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3 can't-miss shows: Basement, Passion Pit, Tim Baker

Basement, 7 p.m. May 17, Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa), $20.

Rising British rock act Basement will be performing at the Chip Strip hot stop this weekend.

The Suffolk-born group is touring to support its 2018 breakthrough effort "Beside Myself." The new record continues to see the group distance itself from its gritty emo-punk roots, a shift that first started to take form on the 2016 album "Promise Everything."

Full of rock anthems well-suited to fill football stadiums across the band's home country, Basement's new collection of songs is now driven by catchy hooks and melodies that recall the likes of Jimmy Eat World.

Noisey shoegaze outfit Nothing will be on hand to provide support. The intense Philadelphia is back on the road to support of its grim third record, 2018's "Dance on the Blacktop."

Grungy alt-rock trio Teenage Wrist will also perform.

Passion Pit, 7 p.m. May 20, Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St, Niagara Falls), $37.50.

Indietronic act Passion Pit will be back in the area for its latest go-around in the Rapids Theatre.

Led by high-falsetto'ed frontman and Buffalo native Michael Angelakos, the synth-driven Boston band's latest local visit is part of an 18-date tour to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its giddy, breakthrough debut "Manners." The insanely catchy and highly danceable freshman record featured the glossy tracks "The Reeling" and "Sleepyhead," as well as stately ballad "Moth Wings."

Those who want to go all-in on the "Manners" concert experience (and have an extra $120 to drop) can still grab a VIP ticket for the show. The package includes a group photo and intimate Q&A session with Angelakos, an autographed album art photo, a "Sleepyhead" pillow case (clever) and ear plugs and more. Further VIP details can be found here.

Glammy garage-rock outfit the Beaches is set to open the show. Winners of the Breakthrough Group of the Year Award at last year's Junos, the Toronto quartet shared its latest single "Snake Tongue" last month.

Tim Baker, 7 p.m. May 20, the Leopard Lounge (681 Main St.), $15.

Former Hey Rosetta! frontman Tim Baker will be making a solo appearance in the Town Ballroom's intimate Leopard Lounge.

With the popular Canadian band calling it a day near the end of 2017, the singer-songwriter branched out on his own to record his debut collection of solo material "Forever Overhead" last year.

Shared earlier this spring via influential Toronto label Arts & Crafts, the album finds Baker moving away from the anthemic and orchestral alt-rock leanings of his old band toward a stripped-down, yet bouncy folk-rock vibe that recalls the likes of Van Morrison, the Barr Brothers and Jackson Browne.

A digital download of "Forever Overhead" will be included with every ticket purchase for Baker's Leopard Lounge gig.

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