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3 can't-miss shows: Ian McCuen, Real Sea, Beach Slang

Ian McCuen, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $8.

Hushed singer-songwriter Ian McCuen will be celebrating the release of his latest material within the Silo City walls.

The melancholic folkie is readying the release of "Songs of Fleeting Permanence, Vol. III," the final installment of his three-volume, 33-track musical project. Born out of a six-year stretch of isolation, reflection and self-discovery, each record in the trilogy was recorded in full by McCuen within his bedroom walls at the tail of 2016.

Followers of the local musician have not had to wait long to see the project reach its end. The first installment was shared just under a year ago over the winter; part two began streaming in April. Fans of the haunting earlier work of Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine and Bon Iver would be wise to dive into the emotional first two chapters before McCuen unveils his conclusion.

Acoustic duo Carmen & Lizzy, chamber folk outfit Leyda and alternative act Stress Dolls will fill out the rather-loaded bill.

The Real Sea, 7 p.m. Nov. 22, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5.

Pittsburgh dream-pop outfit the Real Sea will be paying a visit to the downtown Buffalo music hot spot.

Featuring front woman and Buffalo ex-pat Sharon Mok (formally of Tiny Rhymes) plus a trio of Steel City music vets, the young band has shared two tastes of its folk-rock and shoegaze-infused sound - including the jangly, Record Store Day-released single "Panama" - as it prepares its first proper collection of music for the near future.

The quartet was quickly named one of Pittsburgh 11 Acts to Watch in 2019 by the lifestyle blog Made in PGH after forming in September of 2018.

Local support will be provided by angsty indiemo outfit Passed Out and the soaring psych-rockers of Aircraft.

Beach Slang, 7 p.m. Nov. 26, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $20.

Rousing Philadelphia punk outfit Beach Slang is set to deliver another anthemic set at Mohawk Place.

Following a string of dates opening for the Goo Goo Dolls, the rowdy act will be back in a headlining role, its first local appearance since a rocking performance at the 2018 installment of Music is Art, as it tours in support of the forthcoming new record "The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City."

Set to drop on Jan. 10, the album was recorded in town with go-to engineer Jay Zubricky at Robby Takac's GCR Studios and features the Replacements’ Tommy Stinson on bass.

The new album isn't the only local connection Beach Slang has going for it these days. Steve Tripi, member of the Eaves and Kurt & the Loders, recently joined the group as its touring drummer.

Speaking of the Eaves, the Buffalo bar rockers will open the evening.

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