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Three of a perfect pair

A killer triple bill fills Mohawk Place tonight.

Headlined by California's Sleepy Sun, the grand-scale riff-o-rama will also feature sets from Buffalo's stoner rock kings Chylde, along with Tracy Morrow & the Magi Chippie.

The connective thematic tissue here is the new sonic expansiveness of guitar-driven acid blues. Chylde, as we've known for a good while now, picked up where Soundgarden's "Louder Than Love" left off, and has by now perfected the dark art of the clobbering riff.

Since emerging from Santa Cruz a few years back, the sextet Sleepy Sun has turned the heads and warmed the hearts of critics and fans alike, particularly of those who can claim ownership of at least one album each by Black Mountain and Kyuss.

This new heaviness is not all about bludgeoning, of course. There's spaciousness, a wide dynamic range and insistence on texture in the music of Sleepy Sun, and our own Chylde and Tracy Morrow & the Magi Chippie embrace the same ethic.

The whole deal kicks off at 10 tonight. I'm guessing this will be the best $10 you spend this weekend.

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Don't miss ...

The 14th annual Blues Cruise Car & Bike Show will be held at the Rosegarden (2753 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville) starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. This year's performers include the Mick Hayes Band, the Reinharts, Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat, Michael Charles and Blue Edge. Tickets are $25 for the full day.

While you're in a blues mood, head to the Tudor Lounge at 8 p.m. Tuesday to check out harp master John Nemeth, who will be performing material from his recently released Blind Pig Records effort "Name the Day."

If you're not familiar with Nemeth, he is a leading light in what's being referred to as the "soul blues" scene. Learn more about Nemeth at


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