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3 can't-miss club shows (March 30 - April 2)

Minus the Bear with Beach Slang, 7 p.m. March 30, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $24-$28.

No offense to Minus the Bear. The Seattle group has been releasing a steady collection of loopy math-rock for years now, and doing a good job at it to boot, but if you want to catch the real highlight of the night, get to the Ballroom early to see Beach Slang take the stage.

A rather nice mix of the Replacements, Japandroids and the Hold Steady, the Philadelphia band delivers nostalgic blend of cathartic, arena-ready pop punk, sure to properly set the tone for its headlining tour partner.

Like Minus the Bear, Beach Slang has some new tunes of its own on hand to play, as it released the quickly turned-around sophomore album "A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings" just last year.


Lucy Dacus, 6:30 p.m. April 1, the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $10.
Orations, 9:15 p.m. April 1, the Tralf Music Hall, $7.

Whether intentional or not, the theater district venue is presenting two back-to-back shows that may force you cancel your dinner plans and make a night of it.

Kicking off the evening will be it-girl songwriter Lacy Dacus, in town to perform tunes from her attention-grabbing debut album "No Burden." Already being compared to the likes Neko Case, Angel Olsen and Courtney Barnett, the Nashville musician will be ready to justify the hype as she makes her first Buffalo appearance.

The late(r) show in the Tralf's double-feature evening will be the appropriately darker bill headlined by the post-punk quartet Orations, set to celebrate the release of its recently shared new EP "Wych Elm."

Influenced by seminal genre acts like Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Cure, the 11-track record was produced by the always in-demand producer Jay Zubricky over at GCR Studios.

Tagging along for the night will be the dissonant garage-rock act Alpha Hopper and the brooding emo trio of Honey Coma.


As If: 90s/00s Dance Party / UK Edition, 10 p.m. April 1, Mohawk Place (48 E. Mohawk St.), $5.

Back once again to serve a reminder that your music taste in high school was better than you realized, the popular decades dance party As If will be back at Mohawk Place for another night of throwback bangers.

This time around, DJs Gabtron and Garbonzo will set their sights on the UK (and beyond based on the Facebook page), mining the depths of Euro dance hits. Expect selections from Brit acts like the Spice Girls, Blur, All Saints and Amy Winehouse as well as EU and even some Australian artists like Ace of Base, Robyn, Aqua and Kyle Minogue sprinkled in for good measure

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