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3 can't-miss shows: Kevin Scoma, Lake Street Dive, Halloween Hootenany

Kevin Scoma, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $5.

Local music veteran Kevin Scoma will be celebrating the release of his debut solo EP "Into the Weeping Sea" at Duende.

Primarily known for his work in Buffalo acts Mandy K, Nelson Type and Mutual Friends over the years, the artist found himself settling into a comfortable musical role while working on his new material.

"I have always thought of myself as more of a songwriter than a musician or frontman of a band. When I pick up an instrument, I see a tool that can be used to support a song. I've always been more interested in artists that are great songwriters, as opposed to artists/bands that are only focused on creating unique sounds," he said.

"For me, returning to more of a singer-songwriter feel was very natural and I felt that it was time to strip things down in order to figure out what was left and discover who I am as an artist."

Recorded in South Buffalo with audio/visual producer Art Lakewood, the recordings, which included a reworked version of the Nelson Type standout "Dream in the Daytime" ("Now I feel like I can finally let it rest"), were heavily influenced by not only by artists from the likes of Elliot Smith to Gillian Welch to Air, but also Scoma's newfound interest in spirituality and self-healing.

"This eventually gave birth to the album concept: of a sea that you could bathe in which would remove all of your pain and help you become your truest self. It wasn't until later that I realized this also refers to the sea of consciousness, and at this point I started becoming more interested in psychology, especially Carl Jung, dreams, hypnosis, etc.," he said.

"As we were finishing the album, I suddenly realized that on a deeper level, all of the songs were about me trying to become my truest self. With this realization came an epic release and suddenly I felt a profound oneness with everything around me, and a deep sense of joy and peace. My hope is that if others listen to the album deeply enough, that they, too, might find what I experienced while creating it."

Opening sets will include a solo performance by Humble Braggers frontman Tom Burtless and Lakewood's new duo Art & Kraft.

Lake Street Dive, 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $35.

Soulful root outfit Lake Street Dive will be setting up shop at Babeville's Asbury Hall for a sold-out performance.

Much of the popular Boston group's live performances this year were in continued support of its latest record "Free Yourself Up," as well as the companion EP of bonus session material "Freak Yourself Out," both of which where shared last year.

The new collection of tunes finds the band slightly shifting away from the Motown and jazz vibes that laced its early discography, this time focusing on 1970s radio-friendly pop-rock influences by the likes of Fleetwood Mac and the Doobie Brothers.

While tickets for this show sold out some time ago, the venue has been opening up a few tickets here and there, so keep an eye on the event page if you missed out.

On hand to open up the evening will be glitchy R&B/pop duo mmeadows. The NYC pair's latest single, the bittersweet "I'll Never Let You Go," dropped in August.

A Halloween Hootenanny 2019, 9 p.m. Oct. 19, Electric Avenue (300 Ellicott St.), $5.

The arrival of the Halloween season in Buffalo would not be complete without a laundry list of spooky shows to attend over the next couple of weekends.

One of the season's better musical showcases is the annual installment of Electric Avenue's Halloween Hootenanny. Mohawk Place's sister bar will once again be hosting an evening of cover tunes delivered by local DIY musicians.

This year's lineup will feature appearances by members of Mallwalkers, Del Paxton, Slow Cooker, Unwelcome Guests, Tony Rocky Horror and more taking on hits by acts including Hole, the White Stripes, Pavement, the Presidents of the United States of America, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

One of the bittersweet tributes of the evening will be for the new wave icons the Cars given the recent passing of frontman and producer Ric Ocasek.

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