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If you want blood . . .
It came from the north. And it'd like to make your daughter's acquaintance.

Danko Jones, Toronto's grittiest heavy-rock trio, just dropped its U.S. debut, "We Sweat Blood," and is poised to cash in on the significant buzz generated by its primal, blood-and-guts rock north of the border. Sweaty, arrogant and obsessed with sex, the album urged Maxim to proclaim: " 'Blood' sounds like AC/DC sniffing glue with Motley Crue," which goes a long way toward encapsulating the strutting, cock-of-the-walk nature of these power-chord gutter anthems. Plenty of catchy choruses; big, dumb and loud guitars; and Danko Jones' soulful, Bon Scott-meets-Iggy vocals.

The British rock press is given to hyperbole, so NME's proclamation that it "might be the best band in the world" should perhaps be taken with a pinch of salt. Still, if the moon is right, the beer is cold and you've made advance preparations by using a vacation day for the morning after, maybe NME's not too far off the mark.

You be the judge -- Danko Jones brings its cranium-crushing bacchanal to Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. for an 8 p.m. show Thursday. Prep yourself by grabbing the band's Razor & Tie debut -- which hit the streets Tuesday -- or visiting You might also catch Danko on WEDG 103.3 FM, where the band is receiving some spins.

Call Mohawk Place at 855-3931 with questions.

One step Biondo
Eric Biondo graduated from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School in 1995, and his jazz outfit, Straight Forward, opened for Grover Washington Jr. a short time later. But like so many of our finest musicians, Biondo bailed for greener pastures promptly, studying at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester and, eventually, landing in New York City, where he scored a gig playing trumpet with the Monkees, brought his horn to bear on the renowned Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and played a major role in the Festival of New Trumpet Music, an event curated by trumpeters Dave Douglas, Jon Nelson and Roy Campbell.

Somewhere in the midst of all these gigs, Biondo also found time to lead Miles Davis producer Teo Macero's Big Band. Not a bad resume to be boasting at a mere 27 years of age.

But it's with his avant-garde jazz/pop boy band Beyondo that Biondo marks his Buffalo homecoming Wednesday in Nietzsche's, 248 Allen St. The daring, ambitious bill also features performances from the Genkin Philharmonic West and Thought. Biondo will be digging into tunes from the hilarious, irreverent and decidedly Zappa-esque "Invisible Love" disc. Expect it to be raucous, funny and bizarrely musical.

Tickets for the triple bill, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Wednesday, are $8 at the door. Call the club at 886-8539 for details.

Gig picks
It isn't even summer yet, and already I'm exhausted. No rest for the wicked, and let's face it, if you're hell-bent on catching every decent show that passes through town, you've got a bit of wickedness in you. Another busy week, then.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome back uber-guitarist George Puleo to the musical fold. Puleo's fiery, virtuosic guitar playing fueled both Gamalon and the Need for more than a decade; he's been keeping a low profile of late, but happily, has formed what can only be called a supergroup with former Gamalon bassist/keyboardist Jim Wynne and former CO Jones/Sky Church drummer Hugh Arthur. The band is called Haiku, and it will make its debut inside Club Infinity at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Advance buzz says Puleo will play tunes from throughout his career, and "everything from Miles to Jimi" in between. Tickets are available at the Record Baron, the Club Infinity box office or through

Ska-punkers Reel Big Fish and local guests Navar play the Reilly Arts Center, St. Bonaventure University in Olean, at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15 in advance through, or $20 at the door on the night of the show.

Goldfinger brings the Midas touch to the Sphere, 681 Main St., at 7 p.m. next Friday. Advance tickets are $15 at the Sphere box office, Home of the Hits, New World Record or through Ticketmaster at 852-5000. Bring $18 with you for admittance on the evening of the show.

On Sunday, alternative hard-rockers Static Lullaby hit the Icon. Check for details on this show. Flickerstick plays the Showplace, 1063 Grant St., on Monday. Guests Bril, Foolstar and Agent Me share the bill, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call Ticketmaster at 852-5000 for yours.

The Pete Best Band's show that was scheduled for Wednesday in Club Infinity has been canceled.


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