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This Friday: Tech N9ne Hostile Takeover Tour

Tech N9ne Hostile Takeover Tour. Friday (June 15), 7pm. Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). $30/$25. 852-3900, townballroom.com

 Aaron Yates, better known by his moniker Tech N9ne, seems like he was born to rap.  His life was certainly rough enough—he grew up in a tough neighborhood, he never met his father, and he lost his best friend to gun violence.  From a young age, Tech N9ne—called so after the rapid-fire TEC-9 handgun, which he feels describes his aggressive, violent, fast-paced style—would use music to cope.  Now 40, Yates is far removed from all that; he’s sold in excess of a million records, his music’s been featured in several television series and video games, and he’s directly collaborated with industry titans like Lil’ Wayne.  His relentless style of hardcore rap, though, has never gone soft or sold out.  You can witness N9ne’s unique brand of violent lyricism on Friday (June 15) at the Town Ballroom.  The show—or perhaps “takeover” is a better word—will also feature the rhythmic and lyrical talents of Machine Gun Kelly, Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak, Stevie Stone, Kamp Crystal Lake, and Malicious Intent. -edward a. benoit

 


Peter Case @ the Sportsmens Tavern Wednesday

Singer/songwriter and native of Buffalo, Peter Case, is an immortal. After two decades of songwriting the 57 year old from Hamburg has kicked it into overdrive, releasing two albums since the begining of the 2010 as well as starring in a documentary about his own life called Troubador Blues. “Is there a place in our fast-moving, hyper-informational mess of a culture for the traveling singer-songwriter?” This is one of the questions asked in Troubador Blues, which will debut this Friday (Oct 14) at the Buffalo International Film Festival with Case and Director Tom Weber in attendance. “It’s nothing like making an album,” Case said as the subject of the film, which was shot over the course of eight years. “You change as a person over that much time,” he said. Case is a workhorse. After taking some time off to recover from major heart releated surgery that almost killed him, he bounced back to release two albums within a year; 2010’s Wig, a rowdy and celebratory 11 track album, followed by this year’s Case Files. “These are songs that fell through the cracks,” Case said of Case Files, which he went on to describe as an “archival album,” full of Bob Dylan-like politico-folk tracks that range from near rap to full on rock, including a western-blues cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Good Times, Bad Times.” Case breathes new life into these tracks, that he once considered lost, from throughout his 25 year career. This Wednesday (Oct 12, TOMORROW) the three time Grammy Nominee returns to the Sportsmen’s Tavern, as part of a 100 date, coast to coast tour. “It’s different coming back to Buffalo now, but I still feel that strong emotinal connection with this place” Case said. He’ll get together with a couple of old pals—Jim Whitford, Mark Winsick, and Rob Lynch—to play as a full band and hopefully top last summer’s wild, sold out set. Dee Adams, Mark Norris, and Dave Ruch will open the show with a tribute set of Case songs as part of The Good Neighborhood’s Tributaries series benefiting Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. —cory perla

7pm. Sportsmens Tavern, 326 Amherst St. (www.sportsmenstavern.com). $15.

Check out some live footage of Case in the video below