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3 can't-miss shows: Bethlehem Steele, Slowdive, White Reaper

Slowdive, 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $29 - $32.

Seminal shoegaze act Slowdive is set to make a rare appearance in Buffalo as the group's comeback year continues to roll along.

After reforming back in 2014, the Reading, UK act shared the new single "Star Roving," this past January, the band's first bit of new music in 22 years.  The track would be included on Slowdive's critically -praised self-titled record, which was released back in May. Slowdive has spent the year touring the world in the support of the album, which has popped up on nearly every best-of 2017 list you can find.

Between all of the touring, the band also was able to record a session for the great NPR series "Field Recordings" at a Brooklyn shuffleboard parlor over the summer. Check out the performance of the dreamy track "Sugar for the Pill" below.

Bethlehem Steel, 8 p.m. Nov. 10, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $8 - $10.

Brooklyn by-way-of Buffalo indie act Bethlehem Steel will be making its latest area appearance as it celebrates the release of its new album "Naked Party Forever" (Exploding in Sound Records).

Featuring vocalist/singer-songwriter Rebecca Ryskalczyk (think Angel Olsen), the SUNY Fredonia-formed group has been receiving a healthy dose of buzz over the last couple of years, landing premieres on influential music blogs like Stereogum as well as a feature in the alternative news site Village Voice.

Joining Ryskalczyk and crew will be the noisy punk outfit Cold Sweats. The Binghamton act is sporting a new release of its own, having just shared the EP "Real Low" last month.

Rochester's lo-fi fuzz pop act Pleistocene will also perform.

White Reaper, 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $10.77 - $15.

Louisville's White Reaper will be making a stop in town while touring in support of its well-received new album, the snotty garage rocking "The World's Best American Band." The cheeky retro-rockers' sound should appeal to fans of nostalgia-heavy modern acts like Free Energy and Sheer Mag or those of the hook-heavy soundtrack to "Dazed and Confused."

Joining White Reaper is Chicago psych-pop act Post Animal. The group sadly no longer features "Stranger Things" actor Joe Keery and his magnificent hair, but did release the slinky, MGMT-esque new single "Special Moment" back in May. Listen here.

Completing the solid bill will be rambunctious local garage trio Made Violent. The three-piece will release its latest EP "Squeeze" in early 2018.

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