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3 can't-miss shows: Aircraft & M.A.G.S., Jacob Peter Band, Strictly Hip

Aircraft & M.A.G.S., 9 p.m. Jan. 12, Lockhouse Distillery and Bar (41 Columbia St.), $5.

The lively Cobblestone hot spot is playing host to pair of local heavyweights Aircraft and M.A.G.S., teaming up for a solid double bill to kick off the weekend.

The psych-pop outfit Aircraft has been a staple of Buffalo's music scene since 2012. Fans of the quartet hope that 2018 will see the rock group release a new album, the follow up to 2015's heady "7 Gems from the Sparkling Void."

M.A.G.S. is coming off a very solid 2017. The indie garage trio shared its self-titled sophomore album in September and proceeded to pack Mohawk Place in celebrating the record's release.

[PHOTOS: Smiles at M.A.G.S.' release party in 2015 | Aircraft at Picnic in the Parkway, 2015]

The three-piece's Lockhouse performance will be its first with new drummer (a bit of a revolving position for the group) Ryan Schlia, formerly of the Slums and currently playing the role of Fab Moretti in the Strokes cover band, Different Strokes.


Jacob Peter Band, 10 p.m. Jan. 12, Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.), $5.

Jacob Peter Band, the side project of dreambeaches bass player Jacob Galenski, quietly shared one of 2017's best local releases in the eclectic "Echolalia." The sonically rich EP, full of gorgeous arrangements and subtle weaving of genres, should appeal to fans of Grizzly Bear and Blake Mills.

For its first local show of the new year, and first since celebrating the release of "Echolalia" at Milkie's on Elmwood in November, Galenski and his backing band will be serving as the openers to the New York-based act the Black River at the Allen Street musical institution.

After opening for the Trews at a sold-out Town Ballroom to help close out the year, the soulful blues rockers will be making quick return to Buffalo to assume headlining duties.


Strictly Hip, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12, the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $12.

Strictly Hip's popular monthlong residency is back for another run. The weekly series sees the premiere Tragically Hip tribute band tackle an album from front to back or live set list from the beloved Canadian rockers long career.

This week's show sees the band take on 1992's "Fully Completely," the Hip's third studio album, which features the Sabres' game-night stable "Courage (For Hugh MacLennan)."

January's residency will round out with an unplugged acoustic show, which will be recorded for a live album, on Jan. 19 and a rather intriguing performance of the Hip's UB Springfest set list from May of 1993 on Jan. 26.


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