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10 must-see summer shows by local, indie bands

While Buffalo has another fantastic summer of touring bands coming through town (I am looking at you, Spoon), let’s not forget about the hard-working artists that make up our vibrant local scene.

Here are a handful of local showcases and shows (many have yet to be announced) to keep an eye out for this summer if you want to live into all that is Buffalo music.

Del Paxton
7 p.m. June 9 at the Glitterbox

Buffalo’s next great hope, the indie-emo trio of Del Paxton, recently signed to buzzing label Topshelf Records, meaning that area appearances could begin to be fewer and farther between. Make sure to catch the threesome before it’s too late at the West Side mainstay venue, the Glitterbox. The Cardboard Swords from Grand Rapids, Mich., Unisex and Kimmy are also on the bill.

Split by Del Paxton

Sleepy Hahas
June 11 at Studio @ Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.)

Since debuting a few years back, Sleepy Hahas have seen a steady change in sound and members, currently operating as a three-piece while filling its vacant drum kit. With a collection of new material on the way, which after seeing live, appears to be veering toward a proggy, keyboard heavy sound, this show is as good of a time as any to catch the ever evolving group.

Dull Days by Sleepy Hahas

Humble Braggers EP Release Show
June 13 at Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.)

If you want to fill a room in Buffalo, drop a new release and throw a show for it. Humble Braggers seemed to have received the memo as the synth pop act’s new EP, “Disposable Friends,” is the best material the still young group has released. With a strong cast of openers – Sixties Future, Sea Planes and THICK WINTER BLUD – this show is one of the best ways to spend $8 all summer.

Say by Humble Braggers

Saint Opal
June 17 at Dreamland (387 Franklin St.)

The first lady of Buffalo hip-hop crew Black Sol makes a much-awaited performance at the city’s best multipurpose art house.

Small Houses
June 20 at Silo City

While there are plenty of excuses to head to Silo City this summer, make include Philly alt-country act, and Buffalo regular, Small Houses, in one of those trips as the songwriter will be the musical guest at the ongoing summer series, Silo City Reading.

Still Talk; Second City by Small Houses

Radarada with Space Cubs
June 22 at Curly’s

The pairing of a live hip-hop group, featuring Wza, Toomy Too and Little Cake behind the mics, and an electro-pop songstress in Space Cubs at first appears to be an odd bill, but when has that ever stopped anyone? Check out the two acts at the West Side’s newest basement venue.

First Edition by RADARADA

Wonk Sesh filming featuring Anklepants, Ay Fast and Crux
7 p.m. June 28 at Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.)

The biggest (and strangest) Wonk Sesh filming yet will see Dr. Reecard Farché bring his warped vocals, a vast collection of electronic hardware and not-so-subtle mask to Niagara Street.

Amilia-facé-é-on e.p (10 inch vinyl version) by Anklepants aka Reecard Farché

Live at Larkin featuring The Tins and Applennium
July 8 at Larkin Square

Two of Buffalo’s finest acts team up at the always bustling Larkin Square as part of the neighborhood’s weekly “Live at Larkin” series.

Young Blame EP by The Tins

A House Safe for Tigers
July 10 at Mohawk Place

Speaking of album release shows, A House Safe for Tigers will be celebrating the release of its debut, self-titled record in July. Comprised of seasoned Buffalo musicians Brandon Delmont (Son of the Sun, Girlpope, Lindbergh Babies) and Mark Constantino (The Returners, Exit Strategy), the duo’s latest outfit recalls the lush psychedelia of the Beatles, Mercurcy Rev and “Summerteeth” era Wilco.

Evaporate by A House Safe For Tigers

Aircraft with Bryan Johnson & Family, Gillian, and Cooler
July 11 at Sugar City

Two of Buffalo’s finest groups team up with touring Brooklyn guitar pop act, Gillian (with both Buffalo and Rochester roots), and the new project Cooler, featuring members of Brother Keep, for a perfect musical remedy to Buffalo’s dog days. If the Stones were too pricey for you, then this is your best value show of the night.

Space Euphoria by Aircraft

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