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3 can't-miss shows: Joywave, the Leones, M.A.G.S.

Joywave, 5 p.m. Oct. 5, Alumni Plaza outside KeyBank Center, free.

The weather lately sure would tell you otherwise, but it's time to start another hockey season in Buffalo.

To help kick off the 2017-2018 Sabres' season, Rochester's Joywave will be performing a free set outside of the KeyBank Center for the Party in the Plaza opening event.

One of the biggest success stories to come out of Western New York in some time, the electro-rock quartet  has continued to see its profile rise at a ferocious clip, landing choice opening slots for the likes of the Killers, Metric, Young the Giant and Bleachers when not headlining themselves. The band also was featured at music festivals all over the world including Lollapalooza, Montreal's Osheaga Festival and England's Leeds, over the last handful of years.

The sister-city act shared its sophomore album "Content," the follow-up to the 2015 breakthrough "How Do You Feel," earlier this summer, but don't sleep on the band's self-released batch of earworms "Koda Vista." The 2012 debut EP is what originally made fans of the band's ever-growing Buffalo audience.

The Leones, 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5.

The Halloween season is getting an early start this year as the horror fanatics of the Leones are set to return to Mohawk Place for the band's seasonal showcase.

The haunting dream-rock act recently released its latest EP "Songs from the Canyon." The EP's fantastic single "Dealer" (listen below) got some major love over seas by debuting on National U.K. radio in both London and Manchester.

Joining the Leones will be the fully realized version of Space Cubs. Once the solo project of bedroom musician Suzanne Bonifacio, the singer has equipped herself with a full band, including pop artist Shawn Lewis of Lesionread. The group made its debut performance at a fantastic word-of-mouth house show in Allentown last month, so if you weren't in the know, this is a good chance to catch up.

Brooklyn's Bottler, an experimental dance-centric outfit featuring former members of Buffalo's Sleepy Hahas and electro-horror act We'rewolves will also perform.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a new (or slightly used) Halloween costume to be donated to the kids over at Gateway Longview.

M.A.G.S., 8 p.m. Oct.7, Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.), $7.

After packing the house at Mohawk Place last month for a double-release show with post-hardcore act the Slums, indie-rock act M.A.G.S. is set to return to the stage.

Fronted by leading man Elliott Douglas, the trio recently shared its self-titled sophomore EP, anchored by the driving closing track "Mexico," on the locally rooted label Admirable Traits.

Don't be surprised to hear the song on one of your favorite shows during the current television season. The band's previous single "My Love," found on the 2015 debut "Cellophane," was featured on a number of programs including episodes of Showtime's "Shameless" and The C.W.'s "The Flash."

Joining M.A.G.S. will be the brooding garage rock outfit of the Soft Love and the psych-country group Black Canyon Lights. While the latter act is new to the scene, its members certainly aren't. Long-time Buffalo musicians Bryce March of the Mourdant Sisters and Jon Bobowicz of former stoner rock kings Chylde are featured among the seasoned members.

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