BJ's Fest & Black Pus.

There's a couple of shows coming up in Fredonia and Buffalo this week.

BJ's hosts their annual BJ's Fest event on Thursday and Friday. Evening number one has Sleep Close Death, The Malones, Del Paxton, and Mr. Boneless. The second night is loaded with Summer People, Goldmines, The Greek Favorites, Cattle Drums, Nomads, and Batista. Some of the bands are local to Fredonia and Buffalo with others coming from the ambiguous upstate area of NY as well as Cleveland and Philadelphia.

Things get going around 9:00 PM both nights. There is a $3.00 cover for 18 and up with a $1.00 cover for over 21. No dicks. Or backpacks. BJ's is located at 51 West Main Street in Fredonia, New York.

Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt and Black Pus.

Brian Chippendale, the drummer for Lightning Bolt, will be at the Slyboots School of Music in Buffalo on Saturday, May 4. Chippendale is doing a tour for his Black Pus solo project. His newest album All My Relations is available now on Thrill Jockey Records. Black Pus is similar to Lightning Bolt, only with just drums, the famous headset microphone, and an oscillator run through effects pedals.

The show features the C/V Duo and Tuurd as opening acts. The C/V Duo consists of Pat Cain and Scott Valkwitch churning out some heavy jams with saxophone, electronics, and guitar. Tuurd hail from Rochester and play sludgy doom noise, like all those bands you wish you were into back in the 1990s but were scared of at the time.

The Slyboots Drumming Ensemble will also be playing.

Black Pus was originally scheduled for Soundlab. I've heard a few things through the grapevine about problems that they have been having with "The Man" recently. I'm thinking that unfortunately this means the days of Soundlab are done. It would be a shame if the place is closed because it was my favorite venue in Buffalo. They always had bands I liked, the crowds were friendly, and the sound was great. The location was away from the main downtown party zone, which was an added bonus. Unless the Sabres were playing and then parking became tricky. Buffalo seems to be losing all of the good places to see shows.

The doors open at 9:00 PM. The show is all ages and the cost is maybe $7.00 so don't be a cheapskate. Slyboots School of Music is located at 350 Ellicott Street in Buffalo, New York.

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