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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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It's been more than a decade since downtown music venue Mohawk Place celebrated Mardi Gras, but the New Orleans-style party returned with a vengeance on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. See who enjoyed a buffet of gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish and more, plus live music from four bands, including Pine Fever, Soul Butchers and Deadwolf.

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Up-and-coming Sydney trio Middle Kids will make its Buffalo debut at 7 p.m. June 7 in Mohawk Place (47 E Mohawk St.). The alt-country tinged indie outfit shared its self-titled debut album at the beginning of 2017. Through the help of the record's weary breakthrough single "Edge of Town," the band has caught the eyes of taste-making outlets like NPR's World Cafe, earned…

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Fun-a-Day 2018, Feb. 1, Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.), Free. OK this is cheating a bit because there technically isn't a proper event on Feb. 1, but rather it's the kick off of 28 straight days of creativity, better known as Fun-a-Day. The month-long event encourages participants to spend each day having, well, fun, whether that be through photography, painting, you …

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Soul Patch, 8 p.m. Jan. 27, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $10. Given how frequently the local hardcore heroes of Every Time I Die are on the road, you never quite know when a Soul Patch show may pop up. Two of the popular tribute band's members - lead singer Keith Buckley and bassist Stephen Micciche  - are part of ETID, just in case you weren't up to speed. …

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On-the-rise act Sunflower Bean will return to Buffalo at 7 p.m. May 6 in Mohawk Place (47 E Mohawk St.). Last seen opening for the Pixies in the UB Center for the Arts' Mainstage Theatre last fall, the NYC three-piece caught a nice buzz on the strength of sun-kissed balled "Easier Said," found on the band's 2016 debut "Human Ceremony." The psych-lite group will be ba…

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Upstate Rubdown, 9 p.m. Dec. 28, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $15. One of the standout acts from the inaugural run of Cobblestone Live was Upstate Rubdown, a harmony-rich Americana act from the Hudson Valley area. Armed with a trio of powerhouse singers that sound like if Dirty Projectors went full measure folk, the act took the stage to deliver a modestly a…

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Deadwolf, 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5. After sharing a handful of one-off songs since surfacing in 2014, the psych-rock act Deadwolf is finally ready to share its full-length debut. Titled "Heavy Heart," the 14-track release was recorded by Deadwolf axmen Tyler Mendola and Cody Morse; Paul Besch over at Quiet Country Audio handled mixing duties…

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Hollerado, 7 p.m. Nov. 16, the Leopard Lounge at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $16 - $19. Since Waiting Room and its upstairs Studio closed earlier this fall, the Leopard Lounge, Town Ballroom's intimate front room, has seen quite the uptick in activity. If you have yet to check the space out, then maybe the latest visit from Hollerado would be a good enough excuse. …

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Slowdive, 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $29 - $32. Seminal shoegaze act Slowdive is set to make a rare appearance in Buffalo as the group's comeback year continues to roll along. After reforming back in 2014, the Reading, UK act shared the new single "Star Roving," this past January, the band's first bit of new music in 22 years.  The track would…

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The Darcys, 7 p.m. Nov.2, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $10. Glossy Toronto duo the Darcys is set to headline a Canada-friendly evening at the downtown music hot spot. The pair's most recent album, the '80s soaked "Centerfold," is a collection of synth-heavy dance pop that finds the group drifting away from its early moody guitar sounds. The shades of new wave and…

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Craig Finn with John K. Samson, 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Leopard Lounge (681 Main St.), $28. Last seen opening up for Titus Andronicus at a spirited Tralf Music Hall a couple of years back, the Hold Steady's Craig Finn will return to Buffalo in a headlining role at Town Ballroom's intimate Leopard Lounge. On tour in support of his new (and best) solo release, 2017's mov…

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Joywave, 5 p.m. Oct. 5, Alumni Plaza outside KeyBank Center, free. The weather lately sure would tell you otherwise, but it's time to start another hockey season in Buffalo. To help kick off the 2017-2018 Sabres' season, Rochester's Joywave will be performing a free set outside of the KeyBank Center for the Party in the Plaza opening event. One of the biggest succ…

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Dan Bern, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, 9th Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $15-$20. Ithaca-based promoter Dan Smalls has presented a wide range of acts - from big-name musicians to under-the-radar bands - in the Buffalo area since breaking into the market a few years back. His latest local presentation is Iowa-born singer-songwriter Dan Bern. Dubbed one of the many "next …

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Conor Oberst, 8 p.m. Sept. 14, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $30-$35. Better known as Bright Eyes to some, longtime heart-on-his sleeve singer/songwriter Conor Oberst will be ditching his alias this time around as he makes his much-awaited return to Buffalo. The Omaha musician has had a busy couple of years. In addition to resurrecting his emo-punk ou…