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Alternative music lovers will have several opportunities to catch live acts this week:

9 p.m. Tuesday, Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. -- "State of Independents," featuring McCarthyizm and the Need, among other bands. It is an all-ages show.

8 p.m. Thursday, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center Theater, Suite 425, 2495 Main St. -- Copper Tremendo, part of the Hallwalls Thursday Cabaret Series.

6:30 p.m. Friday, Villa Maria College Social Hall, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga -- "Alternative Music Showcase," featuring Dreyfus, Phat Boie, Daybreak and The Unknown.

The series of No Illusions Live concerts continues at 9 p.m. Sunday in Shannon Pub, Lord Amherst Motor Hotel, 5050 Main St., with further dates on April 9 in Rochester, April 11 at the University at Buffalo and April 29 in Ithaca. Featured are many of best women performers and songwriters from Buffalo.

Country: Boxcar Willie comes to the Aurora Theater, East Aurora, at 7 p.m. Sunday. Ramblin Lou's Family Band will open.

Nimrod Wildfire will appear in Mohawk Place, 47 East Mohawk St., at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. His quirky style features elements of country, folk and rock. At 7 p.m. Sunday a couple of big country stars come to St. Bonaventure University. Lorrie Morgan and Clay Walker will play in the university's Reilly Center Arena.

Blues: Joan Osborne brings her down-home blues guitar to Nietzsche's at 10 p.m. Thursday. She will be joined by Mary Lou Lord and Elliott Smith. At 6 p.m. the same day in the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St., will be Flashes the Blues, featuring Hoagy and the Blues Bombers. The show is a Cepa Gallery production.

Singers: Sarah McLachlan brings her unique song stylings to a sold-out performance at 7:30 tonight in Shea's Performing Arts Center.

Cuban-born Jon Secada, one of the most successful contemporary singers appealing to a pop audience, also appears in Shea's at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Then the nonpareil of vocal gymnasts, Bobby McFerrin, comes to UB's Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Rock 'n' roll and more: A "Rock 'n' Roll Party" is what they're calling it at 10 p.m. Tuesday in Mohawk Place. Featured are Planet Rockers, Kaiser, Panasonics and Neanderthals. At 8 p.m. the same day, Jonathan Richman appeares in the Marquee at the Tralf, 100 Theater Place.

Showcase will feature the bands Echolyn, The Willies, Happy Purples and Happy Dogs at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Showplace Theatre, 1063 Grant St.

At 7 p.m. Friday in Blind Mellons, 207 Youngs Road, Cheektowaga, will be The Tubes. At 11 p.m. the same day in Nietzsche's, Moon Boot Lover and The Amazing All My Children will perform.

"Weird Al" Yankovic will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Riviera Theater, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. At 7:30 the same night, Jackyl -- featuring Jesse Dupree -- performs in the Athletic Center, Erie County Community College City Campus, 121 Ellicott St.

Christian Music: The "Underground Coffeehouse" showcases groups at 8 p.m. Friday in Deerhurst Presbyterian Church, 257 Deerhurst Park Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.

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