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Farrell Four: Dirty Smile, The Traditional, more

Though probably not viewed as compatible by the focused likes of Walter Sobchak or PBA legend Pete Weber, bowling and music usually roll pretty well together.

Whether it’s moonlight games under Voelker’s classic rock jukebox or the annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas, the sport welcomes enjoyment amid amplified distraction a bit better than the biathlon. Those looking to team the two activities this weekend need look no further than West Seneca’s Strikers, who’ll host a night of gutter balls, seven-ten splits and turkeys before and after local quintet Rock Angel roll their “No More Excuses” tour onto Michael Road for a 9:30 p.m. performance. One locale, with spares and Stevie Ray Vaughn covers served in a most perfect union.

But bowling’s not for everyone. Maybe you’d rather a night of roaring tunes over rental shoes and greasy finger holes. You need a night of local heroes filling barrooms with both original and tribute material, and all far away from hook artists fist-pumping toward perfect frames.

For you, the lanes can wait for another weekend. In the meantime, stash the ball, eschew the score sheet and survey the choices provided via this week’s Farrell Four.

Dirty Smile, 9 p.m. Jan. 23 in McGarret’s (946 Elmwood Ave.)

Simply put, singer Megan Brown is a Nickel City stunner. She’s at the front of soul-infused rock outfit Dirty Smile; helped earn the Ron Hawkins-produced band top regional honors in Hard Rock Café’s 2014 “Hard Rock Rising” competition; and can summon her Mustang-steering siren’s wail to draw bar dwellers, drinkers and festivalgoers to her stage locale by the carload.

Impressive, but team her sultry vocal prowess with her band’s instrumental precision and it’s easy to see why they’ve quickly become one of Buffalo’s must-see live acts. If interested, start your weekend on the edge of Elmwood Village and get a glimpse for yourself.

Before you go, listen to: “Siren.”

Dirty Smile - Siren (Official Music Video) from Richard Huntington Swanson on Vimeo.

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The Traditional, 7 p..m. Jan. 24 in Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.)

Everyone loves a happy homecoming, especially in Buffalo. But it seems “happy” is an odd designation to give the emo-core thrust of conquering hometown heroes The Traditional, who’ll return this weekend to celebrate their first full-length album, “How To Live Without Blood” (off Los Angeles-based Anchor Eighty Four Records) inside the Waiting Room. The quartet delivers the same flammable fury on their latest as found on their earlier EPs, but as they’ll display on Saturday, wrap the aforementioned inferno around a bleeding heart on such new efforts as “My Brother Is The Sea” and the title track.

Before you go, listen to: “Marilyn.”

How To Live Without Blood by The Traditional

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B-Side Basterds, 9 p.m. Jan. 24 in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.)

Bands packing the ska-punk flavor of Buffalo’s B-Side Basterds will always provide fistfuls of nostalgia for those of us who spent the 1990s sipping warm Hamm’s beside the sounds of the Suicide Machines or Mephiskapheles before another night at Showplace Theater. But for those who have never heard of most of the things I just mentioned (including the '90s), the Basterds are a bouncy shot-in-the-arm, with songs like “Two-Tone Stomp” and “Not A Love Song” skank-worthy enough for any generation.

Before you go, listen to: “Wake Up Your Dead.”

Dead for Success by B-Side Basterds

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“Blouses of the Holy,” 9 p.m. Jan. 24 in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.)

Local multimedia artist Jeff Garbaz knows you’ve seen legions of bands cover Led Zeppelin tunes, oozing out their own tribute versions of “The Immigrant Song,” or double-necked gravitas on seemingly never-ending offerings of “Dazed and Confused.” But have you ever seen 10 Buffalo-based bands turn the same cover tricks aside a dizzying array of audio-visual stimulation? This union will be on hand in Allentown on Saturday when Garbaz—who has handled video artistry for such acts as the Flaming Lips and Weezer—will join his expertise with local talent to get the Led out.

Before you go, listen to: Zeppelin’s “Out On The Tiles.”

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