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3 can't-miss shows: Craig Finn and Halloween tributes

Craig Finn with John K. Samson, 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Leopard Lounge (681 Main St.), $28.

Last seen opening up for Titus Andronicus at a spirited Tralf Music Hall a couple of years back, the Hold Steady's Craig Finn will return to Buffalo in a headlining role at Town Ballroom's intimate Leopard Lounge.

On tour in support of his new (and best) solo release, 2017's moving "We All Want the Same Things," the passionate songwriter will be backed by his touring band the Uptown Controllers for his latest local gig.

Joining Finn will be John K. Samson, former frontman of the beloved Canadian act the Weakerthans. The Winnipeg singer-songwriter continues to tour in support of his 2016 solo effort, the wonderfully bittersweet "Winter Wheat."

'90s Rise Again Halloween: The Sequel, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Garrison St.), $45-$55.

The crew over at Rise Collaborative will be following up its successful first year Halloween party with a relocated sequel down at the waterfront. Buffalo RiverWorks, which has become a go-to spot for concerts and events now that Waiting Room has closed its doors, will  be the headquarters for '90s nostalgia this Halloween weekend.

On hand for musical entertainment will be Kurt & the Loders (the best local alt-rock cover band not named Soul Patch) to deliver a set of throwback hits from '90s heavyweight acts like Pearl Jam, Weezer and Foo Fighters. Crespo Beats will be assuming DJ duties, playing pop and hip-hop jams from the decade.

Cash prizes will be award to the best individual and group costumes while the three-hour open bar, plus a late-night buffet, should ensure that every dollar of your ticket is put to good use.

Halloween Tributes, 7 p.m. Oct. 28, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5.

Mohawk Place's now-annual tribute show will return to see a handful of local acts take on the discography of some of their favorite acts. Past installments of the series have included tribute sets to Pavement, KISS, the Replacements and Joy Division.

For this show, the 'Hawk will feature sets by Orations playing the Cure, Iron Fist tackling Motorhead, Spacelords covering Led Zepplin, Governess and Soul Butchers teaming up to cover Danzig and Johnny Man & the Kids paying tribute to the Sonics.

Being that it is a Halloween party, costumes are encouraged. Prizes also will be awarded so be creative.


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