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Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Dr. Pain's Rock-N-Roots Revival & Traveling Medicine Show, this Friday the 12th at Nietzsche's.

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Dr. Pain's Rock-N-Roots Revival & Traveling Medecine Show

featuring: The Heavenly Chillbillies and Juke Joint Jezebels

Friday, October 12

In the 1940s the last of the medicine shows, Hadacol Caravan, travelled through the deep South. The show would feature musical performances, magic, stories, and freaks from all over, but its name, Hadacol, came from the homemade “medicine” that was sold at the event— marketed as a “vitamin supplement”—to attendees, presumably by a peg-legged man in a funny hat standing atop a soapbox. Hadacol really had nothing to do with actual vitamins; people in dry counties in the South bought it because it had a special preservative in it: alcohol, approximately 12 percent. This is the atmosphere that Buffalo “booze infused blues” rockers the Heavenly Chillbillies would like to cultivate for their Dr. Pain’s Rock-n-Roots Revival & Traveling Medicine Show. That’s a huge gulp, but this is a way of life for the Chillbillies, who, with their high-energy Americana rock show, will release their new CD, Long Time Coming this Friday (Oct 12) at Nietzsche’s. In addition to the release of the Heavenly Chillbillies’ new album, Buffalo burlesque troop the Juke Joint Jezebels will be making their debut along with music from alt-country drinkers Ten Cent Howl, blues brothers the Poor Boys, burlesque from Mistress J Kiss & Cat Sinclari, bellydancing from Zuut, hoolahoopers Tokyo Sun, and more. Don’t worry, there won’t be any grifters trying to sell you Snake Oil Liniment at this show, just a good ol’ time. And oh yeah, all of the booze will be legal. —cory perla

10pm Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St. (886-8539 / nietzsches.com) $5

Thursday, October 11

Propagandhi

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 20 years since Propagandhi wrote “Anti-Manifesto,” “Showdown (G.E./P.),” and “Ska Sucks,” for their debut album How To Clean Everything. When I was in high school I actually thought ska sucked just because Propagandhi told me so. I also thought it was really cool to listen to underground punk from 1993 when my classmates were listening to mainstream punk from 1994. It’s still cool to listen to underground punk from the early 1990s, but it’s pretty unusual to listen to underground punk from, like, 2012; maybe people just want to dance their problems away to mainstream pop or EDM (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Music has become less and less angry, at least lyrically, in the last decade and punk rock isn’t as popular as it used to be, although it’s one of few genres where a singer can actually say something politically meaningful. The Canadian four-piece band has always walked the line between satire and advocacy, but on their latest record, this year’s Failed States, it’s simply anger; a sentiment that I’m surprised isn’t more prevalent in music in this time when protests and corrupt politicians are on the front page. Be prepared to vent some of that anger in the mosh pit this Thursday (tonight!) when Propagandhi comes to the Town Ballroom with support from Canadian hardcore punks Comeback Kid. —cory perla

7pm Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / townballroom.com) $17 advance, $19 day of show

Saturday, October 13

Mix Chopin

21-year-old nu-disco/french house DJ and producer Mix Chopin, is known by the world to live up to his name. Just a stone’s throw away from Buffalo, Toronto native Mick Match brings disco back to the 21st century. What is this nu-disco you might ask? Imagine a modern day electro version of 1970’s disco with funky analog synths, heavy composition, filters, and lots of groovy bass lines. Back in 2010, Match began his career and started to gain credibility with his highly innovative, nouveau approach to production. Known to be a revivalist of french house, he brings something unique to the table with influences that are diverse and sure to make anyone dance. Oui oui to that! He has had countless tracks top the charts on Beatport and was even dubbed number one on Salacious Sound’s Top 25 nu-disco tracks of 2011, for “Im Gonna Get You.” He has played with Ghosts of Venice, Glitch Mob, and Grum and has been recognized for being at the top of the electro world. Just listen to the first thirty seconds of “Bonne Nuit” and you’ll see what I mean. He’s also collaborated with long-time girlfriend Lauralee Love with the Lovely Killbots in “Must be Machine,” proving that the couple that plays music together, stays together. Come see Mix Chopin at Duke’s this Saturday (Oct 13), with Miosi, Drapes, Bearskinrug, and the Owski. —jessica reinhardt

10pm Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar, 253 Allen St. (240-9359 / dukesbohemiangrovebar.com)

