The Mayan calendar runs out tonight at midnight. Being a Buffalonian, you'd probably prefer to be doing something enjoyable when the end comes. Apparently, there are plenty of musicians in town who feel the same. There are dozens of "End of the World"-themed parties tonight – from an "Armageddon Dance Party" featuring DJs Basha, McNasty, Looney Tunes, Arehouse, DropRepeater & BRSKNRUG at Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.), to an "End of the World/CD Release Party" with Fourwalls and Steel Keys & Brass at the Ninth Ward at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.).
All of them promise to take your mind off the (possible, I suppose, but highly unlikely) end of time. A few recommendations among the crowded roster of Armageddon throw-downs taking place today: We Are Legion, No Promises No Regrets, See You Saturday? and For the Perilous take over Broadway Joe's (3051 Main St.), beginning at 5 p.m.; the Doomsday Breakout Tour, which finds Do Driver, Super Killer Robots, 86 To Nowhere, Sun Black Smoke, and Garda joining forces at Club Infinity (8166 Main St.) beginning at 8 p.m.; and the MKGs with Wise Medicine play at 11 p.m. at Mr. Goodbar (1110 Elmwood Ave.). Party like you mean it, folks!
>> Be scene
New Toys – Buffalo original music legends from the original McVan's/Continental scene – will reunite for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Forvm, Maple Entertainment Complex (Maple and Sweet Home roads, Amherst). New Toys founding member Kevin Kalicki, aka Kevin K, will join his former bandmates following an opening set with his own Kevin K Band.
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad brings the tour behind its excellent "In These Times" release to the Tralf Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Visiting Eventbrite.com today will allow you $12 advance ticket purchases and a free download of the "In These Times" album. Tickets are $14 on the day of the show.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, "A Hamburg Rockin' Christmas" takes place at the Oakwood Manor, VFW Post 1419 (2895 Lakeview Road, Hamburg). The Alison Pipitone Band, Half a Heard of Buffalo, Amanda Ashley, Winston James and Peter Sorkin will perform. The event is a benefit for the "Guitars for Kids" program.
Finally, the Grace Stumberg Band plays at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the Central Park Grill (2519 Main St.).
>> Rust-belt masterpiece
Jeremy Hoyle will celebrate the release of his new album, the Ron Hawkins-produced "Lost City Carols," at 8 tonight in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.).
The album offers an ample showcase for Hoyle's considerable talents as both singer and lyricist – his tautly poetic writing is ably served by the melodic folk-based musical beds he and Hawkins conjured while tracking the album in Toronto last year.
Hoyle has released three records with his own Jeremy Hoyle Band, but "Lost City Carols" marks his debut as a solo artist. Already, the album's lead-off track, "Paper Airplanes," has been described by "Heard It On the X" radio as "the most honest song ever written about Buffalo."
Hoyle will be joined by openers Alun Piggins and Kevin Greene.
Tickets are $12 (box office, Ticketmaster).