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3 can't-miss shows: The Tins, Space Cubs, Queen City Lottery

The Tins, 8 p.m. June 1 at Lockhouse Distillery & Bar (41 Columbia St.), $12.

Reliable indie-pop act the Tins is back and ready to celebrate its latest release at the Cobblestone hot spot.

The follow-up to last year's wonderful change-of-pace EP "City Lies," the trio's self-titled (and rumored best) new record will finally see the light of day after a three-year wait. Produced by the Goo Goo Dolls' Robby Takac, a copy of the album will be included with the night's cover fee.

Buffalo artist and frequent Rolling Stone magazine contributor Philip Burke is responsible for the album's eye-catching cover art. Best known for drawing caricatures of the likes of Neil Young, Bill Murray, Bruce Springsteen, Kurt Cobain, President Barack Obama for the long-running rock publication, the Tonawanda-born illustrator painted the Tins at the act's South Buffalo practice space.

On hand for support will be local guitar-rock heroes Sonny Baker (full band) and Tokyo alt dance-rock act the Molice.


Space Cubs, 9 p.m. June 1 at Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $6.

Not long after debuting as a fully realized quartet, electro act Space Cubs is going through some tinkering.

Drummer Ken Culton will be stepping away from the core four-piece for the foreseeable future, leaving band leader Suzanne Bonifacio and crew as a trio just as the group prepares to embark on a July tour in support of its recently released EP "What iff," a strong front-runner for local release of the year if you have yet to give it a spin.

On hand to help give Culton a proper send off will be the heady psych rockers Deadwolf, experimental hip-hop artist Medusa and the cheekily titled garage outfit the Sofa Kingz.

Make sure to arrive early to catch some early vibes from DJ Malik Von Saint, too.


Queen City Music Lottery #5, 7 p.m. June 2 at Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle (612 Fillmore St.), $5.

One of Buffalo music scene's most communal events, Sugar City's annual Queen City Music Lottery, is back with its latest collection of rag-tag musical acts.

Born out of the DIY collective's annual, month-long creative project Fun-a-Day, the Lottery has been bringing together musicians and non-musicians alike for half a decade, forming bands via picking names out of a hat and giving them roughly two months to create a short set of songs to be debuted at the Polish Library.

This year's batch of groups, as always, does not disappoint on the clever names. Acts like Vincent & the Gallows, the Final Countdowns and BROSKi! should all be intriguing enough to make the trip to the East Side to catch the showcase.

A full lineup and schedule can be found at the Lotto's event page.

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