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3 can't-miss shows: Material, Operators, Homeless Gospel Choir

Material, 7 p.m. Oct. 5, Hostel Buffalo-Niagara (667 Main St.), $5.

While the city's collection of underground music venues continues to be in a constant state of flux, the Hostel Buffalo-Niagara (along with Duende and long stalwart Sugar City) has quietly become a reliable source for left-of-the-dial DIY music bills. This weekend will see that trend continue as the communal downtown space welcomes Minnesota electronic act Material.

The duo's latest collection of ambient compositions "Materials" pleasantly shifts from reflective and melancholy to pulsating and upbeat, recalling the likes of Neon Indian, Com Truise and S U R V I V E.

An intriguing collection of locals - whimsical indie pop act Welks Mice, intergalactic party pair UVB 77 and drone artist VWLS -  will be on hand to support.

Operators, 7 p.m. Oct. 7, Rec Room (79 W Chippewa), $15.

Last seen locally performing at The Studio @ Waiting Room (RIP), driving synth-pop act Operators will return to downtown Buffalo with a set at Rec Room.

Fronted by rather busy indie musician Dan Boekner (Handsome Furs, Divine Fits, Wolf Parade), the pulsing trio is on tour in support of its great new offering, the sort-of dystopian concept record "Radiant Dawn." The angst-heavy album is the band's best musical realization yet following a pair of appetizing, electro rock-leaning efforts.

Fans of New Order, Depeche Mode and DFA's early slate of dance punk acts should find their way down to the Chip Strip for the gig.

Shallow State opens the show.

Homeless Gospel Choir, 7 p.m. Oct. 9, Leopard Lounge  (681 Main St.), $12.

Town Ballroom's intimate Leopard Lounge will open its doors back up with a performance by Pittsburgh folk-punk outfit Homeless Gospel Choir.

Led by humorous artist Derek Zanetti, the energetic, one-man act (think Andrew WK meets Andrew Jackson Jihad) is back on tour in support of the well-received 2017 effort "Presents: Normal." Touching heavily on mental health, the anthemic record continues to push the musician's mantra of community, safe spaces and exclusivity.

Fans of Jeff Rosenstock should find Zanetti's spirited tunes to their liking.

Opener for the show is Philadelphia by way of Seattle pop-punk act Ramona. The bratty trio's most recent release, the raw and melodic "Deals, Deals, Deals!," dropped over the summer.

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