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Lemuria

Who?: Indie-rock/power-pop trio comprising guitarist/vocalist Sheena Ozzella, bassist Alex Kerns and drummer Max Gregor. Named after the Atlantis-like "lost land" said to have lurked in the Southern Pacific.

What?: Perhaps the hardest-working outfit to have emerged from Buffalo over the past decade, Lemuria formed in 2004, and has been touring heavily pretty much ever since. The band has been all over the place, building a fan base one brick at a time.

Why?: Get on board now, because it looks like these guys could be huge, and soon. A recent showcase during the high-profile SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, grabbed the attention of what one Buffalo music maven in attendance described as "hundreds of people in a huge tent." Among the throng was a writer from Spin magazine. According to said scribe, "Buffalo trio Lemuria, led by singer-guitarist Sheena Ozzella, sounded like a direct product of early-'90s Boston alt-rock, with their winsome riffing a generally pleasant reminder of Belly, Juliana Hatfield, or even Letters to Cleo." Nice!

What's next?: A release party for Lemuria's new album, "Pebbles," is 8 p.m. Saturday in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.). The band will be joined by friends Arctic Death, To Tremble and Real People.

Check out: www.MySpace.com/Lemuria; www.LemuriaPop.com; www.Facebook.com/LemuriaPop

-- Jeff Miers

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