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

Julie Byrne, 8 p.m. July 28, Silo City (Silo City Row), $15-$20 After becoming a sleeper blog darling over the last few years, Julie Byrne's stunning new album "Not Even Happiness" has seen the former Buffalo-bred, currently NYC-rooted folk musician break through. The record has been included on countless best-of lists at the halfway mark of the year, and received a clu…

Montreal's recently resurfaced Wolf Parade has announced a comeback tour that includes a stop in Buffalo at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Town Ballroom (341 Main St.). The four-piece, whose members include busy musicians Dan Boeckner (Divine Fits, Operators, Handsome Furs) and Spencer Krug (Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake, Frog Eyes), recently came out of its seven-year hiatus by ann…

In The Valley Below, 7 p.m. July 14, Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.), $15-$18. Sultry electro-pop duo In The Valley Below, which has made Buffalo a regular spot while on tour, will be back in town for its latest local gig. The Echo Park, Calif., band has been getting some major mileage out of its breakout single "Peaches," the lead-off track to its debut 2013 releas…

Artpark (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston) is set to welcome pop group Bleachers back to the area as it rounds out its end-of-summer schedule at 5 p.m. Sept. 8. The nostalgic-heavy side project of Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, Bleachers is dripping in '80s pop vibes, many influenced by the music of John Hughes films. His debut album "Strange Desires" was released in 2014 and…

Fanbassador, the Buffalo-bred "crowd funding" platform that allows fans to choose/vote for a musical act to play a city that was previously left off of a tour itinerary, has a special end of summer concert event for area music fans. Taylor Made, a fan-built music festival, debuts Sept. 2 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). For Taylor Made's first go around, Travis Scott and 2 …

Big Thief, 7 p.m. June 29, the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $12. NPR favorite Big Thief is set to make a Buffalo appearance to support of its latest album "Capacity." The vulnerable, folk-leaning indie rockers made quick work to follow up its well-received debut record, the 2016 highlight "Masterpiece," with the intense and angsty sophomore release. The new album…

Country artist Wynonna Judd, 1980s power pop act Tommy Tutone and Morris Day, R&B singer and founding member of Prince's band the Time, are all scheduled to perform at the 2017 installment of Buffalo Ribfest. The festival of food (specifically ribs) and music kicks off at 11 a.m. July 29 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Here is the full schedule of music performances: …

Buffalo's busy summer concert season just got another series added to the mix. The Buffalo Naval Park (1 Naval Park Cove) will debut its new Little Rock Concerts series. The 10-date series will run weekly, save for the 4th of July, through early September. Each show will begin at 6 p.m. and admission is free. Kicking off the fresh lineup will be entertainer Jack Civ…

With the band's local summer stop not even in the rear view mirror, popular roots/jam act O.A.R. has already announced its next area visit at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). The Maryland outfit recently celebrated its 20th year of touring and recording music, and in turn, released the career spanning double album "XX," a compilation …

With this year's sauna-like Kerfuffle now in the books, one of last year's up-and-coming festival acts is ready for its next Buffalo gig as Toronto outfit the Strumbellas is set to return at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The two-time Juno (Canada's answer to the Grammys) award-winning band is known for fusing alt-country, folk and indie into a fest…

Queens of the Stone Age, 7:30 p.m. June 22, the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls), sold-out. It's not really fair to suggest catching a show when it sold out in less than 30 minutes, but the last time the prolific stoner rockers hit town, I was a freshman at the University at Buffalo. Without giving my age away, that was a long time ago. Point is, it may …

"A Diamond in the Buff," the documentary of the late Buffalo entertainer Lance Diamond, will premiere at 7 p.m. July 20 at the North Park Theatre (1428 Hertel Ave.). Directed by Kevin Polowy, a Los Angeles via Buffalo resident who's currently a host at Yahoo Movies, and Brandon Rae, the film began production in 2015 shortly after Diamond's death. It chronicles the life …

After a successful summer run last season, Lockhouse Distillery and Sunbeam Entertainment's collaborative Canalside Afterparty series has returned. Following Gary Clark Jr.'s Canalside kickoff performance, the Cobblestone-based Lockhouse Distillery (41 Columbia St.) will launch its after hours at 10 p.m. June 15 with an alt-rock double header featuring performances fro…

Influential shoegaze icon Slowdive will ride its comeback into Buffalo at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The English band's latest, the dreamy self-titled "Slowdive," has been critically praised as a vital addition to the band's small, yet era-defining discography, since its May release. The album is Slowdive's first since 1995's "Pygmalion." …

Six years after making its local debut at the gone but not forgotten Soundlab, Phantogram has set its sights on a return to Buffalo at 7 p.m. July 31 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The lush, electro-pop duo out of Brooklyn with heavy trip-hop leanings continues to tour in support of the mixed reviewed, radio-friendly album "Three," which dropped last October. T…