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3 can't-miss shows: Dwayne Gretzky, Explosions in the Sky, Electric Six

Dwayne Gretzky, 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $15.

Toronto nostalgia powerhouse Dwayne Gretzky will be dipping under the border for another visit to the Theatre District music venue.

Featuring members of Born Ruffians, July Talk and Our Lady Peace, the popular cover supergroup, which once sold out nearly 100 dates in a row throughout the greater Toronto area, has been delivering energetic live performance since emerging at the beginning of the decade. Its 600-song repertoire features everything from Bruce Springsteen to Beyonce.

The 10-piece group's latest tour is in support of its debut self-titled effort. Shared in August, the record features an eclectic batch of covers from acts like Queens of the Stone Age, the Beatles, ELO and Gnarls Barkley.

Explosions in the Sky, 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $30.

Last seen locally delivering a deafening, yet entrancing, performance during the Tralf Music Hall's incredible 2008 programming schedule, critically acclaimed post-rock outfit Explosions in the Sky will be making its long-awaited return to downtown Buffalo as it celebrates its 20th anniversary with a long trek of dates.

Best known for its soundtrack to the underrated film "Friday Night Lights," as well as its popular television counterpart, the cathartic Austin-based band has spent a career crafting slow building, emotionally driven compositions. It's most recent effort, 2016's "The Wilderness," was a contemplative collection that added wisps of electronic flourishes to its cascading landscapes of sound.

The cinematic group has fittingly found success in soundtrack work over the years, also contributing to "Prince Avalanche," "Lone Survivor" and "Manglehorn."

Dark Chicago post-punk act FACS will provide an opening set.

Electric Six, 7 p.m. Oct. 15, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $13.

Being a midmarket, Buffalo frequently falls into the trap of being passed over by many bands, or at the very least, will have to be rather patient before a band will return to perform. Detroit's Electric Six is not one of those bands.

With a tongue firmly planted in cheek, the garage-rock group has made a habit of visiting its fellow Rust Belt city pretty much on a yearly basis and that trend will continue as it posts up at Mohawk Place.

The band's latest visit will see it continue to support its latest addition in a long-running discography, 2018's "Bride of the Devil." The record is another collection of dance-friendly, yet manic rock that Electric Six has seemingly perfected over its 14-album run.

Austin-based video jockey DaveTV will open the show with seasoned punk outfit Super Tugger providing local support.

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