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3 can't-miss shows: Vanilla Ice, Dance Yrself Clean, The Molice

Vanilla Ice, 5 p.m. July 7, Canalside (44 Prime St.), $5.

Vanilla Ice's "why not" show at Canalside this weekend is being recommended because nostalgia is a weird, weird thing.

One of my favorite movie scenes growing up was watching the Ninja Turtles "dance-fight" Tokka and Rahzar while Vanilla Ice performed "Ninja Rap" in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze." I guess you had to be there.

It would be a shock if Robert Van Winkle (his excellent birth name) did not pull out "Ninja Rap" to the delight of all of those fellow TMNT fans, not to mention "Ice Ice Baby" and some other songs down at the waterfront this weekend. For that alone, a $5 cover fee is money well spent.

Opening for Ice Man is Canadian party tribute outfit Dwayne Gretzky, an act that is worth five bucks on its own. The nostalgic (there it is again) group has been selling out gigs in its home town of Toronto at a blistering pace, covering everyone from the likes of the Strokes to Beyonce to Bruce Springsteen. After local gigs in spots like the Leopard Lounge, the Dwayne Gretzky crew will be playing its biggest local gig yet when it hits the Canalside stage. Get there early to see what has all of Toronto buzzing.

Dance Yrself Clean: The Return, 11 p.m. July 7, Allen Street Hardware (245 Allen St.), $5.

After taking over its former home base venue of Milkies on Elmwood earlier this spring, Dance Yrself Clean will return to Allentown to set up shop in the confines of Hardware's back room for an extra special installment of the reoccurring indie-dance party.

This DJ collective will be welcoming back co-founding member Nick Muldoon to town after spending a year living across the pond in Manchester, England. Expect an (even more so) Anglophile-centric set from the re-pat including dance-friendly jams from The xx/Jamie xx, Lykkie Li, Mura Masa, Friendly Fires and more when he takes control of the night.

New tracks from Kanye West, Janelle Monae, Parquet Courts and Cardi Bee, along with classic indie hits from LCD Soundystem, Neon Indian, Phoenix, Grimes and many others should also be playing well into the evening.

The Molice, 7 p.m. July 7, Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.), $7.

Good Caramel Records act the Molice has been making the most of its time in Buffalo.

Currently on a U.S. tour of the Northeast, the Japanese trio has already performed at a variety of local venues and festivals including the Sportsmens Tavern, Lockhouse Distillery and the Hostel-Buffalo Niagara under the watchful eye of label runner Robby Takac (Goo Goo Dolls) with a handful of sets at the upcoming Infringement Festival locked in for later this summer.

The trio's blend of punk, new wave and power-pop has translated into a snappy, must-see live set. The next chance to catch a performance will be at the Sugar City's Niagara Street headquarters where the latest work of paintings from band member Rinko will debut in the space's front gallery.

Local punk groups Green Slime and Gun Candy will open the show.

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