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3 can't-miss shows: Cure vs. Smiths, Dark Thoughts, Mardi Gras at Mohawk

The Cure vs. The Smiths Dance Party, 8 p.m. March 2, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $5.

One of Buffalo's longest running dance parties is officially street legal.

For the last 16 years, the Transmission Dance Party duo has been presenting the ultimate battle for British post-punk supremacy, and this weekend at Iron Works, the latest installment of the storied rivalry between the Smiths and the Cure hits the Cobblestone District dance floor.

Per usual, the flagship event will play tracks from both influential UK acts back-to-back throughout the night, with no clear-cut winner to be honest outside of attendees looking for an excuse to get down to some gloomy tunes. This writer, a longtime #teamcure member, just hopes for a clean fight.

Mardi Gras Party, 6 p.m. March 5, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $15, then $5 when the food runs out.

Fat Tuesday hits the Queen City next week and, with an always full plate of indulging options to pick from, make sure to set some time aside to catch the lively party set to go down at Mohawk Place.

The New Orleans-inspired evening will feature a three-headed bill of Pine Fever, Irving Klaws and Buffalo Brass Band to provide a good deal of musical debauchery. Pine Fever recently shared its long awaited new collection of tunes, the three-track offering "Apocalypso," this past September. The EP is the first proper recordings to feature the crust-folk group's re-tinkered lineup.

Fans of the Allentown buskers won't have to wait much longer for another new song as Pine Fever has already teased the release of the track "The Dopesmoker's Dream," conveniently set to drop on April 20.

Nietzsche's regulars Tyler Wescott (Folkfaces, the Observers) and his happy hour partner Dr. Jazz will help open up the evening and set a proper tone.

Make sure to come with an empty stomach - the 'Hawk will be providing a NOLA-style buffet of food to boot.

Dark Thoughts, 8 p.m. March 6, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $8.

Melodic punk-rock trio Dark Thoughts will drop by Mohawk Place for a hump day showcase.

On tour in support of its latest effort, the 12-track, 20-minute ripper "At Work," the DIY Philadelphia three-piece has been receiving a fair amount of buzz surrounding the release of the catchy new offering, locking in Album of Week honors on the influential music blog/website Stereogum over the summer.

The rush of a record finds the band stretching things out just a bit after delivering an 18-minute blitzkrieg of tracks on its self-titled debut back in April of 2016, and should appeal to fans of the Ramones, Misfits and the Descendents.

Providing local support will be a trio of DIY basement acts in Tina Panic Noise, Alpha Hopper and RPG.

The gig was initially intended to be held at Electric Avenue, so if you find yourself in an empty bar, just follow the music around the corner.


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