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Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: Cave, who play on Saturday the 10th at The Vault on Main St.

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Saturday, November 10

Hi-hats and snare dance, interwoven, as the bass drum pats along to the wiggling rhythm of the bass guitar. Fuzzy guitar riffs wind through intricate beats as spaced-out keyboard tones fill in the gaps, all while the unit—working as one—builds in intensity until the sprockets come lose and the whole machine explodes in a noisy detonation of dissonant shrapnel. This is the sound of Cave. Formed in Chicago in 2006, Cave have aimed to revive krautrock with the droned out sounds of albums like 2009’s Psych Psummer and this year’s Neverendless. Krautrock is halfway between rock and dance music, halfway between electronic and organic, and Cave is no different. Their combination of psych, krautrock, and drone almost does the job of categorizing the rockers’ unique sound, but not quite. Their latest LP, Neverendless, lives up to it’s name with extended rhythmic sections that repeat ad infinitum on tracks like “W U J” and “This Is The Best,” to create a grooving snake of mechanical syncopated space-rock beats. Don’t let their shaggy hair and tattered hippie-apparel fool you, these guys are scientists experimenting with psychedelic sound at the highest level. Don’t miss Cave when they come to the Vault on Main Street this Saturday (Nov 10) with noise rockers Running, Buffalo brain-scramblers Pang, and ambient experimentalists Gut Pole.

> by cory perla

8pm The Vault, 702 Main St. (884-7172) $8

Friday, November 9

Sharon Van Etten

Mentioned alongside names like TV On The Radio, the National, the Antlers, and the Walkmen, Sharon Van Etten is becoming a princess of the indie rock scene. Not the type of princess that sits trapped in a high tower next to a coil of long hair, waiting for her prince in shining armor, but more like the type that sits trapped in a garage surrounded by coils of guitar cables waiting to discover the perfect vocal melody. After releasing two well received records, her first: the home-recorded album Because I Was in Love in 2009, followed by her brief sophomore release Epic in 2010, Van Etten has finally released the record that seems to have been hiding in her all along, this year’s Tramp. Her first release for Jagjaguwar records, Tramp is full of concise and honest, guitar driven tracks that Van Etten has finally been able to articulate properly with the help of producer Aaron Dessner of the National. This year the 31 year-old singer/songwriter and Dessner hunkered down in the National guitarist’s garage studio to lay down emotional tracks like “Serpents” and “Give Out;” minimal folk songs that project their power through her lyrics. Sharon Van Etten comes to the Town Ballroom this Friday (Nov 9) with support from Damien Jurado.

> by cory perla

7pm Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / $13 advance, $15 day of show

Saturday, October 10

Cause for Mass Appeal

In its fifth year, this New York City-style fashion event presented by the Elmwood Village Association has teamed up with Evergreen Health Services’ event, Cause for Celebration, to become Cause for Mass Appeal. The multimedia fashion experience will showcase Buffalo’s top designers, artists, and performers this Saturday (Nov 10). Local fashions will be enhanced by music from some of Buffalo’s best DJs and a one-of-a-kind light mapping display created by artist Keith Harrington. The venue, Church at Evergreen, will be open to the public for the first time since recent renovation projects have taken place. The historic church was built in 1867 and was designed by local architect F.W. Caulkins in both Romanesque Revival and English Gothic Revival designs. The fashion show will be framed by a general admission club party featuring music by the Albrights, a VIP lounge party, a XXX-VIP gifting suite, and an after party featuring more performances from the Albrights, local DJs, drag queens, dancing, food trucks, and more. View the full event schedule at and start shopping—locally, of course—for a fashion show-worthy outfit.

> by jill greenberg / photo by jill greenberg

6pm, Church at Evergreen, 262 Georgia St. ( $40, $100 VIP, $150 XXX VIP

Saturday, November 10


At roughly 5am Wednesday, a tweet reading “Sooooooo old Bullworth didn’t pull it off huh? Hahahaaa roll it up bitches” to a hefty 517,512 followers, shines a light on the quintessence of the Jet Life Lifestyle. Hailing from New Orleans, Curren$y, originally signed to Master P’s No Limit Records, was also a member of the 504 boyz. You may remember the track “Get Back,” which made it onto the Malibu’s Most Wanted soundtrack. On February 1, 2011, Curren$y signed a label deal with Warner Bros. Music Group and started his imprint Jet Life Recordings. Spitta released Priest Andretti this Halloween as a free treat for the Jet Life fans. It is a 14 track mix tape that really speaks to the 1970’s original, laid back flow, and the happy medium of spacey, more street hitting beats. After only a week online, the tape bolsters 430,000 views, 110,000 streams, including the stream to my headphones as I write this article. Buffalo’s Chae Hawk and Grabbitz will be on hand as support so come play your role as Curren$y brings the Stoned Immaculate Tour to Town Ballroom this Saturday (Nov 10).

