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Bop 'til you drop

Harder Bop -- the original jazz outfit led by alto/tenor saxophonist Kelly Bucheger and including trumpeter Tim Clarke, keyboardist George Caldwell, bassist Danny Ziemann and drummer Russ Algera -- will premiere songs from its upcoming new disc at 8:30 p.m. Sunday in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.).

Harder Bop is perhaps a bit of an anomaly in the world of modern jazz, for its ethos is not overtly involved in nostalgia for the form's past but is instead concerned with its future. That means these cats are all about composing and performing and improvising over their own tunes.

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From father to son

Malian singer/guitarist Vieux Farke Toure -- son of the late, universally revered singer/guitarist Al Farke Toure -- has taken his father's multicultural fusion to new heights. The younger Farke Toure blends the virtuosity always evident in his father's music with jazz, blues and even rock stylings.

The latest of Farke Toure's three albums is "The Secret," and it was produced by Buffalo native and Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno. The likes of Derek Trucks, Dave Matthews and John Scofield showed up to lend a hand. The result is a record that Rolling Stone called "a crossover set that slays, primarily because the players come to [Farke Toure's] music, not the other way around."

Vieux Farke Toure will make his Buffalo debut at 8 p.m. Monday in the Ninth Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $13 (Tickets.com, Rust Belt Books). See www.vieuxfarketoure.com.

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Gig picks

Cookie Monsta, the U.K.-based Dubstep savant, will headline a show at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Buffalo's own Dubstep/house music icon Big Basha will open the show. Tickets are $15 advance, $18 on the day of the show (box office, Tickets.com). Check out www.myspace.com/cookiemonstatc2.

Following the Alice Cooper and Anvil throwdown at the Central Wharf tonight, head to Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.) for a jammin' after-party headlined by Aqueous and also featuring Slip Madigan at 11:30 p.m.

Mohawk Place (47 East Mohawk St.) welcomes Failures Union, Roger Bryan & the Orphans, Patrons Of Sweet and the Kyle Sowashes at 9 p.m. Saturday. On Thursday, the same club is presenting a tribute to the Sam Roberts Band, which plays Artpark next Friday.

Proceeds from the show will go to the Buffalo City Mission, in particular the Cornerstone Manor Women and Children's Shelter. Event organizers told The News that the Sam Roberts Band is sending along a gift basket to be raffled off during the show, which will include tickets to the Artpark show. Promoters also said that a major announcement about the Artpark show will take place during the Mohawk Place SRB tribute. Scheduled to perform are the Albrights, the Tins and Troop 556.

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