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3 can't-miss shows: EELS, Felice Brothers, Vampire Weekend

EELS, 7 p.m. April 29, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $32.50.

Eccentric indie outfit EELS will finally return to Buffalo after a prolonged absence.

The long-running act of off-kilter musician Mark Oliver Everett (aka E) will take the Theatre District stage to perform tracks from the project's latest record, 2018's "The Destruction." Full of strings, samples, loops and keys, the sonically diverse album, the 12th release during Everett's 22-year run, is his first collection of new music since 2014's "The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett."

Opening for Everett will be the French DIY duo (and farmers) the Inspector Cluzo. Known for an insanely energetic live show, the dynamic rock fusion outfit is touring to support its latest record "We The People of the Soil," self-released in 2018.

The Felice Brothers, 8 p.m. April 29, 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $22.

Rollicking Americana act the Felice Brothers, last seen locally serving as a good-sport backing band during a cringe-worthy performance by frequent collaborator Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) in Asbury Hall, the Catskill Mountains-bred group's next local pit stop will be in a headlining role. The band will perform tracks from the album "Undress," set to drop May 3. It's the scrappy family band's first new collection of tunes since 2016’s "Life in the Dark."

For those who have yet to give roots outfit a spin, Bob Dylan, the Band and Bright Eyes can all be heard in the long-running discography.

Opening the show will be singer-songwriter and producer Johnathan Rice. A frequent collaborator of Jenny Lewis, his most recent solo effort was 2013's "Good Graces."

Vampire Weekend, 7 p.m. April 30, Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Delaware Ave.). Sold out.

Just a couple weeks ago, critically acclaimed indie rockers Vampire Weekend sent a shock through Buffalo social media with the announcement of an intimate  and rather last-minute concert at Babeville's Asbury Hall. It's a tour kick-off show of sorts as the band readies to hit the road in support of its highly anticipated new record "Father of the Bride."

The gig is a part of a three-day New York State tour that leads up to an all-day album release celebration at New York City's Webster Hall on May 5. While the Buffalo location may be a bit fuzzy to the band, the geographical flub did not stop the show from selling out in seconds, which in case you were wondering, didn't exactly go over very well with those who missed out on a ticket.

The preppy outfit has been teasing the new album, set to drop in full on May 3, since the calendar turned earlier this year, sharing a pair of new tracks, or "double singles," every month or so from the 18-track record.

This will be Vampire Weekend's first local appearance since performing at the Outer Harbor in 2014. Given the unusually small space for a band of its stature, this could be a special show, assuming you were lucky enough to snag a ticket.

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