'Alive' and touring
His solo debut album "Alive" was released in April and already Ed Kowalczyk is making the rounds. He will headline Thursday at the Square next week, and his performance serves as his tour kickoff.
Kowalczyk's largely anthemic but aggressive sound is in part descended from his work with Live, the alternative rock band whose hits "Selling the Drama," "Lightning Crashes" and "I Alone" were staples of '90s rock.
Next on the lineup is Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at 8 p.m. Sunday at Mohawk Place. The band walks the line between the radical and the traditional through its ability to fuse punk and indie rock, soul and hardcore. Also on the bill is the New Jersey rock band Screaming Females. There's only one actual screaming female in the group -- Marissa Paternoster -- but her high-voltage musicality is pretty powerful.
The band had nasty van troubles recently, so be nice to them and get tickets ($15) to the show. Read what happened on their blog, screamingfemales.blogspot.com.
Also at Mohawk Place is the Transmission Dance Party at 10 tonight and the I Love the Fresh Prince of Bel Air Dance Party at 10 p.m. Saturday. Every Wednesday The Dreadbeats will perform at Old Man River (375 Niagara St., Tonawanda) at 6 p.m. with a summer splash of classic reggae.