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3 can't-miss shows: Luis Mojica, Soulive, Joe Pug

Luis Mojica, 7 p.m. Feb. 13, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $7.

Baroque musician Luis Mojica will be paying a visit to Mohawk Place. Formally of the quirky New York City cello-led outfit Rasputina, the Woodstock-based artist has since gone solo to build a catalog of intimate, piano-driven pop music.

His decade-ending release "How a Stranger is Made," was shared in October. Made possible by a successful Kickstarter campaign, the rich record finds Mojica fusing jazz, indie and chamber-pop, recalling the likes of Leonard Cohen, Joanna Newsom and Tori Amos.

Local support will be provided by the re-tinkered chamber-pop act Leyda and foursome Tina Panic Noise.

Soulive, 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $27 to $37.

Soul-funk trio Soulive will be back in downtown Buffalo for a Valentine's Day performance in the Tralf Music Hall.

Featuring Buffalo-born brothers Allen and Neal Evans, the Woodstock-rooted act will be making its first area appearance since a Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor gig nearly a decade ago. The hardworking groove outfit has a batch of new songs this time around as the band shared its latest offering "Cinematics, Vol. 1,"  in 2018.

Planned as a string of connected EPs, the first installment in the series features five tracks of rock-funk-soul fusion that has been presented as companion piece to film. Future EPs in the series look to follow the similar flexible affiliation.

Joe Pug, 7 p.m. Feb. 16, 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $17.

Folk troubadour Joe Pug will bring his somber sounds to Babeville's intimate basement space in support of his most recent effort "The Flood in Color," shared last summer.

Simple and stripped-down, Pug's first new collection of music in four years finds the old soul delivering a batch of minimalist folk that is both reflective and lonesome. The album's achingly beautiful title track can be streamed below. While Pug is no stranger to Buffalo (his yearly downtown visit is a near lock), those new to him may hear some John Prine, Gregory Alan Isakov and A.A. Bondy in his weary stories.

Atlanta singer-songwriter Matthew Wright will open the show.

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