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Different Strokes, 9 p.m. April 27, Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.), $5. Buffalo's premiere (and only) Strokes cover band, aptly titled Different Strokes, is set to return to Mr. Goodbar this weekend to deliver a pair of sets covering the influential New York City band's catalog. Featuring members of local acts Feverbox and Humble Braggers, plus a couple DJs from the…

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Super-Tugger, 8 p.m. March 23, Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.); $5. Fresh off delivering a healthy dose of Irish punk at Thin Man Brewery during last weekend's St. Patrick's Day festivities, Super-Tugger will make a quick return to the stage to play a fellow Elmwood Village haunt. Formally an outlet for members to share their love of '70s and '80s punk rock, the high…

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Live at O'Larkin, 5 p.m. March 16, Larkin Square (726 Exchange St.); free. Get your parade weekend pre-game on at Larkinville on Friday for the revitalized business district's annual Live at O'Larkin event. For six years running, Larkin Square has been jammers (or packed for those not up to speed on Irish slang) with Buffalo's Irish and those alike to celebrate the h…

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If you’d like to enjoy a genuine Irish celebration this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, you’ll need to find some barroom-hosted music emblematic of the holiday’s historical spirit. This doesn’t mean settling for the work of Ireland-bred rock bands or the rhyming of Irish stereotypes, so stash tracks off “The Joshua Tree” or House of Pain hits for another evening. Traditional…

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For those going to see “Weird Al" Yankovic’s show at the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts on March 13, you’re officially warned that the performance will be a “Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity” concert. That’s not commentary; it’s just the name of the show. Instead of leading audiences through a parade of his career musical satire hits from “Ea…

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Rochester's Joywave has taken its danceable-but-eclectic alt-pop-indie hybrid from Western New York clubs to major stages – Indio, California's Coachella Festival and Chicago's Lollapalooza, for example – in less than a decade as an entity. Along the way, the band - singer Daniel Armbruster, guitarist Joseph Morinelli, drummer Paul Brenner, bassist Jeremiah Crespo, and key…

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Buffalo DJ and blues connoisseur Anita West has taken over Thursday nights at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), dedicated them to local and international blues artists,  and rechristened them "Howlin' at the Tralf." On March 1, the series presents  guitarist/vocalist Anthony Gomes, who, according to Blues Revue Magazine, is a musician claiming a spot "at the very forefr…

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I've got my own criteria for what makes a strong summer concert season. I need a solid arena-style or outdoor amphitheater to kick things off. I need tantalizing club shows peppered throughout the summer . I need our outdoor soft-ticket and free gig roster to offer diverse programming that covers a broad array of genres. I need to plan a few road-trip gigs, for the sake…

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Rhythm. Repetition. Color. Thematic variation. Visual art and music share these as prime creative concerns. It made sense, then, when News Arts Critic Colin Dabkowski and yours truly hatched the grand plan to attend "Matisse and the Art of Jazz" at the Albright-Knox together, we'd riff off of each other in real time and perhaps shine some light on the 20 colorful, evoca…

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The seventh annual Johnny Cash Birthday Bash, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.), $5. New year, new venue. After spending the last half decade in Allentown, the annual Johnny Cash tribute has serendipitously relocated to Black Rock's Sportsmen's Tavern, which was named the best roots/Americana venue by the Nashville-based Ameripolitan Awards. …

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“I want to be a voice for young women. Especially the third culture kids, who are citizens of the world, but also a citizen of none.” That's the artist known as Sirintip, in a statement on a news release announcing her debut album, "Tribus," one of the most startlingly refreshing collections of new music to hit the ether in a good while. The album's visceral diversity r…

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First Ward, 9 p.m. Feb. 9, Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.), $7. Formally of indie act Son of the Sun and occasionally of alt-rock cover band Kurt & the Loders, Western New York stalwart Zak Ward will bring his most recent project, the hard-driving outfit First Ward, back to the Nietzsche's stage. The group's debut EP "Live at the Raven" dropped back in the fall of 2016.…

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If you've ever been there, you've felt it in your bones. The wrought iron balconies and verandas littered with ebullient day-drinkers, the music blasting from every third establishment's open doors, the French Quarter street musicians you happen upon randomly, and quickly realize are players of consummate skill, the brass bands gathered in Jackson Square, laying it down fo…

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Canadian power-pop stalwarts Sloan has announced the release of its 12th album – to be titled, appropriately enough, "12" – and dropped the first single from that album in the form of "The Day Will be Mine." The album will be released on April 6. With new music comes a new tour, and happily for the band's devout contingent of Buffalo Sloan-heads, that tour includes a st…

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A Musical Feast, Buffalo's adventurous concert series, is back in fine form, with an evening brimming with new music. The centerpiece of the group's next concert is "Coleccion Nocturna," by Buffalo composer David Felder. Inspired by a poem by Pablo Neruda, the music is scored for clarinet and piano. Felder's special blend of electronics helps it evoke what concert organ…