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Festivals

It's not quite News of the Weird, but many of Buffalo's events this week come with unusual twists. For instance, YouTube stalwart Postmodern Jukebox has exploded thanks to leaping the bounds of musical genres, while 1987 cult classic "The Princess Bride" - starring a character named Prince Humperdinck - has carved out a place in cinematic lore. Toss in a blossoming regg…

Food and Drink

Whether love makes your spine tingle or spurs immediate pangs of nausea, it's Valentine's Day Week, and Buffalo is strewn with classic dinner-and-a-movie offers for couples. Fortunately, there's plenty of other options, and that's what we're here for. Consider a "Parks and Rec"-inspired Galentine's Day, a bluster of concerts - both sentimental and sad, and a dance party…

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One of the nicest new Valentine’s traditions in the city is a musical one. For the fifth year, saxophonist Will Holton has gathered a group of his talented friends for “Love Cadenza,” a romantic concert of jazz and R&B musical stylings. The concert is 8 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Tralf Music Hall. Joining Holton this year are Buffalo pastor, singer and drummer D’Mott Motley…

Art

We promise this week's Buffalo events will be more entertaining than the Super Bowl, the rather dull, low-scoring affair in which the Bills' bitter adversary continued its (rather sketchy) dynasty. It won't take much to trump it, and yes, it was agonizing to write that last sentence. Although there's not much scheduled for Monday - go outside and enjoy the sun and the h…

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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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The best advice for this week is probably to stay inside and huddle under several layers of clothing. Buffalo will still have events going on next week, after all. We kid. The temperatures are expected to rise midweek, and while we might be reluctant to emerge from the warmth of our lairs, there are a handful of steamy events to make it worthwhile. Disney on Ice: Wor…

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How do you build a scene? It’s a question that has been plaguing Buffalo-area musicians for decades, as an ongoing series of "one step up, two steps back" movements created a sense of stasis here that left many feeling like they were simply treading water, getting by while so many other music scenes in seemingly more welcoming cities moved forward and grew exponentially…

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With Buffalo's promoters and venues gearing up for New Year's Eve celebrations, this weekend is a little quiet event-wise as a result. There are still several smaller activities - especially a few that are family friendly - that can make for a nice outing. If you simply cannot wait for New Year's Eve, check out Jeff Miers' concert suggestions, Brian Campbell's brewery e…

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This might be stating the obvious, but here in Buffalo, we know how to party, and New Year's Eve is, aside from the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, the night when we put that knowledge to its greatest test. Because we're such a vibrant music town, it follows that many of the most enticing events on offer involve either live bands or DJs, and in some cases, both. He…

Columns

I learned a lesson about fan loyalty recently, when a feature piece I penned on the ascent of the Buffalo band Aqueous stirred the ire of portions of the Every Time I Die fan base. The Aqueous story came with a headline that read "Aqueous: the biggest band to emerge from Buffalo in 20 years." ETID fans begged to differ. They noted that the Buffalo-born metal-core out…

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Black Canyon Lights started out as a band covering country classics three years ago, but as is so often the case, the synergies between the band members – long-serving denizens of the Buffalo music scene, all – ended up dictating the course the music would take. “It’s evolution, baby,” as Eddie Vedder once famously screamed. “I’d say it’s a band that is rooted in Americ…

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Gabriel Kahane, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.), $22. Composer and singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane is set to make a special appearance at the Burchfield Penney on Friday. The NYC resident is currently on tour in support of his ambitious new record, the sparse and intimate "Book of Travelers." To prep, he took an unplugged, nearly 9,00…

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Amped-up rock acts going acoustic isn’t as revelatory as it once was. Many have turned the trick since MTV’s “Unplugged” first gave acts like Nirvana a way to diversify their material and, in turn, reveal its art in a different manner. New York pop-punk act Bayside has played the acoustic gig before, and played it with poignancy. In 2006, it released “Acoustic” after th…

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Cave. 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $10. Chicago psych act Cave will be delivering a steady stream of groove-heavy tunes when it settles into the 9th Ward. The krautrock-tinged band's latest visit to Buffalo will be to perform tracks from the new album "Allways," which was recently released on indie label Drag City. Recorded in both the gro…

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It was like their own version of the struggle, turmoil and heartbreak that Fleetwood Mac endured during the creation of their gazillion-selling “Rumors” album. Brooklyn’s indie-art-rock outfit Rubblebucket battled health issues, substance abuse problems and the dissolution of band founders Kalmia Traver and Alex Toth’s long-standing romantic relationship. Most bands would …