Thursday, Jan. 27, Rapids Theatre – Snoop Dogg
Some might say he is past his prime, but Snoop Dogg is one of rap music's proven veterans. If you can afford the ticket price of $32.50 and the drive out to Niagara Falls, here is your chance to come out and burn while jamming out to this legend.
Saturday, Jan. 29, Xtreme Wheels – Silverstein and The Chariot
These two groups might be some of the best examples of post-hardcore music, but if you want the opportunity to see these great acts, you will have to visit the terrible Xtreme Wheels. These two bands deserve a better venue than what they were given, but they will make do with what they got and will surely put on a great show.
Wednesday, Feb. 2, Rapids Theatre – 30 Seconds to Mars
After several attempts, 30 Seconds to Mars will finally land in Western New York. Sporting a high-octane live show and one of the scene's most extravagant frontmen, 30stm will surely dazzle the crowd, and the band's die-hard fan base, the Echelon, will be screaming every word.
Saturday, Feb. 5, Shea's Performing Arts Center – Salt-N-Pepa
These hip-hop groundbreakers don't tour very often but have decided to stop in Buffalo to see how well Buffalonians push it. If you are looking for a much better show in Buffalo this semester it won't happen. These gals will have crowd members out of their seats dancing along.
Friday, Feb. 11, Town Ballroom – underOATH and Thursday
Attention all matured scene kids; this is not a joke. Two of the biggest screamo bands are touring together. While underOATH has seen better days, Thursday will be taking you there. During this tour, Thursday will be performing the very influential Full Collapse in its entirety. Time to break out the tight jeans and flannel.
Wednesday, Feb. 23, Rapids Theatre – Dropkick Murphys and Against Me!
It might be a little early, but Dropkick Murphys will come to town to get everyone in the Irish spirit. Accompanying these tested veterans are veterans in their own right. Against Me! brings their anarcho-punk style back to Buffalo after tearing down the Town Ballroom last April, just to remind Buffalo how strong pints of Guinness truly make you.
Saturday, Feb. 26, Town Ballroom – Badfish
It has been almost 15 years since Brad Nowell passed, but that doesn't mean his music doesn't live on. To keep modern-day fans happy, Badfish has become one of the premier cover groups of all time. Come experience a show and realize why they have almost as an enthusiastic following as their idols, Sublime.
Friday, March 4, HSBC Arena – Lady Gaga
This is by far the biggest show to pass through Buffalo all semester. The queen of pop brings her freak show to Buffalo to give her fans a chance to see her. Granted, tickets might cost your first born, but depending on who you ask, the show might be worth three of your children.
Tuesday, March 8, Xtreme Wheels – The Wonder Years and Man Overboard
Try and hate it all you want, but pop-punk will never go away. Bands like The Wonder Years and Man Overboard are putting the punk back into pop-punk. Come see some of the brightest young bands in an otherwise lackluster scene.
Friday, March 11, Town Ballroom – Ice Cube
Coming straight outta Compton is another one of rap music's forefathers. Ice Cube will attempt to bring the heat to the frigid Buffalo climate. Hopefully, Ice Cube sticks to the rapping and not to the acting. Unfortunately, Ice Cube's Buffalo endeavor is also the first day of Spring Break.
Friday, March 18, Rapids Theatre – A Day to Remember
Also taking place over Spring Break, A Day To Remember returns to Buffalo, only this time, the venue is bigger than anything they have ever played here. Accompanying ADTR is the metal-core supergroup Bring Me the Horizon. Don't let the opener deter you from going to see one of the best live shows.
Monday, April 4, Center for the Arts – Buddy Guy
The blues god has returned almost exactly a year since his last performance in Buffalo. If you want to see one of the best guitarists of all time, here is your chance. Come out and experience what influenced almost every form of rock music.