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Joywave, 5 p.m. Oct. 5, Alumni Plaza outside KeyBank Center, free. The weather lately sure would tell you otherwise, but it's time to start another hockey season in Buffalo. To help kick off the 2017-2018 Sabres' season, Rochester's Joywave will be performing a free set outside of the KeyBank Center for the Party in the Plaza opening event. One of the biggest succ…

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Following in the footsteps of label mates Humble Braggers, M.A.G.S.' 2015 single "My Love" will be heard during the March 13 episode of Showtime's "Shameless." Surprisingly, the "Shameless" airing will not mark the television debut of the lead-off track from the alt-rock trio's debut EP "Cellophane." Late last month, the song was heard on Feb. 23 during an episode of "The…

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1) Shamrock Run, 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. race start March 12 in Old First Ward Community Center (62 Republic St.). $35 online registration can be purchased here. Packet pickup is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 11 at the race location. Commentary: Here's one sign that we're sprinting toward spring: the 8k Shamrock Run, which is usually cursed for a rainy, cold Saturday,…

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“We started the band with one constant intention of always being experimental, and never setting limits or boundaries." That experimentation, according to Sleepy Hahas’ Pat Butler, will soon continue as the ever-evolving group is ready to release its latest LP “From the Bottom of a Wake Lake” later this fall. Led by the founding members Butler on guitar/vocals and Phil Sh…

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The Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament will finally be assured of solid ice. Obviously integral to pond hockey, the presence of ice has -- due to Mother Nature's quirks -- been wildly inconsistent in previous Buffalo winters. (According to Buffalo Business First, the annual hockey event has suffered from poor conditions in three of the last seven Buffalo tournaments). If…

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Near the end of 2013, The Malones, a three-piece indie rock outfit featuring Steven Floyd (vocals/guitar), Brandon Schlia (drums) and Elliott Douglas (bass), threw in the towel after dropping a stellar debut EP earlier that year and completed an impressive run through local venues, leaving the threesome as a bit of a cult band in the city. Over that time, the trio seemed t…