Native Harrow, 8 p.m. Feb. 1, 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $10.
Last seen locally opening for Toronto's Great Lake Swimmers at Buffalo Iron Works this past spring, Woodstock, N.Y. folk project Native Harrow will be making a welcome return visit to Buffalo this weekend in a headlining role.
Following a 2018 that saw the band trek through 100-plus performances dubbed the "New Year Eyes Tour," it is beginning the new year by prepping for the release of new album "Happier Now," the follow-up to 2017's ambitious double LP "Scores." The record's country-tinged first single "Can't Go on Like This" was just shared last week and recalls the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s.
Friday's gig at the 9th Ward will kick off the act's monthlong batch of tour dates, a number of which will once again see it team up with Great Lake Swimmers, that will come to a close on Feb. 23 in Columbus, Ohio.
Queue, 10 p.m. Feb. 2, Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.), free.
New(ish) DJ series Queue will be back for its latest installment at Mr. Goodbar.
Headed by local debonair and musician Jeremy Franklin (Kurt & the Loders, the Soft Love), the recurring dance party aims to help music fans like catch up a sometimes overwhelming influx of quality tunes.
"I have always had a thirst for seeking out new music and sharing it with others," he said. "There is a lot of really relevant electronic and hip-hop music coming out right now and not everyone has the time nor energy to keep up.
"Queue is a medium for people to enjoy new tunes they are familiar with and maybe be introduced to their next favorite artist."
While Mr. Goodbar may not scream dance party locale, a look around town over the last year or so has seen similar events go down at less than traditional spaces like Marble and Rye, Lockhouse and even Founding Fathers. Franklin's long experience at the Elmwood Village watering hole made the pairing an easy choice.
"Many of my musical outfits have performed at Goodbar and I have developed a great relationship with the staff over the years," he said. "Brad, the bar manager, and myself felt it was a perfect fit given the eclectic crowd that frequents the bar. We wanted to offer a venue where people can dance to classic anthems and new music a little left of the dial without the pretension of a velvet rope."
As for what to expect, music wise, Franklin's "curated musical experience" hopes to find connections and reactions, one song at a time.
"I love playing music that evokes an individual response in people," he said. "A few weeks ago, I played The Magician Remix of 'I Follow Rivers' by Lykki Li. A girl promptly approached me and explained how any time she hears it she is instantly reminded of studying abroad in Italy. It was her anthem and will always associate it with that experience."
Brasstracks, 7 p.m. Feb. 4, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $15.
Electro duo Brasstracks will be visiting the Theatre District hot spot for a horn-charged start to the work week.
Formed in Brooklyn at the Manhattan School of Music, the pair specializes in a brand of music coined "future bass," an ear-candy concoction of electronic samples and live brass and drums laced with elements of funk, jazz, R&B and hip-hop.
The young act already has worked and collaborated with the likes of Anderson .Paak, Robert Glasper and Chance the Rapper while its latest collection of work "Those Those Who Know" was shared last year.
Opening the show will be Bronx hip-hop artist Kemba and New Orleans rapper/producer Pell.
A limited number of VIP/meet-and-greet tickets are available as well. Further info can be found here.