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Artvoice's weekly round-up of featured events, including our editor's pick for the week: New Found Glory, performing at the Town Ballroom on Tuesday, October 21.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out our full events calendar on-line for complete event listings, a location guide to find your way about the city, restaurant reviews, and more.

Night Shift

Friday, October 24

You know how most horror movies start: Everything is in its right place until you get a glimpse of the monster, and then before you know it he’s eating you up. Well this edition of Night Shift on Friday (Oct 24) at Hardware, is going to go something like that. To kick the night off, Jolly Wailer will ease us all into a false sense of security with some reggae and tropical bass sounds on vinyl. Then DJ Mario Bee, in from New York City, will unleash the monster with some grime and UK bass vibes before the night comes to a climax when Stuntman steps up to the decks with some fierce underground bass sounds. After some time away from his signature sounds, Stuntman will return to a mostly dubstep and UK garage set that should chatter teeth. Expect b2b action from Stuntman/Mario Bee, as well as some cheesy horror movie visuals provided by Toshiba. Building a reputation for his bumping hip hop sets at Hardware, DJ Natron will rock the front room all night long. This crew is also bringing a few extra subwoofers with them too, so the Back Room of Hardware is going to sound unlike it’s ever sounded before; you’ll feel this bass in your soul.

- Cory Perla

11pm Allen Street Hardware Café, 245 Allen St (882-8843 / $5

Friday, October 24

The English Beat

Tightly mixing soul, reggae, ska and punk makes for a strong recipe. The English Beat display an affinity for danceable tunes layered with varying moods; some pure fun, some introspective and some rooted in social consciousness. This combination gave the dancing massed an alternative to the pop and club music of the 1980s, providing more sonic and lyrical depth. Coming out of the British 2 Tone ska movement, the English Beat’s first hit-making run only lasted from 1978 to 1983. However, the members of the Birmingham-based band would splinter off to create a musical legacy. Frontman Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger would go on to form General Public, while Andy Cox and David Steele would become part of the Fine Young Cannibals. Both bands would generate big hits in the 1980s and early 1990s. By that time, the 3rd Wave of ska was taking hold in the United States, and as a well-respected influence, the English Beat’s music would remain relevant decades after their break up. The English Beat (who are known as The Beat outside of the US for legal reasons, except for in Australia, where they are The British Beat) have released a number of collections and a live record since reforming in 2006, but 2015 will mark their first new album in 33 years with For Crying Out Loud. But before all of that, the band embarks on a US tour that lands them at Buffalo Iron Works on Friday (Oct 24) with the B-Side Baserds, their second show in Buffalo since packing Iron Works last December.

-Kip Doyle

8pm Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St. (200-1893 / $20 advance, $25 day of show

Saturday, October 25

Pete Rock: Soul Survivor DJ Set

Pop in a Pete Rock mixtape and a cozy haze takes over. It’s the obscure R&B and funk samples layered over frothy bass lines and humming horns that pull you into a warm, contemplative state—even warp you to different time. The gritty residue of the sound points to the scratch of the needle on a vinyl record and you forget that you had merely clicked the play button of your iPhone. A Pete Rock mixtape is tactile, smooth, and groovy. The DJ, producer, and rapper, aka Peter Phillips, hails from New York City where he started garnering attention at age 17 while working on DJ Marley Marl’s radio show. He rose to prominence as a producer as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Along with A Tribe Called Quest, the Roots, and the Wu-Tang Clan, Pete Rock played a key role in the fusion of jazz in hip-hop, otherwise known as the jazz rap movement. This genre still resonates today in artists like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Nujabes. In fact, after he broke out on his own, Pete Rock has collaborated with the likes of Kanye West and Nas while preserving that catchy old school sound. Pete Rock will spin a two hour DJ set at Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar on Saturday (Oct 25) as the first featured artist of Milk and Cookies Entertainment’s “Saturday Night Meltdown” series aimed to bring world-renowned DJs and hip-hop groups to the bar.

