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It's all right if you're Dyngus-ed out; signs of spring are more and more prevalent, and the fresh air might re-energize you (but it won't heal bruises from pussywillows). Spring fashions will steal the show at Runway 12.0, Silo City Boom Days will boast fireworks to celebrate better weather and the Spring Fling Disco even includes the season in the name! There's probab…

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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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Orations, 8 p.m. March 29, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $7. Nocturnal Buffalo act Orations will return to the Mohawk stage to celebrate the release of its latest collection of music. Since debuting in 2014, the quartet has been steadily sharing dark yet shimmering post-punk that recalls the likes of Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Cure and the Chameleons. Its fort…

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Tom Waits' "Blue Valentine," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Duende at Silo City (85 Silo City Row), $10. This Valentine's Day, Duende down at Silo City will be hosting a musical gathering for even the most hardest of hearts as the bar will present a front-to-back take on Tom Waits' "Blue Valentine" album. Dropped back in 1978 during the raspy musician's stretch of releases with …

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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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Jacob Peter, 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.), free with paid gallery admission. ReSounding, a new musical series from the folks at the Burchfield Penney, is set to debut with a kickoff performance from songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Peter. Earlier this month, he shared his latest collection of album, a sort-of collection …

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Rock Autism Music Festival Noon Sept. 1, Ellicottville Village Park (11 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville), $15-$30. Charitable organization Rock for Autism will be taking over Ellicottville this weekend as it presents the first Rock Autism Music Festival in the ski town's Village Park. Founded by local musician Max Muscato in honor of his brother Sonny, the non-profit …

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Vegging out by binge-watching TV in the A.C. and soaking up outdoor concerts by the keg are time-honored summer entertainments, but sometimes the brain wants more. It craves the new, the unexpected, the inexplicable, the enlightening, the weird. And when that weird new enlightenment is delivered among the icons of a long-neglected industrial corridor, it can be transfor…

Twin Speak, 8 p.m. Aug. 17, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $6. Utica stoner rock act Twin Speak will be back in Buffalo and the timing is rather nice. The instrumental outfit recently shared its latest record, the dark, post-metal "Soulss," back in April. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign that ran through the spring, the new album is also available in vinyl …

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Even more flair has been added to the second annual Beau Fleuve Music & Arts Festival, scheduled for Aug. 26 at Silo City (100 Silo City Row; ticket details here). Griselda Records rapper Benny the Butcher has been announced as the headliner for a show that includes 35 bands, more than 20 art installations, a film festival led by Bak USA and more, such as food truck…

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One thing you may not know about Silo City owner Rick Smith is his love for soccer. The Buffalo businessman, whose dedication to smartly "regenerating" a section of the city's grain elevators has drawn the attention of the New York Times and a few international outlets, visited Tottenham years ago and took in a Spurs match; he's been a supporter ever since. A short d…

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Pine Fever, Short Moscato, Chae Hawk, Vinnie DeRosa and Billie Essco are among the more than 30 musical acts just announced to perform at the second Beau Fleuve Music and Arts Festival, set for 11 am. Aug. 26 in Silo City (85 Silo City Row). Dubbed the "Ultimate Sunday Funday" by the festival organizers and curators, the one-day celebration and multi-cultural experience…

Food and Drink

Cooks for Books 6 p.m. at Banchetti by Rizzo's (550 N. French Road, Amherst). Tickets, $60, at 332-4375 or to be reserved online here. Support the volunteer-run Brighton Place Library by attending the Cooks for Books fundraiser at Banchetti by Rizzo's. Open bar and food from Betty's, Bing's, Banchetti's, Rizotto, Schnitzel & Co. and Krista's Caribbean Kitchen are o…

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Julie Byrne, 8 p.m. July 28, Silo City (Silo City Row), $15-$20 After becoming a sleeper blog darling over the last few years, Julie Byrne's stunning new album "Not Even Happiness" has seen the former Buffalo-bred, currently NYC-rooted folk musician break through. The record has been included on countless best-of lists at the halfway mark of the year, and received a clu…