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Through Kerfuffle and Kerfuffle Before Christmas music festivals, Alternative Buffalo 107.7 fans have been treated to elaborate lineups that blend established indie acts with rising stars that have received station airplay. But the Entercom station hasn't stooped any lower when booking their birthday shows, as The Neighbourhood, Joywave and Flora Cash will play at 6:30 …

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The eighth edition of The Iron Event, one of Buffalo’s most anticipated culinary fundraisers, has been set for Oct. 28. The annual best-bite competition, at Buffalo RiverWorks, offers $2,500 in prizes for winners in audience voting. Tickets, starting at $50, entitle the bearer to a sample of 22 restaurants' work. The event is a fundraiser for Daniel Tracy, a former c…

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Frustration with life's particulars doesn’t cease with age, nor does the simmering angst that accompanies the feeling. It’s always there, somewhere in the stomach or recesses of one’s memory, begging to be relieved by a savior or a sound. For many, both can be found in punk rock. And for those who understand the genre’s potency at its adolescent best, there’s the cheris…

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1) Dierks Bentley, 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at Darien Lake Amphitheatre (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Tickets begin at $39.50 and may be purchased here. Commentary: When it comes to Grammys, Dierks Bentley might be the Buffalo Bills of country artists. The Phoenix native has been nominated for a whopping 13 of the prestigious awards across eight years – and has yet to claim his f…

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Summertime in the Cobblestone/Canalside neighborhood is tough to top for anyone who loves live music, craft beer, good food and the ability to walk to a wide variety of venues in a mere matter of minutes. For the latest installment of "90 minutes in…" series, I bent the rules a bit and decided to plan an afternoon's activities that would lead up to a Canalside Live! con…

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Buffalonians have plenty of places to hide during the city’s inclement months. Darkened whiskey slings and mood-lit martini bars. Cramped corner pubs with Bills game beer specials, and family staples serving a heralded fish fry. These are the joints people pile in during harsh weather, and the affinity for such huddled revelry gives credence to Buffalo’s claim as the Ci…

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Gay 5K with Larkin Moves Gay 5K registration is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Filling Station at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.), race begins at 7. Registration is $25 and may be done here. Larkin Moves is Larkinville's foray into fitness, with the November Project kicking things off at 6:10 a.m. with an obstacle course session. One of the day's showcase events, the Gay 5K…

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1) Buffalo Marathon, 6:30 a.m. May 27 at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Registration has closed, but it's free to enjoy as a spectator (and much easier on the body). For any Buffalo Marathon questions, refer to the handy guide. Commentary: As someone who's run only a few miles at once in his life, it's hard to fathom the marathon distance of 26.2 …

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The Used 6 p.m. in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets range from $29.50 in advance here, then $33 day of show. Alt-emo mainstays the Used will be joined by Akron, Ohio, up-and-comers Red Sun Rising and the Fever 333 - a new project fronted by former LetLive leader Jason Aalon Butler. The headliner's latest record, fall 2017's "The Canyon," peaked at No. 50…

Art

1) Thawfest, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 7 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $39 in advance here, $59 for VIP, which includes entry an hour before everyone else, plus rare beers and a selection of finger foods. Commentary: An impressive list of breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries will be represented in sprawling RiverWorks. Rochester's Iron Smok…

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Silent Disco Dance Party, 9 p.m. April 6 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $25-$30. Between performances by buzzing indie acts (Wolf Alice, Superorganism) and returning new favorites (Upstate Rubdown), Friday night in Buffalo certainly has a fine mix of musical options, or a "good problem" as I prefer to call it. But for the sake of mixing things up, direct yours…

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It's been a dark few days for electronic dance music star Datsik, who's been dropped by his record label and has canceled the remainder of his Ninja Nation 2018 tour as a result of sexual assault allegations made against him by social media users. The Canadian DJ, whose real name is Troy Beetles, was scheduled to play Buffalo on March 30 in Buffalo RiverWorks. But Datsi…

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Buffalo Riverworks (359 Ganson St.) will welcome Descendents to its versatile waterfront space at 7 p.m. Aug 3. Originally forming in the late '70s, the So-Cal pop-punk godfathers continue to make the most of its  latest reunion. In 2016, the genre icons released the well-received "Hypercaffium Spazzinate," the band's first full-length album in 12 years, and have been o…

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The puck drops at 4 p.m. Sunday for the 11th annual Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament at Buffalo RiverWorks. For the first time ever, the event will return as two tournaments, with the second larger tournament running from Thursday, Feb. 15 through Feb. 18. Sunday's tournament will be a one-day, all-weather event for more than 200 players who will skate on s…