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Cages, 8 p.m. Aug. 3, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $12. Avant-garde Buffalo act Cages will be debuting two new compositions at the Babeville complex. The hard-to-classify project, comprised of the core duo of Nola Ranallo and David Bailey, will be joined by nearly two dozen musical collaborators, poets and artists to help perform the personal new wor…

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The best part about writing titles for the Weekend in WNY, which rounds up a wildly diverse cast of Buffalo events, is that they almost never make sense on their own. For instance, if you pictured a clown sipping Krupnik while listening to Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places," you totally get my point. While Arkells, Badfish and Perks' first "Parks and Rec" trivia nigh…

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Gabby's World, 7 p.m. Jan. 10, 9th Ward @ Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.), $12. Lo-fi indie-pop outfit Gabby's World will be making an early year stop in Babeville's cozy basement venue. Formally known as Eskimeaux, and then also Ó for a moment, the newly rebranded project of songwriter Gabrielle Smith will be in town to share songs from her November-released effort "B…

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1) Thin Man Oktoberfest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at 492 Elmwood Ave. Cost is $15 in advance here, $20 day of. VIP passes are $60 in advance, $70 day of. Commentary: The lively 25-piece German-American Musicians, who barely squeeze into their website photo, continue their busy season as the highlighted performers, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Thin Man's Oktoberfest, which shut…

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Sugar City 10th Anniversary Party, 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.), $10. DIY collective Sugar City will be celebrating its 10th year in the game this weekend with a two-part anniversary party. From the group's early home on Wadsworth Street in Allentown, a location that hosted more than 400 events during Sugar City's three-year residency, to its current…

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Resistance Dance Party, 5 p.m. July 20, Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.), $5-$10. Transmission Dance Party's family-friendly counterpart is returning to Sugar City's DIY headquarters for an (early) evening of decade-spanning dance jams. For four installments and counting, DJs Jennifer and Bill Page's Resistance Dance Party has been providing a safe, all-ages space to br…

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Vanilla Ice, 5 p.m. July 7, Canalside (44 Prime St.), $5. Vanilla Ice's "why not" show at Canalside this weekend is being recommended because nostalgia is a weird, weird thing. One of my favorite movie scenes growing up was watching the Ninja Turtles "dance-fight" Tokka and Rahzar while Vanilla Ice performed "Ninja Rap" in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret…

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Algiers, 7 p.m. June 20, Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.), $5-$10. Atlanta's Algiers will set up shop this week at Sugar City's Niagara Street DIY headquarters to deliver a heavy dose of beaten-down protest music. The quartet continues to tour in support of last year's fantastic, politically-charged sophomore record "The Underside of Power." The ambitious collection of …

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Ugly Sun and Mutual Friends, 8 p.m. March 9, Lockhouse Distillery & Bar (41 Columbia St.), $5. Ugly Sun and Mutual Friends are teaming up for a must-catch double bill at the Cobblestone hotspot. Rising from the ashes of the late great garage-punk trio Arctic Death, Ugly Sun finds the Crook brothers and longtime collaborator (and former Nelson Type member) Trey Ho…

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Dynamo, 7 p.m. March 1, Lockhouse Distillery & Bar (41 Columbia St.), $7-$10. Last seen taking over Lockhouse back in October, the Nashville jazz/funk fusion collective (think a more R&B geared Snarky Puppy) will return to the scene of the crime for its latest local appearance at the Cobblestone hot spot. Comprised of a core group of nine musicians, the must-…

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Fun-a-Day 2018, Feb. 1, Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.), Free. OK this is cheating a bit because there technically isn't a proper event on Feb. 1, but rather it's the kick off of 28 straight days of creativity, better known as Fun-a-Day. The month-long event encourages participants to spend each day having, well, fun, whether that be through photography, painting, you …

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Deadwolf, 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5. After sharing a handful of one-off songs since surfacing in 2014, the psych-rock act Deadwolf is finally ready to share its full-length debut. Titled "Heavy Heart," the 14-track release was recorded by Deadwolf axmen Tyler Mendola and Cody Morse; Paul Besch over at Quiet Country Audio handled mixing duties…

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Com Truise, 7 p.m. Sept. 22, Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $20-$25 It took a little while, but the electronic showcase finally settled on a new venue after having to relocate due to Waiting Room's recent closure. The New Jersey-based producer is now set to take the stage at Town Ballroom while in town to support the recently released new album "Iteration," which saw …

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Big Huge, 8 p.m. Aug. 31, Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.), $7-$10. Sugar City continues its recent hot streak by welcoming New York City act Big Huge to its Niagara Street  headquarters. The five-piece delivers a catchy and nostalgic blend of garage rock, punk and power-pop. Its just-released record "Cruel World" is a swagger-filled collection of fuzzy and upbeat rock …

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Modeling Factory Collective, 9 p.m. Aug. 11 at Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.); $5. The folks over at this word-of-mouth DIY space are stepping up to present a collection of talented singer-songwriters. On tap for the evening's performances from area musicians including Joe Murray Myers (Mr. Boneless, Smokin' Black Tar, Oats Holy Roller) and dreambeaches' band-mates Jaco…