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Worldly and refined

There's a new record label in Buffalo, and if its first trio of releases offers any indication, we should all be glad that Epoch Music has chosen to set up shop in our environs. Dedicated, according to its own blurb, to "refined sounds (celebrating) diversity through world traditions, electronics and style," Epoch boasts its own recording studio and a roster of artists willing and able to bring a world music sensibility to bear on modern, electronica-based sounds. The label, which operates in East Amherst, is currently pushing the local releases "Garland of Sound" by Purinima, "Final Destination" by Holocene and the self-titled effort by Omkara, above. There is also a label sampler available, "Epoch Music: Collection One." Check www.epochmusic.com for more info on this hip new label.

A friend in need

On Saturday, the members of Buffalo's hard-music ambassadors Every Time I Die will team with After Dark Productions and the bands Zao, Misery Signals and the Black Mariah for a performance inside the Showplace Theater, 1063 Grant St. The show will be a benefit concert for Jeff "Durst" Stranahan, who contracted pneumonia while on tour with Every Time I Die in early October. Stranahan has been in a St. Louis hospital in critical condition since, and his friends are donating 100 percent of the profits from this, Every Time I Die's post-tour homecoming show, to help defray Stranahan's medical costs. Admission to the show, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday, is $12. All ages will be admitted. For more information, check www.afterdarkevents.com.

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