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Mac McGuire

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

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…

Ron Hawkins, 6 p.m. March 24, Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.), $22.50. Leaving his backing band at home for his latest Buffalo pit-stop, Lowest of the Low frontman Ron Hawkins will set up shop in a rather unexpected venue: the Buffalo Museum of Science. The musician shared his latest solo record "Spit Sputter & Sparkle" last year, but don't be sh…

After warming the crowd up as the opening act at last December's the Kerfuffle Before Christmas, Judah & the Lion has locked in its return to Buffalo, this time as a headliner at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The folk/bluegrass rooted band's just announced "Going to Mars Tour," a two month-long string of dates running through the fall, will se…

If there is one thing that gets local music fans hyped for summer, its the announcement of Alternative Buffalo's Kerfuffle lineup. Now entering its fourth year, the annual one-day festival went live yesterday, sending members of the always eager #AltFamily in a social media frenzy. Set to return to its Canalside home base (44 Prime St.) at 12:30 p.m. June 17, the t…

Beloved indie pop act The Shins will make a much-anticipated performance at 8 p.m. July 11 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). After a five-year hiatus, the group, led by front man James Mercer, will release its fifth studio album, "Heartworms," on March 10. It will be the band's first release since 2012's comeback album "Port of Morrow." Best known…

If you're looking for entertainment at night while you're in town for the NCAA Tournament, we've found 10 events at music and comedy clubs within walking distance or a short drive of KeyBank Center. WEDNESDAY Coldboydjs and C.M.G. present: Roc the Mic, 9 p.m. March 15 at Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St., $10. For something a little different, catch this DJ competiti…

Good Thursdays with Alternative Buffalo, 10 p.m. March 9, Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.), free. This week may be a good excuse to get out of the house and finally treat yourself to a Good Thursday night. The popular alternative-rock radio station has been hosting its weekly takeover of the college bar for some time now, playing buzzing tracks from its influential #A…

The Buffalo summer concert schedule is quickly becoming overwhelming. With recent and frequent concert announcements by the major venues, and much more to follow down the pipeline, it's easy to lose track of all of the great shows set to be presented this summer season, so we thought a refresher course may be in order. Western New York's go-to summer music hotspot Da…

Chart-topping rock outfit Blue October will return to the Western New York area at 7 p.m. June 8 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St. Niagara Falls). Formed in Houston, the group has become known for its melodic and emotionally charged brand of post-grunge. The platinum-selling group is best served to fans of Pearl Jam, Puddle of Mudd and Nickelback. Blue October con…

The hype for Buffalo emo trio Del Paxton’s LP “All Day, Every Day, All Night” has been growing as the much-anticipated album’s release – March 3 at Mohawk Place – quickly draws near. From premieres on influential pop-culture sites like Stereogum, the A.V. Club, Uproxx and Impose, to features, interviews and playlist adds by tastemakers KEXP, New Noise and Apple…

K. Flay, 8 p.m. March 2, Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.), $15-$18. Genre-blending pop artist K. Flay (aka Kristine Flaherty) will start the Buffalo weekend early as she makes her Waiting Room debut. Her ear-catching 2014 debut record "Life as a Dog," a collection of edgy indie that weaved together rap, electronic and a little punk, landed the young musician key o…

The recently announced "White Knight The Chivalrock Tour" from Todd Rundgren will include a local stop at 7 p.m. May 17 in the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda). Born in Darby, Pa., the veteran musician has been steadily releasing pop meets art-rock records for the better part of five decades. Over the years, he has collaborated with the likes of Pat…

The always-busy Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino (310 4th St., Niagara Falls) has rolled out its latest batch of shows to add to its spring concert schedule. The new announcements are headlined by Motown legends the Temptations on May 12 and '90s new jack R&B group Bel Biv Devoe May 27, both performing in the casino's Events Center. Over in the Bear's Den Show…

Artpark's Tuesdays in the Park concert series has begun to fill out its summer schedule. Kicking off the weekly series will be the Texas blues-rock trio ZZ Top on June 6. Also formally announced will be the popular Pink Floyd tribute show Brit Floyd on July 18, Blondie and Garbage's Rage and Rapture Tour on July 25 and progressive Brit-rockers Jethro Tull with Ian Ander…