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Bay Area rock trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will be rolling into Buffalo for a show at 7 p.m. May 12 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Since debuting in 2003, the dark garage rock band has released a slew of fuzzed out noise-rock meets rootsy Americana records. The band will be on the road in support of its January album, the menacing "Wrong Creature." BRMC's l…

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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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Grunge-rock stalwarts Stone Temple Pilots will be making a special appearance in Buffalo with a show at 7 p.m. May 9 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Debuting in 1992, the Los Angeles-bred hard-rock act would grow to be one biggest of the decade. After lead singer Scott Weiland died in 2015 from an accidental drug overdose, the surviving members welcomed Dry Cell fr…

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British import Wolf Alice has announced its latest local performance, set for 7 p.m. April 6 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Previously appearing in town as part of the 2015 installment of the Kerfuffle Before Christmas and in a headlining gig at the Tralf Music Hall in 2016, the '90s inspired London act will be back in Buffalo to perform songs off of its September…

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Born a Rebel - Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $8-$10. The music community lost another heavyweight late last year when long-time rocker Tom Petty died due to cardiac arrest. What followed was a flood of celebrations and remembrances of years of songs and musical memories that contributed to the sound…

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Built to Spill and Afghan Whigs' just announced co-headlining tour will include a stop at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The influential Boise rock act Built to Spill has been no strangers to Buffalo over the years, playing a number of memorable shows at the Ballroom and down at the waterfront. The group's last record "Untethered Moon" was shared i…

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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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Different Strokes, 10:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.), $5. Buffalo has quietly put together a nice collection of alternative rock tribute/cover acts over the years. Kurt & the Loders and Soul Patch have the whole '90s scene on lock down. Long-running experimental rock collective Lazlo Hollyfeld's tribute nights to seminal acts like Radiohead, LCD…

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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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Long-time Buffalo favorite Sam Roberts Band is ready to end the year on a high note as it makes its latest local appearance at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The rootsy Canadian pop-rock outfit has played venues both large and small in town, from New World Records (RIP) to Canalside, since sharing its popular debut album "We Were Born in a Flame" wa…

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On-the-rise indie act Sylvan Esso will be visiting Buffalo at 7 p.m. March 30 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The folk-tinged, electro-pop duo out of North Carolina tiptoed on to the scene in 2014 with its self-titled debut record. The album boasted a pair of ear-candy tracks in the Feist/Tune-Yards hybrid "Hey Mami" and the slinky late night hit "Coffee." "What…

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Virginia Beach indie outfit Turnover will be passing through town, giving music fans an excuse to take advantage of an underrated Monday night in Buffalo. Emerging as an emo-pop act on the Boston-based label Run for Cover Records in 2013, the group has since slowly drifted away from its early roots to a more wistful, sun-kissed variety of indie rock, first seen on its f…

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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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Buffalo garage trio Made Violent has been selected to open for White Reaper at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) The rambunctious three-piece is prepping the release of its latest EP "Squeeze," which is set to be shared in early 2018. The EP's first single "Unamused" can be streamed below. The show's headliner, Louisville's hook-heavy White Reaper, w…

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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…