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Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, who trade beneath the moniker A Great Big World, have been named the VH-1 “artist to watch” for January 2014 – just in time for the duo to arrive for its Buffalo debut Saturday.

The two have been generating substantial buzz for their ebullient, piano-driven pop songcraft – think of something several steps ahead of the boy-band pop convention. The fact that a big YouTube hit led to a performance of the band’s “This Is the New Year” by the cast of “Glee” – well, these things definitely have not hurt AGBW.

A Great Big World and Secret Someones perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. Advance tickets are $15 (box office, Ticketmaster).

– Jeff Miers