3 Can’t Miss Shows: Sugar City Anniversary; Great Lakes Swimmers, Titus Andronicus

By October 10, 2018 News

Originally Published in The Buffalo News
October 10, 2018
By Mac McGuire

Sugar City 10th Anniversary Party, 7 p.m. Oct. 12, Sugar City (1239 Niagara St.), $10.

DIY collective Sugar City will be celebrating its 10th year in the game this weekend with a two-part anniversary party.

From the group’s early home on Wadsworth Street in Allentown, a location that hosted more than 400 events during Sugar City’s three-year residency, to its current headquarters on Niagara Street, the Sugar City folks have spent the last decade hosting safe and welcoming events for artists and attendees of kinds and all ages. To ring in the milestone event, DIY music icon Calvin Johnson will headline the night’s early installment.

The Washington-born Johnson, who also performed at the farewell show for the Wadsworth location, has been a prominent figure in the Pacific Northwest indie scene for decades, founding the influential indie label K Records, home to early recordings from acts like Modest Mouse, Built to Spill and Beck. He also has performed in a number of projects including Beat Happening, Halo Benders and his most recent solo effort, the indie-funk party act Selector Dub Narcotic.

Local support will be provided by recent Queen City Lottery act Party’s Over, looping soul artist Curtis Lowell and power-pop group Too Real.

Great Lake Swimmers, 8 p.m. Oct. 13, Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $15.

Last seen locally taking the stage at the Tralf Music Hall back in 2015, Toronto chamber-folk outfit Great Lake Swimmers returns to Buffalo to set up shop in the Cobblestone District.

Celebrating its 15-year anniversary. the Canadian mainstays are back in town to perform tracks from their latest release, the orchestral-leaning “The Waves, The Wake,” which dropped on Aug. 17. Recorded in a nearly 150-year-old church in London, Ont., the record finds the band at its most ethereal, drifting into the richly textured territory of contemporary genre acts like Fleet Foxes, Horse Feathers and Bowerbirds.

Opening the evening will be Woodstock folk-pop project Native Harrow. The duo’s most recent release, the ambitious double LP “Scores,” was shared last year.

Titus Andronicus, 7 p.m. Oct. 14, Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave), $15.

New Jersey bar punks Titus Andronicus will make its latest appearance at the Babeville complex.

Back on the road to perform songs from March’s stripped-down record “A Productive Cough,” the band has continued to stay busy since the album dropped. “A Reductive Scoff,” a collection of demos and outtakes from the “Productive Cough” recording sessions, was shared back in August. Just last week, it kicked off the spooky month with a surprise, Halloween-themed EP “Home Alone on Halloween.”

Titus Andronicus has been performed regular area appearances since making its ferocious debut back in 2008, including shows at Town Ballroom and Tralf Music Hall. An especially raucous, had-to-be there set took place in Babeville’s basement in 2010 following the release of the breakthrough, Civil War-inspired record “The Monitor.”

Snarly garage act Summer Cannibals is on hand for support. The Portland riff-rocking trio’s most recent release “Full of It” was shared back in 2016 on influential indie label Kill Rock Stars.