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3 can't-miss shows: Mal Blum, Rufus Wainwright, Jeremy Pinnell

Mal Blum, 7 p.m. Nov. 1, 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $12.

Confessional singer-songwriter Mal Blum will be returning to Babeville's cozy basement space to perform.

Previously seen in town as a supporting act for rising indie artist Lucy Dacus last March, the New York-based folk-punk musician has returned to the road for a handful of headlining dates to support his candid new offering "Pity Boy."

Shared on taste-making label Don Giovanni Records over the summer, the cathartic record features the DIY artist's backing band the Blums for the first time, adding catchy riffs and pop-punk vibes to Blum's often dark lyrics. Fans of Kimya Dawson or Hop Along would be wise to give it a spin.

Rufus Wainwright, 8 p.m. Nov. 3, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $40.

Rufus Wainwright performed at Rockin' at the Knox in 2010. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)

Beloved indie troubadour Rufus Wainwright's Oh Solo Wainwright tour will touch down on the Asbury Hall stage.

After spending much of 2018 on tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of his self-titled freshman effort, the chamber pop musician decided to scale back for this next batch of dates for an intimate and reflective evening of career-encompassing storytelling.

Just last week, he announced his yet-to-be-titled 2020 record, described as a "bookend" to his celebrated debut, and shared the record's first single, pop-rock cut "Trouble in Paradise."

The album will follow up 2016's guest-heavy "Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets," a nine-adaptation tribute album to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the playwright's passing.

Wainwright's return to Buffalo has been a long time coming. His last local appearance was as a headliner for the 2010 installment of the Rockin' at the Knox concert series alongside the National and his sister Martha.

Brooklyn-based songwriter Matracia will open the evening. The folk-tronic project's latest effort, the woozy and romantic "Summer of Cruel," dropped in May.

Jeremy Pinnell, 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $10.

Kentucky country artist Jeremy Pinnell's fall tour will make a pit stop at Mohawk Place.

Formerly of the Cincinnati roots-rock outfit the Light Wires, the honky-tonk artist first turned ears upon the release of his excellent debut offering, 2015's confident and unflinching "OH/KY." The storyteller would go on to follow up the album in 2017 with a collection of haunting, outlaw country, the redemptive "Ties of Blood and Affection."

Known for his rough-around-the-edges style and raw vocals, Pinnell has been compared to the likes of contemporaries Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell during his short solo career.

Local support will be provided by country-folk outfit Fuzzy & the Rustbelts. The group's new album, "That Sweet Song," was shared over the summer.

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