What’s Good 8/11-17

Our weekly guide to what’s going on around Buffalo and in the world of pop culture

Thursday, 8/11

Metallica (w/Greta Van Fleet and Ice Nine Kills), Highmark Stadium

See the godfathers of heavy metal alongside the younger generation of bands they inspired, on the biggest stage in town. Or just leave your window open, as you’ll surely be able to hear “Enter Sandman” echoing all over town.

Friday 8/12

Emily the Criminal (playing at Regal Transit Center and Regal Quaker Crossing)

We loved Aubrey Plaza as a surly slacker on Parks and Recreation, and as a sociopathic miscreant on Legion, so it’s no surprise she’s getting rave reviews in this Sundance fave, a tense character study of a young woman who turns to petty crime to pay her student loans and finds things escalating beyond her control.

A League of Their Own (Amazon Prime)

Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson reboots the classic sports movie about an all-female baseball league that formed while the men were off fighting WWII. Jacobson stars alongside D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place), Chanté Adams (Roxanne, Roxanne), Roberta Colindrez (Fun Home), and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)

Bottler, Babeville 9th Ward (341 Delaware Ave.)

Bottler, Babeville 9th Ward (341 Delaware Ave.)

This indie electronica duo formed in Buffalo, established themselves in Brooklyn, and are coming home to shake up the dance floor. Doors at 7, show at 8, $13-15.

Wattsburg Bluegrass Music Festival, Erie County Fairgrounds

Need to get the ringing out of your ears after seeing Metallica? Listen to some down-home local artists at no charge (although donations are welcome), alongside craft and food vendors and camping. (on through Sunday)

Sunday 8/14


GObike Buffalo hosts a bike ride down the Skyway, ten stories over downtown and the waterfront. Registration opens at 7am, ride begins at 8:30 at Lakeside Bike Park (825 Fuhrman Blvd.) $40 advance registration, $50 day of. $20/25 for 17 and under. No Class II or III e-bikes. More info at skyridebuffalo.org.

Outlaw Music Festival (w/Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Zach Bryan, Charlie Crockett), Darien Lake Amphitheater

Country legend Nelson is the only constant on this tour, that features an ever-shifting lineup from night to night. Fans at Darien Lake are in luck, as he’s joined by ZZ Top, who have been playing electrified Texas boogie-woogie both before and after their unlikely turn in the spotlight in the 1980s.

Monday 8/15

Better Call Saul (AMC)

We all knew how it ended for Saul Goodman when the first episode aired, but Bob Odenkirk’s soulful schemer has kept us riveted right up until this, the end. One final episode, and then we’ll have the rest of our lives to argue whether or not this was better than Breaking Bad.

Wednesday 8/17

Reservation Dogs (FX/Hulu)

If you didn’t watch season one of this series about troublemaking teens on a Native American reservation, catch up fast before we get too far into season two! In this week’s second episode, the community gathers to celebrate a dying elder, and shenanigans no doubt ensue.


Paper Girls (Amazon Prime)

Amazon adapts Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang’s terrific comic series about suburban friends in 1988 who go from delivering newspapers to battling warring factions of time travelers.