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Tonight: Real Friends

real friendsA group of musicians can do a lot of things. They can tell a story, they can make us dance, or as with the group Real Friends, they can express how past romance and heartache become acceptance and closure. This Chicago five-piece has already had a big year, from their latest release, Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing, (Fearless Records) to a very successful run on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour where they drew some of the biggest crowds. The bands greatest asset is their poignant lyrics that evoke a sense of nostalgia. The raw emotion of singer Dan Lambton connects his audience to his lyrics. Whether heard on headphones, car stereo or a live show, Real Friends engaging hooks and high energy should quickly capture your attention. “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” “Loose Ends,” and “Cover You Up” bleed power, racing at you with scrappy guitars conveying an urgency behind every song. The songs trace the transition from youth to adulthood and whether you’re going through that transition or have already passed it, you’ll certainly appreciate what they’re saying. Real Friends will take you on that journey tonight (11/25) at the Waiting Room.

– Jeff Czum

6pm Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave (852-3900 / waitingroombuffalo.com) $15 advance, $17 day of show