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Mac McGuire

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


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Taking Back Sunday will play a two-night stand this fall at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 and  Nov. 1 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). The New Jersey emo heavyweights will be back in downtown Buffalo as the group tours to celebrate its 20th anniversary. To commemorate the landmark achievement, TBS issued the retrospective album "Twenty" earlier this year. The career-spanning co…

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The Cure vs. The Smiths Dance Party, 8 p.m. March 2, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $5. One of Buffalo's longest running dance parties is officially street legal. For the last 16 years, the Transmission Dance Party duo has been presenting the ultimate battle for British post-punk supremacy, and this weekend at Iron Works, the latest installment of the storied …

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The 1990s hard-rock heavyweights Korn and Alice in Chains' co-headlining summer tour will hit town at 6:30 p.m. Aug 2 in the Darien Lake Amphitheatre (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center). Nu-metal pioneer Korn is in the midst of recording material that will eventually make up the group's 13th release. Its most recent effort "The Serenity of Suffering" dropped in 2016. …

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Death Cab for Cutie has been locked in to headline this year's Rockin' at the Knox at 4 p.m. June 16 on the grounds of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave.). Following last year's soggy sell-out featuring a dance-heavy headlining set from Beck, the beloved Seattle act, making its first city appearance since a string-supported performance in Kleinhans Music H…

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Tom Morello's "Atlas Underground Live" tour will hit Buffalo at 7 p.m. May 18 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The legendary guitarist of acts like Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and Prophets of Rage will be passing through town as he continues to tour in support of his 2018 offering. The record, his first solo output since 2011's "World Wide Rebel Songs," fin…

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Arkells, 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $43. (Sold out.) Arkells will kick off the first of its eagerly anticipated two-night sold-out stand at Town Ballroom on Feb. 21. Following in the footsteps of fellow countrymen like the Tragically Hip and Sam Roberts Band, Buffalo's latest Canadian love affair is back in town to perform songs from its m…

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Giddy garage rockers Twin Peaks will return to Buffalo at 7 p.m. May 1 in Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.). The spirited Chicago act continues to tour in support of its recent singles collection "Sweet '17 Singles." A yearlong series saw the group share a new track every month, ultimately to be collected as the limited-edition compilation that was dropped on Feb. 9 of last…

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Tom Waits' "Blue Valentine," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $10. This Valentine's Day, Duende down at Silo City will be hosting a musical gathering for even the most hardest of hearts as the bar will present a front-to-back take on Tom Waits' "Blue Valentine" album. Dropped back in 1978 during the raspy musician's stretch of releases with …

Buzzing indie act Car Seat Headrest's just-announced "Twin Fantasy Summer 2019" tour will include a stop in Buffalo at 8 p.m. June 25 in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). The lo-fi project of prolific singer-songwriter Will Toledo, whose bandcamp discography is nearly a mile long, broke out in a big way in 2016 with the release of his second studio effort, t…

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The Dirty Nil, 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.), $1.07. Buzzing Hamilton, Ont. trio the Dirty Nil will take over the Chip Strip music club this weekend. The arena-rock indebted punk act is touring to support its latest release, 2018's "Master Volume," which saw the band deliver a slightly more polished and stadium-ready version of its raw and powerful rif…

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Passion Pit's just-announced tour will include an area stop at 7 p.m. May 19 in the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls). Led by Buffalo native and frontman Michael Angelakos, the dance-minded indie act will soon hit the road to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its breakthrough debut record "Manners." The ultra-catchy album features the pair of glossy singles …

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Native Harrow, 8 p.m. Feb. 1, 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $10. Last seen locally opening for Toronto's Great Lake Swimmers at Buffalo Iron Works this past spring, Woodstock, N.Y. folk project Native Harrow will be making a welcome return visit to Buffalo this weekend in a headlining role. Following a 2018 that saw the band trek through 100-plus performa…

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Eccentric indie outfit EELS will be making a long-awaited return to the Buffalo area at 7 p.m. April 29 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The long-running act of singer-songwriter Mark Oliver Everett (aka E) will be rolling through town as it continues to tour in support of last year's new record,  "The Destruction." Full of loops and samples, the off-kilter album is…

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Brassband, Dixieland, Americana & Burlesque 6, 8 p.m. Jan. 26, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $15. The sixth installment of Brassband, Dixieland, Americana & Burlesque series is returning to Mohawk Place this weekend for a rollicking good time. Musician Tyler Westcott, frontman of the event's house band, if you will, Folkfaces, is responsible for the curati…

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Leyda, 8 p.m. Jan. 19, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $6. New(er) to the scene outfit Leyda will celebrate the release of its new EP at Mohawk Place. After debuting at the tail-end of 2017, the indie five-piece dropped its self-titled, freshman collection of music last summer. The four-track release recalled the likes of fellow lyrically driven acts like Hop Along,…