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Mac McGuire is the former Editor-in-Chief of buffaBLOG


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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 work…

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Alternative Buffalo appears to be in a very giving mood with the holiday season quickly approaching. The popular radio station's annual Kerfuffle Before Christmas event will now be a two-night affair split between shows at 7:05 p.m. Dec. 4 at Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.) and 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). The Dec. 4 show will fea…

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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 Toron…

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Material, 7 p.m. Oct. 5, Hostel Buffalo-Niagara (667 Main St.), $5. While the city's collection of underground music venues continues to be in a constant state of flux, the Hostel Buffalo-Niagara (along with Duende and long stalwart Sugar City) has quietly become a reliable source for left-of-the-dial DIY music bills. This weekend will see that trend continue as the com…

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Cat Power, 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls), $35. Following an opening set for Mumford & Sons this past spring in the KeyBank Center, indie act Cat Power will be back in the Buffalo area in a headlining role. The long-running project of singer-songwriter Chan Marshall is back on the road as she continues to tour in support of the 201…

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Rayland Baxter, 5 p.m. Sept. 21, Knox Farm State Park (230 Knox Road, East Aurora). Heart-on-his-sleeve singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter is one of the must-catch acts set to hit the stage during the sophomore installment of the Borderland Music +  Art Festival. The hard-touring, Tennessee-born musician is once again on the road as he continues to support his 2018 eff…

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 7 p.m. Sept. 12, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $39.50. Last seen headlining the Voodoo Threauxdown last summer at Artpark alongside fellow Crescent City acts Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Galactic, the New Orleans musical ambassador (born Troy Andrews) returns to the area as he continues to tour in support of his 2…

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Moon Hooch, 8 p.m. Sept. 7, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $20. Experimental jazz outfit Moon Hooch will be returning to the Cobblestone District for its latest local visit. The former New York City subway buskers turned must-see touring machine shared its collaborative new single "Rise" in June. The refined song sees the evolving trio adding rap verses from h…

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Cave Curse, 8 p.m. Aug. 28, Electric Avenue (300 Ellicott St.), $5. DIY synth-punkers Cave Curse will be dropping by Electric Avenue, Mohawk Place's sister space, for a midweek gig. The Wisconsin darkwave band recently dropped a new two-track 7-inch,"Buried," its first new recordings since expanding to a quartet. Led by driving rhythms and dark, yet energetic melodie…

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Leggy, 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $10. Cincinnati dream-punk outfit Leggy will be making a pit stop in Babeville's basement space. Currently on tour in support of the March-released, full-length debut "Let Me Know Your Moon," the melodic three-piece has been receiving a fair share of blog love from tastemakers like Stereogum, Impose …

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Jacob Peter, 8 p.m. Aug. 15 at Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City), $5. Last seen delivering a very special set at the kickoff performance of the Burchfield Penney's "ReSounding" music series last fall, Los Angeles by-way-of-Buffalo musician Jacob Peter (dreambeaches) will make a homecoming appearance on the Silo City grounds. Best served to fans of Blake Mills, Danie…

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As If, 10 p.m. Aug. 9, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5. With summer in full swing (and its inevitable wind-down not too far off), DJs Gabtron and BB Garbanzo are back for a sweaty installment of their As If Dance Party series. Nostalgia for late 1990s pop music, 1999 in particular, is currently in overdrive as some of the genre's biggest releases by the Backstree…

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Cages, 8 p.m. Aug. 3, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $12. Avant-garde Buffalo act Cages will be debuting two new compositions at the Babeville complex. The hard-to-classify project, comprised of the core duo of Nola Ranallo and David Bailey, will be joined by nearly two dozen musical collaborators, poets and artists to help perform the personal new wor…

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The Growlers, 7 p.m. July 25, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $30. Previously seen rocking the stages at the Tralf Music Hall in 2016, as well as a number of teeth-cutting sets at Mohawk Place over the years, the California beach goths will shimmy on down to Babeville for its latest local visit. The band has been busy filling out its summer schedule per…

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Psychedelic Furs and james, 5 p.m. July 18 at Canalside (44 Prime St.), $5 - $35. The retinkered Canalside Live series is officially off and running with this co-headlining performance by the Psychedelic Furs and james. Although the Psychedelic Furs re-formed in the early 2000s, the British post-punk/new wave act has rather recently reentered the pop music lexicon af…