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Psychedelic Furs and james, 5 p.m. July 18 at Canalside (44 Prime St.), $5 - $35. The retinkered Canalside Live series is officially off and running with this co-headlining performance by the Psychedelic Furs and james. Although the Psychedelic Furs re-formed in the early 2000s, the British post-punk/new wave act has rather recently reentered the pop music lexicon af…

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Ben Nichols, 7 p.m. June 15, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $20. Ben Nichols and Oliver Peck's joint Bikeriders tour will roll into town for a pit stop at the Town Ballroom. Longtime frontman of the gritty Memphis alt-country outfit Lucero, the gravel-voiced songwriter has taken his tour around the country for a handful of years to share songs from his debut solo effo…

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Welcome to our weekly grab bag guide of things to do and places to go in and around Buffalo this weekend. Friday Pre-karaoke cocktails and appetizers You know when a downtown restaurant has fun cocktail names, lavender vodka and a living wall, it will be a 2019 hit. Marble + Rye (112 Genesee St.), isn't just trendy, but also well-received. The News' Andrew Z. Galarnea…

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Basement, 7 p.m. May 17, Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa), $20. Rising British rock act Basement will be performing at the Chip Strip hot stop this weekend. The Suffolk-born group is touring to support its 2018 breakthrough effort "Beside Myself." The new record continues to see the group distance itself from its gritty emo-punk roots, a shift that first started to take for…

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Food trucks are virtually omnipresent in Buffalo, popping up in business parks, outside hotels, at the heart of neighborhoods and more. But one place where they're not typically found? Amusement parks. That changes on Saturday, when Fantasy Island hosts its own Food Truck Festival. The Grand Island entertainment site changed hands in 2016, despite major upgrades the yea…

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Viking Moses, 7 p.m. April 12, Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $7. Baltimore-based Americana outfit Viking Moses will be returning to the familiar Silo City grounds this weekend. The long-running project of musician Brendan Massei, Viking Moses will perform songs off of the forthcoming record "Cruel Child," Massei's fifth since debuting the act 13 years back.…

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February, March and April are the three biggest months of the year for summer concert announcements. The news that nationally recognized bands are coming to Buffalo whets the palates for music fans who crave warm weather and the chance to dance outside the confines of a crowded indoor venue. Here are six shows that have been announced in the last week: 311 with the Dir…

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Pinegrove, 7 p.m. March 7, Rec Room (79 W Chippewa St.), $18. https://youtu.be/oEWSccufu3c Emo-tinged Americana outfit Pinegrove is set to make its Buffalo debut at the Chip Strip music club. It's the group's first Western New York appearance since a sold-out performance in Rochester's Bug Jar in 2016. After a self-imposed, yearlong hiatus following sexual coe…

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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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It's been a busy week for Darien Lake concert announcements, with three major bookings unveiled over the last few days. Tickets for these go on sale Friday, at either 10 a.m. or noon (details below), alongside The Chainsmokers in KeyBank Center and three small-yet-buzzy gigs slated for smaller Buffalo venues. Heart with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Who: Surprise! Heart …

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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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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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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,…

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Pinegrove is set to make its local debut 7 p.m. March 7 in Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.). After a self-imposed, yearlong hiatus following sexual coercion allegations made toward frontman and primary songwriter Evan Stephens Hall, the Montclair, N.J. band returned earlier this fall with a string of tour dates to support the recently released new album, the soft and refle…

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Indie-rock curmudgeon Mark Kozelek will be passing through town for a show at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa St.). Formerly the frontman of sadcore favorites Red House Painters, the melancholy singer-songwriter has been performing under the Sun Kil Moon moniker since sharing his fantastic debut album "Ghosts of the Great Highway" back in 2003. His latest …