When did music take such a sharp left turn into doucheville? Where every band photo is super serious, every song self-important and every review contains buzzwords to describe the absolute inability to categorize a band. To even give the band This Place is Haunted a hometown for cataloging purposes poses quite a quandary, let alone assigning them a genre. A four-piece hailing from NYC with three quarters of its members’ roots originally in the Buffalo area, TPiH features eight-bit keyboards, trash can lid drums, virtuoso guitar, and eight-string bass. The music is from classic and current generation video games, Saturday morning cartoons, and various movie scores. And while the subject matter may appear familiar and gimmicky, it’s best if you quit being all judgey and show up for a good time. Buffalo’s own Armcannon also performs, paying a metal-tinged homage to 80s and 90s nostalgia. Check them out at Nietzsche’s on Saturday (Jan. 30), or at www.thisplaceishaunted.com and www.armcannon.com, respectively.
9pm (doors). Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen St. (886-8539/nietzsches.com).