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3 can't-miss shows: Darcys, Soul Patch, Brooks Strause, Extravision

The Darcys, 7 p.m. Nov.2, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $10.

Glossy Toronto duo the Darcys is set to headline a Canada-friendly evening at the downtown music hot spot.

The pair's most recent album, the '80s soaked "Centerfold," is a collection of synth-heavy dance pop that finds the group drifting away from its early moody guitar sounds. The shades of new wave and disco should appeal to fans of electronic dance acts like Holy Ghost, Classixx and Daft Punk.

The show will be collaborative presentation between the Elmwood Village's Thin Man Brewery and Collective Arts Brewing, a grassroots craft brewery out of Hamilton, Ont..

On hand for support will be a trio of Buffalo acts including the soaring space-rock quartet Aircraft and rock group First Ward.

Soul Patch, 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $7.

If you missed out on catching Kurt & the Loders perform at Rise Collaborative's nostalgic Halloween party last weekend, then you are in luck as Buffalo's other '90s alt-rock act Soul Patch will be hitting the Tralf stage for a rare appearance.

Featuring Keith Buckley and Steve Micciche from Buffalo's Every Time I Die, the tribute group has played everywhere in town, from Vera and the Pink to the Hamlin House, since debuting at Duke's back in 2012. If this is your first time experiencing a Soul Patch show, expect faithful and energetic takes of throwback alt hits from acts like Presidents of the United States of American, Harvey Danger, Everclear, the Flaming Lips and Len.

Local psych-rock outfit Deadwolf will open the show.

Following the gig, hop across the street to Expo Market (617 Main St.) at 10 p.m. for the official Soul Patch After Party. Buckley will take over DJ duties, playing everyone's favorite grunge and alternative tracks well into the night. Hold on to your show ticket for a discount off your first drink.

Brooks Strause and Extravision, 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Hostel Buffalo-Niagara (667 Main St.), $5-$10.

The Halloween hangover is still very real, so its certainly nice that the post-holiday weekend here could have a bit more of a laid-back end to an exhausting week. To help ease the come down, the folks over at Hostel-Buffalo Niagara will welcome a pair of Iowa acts currently on tour together, Brooks Strause and Extravision.

The first half of the co-headlining bill will be Extravision. The project of Des Monies musician Ryan Stier, Extravision delivers a dreamlike version of Americana, topped with airy vocals and psych-folk loops. Stier's most recent release is the very solid 3-track EP "Nothing Will Remain."

Meanwhile, fans of the early folk-leaning records from the Grateful Dead or M-Ward would find the melancholic Strause right up their alley.

Local support will be provided by lo-fi folkies Oats Holy Roller and heave.

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