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3 can't-miss shows: Big Huge, a dance party, honoring Prince and Michael Jackson

Big Huge, 8 p.m. Aug. 31, Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.), $7-$10.

Sugar City continues its recent hot streak by welcoming New York City act Big Huge to its Niagara Street  headquarters.

The five-piece delivers a catchy and nostalgic blend of garage rock, punk and power-pop. Its just-released record "Cruel World" is a swagger-filled collection of fuzzy and upbeat rock 'n' roll. Fans of Ty Segall, Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees should do themselves a favor and catch this band.

Joining Big Huge will be a trio of Buffalo supporting acts: the whimsical, nu-lounge storytellers of Welks Mice, West Side garage punks Slow Mutants and Peterwalkee Records' trio Uniform OPR.


Dance Yrself Clean: A Hipster Dance Party, 9 p.m. Sept. 1, Marble & Rye (112 Genesee St.), $5.

Temporarily stepping away from home base venue Milkie's on Elmwood, this reoccurring indie-dance party will be taking over the downtown restaurant for its latest event.

Inspired by former local dance parties like Shock & Awe and Communist Party, as well as the still-at-it Transmission, the Dance Yrself Clean crew focuses on millennial indie music for its night-long playlists, spinning the likes of Jamie xx, Grimes, the Rapture, LCD Soundsystem and much more at the bi-monthly party.

The giving bunch will once again be donating door proceeds to a local charity of choice, this time National Center for Transgender Equality. Past selected charities have included Planned Parenthood, Food Not Bombs and Journey's End Refugee Services.

The Prince and Michael Jackson Experience, 7 p.m. Sept. 2, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $12-$15.

The world of music has lost a number of legendary artists over the past few years, so the folks over at the busy cobblestone venue have decided to throw a double tribute show to two of the biggest losses in Prince and Michael Jackson.

The greatest hits night will feature a slew of seasoned Buffalo musicians including Zuri Appleby, Vinnie DeRosa, Kevin Urso and Eric Tyrone Crittenden-Jones, performing some of the most memorable songs from the larger-than-life performers.

Larkin Square's Seamus Gallivan will host the evening alongside Carl Jackson.

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