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3 can't-miss shows: Lazlo Hollyfeld, Beck, Upstate Rubdown

Lazlo Hollyfeld, 5 p.m. July 12, Buffalo Place's Queen City Social (20 Fountain Plaza), Free.

Long-running instrumental act Lazlo Hollyfeld will entertain the happy hour crowd at Fountain Plaza this week.

The experimental post-rock band's performance, its first since sharing the stage with Aqueous at a New Year's Eve engagement at Town Ballroom, is part of Buffalo Place's eight-week summer series, better known as Queen City Social.

Continuing through Aug. 9, the weekly installments will also feature sets from area bands including Strictly Hip, the CPX and John & Mary and the Valkyries.

Steadily evolving since surfacing back in 2003, the Lazlo crew has been writing a batch of new songs, which will possibly turn up on the long-awaited follow-up to the 2010 album "Desert." Chances are a few of those songs will be included in Thursday's set list.

Recently the band has welcomed talented artists David Calos and Chris Groves (both of Applennium) into the fold to help with sold-out tribute shows for LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire, plus its yearly Talking Heads Thanksgiving Eve showcase. Both musicians have since become full-time members.

[Related: Smiles and band shots of Lazlo Hollyfield playing Arcade Fire in fall 2017]

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Beck, 6 p.m. July 16, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.), sold out.

Last seen stealing the show while opening for U2's "Joshua Tree" tour at New Era Field last September, Beck will return to headline the latest installment of Rockin' at the Knox.

The eclectic alternative rock chameleon (his music has ranged from anti-folk to blues, soul to funk) is still touring in support of his latest record, 2017's pop-heavy "Colors." The album is the follow-up to his (much better) 2014 Grammy-winning effort "Morning Phase."

Beck's appearance at the gallery's museum grounds, his first area headlining role since 1998, should be another fantastic performance in a series full of them. Wilco, the National, Feist, Metric and My Morning Jacket, among others, have all played the Knox stage over the years.

Ontario's Hollerado was recently added as the evening's opening band. The rousing Canadian indie-rock outfit, a regular visitor to Buffalo of late, should leave the audience properly amped when Beck and his fantastic backing band take over.

Concert tickets sold out rather quickly, and after a brief scan of the secondary market, be prepared to pay double if you missed out during the on-sale.

*Read more:
- Beck headlines 2018 Rockin' at the Knox
- Well-timed rebirth of Rockin' at the Knox
- Rockin' at the Knox photos from 2017 | Smiles from the show

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Upstate Rubdown, 5 p.m. July 18, Live at Larkin (745 Seneca St.), free.

Harmony rich Americana outfit Upstate Rubdown's nearly full-time tour is making another welcome visit to town.

Based out of the Hudson Valley, the act is quickly becoming a local favorite here with a couple of gigs at Buffalo Iron Works under its belt, one being an extremely well-received set during last year's inaugural Cobblestone Live! event. The group also performed at Lockhouse Distillery in April for a more intimate affair.

[Photos: Upstate Rubdown performs at Cobblestone Live! in 2017]

Next up, Upstate Rubdown will take the Larkinville stage as part of the business district's weekly Live at Larkin music series, likely with some new music to share.

Earlier this year, the band ran a rather successful Kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording of its sophomore release. The lofty goal of $40,000 was reached with a little extra to spare, so expect to see a new release from the band hopefully in the next year.

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