Queens of the Stone Age, 7:30 p.m. June 22, the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls), sold-out.
It's not really fair to suggest catching a show when it sold out in less than 30 minutes, but the last time the prolific stoner rockers hit town, I was a freshman at the University at Buffalo. Without giving my age away, that was a long time ago.
Point is, it may be worth biting the bullet and scanning through StubHub in hopes of catching a (minor) break on the ticket prices, because who knows when the band will be back in the Buffalo area – and for a tour kick-off nonetheless.
Josh Homme's long-time project just announced its latest album "Villains," the QOTSA's first since 2013's "Like Clockwork," and shared the punchy new single "The Way You Used to Do."
The album was produced by musician/DJ/hitmaker Mark Ronson, who over the years has worked with the likes of everyone from Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars to Amy Winehouse, Adele and Sir Paul, so the finished project should an intriguing record, to say the least.
Twin Peaks, 7 p.m. June 24, the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $15.
A solid weekend of rock options continues when Chicago indie act Twin Peaks blows through Buffalo's Theatre District on its latest tour.
The spirited garage-rockers broke through with the 2014 sophomore album and personal favorite "Wild Onion," a swagger-heavy record of '60s-inspired garage for fans of Ty Segall, the Black Lips and Jay Reatard.
This March saw the group return with "Urbs in Horto," a live double album recorded over three days in the band's home town. The record should be a nice primer before Twin Peaks' local pitstop.
Sunday Synthesis, 6:30 p.m. June 25, Hostel Buffalo-Niagara (667 Main St.), $5.
DIY spaces have been an endangered species in Buffalo for years. Just recently, the safe-space mecca Dreamland closed its doors (maybe only temporarily), leaving bands, artists and more looking for a new spaces to set up shop.
One place that has stepped up to the plate over the last year or so is Hostel Buffal0-Niagara, which faces a danger of closing in the near future, but for the time being is chugging along, offering a number of left-of-the-dial options for local music fans to catch local and touring acts, sometimes even performing in the hostel's staircase for a rather intimate affair.
For the hostel's Sunday Synthesis series, a trio of electronic artists including LA audio/visual performer Kevin Greenspon, Denver experimental J Hamilton Isaacs and Buffalo's own Frankie NP are set to perform. With the uncertainty of the hostel's future, it may be a good time to head over for a show, and while you are at it, find out how you can help ensure the hostel will be around for many years to come.