Tonight marks the first national booking at the Buffalo Iron Works, (49 Illinois St.) and fulfills another of the new club’s initial claims – that national artists would be part of the mix.
The first of these is a doozy, too – Canadian indie-rock trio Plants and Animals performs at 8 tonight. The band generated a buzz after its first Buffalo show, a 2010 concert at the Ninth Ward in Babeville. The group throws many idiomatic leanings into its stylistic blender – alternative, indie, garage, folk and even orchestral rock – and what emerges is delightfully eclectic. Though esoteric at times, Plants and Animals’ songcraft is evident and it’s a decidedly striking marriage of rhythmic propulsion and dreamy melodicism that makes the band so memorable.
Iron Works presents live music every Tuesday through Saturday. Upcoming local bookings include Dive House Union, the Ragbirds, the Mick Hayes Band, the Big Sauce Trio, Strictly Hip and George Caldwell. The English Beat plays the room in early December. See www.buffaloironworks.com.
For the veterans
The Tralf Music Hall and Sportsmen’s Tavern are teaming for the Golden State-Lonestar Revue, an all-star bill that finds a renowned blues musician from Texas (Anson Funderburgh) joining his Californian counterparts (Mark Hummel, Little Charlie Baty) in a musical meeting of the minds. Rochester journeyman guitarist/vocalist Joe Beard will join Steve Grills & the Roadmasters for an opening set.
The show, at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Tralf (622 Main St.), is being dubbed “A Concert to Honor American Veterans.” Veterans will receive free admission by calling the Tralf at 852-2860. Tickets for non-veterans are $23 in advance, and $26 on the day of the show (box office, Ticketmaster).
Israel trance/dance/techno/rock outfit Infected Mushroom returns to the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Friday. Though EDM has become a bit of a hipster buzzword, Infected Mushroom stands as one of the form’s primary manifestations. The group blends a live rock band feel with its eminently danceable sound constructions, and has more in common with prog-techno artists like Ozric Tentacles than it does with today’s more DJ-centric approach. Tickets are $25 (box office, www.tickets.com).
At 8 p.m. Friday, the Hard Rock Café (333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls) welcomes Randle and the Late-night Scandals. This band has spent the last two years building a substantial buzz, much of it centered on the group’s ability to meld R&B, blues and a beautifully scruffy jam-band aesthetic. Admission is free.
An indie-rock bill headlined by Odiorne with Small Smalls, Hooked on Casiophonics, Pam Swarts and the Amazing All My Children Band plays Nietzsche’s (348 Allen St.) at 10 p.m. Friday. The brainchild of former Mercury Rev drummer Jimy Chambers, Odiorne trades in lushly orchestrated pop with an alternative edge. You can hear the influence of the spiky, staccato-laced work of Syd Barrett’s “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” compositions, as well as a strain of dark psychedelia that brings to mind Spacemen 3. Admission is $5.