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Tuned In: In the clubs and under the radar

They’ve been holed up in the recording studio outside of Fredonia with producer Dave Fridmann for many a month by now, but Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Godlwasser – known collectively as MGMT – will take a break to play some live shows this summer. One of these takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Artpark, as part of the Coors Light Wednesdays concert series.

Whether or not the MGMT lads take this opportunity to perform material from their forthcoming eponymous album remains to be seen. But, most certainly, we’ll be treated to a heavy dose of the alt-funk/psychedelic/indie-rock stew that is the “Oracular Spectacular” album, and its follow-up, “Congratulations.”

Tickets for MGMT, with guests Kuroma, are $10 advance general admission, $25 for front of stage standing room, and $25 for VIP seating. After Sunday, general admission tickets are $15 (box office,

Born again

The Rebirth Brass Band offers a direct conduit to the music of New Orleans. The rotating cast of characters in this New Orleans institution have been carrying forward the tradition of brass bands from the region for several decades. At once a celebration of time-honored tradition, and a manifestation of the here and now, the ensemble’s music is funky like only music birthed in New Orleans can be.

The Rebirth Brass Band returns to Buffalo for a show at 7 tonight in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tickets are $25 (box office, Ticketmaster). Learn more through

Master songwriter

Legendary singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman returns to Buffalo with his faithful drumming companion Tommy Larkins for a show at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.). Now nearing 60, Richman continues to evolve as a writer and musician, having developed a singular and virtuosic finger-picking technique on Flamenco guitar, and the ability to control a crowded and noisy music club to the point where he can sing off-mic and still be heard. Tickets are $16-$19 (box office,

Gig picks

Midwest indie-rock/alt-pop outfit Abandon Kansas began life as a nominally Christian rock act, but after growing weary of the pigeonholing common to the genre, has moved into the secular world with its new album “A Midwest Summer.” The group will make its area debut at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Forvm, Maple Entertainment Complex (4224 Maple Road, Amherst). Emmi James opens the all-ages show. Tickets are $8 advance (, or $10 at the door. Sample the band through

The Go-Gos will present ’80s power-pop at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Events Center in the Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls. Tickets start at $20 (box office, Ticketmaster).