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Just like dad

"My father once said, 'Progress is not possible without deviation from the norm.' He spent his life and musical career corroborating that statement. In his music, you will rarely find uniformity. Instead, you will discover a sweeping array of multitudinous rhythmic permutations assigned to wildly intriguing melodies that are sometimes dropped over text. The end result, however you describe it, is a remarkable human achievement."

Yeah, it is.

That's Dweezil Zappa, son of the one and only Frank, penning the liner notes for the new DVD "Zappa Plays Zappa" ( No one has described Frank more incisively. And no one has come close to fully inhabiting the man's music, either.

The last time Dweezil Zappa passed through town with his incendiary repertory ensemble, he left shards of the audience's collective cerebellum splattered all over the ceiling of the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. This time, Dweezil and Co. will shift their wonderfully destructive abilities to the Town Ballroom at 7 p.m. Tuesday for what is sure to be a Frank-worthy evening of, as the man used to call it, "the world's finest optional entertainment."

If you blew it last time, don't make the same mistake. Tickets for Zappa Plays Zappa are available for a price that can only be describes as "Cheepnis" -- $40 American ducats. Find them at the Town Ballroom box office or through

-- Jeff Miers

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