- Adele Jackson-Gibson

9:00pm Duke’s Bohemian Grove Bar, 253 Allen St. (240-9359/ $10

Saturday, October 25

Torn Space Theater Presents Prom of the Dead: Lift Off

Put on your space boots, eat all your brains and head to the mothership of Halloween parties, Torn Space Theater Presents Prom of the Dead: Lift Off at the Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center on Saturday (Oct 25). Known for their aesthetically innovative performances, it’s unsurprising that the Torn Space Theater’s party theme ventures into uncharted territories. Redefining the phrase, “monster mash,” they’ve combined three of the scariest horror elements of all time: aliens, zombies, and prom night. Their only request? “Dress the f’ up.” The Torn Space Theater website includes costume ideas for the living and the dead. So whether you’re itching to release your alien alter ego, or have a hankering for human flesh, it’s a safe space—just make sure you’re also dressed for the prom. Don’t be the guy that shows up in jeans—resistance is futile. The best costumes will be crowned Prom King and Queen, so pull out all the stops. DJ Marcos Udagawa, UVB-76, Rev. Johnny Drama and Handsome Dan, Dr. Know, PROJEX, and more will be playing the best beats in the galaxy. Your prom ticket also gives you access to open bar from 9-10pm and free prom portraits. The VIP experience includes complimentary champagne, beer, wine, and signature cocktails served by their inflight rollerskating crew. That’s right, there’s a rollerskating crew. So this Saturday, step back to the future, puny earthlings.

- Kellie Powell

9pm, Dnipro Ukrainian Cultural Center, 562 Gennesee St. ( $20 general, $50 VIP, $25 door, 18+

Saturday, October 25


As Halloween creeps around the corner, everyone starts crawling around for a bite of their haunted house-party fix. We become thirsty for blood dribbled over lips flashing fangs; we desire the flesh of good food and wish to sip alcoholic elixir. More than anything, we little monsters want to move and dance whether our costumes can take it or not. Well this weekend, buffaBLOG and Old Friend New Faces present Halloween at the Hamlin House. This 21+ party will be filled with food, dance, drink (with free beer until 2am), and a costume contest. The night will feature two sets from local 1990’s alternative-rock cover band, Soul Patch. The grunge boys love to cover Nivana, the Pixies, Weezer, Oasis, Blur, and even the Cardigans. Spooky Stephen of the DJ duo Spooky Business is also on the lineup of musical acts to shake things up and keep you going even after the clock strikes midnight. This monster bash will be a night of debauchery and a night to bring the 1990s back to life. The party kicks off this Saturday (Oct 25) at the Hamlin House at 432 Franklin St.

- Adele Jackson-Gibson

10pm Hamlin House, 432 Franklin St ( $18 presale, $20 day of show, 21+

Monday, October 27


Let’s just get this out of the way right now: this band has the worst name in the history of music. Now that we’ve addressed the 800 pound gorilla in the room, Diarrhea Planet is actually a solid band (despite their liquidy name. I’m sorry). With four guitarists and miles of hair these guys shred but clearly don’t take themselves too seriously, which is actually kind of a breath of fresh air in an age of obsessive over-branding and image control. This self described arena punk/party metal/southern thrash band is just a group of six bros from Nashville jamming on some explosive riffs and having a lot of fun—and that fun filled attitude usually spreads like dysentery (my apologies) through the crowd at their loud and wacky live shows (see video from the last five minutes of their set at Bonnaroo earlier this year, to get a taste of what these guys are capable of). Check out Diarrhea Planet at Mohawk Place on Monday (Oct 27) with support from Aye Karou.

- Cory Perla

7pm Mohawk Place, 47 E Mohawk Street ( $10 advance, $12 day of show

Wednesday, October 29

This Will Destroy You

With an ability to create lush soundscapes that can range from uplifting to achingly melancholic, Texas based post rock band This Will Destroy You have been developing their sprawling instrumental style since the release of their 2006 debut Young Mountain. Their evocative tracks have been featured in films such as Moneyball, World War Z, as well as several documentaries. After going through what the band describes as a “Prolonged vacuous dark period that threatened to break both the band and the members themselves,” they released their latest LP, Another Language earlier this year on Suicide Squeeze records. Rather than building their chaotic sound to reach direct emotional peaks, the tracks on Another Language slowly unravel and change pace, favoring more abrasive sounds at times, and blissful ambience at others. Drawing obvious comparisons to instrumental rock bands like Explosions In The Sky, Sigur Ros, and Russian Circles, This Will Destroy You have managed to separate themselves with their vividly heavy approach that incorporates elements of shoegaze, doom metal, and drone. On Wednesday (Oct 29) the four-piece will perform at The Tralf Music Hall along with noise pop band Future Death and experimental folk project Silent Land Time Machine; both hailing from Austin, Texas.

- Stephen Knapp

7pm The Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. (852-2860 / $12 advance, $15 day of show