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3 can't-miss club shows (March 2-5)

K. Flay, 8 p.m. March 2, Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.), $15-$18.

Genre-blending pop artist K. Flay (aka Kristine Flaherty) will start the Buffalo weekend early as she makes her Waiting Room debut.

Her ear-catching 2014 debut record "Life as a Dog," a collection of edgy indie that weaved together rap, electronic and a little punk, landed the young musician key opening slots on tour with acts like Dashboard Confessional and AWOLNATION.

Fans of Lorde, M.I.A. and Amanda Palmer would wise to catch the unfiltered up-and-comer. Tickets are rumored to be in low quantity, though, so don't sleep.


Waves of Fear: Fourth annual Lou Reed Birthday Tribute, 9 p.m. March 3, Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.), $5.

Known for popular tribute series inspired by acts like Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd and Bob Marley, the Allentown music hotspot will once again throw its annual birthday party for the late musician Lou Reed.

More than three years since he died from surgery complications, a batch of locals bands including Irving Klaws, the Good and Bad Ronald  will join forces to pay tribute to the legendary Velvet Underground frontman, performing songs from his long and influential career.


St. Paul and the Broken Bones, 8 p.m. March 4, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $30-$35.

Less than two years after nearly stealing the show opening up for the Rolling Stones at the former Ralph Wilson Stadium, Alabama's St. Paul and the Broken Bones will return to the area for its much awaited encore.

Led by the former preacher-in-training turned powerhouse frontman Paul Janeway, the brass-heavy, retro-soul group continues to tour in support of its well-received, high-octane sophomore record "Sea of Noise."

Providing support will be new-to-the-scene, country-rock songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan.

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