> by brett deneve

7pm Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / $22 advance, $25 day of show

Saturday, November 10


Past, present, future; when it comes to showing where funk has been and where it’s headed, Turkuaz covers it all. The Brooklyn-based 10-piece ensemble has been making their presence felt in the New York funk revival scene over the past few years as mainstays at the famed Brooklyn Bowl, along with relentless touring that has spanned both the East and West coast, including an extensive resume of festival performances. Fans of P-Funk, Sly and the Family Stone, and even the Talking Heads will notice the similarities in Turkuaz’s technical prowess and affinity for creating highly danceable, infectious tunes that personify what funk is all about: having fun. Bass-heavy grooves, killer horn lines, soulful vocals, and equally as tight backup singing elevates their live set to an all-out powerfunk party. Their stage presence alone is enough to get you moving, and don’t be surprised if you see a choreographed routine thrown in for good measure. With two albums under their belt and an ever-growing fanbase, the ceiling is high for Turkuaz, who brings their funk army to Nietzsche’s, this Saturday (Nov 10).

> by jon wheelock

9pm Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St. (886-8539 / $10, 21+

Sunday, November 11

Peace Matters: Dr. Arun Gandhi

John Lennon sang it and perhaps it’s become culturally ubiquitous, but ultimately it can never be said enough: “Give peace a chance.” This Sunday’s Peace Matters event at Asbury Hall in downtown Buffalo aims to do more than just give it a chance, it is putting everything it can to put peace directly into action. Organized by WNYer Paul Connors and the Bath, NY-based Peaceweavers—renowned regionally for wellness retreats and organic community supported agriculture—Peace Matters brings together an afternoon of speakers and happenings that focus not just on global understanding and non-violence on an international scale but also zeros-in on peace at a local level. Some of the proceeds from the non-profit event aid Buffalo F.A.T.H.E.R.S. and PUSH Buffalo, two local organizations driving and striving for peace and economic justice on our city streets. The centerpiece of Peace Matters is a keynote speech from Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi who continues to carry the iconoclastic Gandhi teachings of non-violence and peaceful resistance well into the 21st century. It should be understood that Peace Matters is not some stuffy, stodgy seated gathering set to appeal to a scholarly set. It promises to be a celebration of people of all ages and from all backgrounds and infused with songs and joy. As Dr. Gandhi’s grandfather once said, “If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” Fittingly, among the series of happenings at Peace Matters is a blessing of children.

> by donny kutzbach

3pm-5pm Babeville’s Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Ave. (852-3835 / 20 advance, $25 day of show

Sunday, November 11

Cadence Weapon

Cadence Weapon is coming to Buffalo, in between stops at Brooklyn and Hamilton, to perform his Polaris Music Prize nominated and acclaimed album, Hope In Dirt City, out now on Upper Class Records. After taking a listen myself, I too came to understand why he has been called “The Black AC/DC.” It truly is unlike anything I have heard before; conscious lyrical content backed up by a flawless execution of samples triggered on a MPD32 model performance machine, a personal favorite. “It’s really exciting for me to be able to represent for an untold part of the Canadian music landscape. Obviously, the genealogy of what I’m doing stems from rap but I think I am a unique, Frankenstein monster combination of rap and blues and electronic music.” he says in an interview and video shoot with Noisemakers. The video shoot encompasses Cadence Weapon’s takeover of an abandoned building to perform Dirt City highlight “Conditioning.” Check it out. Come experience the exhilarating live show that is Cadence Weapon at Soundlab on Sunday (Nov 11) with none other than Fat Tony himself.

> by brett deneve

8pm Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. (440-5907 / $10

Wednesday, November 14

Earth's Daughters: The Next Generation

Earth’s Daughters magazine may be the oldest continuously published literary feminist journal in the country. No kidding. For most of its 41 years, Earth’s Daughters has been edited by a shifting collective of women. It has published works by celebrated authors such as Lyn Lifshin and Denise Levertov and has been a stalwart supporter of lesser known artists. This week, a group of younger writers—Marina Blitshteyn, Robin Brox, Jennifer Campbell, Kim Chinquee, Sara Ries, Sophia Roberts, and Jana Wiloughby-Lohr, a.k.a. MC Vendetta—are the featured reader’s in the collective’s first ever fundraiser. Music will be provided by Bloodthirsty Vegans. A $20 donation will buy you entry to the event at Buffalo East on Wednesday (Nov 14), as well as food, a three-issue subscription to the magazine, and a back issue to take home. You can also give $10 and forego the subscription; students with ID get a $5 discount on either deal. It’s the first time in 41 years this seldom-heralded jewel of the region’s cultural scene has asked the community to turn out and support it. Let’s show Earth’s Daughters some love.

> by geoff kelly

7:30pm Buffalo East, 1412 Main Street $10-$20