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It’s nice to have bars and restaurants you can smell from blocks away (in a good way). And Fat Bob’s — with its barbecue-filled menu of brisket, pulled pork and buttermilk fried chicken — is certainly one of these Buffalo-based locales. Tucked inside Allentown on Virginia Place, the bar provides roadhouse ambiance with a beer snob’s draft and bottle list, including more t…

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Plato is credited with coining the phrase, “necessity is the mother of invention.” Did the Greek philosopher think his words would one day apply to a Chicago rock duo looking to maintain its bass without adding an extra body? Doubtful. But by adjoining bass pickups to its regular Fender set-up, Local H guitarist Scott Lucas and drummer Joe Daniels were able to discover th…

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The bar: Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar (GBGB) The breakdown: 617 Main Street is nestled in the heart of Buffalo’s Theatre District, but the address has doubled as a pseudo-graveyard for restaurateurs who’ve attempted to utilize the locale’s behemoth square footage for one culinary or brewed focus. Latest tenant EXPO Market has installed a more tenable concept, instead enlisti…

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"Bleed a Little While Tonight." "Rosy and Grey." "Salesmen, Cheats and Liars." These are all songs penned by revered Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Hawkins more than 25 years ago, back before multiple generations of Buffalonians discovered these tracks and others by Hawkins’ Toronto-based Lowest of the Low to soundtrack secluded keg parties, barroom laughs or the unpleasa…

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Not many musicians can say that, at one time, enrollment in their fan club exceeded numbers claimed by either Elvis Presley or the Beatles. Yes, the 1970s were dynamite for David Cassidy. But for the former prime time pin-up - who'll roll his “Partridge Family” fame and fleet of chart-topping favorites into the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda) for an 8 p.…

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Despite the past few years of dramatic changes in certain sections of Buffalo, it would be wrong to assume that every neighborhood is full of residents eager for wholesale transformations of the street blocks, businesses and barrooms that color their way of life. Count South Buffalo as one city section full of residents who would prefer its improvements incremental – and …

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Despite the past few years of dramatic changes in certain sections of Buffalo, it would be wrong to assume that every neighborhood is full of residents eager for wholesale transformations of the street blocks, businesses and barrooms that color their way of life. Count South Buffalo as one city section full of residents who would prefer its improvements incremental – and …

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Bronxville-bred bassist Chris Baio can boast two pretty solid claims to fame. One, he’s the second cousin of “Charles in Charge” heartthrob Scott Baio; and two (and inarguably more impressive), he’s the bassist of indie-pop Paul Simon disciples, Vampire Weekend. So with these two solid birds-in-hand, you’d understand if his life was all Willie Ames and waiting for work on…

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“Put on my blue suede shoes and boarded a plane. Touched down in the land of the Delta blues, in the middle of the pouring rain.” These are the opening lines of Marc Cohn’s 1991 smash, “Walking in Memphis,” a tune that helped notch the singer/songwriter a Grammy the following year as Best New Artist, as well as assure the Cleveland native’s voice would live on for decades…

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John McCauley and Deer Tick of Providence, Rhode Island have seemingly prided themselves on being a band you think you can safely corner into a genre classification — just before they switch things up. Is the band a ragged, easily pegged alt-country act behind its first two releases “War Elephant” and “Born on Flag Day”? Is it the emotive, reflective quintet of songs like…

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Some bands elicit a mood. Other bands instigate action. And if Buffalo’s The Spin Wires is understood to be the latter, the sound of its dance-inducing hop rock is apt to prompt a barroom full of ebullient drinkers to drench itself in a sheen of sweat, spilled cocktails and cups of draft beer. The trio of drummer Joe Grasso, bassist R.J. Porter and guitarist Tyson Prince …

In any given calendar year, there are countless Buffalo shows scheduled for those who’d like to end a work week with a night of soothing vocals and gentle strumming. Unfortunately for this set, this week’s Matadors show at the Tralf (622 Main Street) on March 11 will not satiate these desires for calm. Self-proclaimed originators of a genre branched off rockabilly called …

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Downtown Buffalo has plenty of bars, ones that come in all styles and servings. But when Canalside was first conceived and eventually took shape into its current iteration, it was always envisioned as the city’s family-friendly enclave. With January’s opening of Northtowns-favorite Pizza Plant’s location on the ground floor of Buffalo’s Courtyard Marriott, the waterfront …

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Nobody can be certain of the next Buffalo nightlife trend, but one that’s doubtful is the resurrection of the bare-bones bar. Craft drafts are now a necessity in any location, and modern accompaniments such as Internet jukeboxes, muddled cocktails and maintained mustaches on patrons and employees are an understood certainty. Not the case inside Historic Polonia’s R&L …

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Back before Neko Case was a name attached to critically acclaimed solo masterpieces like “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood,” the power-pop act New Pornographers or a siren-like wail that’s buoyed both romance and heartache, she was an elementary school-aged girl in Washington State — who thought she lived in Canada. “My family was from right on the Canadian border (in Belli…