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Three club shows worth checking out

Gangstagrass, 8 p.m. April 25 in The Tralf

You remember that night when you watched talented hip-hop artists exhale street-corner poetry, then turned to your friend and said, “These rhymes would be much better with a backing fiddle track”? OK, maybe this never happened. But with its unique blend of beats and banjo licks, the Brooklyn-based outfit has spun their compatible love of Willie Nelson and RUN-DMC into “intense urban twang”—and an Emmy nomination for “Long Hard Times To Come,” the theme song for F/X drama, “Justified”—for those curious.

Back Beat ’64, 7 p.m. April 26 at the Buffalo Irish Center

Still celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance? So is Fab Four tribute band BackBeat ’64, which will be turning Buffalo’s Irish Center into its own Cavern Club as part of Dog Ears Bookstore’s sixth annual fundraising gala. Alongside offerings from more than 20 local restaurants, the faux Liverpudlians will tour through the classics, with all proceeds going to Dog Ears’ community-based reading and writing operations.

The Whigs, 7 p.m. April 27 in The Waiting Room

If you’re looking for one more Fender-aided kick to the teeth before the working week, find this Athens, Ga.-based power trio’s show for its brand of Southern-tinged audio upheaval. The band has toured with the likes of Drive-By Truckers, The Killers and Franz Ferdinand, with tracks like “Right Hand On My Heart” and “Waiting” setting the table. On Sunday night, the Whigs bring these accessible chords to Delaware Avenue.

– Michael Farrell

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