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3 can't-miss shows: Alpha Hopper, Car Seat Headrest, the Midnight

Alpha Hopper, 8 p.m. June 22 at Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $10.

Gripping noise-punk outfit Alpha Hopper is readying the release of its latest record "Aloha Hopper," set to drop on both Radical Empathy and Swimming Faith Records this weekend.

No strangers to West Side basements and DIY spaces ("Our particular brand of rock 'n' roll weirdness does often connect better in more intimate spaces," said drummer Doug Scheider), the quartet – Scheider, vocalist Irene Rekhviashvilli and guitarists John Toohill and Ryan McMullen – chose the Silo City outpost to host the album's premiere celebration. Normally the site of stripped-down Americana, folk and jazz bills, the offbeat location has taken full advantage of the city's current live music landscape to become a go-to destination for versatile programming.

"We wanted the record release show to be a little more special/unique than your average gig, and throwing a big show down among the ruins in Silo City is definitely something different," McMullen said. "With Buffalo in such a sorry state for places to see live music lately, I think it’s important to embrace any new establishment that is willing to support the arts and provide a transparent space for people to showcase what they do, and Duende has been bringing a lot of really great and diverse programming down to their space.

"Plus, the concept of the record having this tropical Aloha vibe is an intentionally tongue-in-cheek ironic thing for a band from Buffalo to do. So having the release show where we will be surrounded by these monolithic symbols of Buffalo’s former identity really puts a nice weird bow on that for me."

Rounding out the bill be sets from electronic dance pair-turned-trio UVB77, muscular garage-punk act Facility Men and the still-fresh punk group Inventory.

Car Seat Headrest, 8 p.m. June 25 at Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $25.

The critically acclaimed group Car Seat Headrest will be making a stop at the Babeville complex as the indie darling's "Twin Fantasy Summer 2019" run of dates hits town.

The project of prolific songwriter Will Toledo is back on the road as the musician continues to tour in support of his most recent record, "Twin Fantasy." The album is a rerecorded version of Toledo's 2011 cult masterpiece of the same name, which at the time was self-released. Now a newly realized, finished product, the revised take dropped via Matador Records in February of 2018.

Opening the show will be fuzzy Pacific Northwest act Naked Giants. Recalling the likes of Jonathan Richman, the Pixies and even tour mates Car Seat Headrest, the garage-punk trio's freshman effort "Sluff" was shared last year to positive reviews.

The Midnight, 7 p.m. June 25 at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $18.

Noiry synth-wave group the Midnight will be making a visit to the Theatre District.

Touring in support its most recent release, 2018's nocturnal "Kids," the Los Angeles-based duo presents a nostalgia-heavy take on 1980s electro-pop, full of soaring melodies, retro synths and some extremely welcome uses of saxophone.

The pair first gained attention in 2016 after dropping its atmospheric debut collection of retrowave "Endless Summer." The record recalls the likes of M83, Desire, the 1975 and the "Stranger Things" scores.

Earlier this spring, the Midnight shared its most recent single, the digitized and very much on-brand "America Online." Check it out below.

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