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3 can't-miss shows: Bully, Dr. Dog, Neko Case

Bully with JEFF the Brotherhood, 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $15.

Grunge-torchbearers Bully will be paying a visit to Mohawk Place this weekend nearly three years to the date of its last local appearance.

After breaking through in 2015 with its critically acclaimed debut album "Losing," the throwback group returned with its sophomore effort in 2017, the anxiety-ridden "Feeling It." Thanks to lead singer and frontwoman Alicia Bognanno' Kurt Cobain-esque scream, the band has garnered comparisons to grunge heavyweights Nirvana as well as other 1990s alt-rock heavy hitters like PJ Harvey, the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr and the Breeders.

Along for the ride with Bully is enthusiastic garage duo and Nashville buddies JEFF the Brotherhood.

Frequently compared to the recently broken up, guitar-attack act Diarrhea Planet (another Music City group), the shouty pair has been steadily releasing albums since 2002 with its most-recent record "Magick Songs," the 10th in its ever-growing catalog of power-pop tinged garage punk, set to drop Oct. 12.


Dr. Dog, 3:30 p.m. Sept 22, Knox Farm (437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora) as part of the Borderland Music & Art Festival;  $65.

Popular indie act Dr. Dog will perform at the inaugural run of the Borderland Music & Art Festival this weekend down at the scenic estate of Knox Farm.

A long-time favorite in the Buffalo area with packed shows at Mohawk Place and Town Ballroom on its resume, the quirky, free-wheelin' Philadelphia outfit, equal parts the Band, the Beatles and the Beach Boys, is back on the road to share songs from its most recent record, April's "Critical Equation."

[Read more about the Borderland lineup]

Following in the mold of much of the group's catalog, the album is collection of catchy yet just a bit off-kilter melodies with touches of psych, roots and classic rock.

Dr. Dog is just one of the many acts performing at Borderland. Sam Roberts Band, the Revivalists, the Barr Brothers, Ten Cent Howl and the Observers are among those on the bill Sept. 22. The Sept. 23 lineup will feature a headlining performance from John Oats and his backing band the Good Road Band along with sets from Oteil & Friends, Margo Price, Upstate Rubdown, Leroy Townes Band and PA Line.

Visit Borderland's website for full festival details.


Neko Case, 7 p.m. Sept. 26, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $32.50.

Alt-country spitfire Neko Case is returning to Babeville's Asbury Hall.

First emerging in 1997 with her former backing band Her Boyfriends, the arresting Virginia singer-songwriter's latest trip to town will be in support of her new record, the lush and intimate "Hell-On," which Case dropped earlier this spring.

The new album, Case's first full collection of solo work since 2013's "The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love,"  is just the latest critically acclaimed entry in a career full of them.

The fiery redhead has been making a habit of performing at Asbury Hall as of late. She previously played in February of 2016 and her Vancouver-based, power-pop supergroup the New Pornographers took the Babeville stage last summer while in town to support its most recent release "Whiteout Conditions."

Opening for Case will be fellow Virginian musician Thao Nguyen, frontwoman of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down. The playful, folk-infused indie-pop act's shared its latest album "A Man Alive!" in 2016.

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