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3 can't-miss club shows: In The Valley Below, Kurt & the Loders, more

In The Valley Below, 7 p.m. July 14, Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.), $15-$18.

Sultry electro-pop duo In The Valley Below, which has made Buffalo a regular spot while on tour, will be back in town for its latest local gig.

The Echo Park, Calif., band has been getting some major mileage out of its breakout single "Peaches," the lead-off track to its debut 2013 release "The Belt." The long-awaited follow up (and well-timed) EP "Elephant" drops on July 14, while the first single "Bloodhands" is available for streaming. Expect a healthy dose of new material during the pair's set.

On tap for local support will be the dance-friendly synth-pop foursome Mutual Friends.


Kurt & the Loders, 9 p.m. July 15, Nietzsche's (248 Allen Street), $8.

After taking on seminal alternative rock records from the likes of Pearl Jam, Weezer and Foo Fighters, Buffalo's '90s tribute group Kurt & the Loders is to set tackle a doozy of an album in Radiohead's paranoid masterpiece "OK Computer."

The high point (depending on who you ask) of the long-time Brit band's acclaimed discography, "OK Computer" is celebrating its 20th anniversary, so this seems to be as good of a time as any of K&TL to give its take on much lauded, influential record.

The band will cover the album front to back – maybe even including those long-lost bonus cuts that were included on the album's remastered anniversary edition – and follow up with a set of '90s alt-rock covers.


Queen City Music Lottery #4 Showcase, 7 p.m. July 15, Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle (612 Fillmore Ave.), $5.

The Queen City Music Lotto is back for another year, ready to present a collection of new, on-the-spot groups to the local music scene.

If you are new to the lotto, the process is rather simple. Musicians, from amateur to seasoned, have their names thrown into a hat. Four to five names are pulled and you have a band. That band has roughly eight weeks to put together about 20 minutes of music to perform at the showcase.

After starting with 10 new groups, seven have made the distance. Check out the event page to listen to a taste of what is to come from a few of the acts, while a special shoutout needs to go to Tom Jolls and the Weather Outside for the best band name.

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