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CRITICS' CHOICES

POP MUSIC
OPENING UP

Two of contemporary music's dynamic young acts will perform here this week. Fiona Apple brings her tough lyrics, sultry vocals and piano stylings to the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, on the North Campus, Tuesday at 8 p.m. Counting Crows offer brooding lead singer Adam Duritz and a rocking sound tonight at 8 in the Agri-Center on the Erie Country Fairgrounds.

Apple is the young singer whose current album, "Tidal," stamped her as a rising star in alternative music. Like Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan, Apple brings a personal and philosophical style to her work. "Tidal" has sold more than a million copies, and Apple appears ready to blossom as a person and performer. "I realized over the years that you develop as a human being, you develop your personality, and people get to know you and you make your own name," she has said. "I think that experience has prepared me for this."

Duritz also has become a major star in the past four years with the Counting Crows. A few years ago the band had a hit single, "Mr. Jones," that became one of the biggest records of the decade. Duritz and the Crows were, at first, overwhelmed by fame. "The adjustment is so hard, because you wake up one day and everything has changed," he said in a telephone interview. "Suddenly people look at you differently, and it's a bit overwhelming. There was so much attention, it became a mania." The Crows survived their bout with such attention and their current album, "Recovering the Satellites," was released last year and has sold more than 2 million copies.

-- Anthony Violanti

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