Saturday, October 13

Lord Huron

A cowboy sits on his horse on a sand dune in the desert with a single cactus in the background and crescent moon hovering over him in the night sky. That is the cover art for Lord Huron’s debut album, and boy does it scream Lonesome Dreams. “I can’t trust anyone or anything these days” sings frontman Ben Schneider on the band’s track “The Stranger.” It’s clear that Schneider and company don’t feel comfortable existing here, in 2012. I’m sure they’d much rather prefer to be in the machine age, pre-1950s America. Their Fleet Foxes-like indie folk really reflects not only that time period in the West, but also the environment; the sparkling clear stars of the desert shine through the glistening strings in the intro of “The Stranger” and the slow lazy guitar and howling-wolf vocals of “Ends of The Earth” recall simpler times. The Michigan born singer/songwriter set the bar with his first two EPs, 2010’s Into The Sun and the Mighty EP, but you’ll have to decide for yourself if Lonesome Dreams, released this week, lives up to his high standards. You’ll have the opportunity to decide this Saturday (Oct 13) at Mohawk Place when Lord Huron performs with support from Night Moves. —cory perla

8pm Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. (465-2368 / themohawkplace.com) $10 advance, $12 day of show

Tuesday, October 13

The Next American City

It’s happening already, and will happen sooner than later: cities are the new destination for young adults, empty-nesters, refugees, entrepreneurs, with with all those folks heading back in after 50 years of suburbanization, investment will soon follow. But the “great inversion,” as author Alan Ehrenhalt terms the urban demographic turnaround, is not going to be automatic, nor painless, nor will it happen everywhere. Ehrenhalt spent almost 20 years writing about cities, suburbs, and services as editor of the Governing magazine, and has a very highly-refined bullshit detector. He’ll be speaking at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center on Tuesday (Oct 16) as a part of Buffalo State College’s “year of the city” program, and he’ll likely have some very challenging things to say about Buffalo—which may or may not make it to the list of turnaround towns. —bruce fisher

7:30pm Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. (878-6011 / www.burchfieldpenney.org) Free

Thursday, October 18

The English Beat

While they didn’t receive as much hype as the Specials or Madness, the English Beat were one of the best ska groups around in the early 1980s. When their debut album I Just Can’t Stop It was released in 1980, it immediately became a huge hit in the UK, as the band reached the charts on the strength of killer songs such as “Mirror In The Bathroom,” “Hands Off....She’s Mine,” and “Best Friend.” Unfortunately, the band was never as big in the states as they were in their homeland. While people were certainly aware of them, and they were popular among the underground kids, they never really got to be part of the mainstream. The closest they would come to that was in 1982, when they scored their biggest American hit with “Save It for Later,” an insanely catchy, lilting number that might be the single best thing the band ever wrote. Unfortunately, after their third album, Special Beat Service, the band split up, splintering off into other groups such as General Public, and Fine Young Cannibals, the latter of which scored two number one hits in the U.S. Luckily, frontman Dave Wakeling kept the Beat alive in the States (another version, with other original members exists in England), and they are hitting the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls this Thursday (Oct 18). Amusingly enough, the band changed their name from the Neat to the English Beat in the States because there was already a band called the Beat, the power-pop group fronted by Paul Collins. Just in case you thought there were any hard feelings, Collins’ band is opening the show! —john hugar

7:30pm Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls (205-8925 / rapidstheatre.com) $20 advance, $25 day of show

Thursday, October 18

Rockin' For Rice

The notorious drunk driving accident that tragically killed Williamsville teen Alix Rice happened over a year ago, but her supporters have yet to slow down in their efforts. New Era Buffalo presents Rockin’ For Rice to be held on Thursday (Oct 18) at the Town Ballroom. Rockin’ For Rice is a collaborative fundraising force made up of family, friends and community members with an ultimate goal to build a California-style skate park in honor of Alix. The Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation was formed in August and will count on the support of donations in order to materialize their dream of building a skate park in memory of Alix. The line-up for next Thursday includes local bands such as Son of the Sun, Wolf Tickets, Chosen Ones, Red Delicious, Come Honor, and Shout It Out. In addition to the music, there will be a raffle, 50/50 drawing, and Rockin’ For Rice merchandise on sale. Enthusiastic in their pursuit against drunk driving, Rockin’ For Rice organizers have connected with Advantage Limousine in order to offer reduced price specials specifically for the event. Tickets can be purchased at the Town Ballroom, Phatman Boardshop in Tonawanda or on tickets.com. If you cannot make the event but still wish to contribute, donations can be made at alixrice.com. —elexa kopty; photo by danielle de jesus

6:30 Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / townballroom.com) $20