Buffalo to perform tracks off of her brea…

Indie-rock act Wavves' just-announced tour will include a Buffalo stop at 8 p.m. May 19 in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). The project of San Diego musician Nathan Williams, Wavves has shifted away from its early noise-pop days into a brand of a messy, surf-infused pop-punk. Williams and crew will complete their opening gig supporting Blink-182 this April befo…

The Buffalo summer concert season just got another batch of shows thrown into the mix as Batavia Downs (8315 Park Road, Batavia) has shared its Rockin' the Downs concert lineup. Featuring a six-pack of country and classic rock legends, the series will kick off at 4 p.m. June 4 with a performance from multi-platinum selling country music group Lonestar. The Nashville-bo…

Cloud Nothings, 7 p.m. April 28, The Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) , $15-$18. Cloud Nothings is back in Buffalo to make its most recent rounds through local music clubs. Previously seen in town nearly destroying Buffalo Iron Works while on tour for the angst-heavy album "Attack on Memory" in 2014, the former lo-fi, Ohio indie act will be returning to the Queen Ci…

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…