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3 can't-miss shows: New Order vs. Depeche Mode, Hollerado, 'Last Waltz'

Hollerado, 7 p.m. Nov. 16, the Leopard Lounge at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $16 - $19.

Since Waiting Room and its upstairs Studio closed earlier this fall, the Leopard Lounge, Town Ballroom's intimate front room, has seen quite the uptick in activity. If you have yet to check the space out, then maybe the latest visit from Hollerado would be a good enough excuse.

The rousing Ottawa act is fresh off the release its latest record, the infectious "Born Yesterday," this past April. Hollerado's exuberant sound should appeal to fans of similar shouty vocals, multi-guitar attack acts like JEFF the Brotherhood and Diarrhea Planet.

On tap for local support will be SMUG. Formerly known as the Naturalists, the trio has retinkered its grunge rival sound into a peppy pop-punk package. The group's debut single "Swearing at You" was released in September and can be streamed here.

Buffalo's "The Last Waltz" Live, 7 p.m. Nov. 17, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $35 - $40.

Of all of the great holiday albums (or films for that matter), you rarely hear the Band's "The Last Waltz" in the conversation. Yes, it may not have really any festive songs, but the marathon farewell show (more than four hours long) of the beloved classic rock act did take place on Thanksgiving night. The 5,000-plus  audience members were even served a proper dinner, turkey and all.

Held at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco back in 1976 and famously filmed by director Martin Scorcese, the Band was joined by a long list of special guests and friends including Neil Young, Dr. John, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison (check out the video below for his fantastic display of leg kicks) and many more.

The folks over at the Sportsmen's Americana Music Foundation will be hosting a reenactment of the famed concert in Asbury Hall at Babeville. Proceeds go toward SAMF's continued mission to promote Americana music throughout the Western New York area.

New Order vs. Depeche Mode Dance Party, 10:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5.

Before the Transmission crew rings in another new year, the long-running dance party series will once again pit New Order and Depeche Mode (the sister party to the annual Cure and Smiths throw down) against each other as the two British acts battle for dance rock supremacy.

Following the suicide of frontman Ian Curtis, the remaining members of influential post-punk act Joy Division quickly regrouped and started New Order, moving away from moody rock to become one of the seminal alternative dance acts of the '80s.

As for Depeche Mode, the synth-heavy new wave outfit led by soulful front man David Gahan found a successful marriage of post-punk and dance floor pop that led the group to arena rock stardom. The dark and brooding act is still running strong today, having just released its latest album "Spirit" earlier this year.

Mohawk Place, Transmission's long-time home base venue, will once again host the party.

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