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Mac McGuire

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


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Rock for the Cure, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $20-$25. Canadian music icon Ron Hawkins (Lowest of the Low, the Do-Good Assassins) has been tabbed to headline this year's Rock for the Cure benefit concert. A longtime favorite of local music fans, Hawkins has been making a habit of selling out the Town Ballroom on Thanksgiving Eve with the …

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Kasador, 8 p.m. Jan. 16 in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $10. Rising Ontario rock group Kasador will pay a visit to the Cobblestone District venue. After sharing a promising self-titled EP a few years back, the quartet returned in the fall with its much-anticipated debut LP "Brood & Bloom." Produced by Rob Baker and Gord Sinclair of the Tragically Hip, th…

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Inspiration Thursdays featuring heave, 8 p.m. Jan. 9, the Cave (71 Military Road), $5. The Cave, Black Rock's intimate new venue, will be hosting the start of a new concert series that focuses on musical inspirations. Presented by the arts collaborative Into Fruition, the monthly series titled "Inspiration Thursdays" will see a local artist/band perform a set of song…

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Nylon Otters, 7 p.m. Jan. 3 in Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5. Indie grunge outfit Nylon Otters will be calling it a day at Mohawk Place. The local trio recently announced that its early 2020 gig would be the band's last, but not before going out on top with a new EP and farewell celebration. The yet-to-be-titled record, set to drop on Jan. 3, will join a short,…

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"Through Being Cold" Emo Nite, 9 p.m. Dec. 27, Rec Room (79 W Chippewa), $10. The holidays tend to be an emotional time, so what better way to get your money's worth than to head down to the Chip Strip for a night of emotive music classics. Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley and Steve Micciche, fresh off of the band's annual banger of a holiday music festival in Buffal…

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Marcus King Band, 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $25. Southern rock artist Marcus King will his pull his "El Dorado" tour into the Town Ballroom for a sold-out performance. The young mentor of Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule) is currently on his highest profile tour yet as he crosses the country to perform selections off his new record …

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Mikaela Davis and Southern Star, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $12. Rising Rochester-born musician Mikaela Davis will return to Buffalo with her band Southern Star for a performance in Babeville's basement space. The young singer's profile has continued to rise following the release of her breakthrough effort "Delivery" during the summer o…

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Slocan Ramblers, 7 p.m. Dec. 5, Sportsmens Tavern (326 Amherst St.), $10. Canadian bluegrass outfit Slocan Ramblers will be paying a visit to the Black Rock venue. The Juno-recognized roots act will be passing through town as it continues to tour in support of its celebrated 2019 effort "Queen City Jubilee." The record, which landed a nominee for Traditional Roots Al…

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Amigo the Devil, 6:30 Nov. 29, Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa), $15. Don't let a nasty food coma stop you from heading downtown to catch a set from on-the-rise folk artist Amigo the Devil. The dark country singer-songwriter (born Danny Kiranos) will be passing through town as he tours in support of his acclaimed 2018 effort "Everything is Fine." The 15-track collection of …

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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…

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Dogs in Stereo, 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $7. Lo-fi Buffalo project Dogs in Stereo will be kicking off the weekend early as it readies the release of its latest EP at Mohawk Place. Guided by frontman Joe Cardina, the languid indie act will be performing selections from its new six-track effort "Idle." The musician offered taste of the EP back i…

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Hollerado, 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $20. Canadian indie-rockers Hollerado will be making a final stop through Buffalo as the band continues to chug along on its farewell tour. With its last show set for Dec. 12 in Toronto's Danforth Music Hall, the shouty Ottawa act will thankfully be back at the Town Ballroom on its "The One Last Time Tour" to su…

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Journey and the Pretenders will be teaming up for a massive, 60-date 2020 summer tour that will include a stop at 7 p.m. July 18 in the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center). The San Francisco arena-rockers of Journey are well-versed in the summer amphitheater tours, promising a set that features "hits from start to finish" backed by some new ons…

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David's Gray's just-announced "White Ladder" anniversary tour will head to Artpark for a concert at 8 p.m. July 13 in the Mainstage Theater (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). The soulful British singer-songwriter was already three albums into his somewhat overlooked musical career before releasing "White Ladder," which would turn into his breakthrough effort. Led by singles…

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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 s…