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3 can't-miss shows: Ben Nichols, Rockin' at the Knox, White Reaper

Ben Nichols, 7 p.m. June 15, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $20.

Ben Nichols and Oliver Peck's joint Bikeriders tour will roll into town for a pit stop at the Town Ballroom.

Longtime frontman of the gritty Memphis alt-country outfit Lucero, the gravel-voiced songwriter has taken his tour around the country for a handful of years to share songs from his debut solo effort, 2009's "The Last Pale Light in West," as well as selections from his full-time band's growing catalog.

Nichols and company's most recent release "Among the Ghosts" was dropped back in August of 2018.

Emcee for the evening will be the musician's tour partner and riding buddy Oliver Peck. Judge of the popular television series "Ink Master," the tattoo artist and businessman is the owner of Dallas' Elm Street Tattoo.

The Buffalo stop on the Great Lakes Run of the tour will feature an opening acoustic set by the rousing local bar-rock group the Eaves.

Rockin' at the Knox, 4 p.m. June 16, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.), $60.

Indie-rock heavyweights Death Cab for Cutie will take the stage as the Albright-Knox prepares for the latest installment of its Rockin' at the Knox music series.

Following last year's fun, yet weather-delayed Beck performance, the long-running Pacific Northwest group hopes for clearer skies while it continues to tour in support of its most recent record - and one of its better efforts as of late - 2018's " Thank You For Today."

Sunday's city visit from beloved group will be its first since a special, string-supported appearance in Kleinhans Music Hall way back in 2012.

With a big name like Death Cab headlining the evening, it would be a shame to overlook the rest of the bill. Alt-country act Phosphorescent will perform tracks from last year's underrated effort "C'est La Vie." New Orleans power R&B unit Tank and the Bangas, the 2017 winner of NPR's popular Tiny Desk Contest, also will perform.

White Reaper, 7 p.m. June 16, Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.), $12.

If that hefty ticket cost priced you out of the Death Cab for Cutie show at the Albright-Knox, a more wallet-friendly show, headlined by White Reaper, is going down on the Chip Strip the same night.

After signing with famed record label Elektra earlier this spring, the Louisville-based group just shared the carefree single "Might Be Right," its first taste of new music since dropping the riff-loaded effort "The World’s Best American Band" in 2017.

Those who have yet to drink the White Reaper kool-aid are missing out on the fun. The hook-heavy rockers recalls the likes of  throwback arena rock acts Thin Lizzy, Van Halen and Cheap Trick, or maybe even Free Energy if you want something more modern.

Also featured on the bill will be the Nashville psych-garage pair TWEN and Buffalo's rambunctious garage-punk trio SMUG.

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