12 Shows That Should Be On Your Radar in April

City Guide, Live Music, Music, Nightlife


Written by Mac McGuire

Published on March 30, 2016

San Fermin / Photo from Facebook
Spring has arrived here in Buffalo which can only mean that summer concert season is not too far behind. And while we eagerly await for those Thursday nights down at Canalside, in the meantime, there are plenty of great bands, both local and touring, to keep us busy. Here are the 12 shows happening this April that should be on your radar.
The Naturalists / Photo from Facebook

1. The Naturalists

DATE: April 1
LOCATION: Mohawk Place
COST: $5
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April kicks off with a formidable local rock showcase at Mohawk Place as grunge rockers the Naturalists team up with Americana bar act Sixties Future, brooding garage outfit the Soft Love, and It Dies Today front man Nicholas Brooks.

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Sheer Mag / Photo from Facebook

2. Sheer Mag

DATE: April 3
LOCATION: Mohawk Place
COST: $10
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Buzzing Philadelphia outfit brings a raucous mix of glam and punk to town following the release of the group’s new blog worthy EP.

Wolf Alice / Photo from Facebook, by c patmore

3. Wolf Alice

DATE: April 6
LOCATION: The Tralf Music Hall
COST: $16-$18
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The breakthrough UK alt-rock act’s latest tour follows a recent set of dates across the country with the on-the-rise Buffalo trio, Made Violent.  

The Mountain Goats / Photo from Facebook

4. The Mountain Goats

DATE: April 6
LOCATION: Asbury Hall
COST: $25
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California’s hyper literate folk rockers continue to tour in support of the well-received, 2015 album Beat the Champ. The group’s 15th studio album offers an accessible yet depressing look into the world of professional wrestling.

San Fermin / Photo credit: Windish Agency

5. San Fermin

DATE: April 12
LOCATION: Mohawk Place
COST: $13-$15
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The Brooklyn chamber pop outfit, named after the yearly Spanish festival, makes its Buffalo debut promoting its sweeping second album, Jackrabbit.

Two Cow Garage / Photo from Facebook

6. Two Cow Garage

DATE: April 14
LOCATION: The Leopard Lounge at Town Ballroom
COST: $12-$14
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The former Mohawk Place regulars will play one of the first shows at Town Ballroom’s newly opened front stage, the Leopard Lounge. Based out of Columbus, the gritty alt-country act will be joined by old Buffalo friend Roger Bryan.

Bryan Johnson & Family / Photo from Facebook

7. Bryan Johnson & Family

DATE: April 15
Where: Gypsy Parlor
COST: $5
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Buffalo’s beach rocking four-piece returns to the stage after a rather long hiatus for the group’s first show of the New Year. The quartet is set to debut some new material and will be supported by the Rochester based guy-girl garage-pop act Skirts.

Lazlo Hollyfeld

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8. Lazlo Hollyfeld

DATE: April 16
LOCATION: Little Baltimore
COST: $3
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Long-time instrumental post-rockers will play an unusually intimate gig at the West-Side house venue, Little Baltimore. Venue house band Tomoreaux and others will join the experimental act for the evening. (Message the event organizers to find out the address of the venue.)

Bleached / Photo from Facebook

9. Bleached

DATE: April 18th
LOCATION: Mohawk Place
COST: $12
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The bouncy Los Angeles punk trio rolls through Buffalo in support of the just-released sophomore record Welcome the Worms.

Attic Abasement / Photo from Facebook

10. Attic Abasement

DATE: April 23
LOCATION: Milkie’s on Elmwood
COST: $5
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Rochester slacker three-piece makes its first Buffalo appearance since signing to Father/Daughter Records and receiving a seal-of-approval write up by Pitchfork for the group’s latest single, “Guarantee Jesus.”


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Freddie Gibbs / Photo from Facebook

11. Freddie Gibbs

DATE: April 27
LOCATION: Mohawk Place
COST: $17-$20
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Previously scheduled for Waiting Room, the Mid-West MC will bring his “Shadow of a Doubt” Tour to Mohawk Place. The rapper gained notoriety through a series of viral online mixtapes.

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12. The Besnard Lakes

DATE: April 27
LOCATION: The Tralf Music Hall
COST: $12
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Montreal bred space rockers, led by the husband-wife duo of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, make their long awaited return to Buffalo, supporting the booming new album A Coliseum Complex Museum.

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