Margot and the Nuclear So and So's hail from Indianapolis and have been generating a bit of a buzz among fans of bands like Arcade Fire, Yeasayer, the Album Leaf and Animal Collective, based on the band's delicate, intricate, but far from fey chamber-pop sound. A new album, "Buzzard," hits the streets in late May. In the meantime, the band hits the road for a tour that includes a stop inside Soundlab on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Bad hair life
Are the '80s worth celebrating? This is a complex question. It depends who you ask, how old they were during the "Me Decade," what they were doing, who they were listening to and where they lived. The fair-and-balanced response is likely, "Well, some things from the '80s are worth celebrating." The gradual morphing of '70s punk and new wave into '80s alternative might be one of them. Judge for yourself at 8 p.m. on Saturday when the "Club 1980s" tour comes to Club Paradise, 3950 McKinley Parkway. The show will be headlined by Gene Loves Jezebel, and also will feature Missing Persons and Tommy Tutone.
This Is (Still) It
The late-1970s and early-'80s Buffalo punk and new wave scene rivaled similar activity in much larger cities. The music that erupted from often-packed Buffalo bars and concert clubs "back in the day" is among the most powerful this area has ever produced. The "This Is It" series of CDs document and celebrate this fertile period. Volume four of the series is released at 7 tonight inside Mohawk Place.
Scheduled to perform: a reunited Pauline & the Periels, Terry Sullivan, the Vores, Dave Meinzer, Bob James and the Sons of Chuck Berry and Free Henry. The show will be a benefit for the Food Bank of WNY, with an additional share of the proceeds going to Sophie's Club. Admission at the door will be $10. Learn more: www.tunes4food.org or www.playitforwardpartnership.org or www.sophiesclub.org.
More from the clubs
The Guitar Shorty concert, originally scheduled for the now-closed Lafayette Tap Room, has been moved to the Tralf Music Hall. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. on April 1. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 day of the show (www.tralfmusichall.com).
The Sportsmen's Tavern has announced a new slate of artists for its Private Party Series. The busy schedule includes Jamestown Meets Buffalo featuring Cindy Haight, Matt Homan & The Bluegrass Disciples & King Rail, April 10; the Tarbox Ramblers, April 12; and the Bruce Katz Band on April 16. For info: www.sportsmenstavern.com.