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3 can't-miss shows: Arkells, SHAED and Bad Bad Hats

Arkells, 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $43. (Sold out.)

Arkells will kick off the first of its eagerly anticipated two-night sold-out stand at Town Ballroom on Feb. 21.

Following in the footsteps of fellow countrymen like the Tragically Hip and Sam Roberts Band, Buffalo's latest Canadian love affair is back in town to perform songs from its most recent release, October's ambitious and grand "Rally Cry." The album seems to complete the Hamilton band's transition from blue collar, heartland rockers into the biggest stadium act north of the border.

Kansas City indie-pop outfit the Greeting Committee will provide support for both evenings.

These shows sold out in nearly a heartbeat once tickets were released back in November, but scrounging the events' Facebook pages (Thursday, Friday) may help you find someone looking to unload one or two.

[Related: Smiles at Arkells in Artpark 2017 | Arkells find musical home in Buffalo]

SHAED, 7 p.m. Feb. 22, Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St), $1.07. (Sold out)

Synth-pop trio SHAED will be riding the buzz into downtown Buffalo. The lush Washington, D.C. trio will visit the Chippewa hot spot to perform songs from its latest EP "Melt," shared this past September.

After its ethereal single "Trampoline" was featured in a recent MacBook Air ad campaign, the moody group's new found exposure has taken it back on the road, this time in a headlining role for the first time. Fans of Florence and the Machine, Laurel and Bishop Briggs should find the trio to their liking.

Like the Dirty Nil's show earlier this month, SHAED's visit to town will again be under Alternative Buffalo's "You Saw Them First" umbrella. The sell out makes it two for two during February for the radio station's uber-cheap concert series.

Hypnotic electro act Space Cubs and riffy alt-rock band Johnny Hart & the Mess will provide local support.

Bad Bad Hats, 7 p.m. Feb. 24, 9th Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $10.

Indie outfit Bad Bad Hats will be returning to Babeville's basement space to close out the weekend.

The Minneapolis trio, previously seen in performing in town last June, is back as it continues to support its summer-released sophomore offering, the fleshed out, synth-leaning "Lightening Round."

Whereas 2015's well-received and much spunkier debut "Psychic Reader" found Bad Bad Hats' name tossed around with acts like Diet Cig and Speedy Ortiz, the more mid-tempo follow up sees the group conjuring up a wide variety of influences including Fleetwood Mac, Nine Stories and even Sheryl Crow.

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