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3 can't-miss shows: Live at Larkin, Sonny Baker, BLACK DOTS anniversary

Wild Adriatic with The Tins, 5 p.m. June 27, Larkin Square (726 Exchange St.), free.

Live at Larkin's free weekly summer concert series continues to chug along as it welcomes Saratoga Springs' Wild Adriatic to the revitalized business district's busy stage.

The spirited outfit specializes in an upbeat brand groovy guitar rock that the loosened up post-work crowd should eat right up. "Feel," the group's most recent release, perfectly captures the band's swagger filled sound, mixing in a touch of funk, soul and motown along the way.

Smack dab in the middle of the group's summer tour, the Tins is on tap to open for Wild Adriatic.

The local indie-pop trio recently shared its long gestating new record at the beginning of June. Believed to be the band's best work yet, the self-titled release was produced by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls.

Sonny Baker (full band), 10 p.m. June 30, Thin Man Brewery (492 Elmwood Ave.), free.

Thin Man Brewery has not slowed down one bit since its street-closing second-year anniversary party earlier this month.

Now featuring live music (all free of charge mind you) every weekend night, the Elmwood Village hotspot has turned into a go-to live music destination. Next up is long-time Buffalo wunderkind Sonny Baker with his fully fleshed out band.

The singer-songwriter's most recent album "Steady Hands Dead Tired," shared at the end of 2017,  is seven tracks full of raucous guitar-heroics that tip their hat to some of Baker's favorites including Broken Social Scene, Pearl Jam and My Morning Jacket.

Expect tracks from the new record and cuts from Baker's deep catalog, plus a few choice covers sprinkled in throughout the night. The band is playing for three hours after all.

BLACK DOTS Five-Year Anniversary, 11 a.m. June 30, BLACK DOTS (363 Grant St.), free.

After moving out of its long-time basement storefront and sliding down a few blocks, BLACK DOTS is ready to celebrate its grand opening and its fifth birthday.

The independent record shop has been settling in quite nicely into its expanding space and in honor of the occasion, the store will be staying open late, offering 10 percent off of its entire stock of music. New, used, local, its all on sale. Also, GG's Franks will be slinging some of their fantastic vegan hotdogs beginning at 8 p.m. The store is even throwing in some on the house beers to help wash them down.

Now I know the point of this post is to hype up a cool music show and I realize BLACK DOTS will not be featuring any live music, but there is a little loophole I am going to take advantage of to make this work.

The anniversary party coincides with the Taste of Diversity Festival, which takes over Grant Street with live music all day long in the form of DJs, percussion bands, sitars and much more. So grab a record or two, catch some music outside and it all works out. A full music and entertainment lineup can be found here.

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