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3 can't-miss shows: Soul Patch, Diet Cig, Burlesque 5

Soul Patch, 8 p.m. Jan. 27, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $10.

Given how frequently the local hardcore heroes of Every Time I Die are on the road, you never quite know when a Soul Patch show may pop up. Two of the popular tribute band's members - lead singer Keith Buckley and bassist Stephen Micciche  - are part of ETID, just in case you weren't up to speed.

After playing a packed and rowdy Tralf Music Hall back in the fall, the '90s alt-rock lovers will be back on the stage for a rather quick turnaround, at least in Soul Patch terms, this time bringing an always welcome jolt of nostalgia to the Cobblestone District venue.

[Related: Smiles at Soul Patch's Beggars' Night, 2015 | ETID at RiverWorks, 2017]

The five-piece has a pretty steady collection of songs to pick from, but most Soul Patch sets tend to include hits from genre heavyweights including Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Weezer, as well as some crowd-pleasing one-hit wonder jams from the likes of Harvey Danger, Cardigans and Lit.


Brassband, Dixieland, Americana and Burlesque 5, 8 p.m. Jan. 27, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $15.

The debaucherous celebration soundtracked by a collection of turn-of-the-century-inspired acts is set to return to the downtown hot spot for year five of the annual series.

Led by the ragtime-y Americana outfit Folkfaces, the raucous roots outfit will welcome back many of the series usual musical suspects in 12/8 Path Band, the Fredtown Stompers and the Buffalo Brass Machine, while the Stripteasers will cover the burlesque portion of the evening.

You can shave $5 off of your cover charge if you bring a donation of clothes, non-perishables, toiletries, etc. along with you. All will benefit the charitable Buffalo organization Friends of the Night People.


Diet Cig, 7 p.m. Jan. 29, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $13-$15.

Normally, this post tends to just cover non-work-night events (Thursday is the real beginning of the weekend in Buffalo), but maybe we could extend some love to the back-end of the weekend (just this once) so that this Diet Cig show on a Monday night can get proper publicity.

The New Paltz-bred indie-pop duo has been receiving a fair amount of buzz since dropping its energetic debut record "Swear I'm Good at This" last spring. The simple, yet lively collection of hook-heavy numbers has turned the eager pair into a welcomed new addition to the DIY music community.

Joining the two-piece at the Hawk will be Scottish queer-punk band Spook School and Windy City garage-pop act Lala Lala.


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