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3 can't-miss shows: Waits tribute, Andy Shauf, Cherub

Tom Waits' "Blue Valentine," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $10.

This Valentine's Day, Duende down at Silo City will be hosting a musical gathering for even the most hardest of hearts as the bar will present a front-to-back take on Tom Waits' "Blue Valentine" album.

Dropped back in 1978 during the raspy musician's stretch of releases with Asylum Records, the raw, stripped-down record finds Waits delivering a dark look at the lowlifes that make up his vision of Hollywood.

Tackling the bluesy album in its entirety will be a diverse collection of local musicians include Pat Jackson (Folkfaces), Ryan Campbell (Sonny Baker Band) and jazz vocalist Kristen Smigielski. For a full list of participating musicians, click here.

Andy Shauf, 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $20.

Intimate singer-songwriter Andy Shauf will make his much-awaited local debut this weekend at the Theatre District venue.

The tender-voiced Saskatchewan native is still riding high following the release of his 2016 breakthrough effort "The Party." A retro-tinged, concept record of sorts, the album follows a collection of weaving characters around a friendly gathering, recalling fellow songwriters Elliott Smith, Burt Bacaharach and Harry Nilsson.

Last year, he followed up "The Party" with the self-titled release of his reflective side project Foxwarren. Formed with old college buddies in the late 2000s, the pastoral album channels groups of past and present like the Band, Whitney and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Opening for Shauf will be retro folk singer-songwriter Haley Heynderickx.

Cherub, 9 p.m. Feb. 17, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $25.

Electro dance duo Cherub will be making its return to town this weekend in Buffalo's Cobblestone District.

The Nashville party act broke out in 2013 with the viral club hit "Doves and Mimosas," a cut from the sophomore effort "Year of the Caprese." The duo fuses disco, funk soul and EDM into a package that recalls a grab bag of acts including the likes Daft Punk, Holy Ghost! and even the Bloodhound Gang.

While no new album has been formally announced, with four singles dropped in 2018 alone, Cherub's latest run of live dates appears to be setting the stage for the group's first new proper record since 2016's "Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence."



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