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Dale Anderson

Dale Anderson has been a Buffalo News staff reporter since 1968. He was the chief rock and pop writer for 20 years and helped establish the weekend entertainment magazine Gusto. Original manager of singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco -- first four years, first five CDs, set up the independent thing. He is also a competitive duplicate bridge player since 2005 and is currently a Ruby Life Master.


IF IT WEREN'T for winter doldrums and the continuing dearth of big, exciting album releases, Basia wouldn't have gotten a second turn on this reviewer's stereo.Granted, this Polish-born singer has bankable charms -- her 1988 debut, "Time and Tide," sold a million -- but it was hard to warm up to her. Her impressions of Astrud Gilberto's old Brazilian bossa nova jazz s…

IT SHOULD have been Rockcandy's year in 1988 -- the year they landed a major-label record contract, the year they hit the road and went nationwide.They'd just finished a whirlwind conquest of Western New York, taking home a truckload of trophies from the annual Buffalo Area Music Awards. Their self-released album, "Sucker for a Pretty Face," was selling like crazy. Ev…

Somebody at the sold-out early show whispered that he had the David Letterman look -- the serious dark suit and a pair of white sneakers -- but Leo Kottke had a better explanation for his appearance."Lyle Lovett really does have a relative who has a funeral parlor and a grocery store in the same establishment and this suit looks like it came from there," he remarked i…

BILLED AS a buddy film about cops in which one of the buddies is a schizophrenic, "Loose Cannons" itself has a split personality. On one hand, it's a comedy that behaves like an action movie. On the other hand, it lets the air out of its suspense with laughs.Even its casting is of two minds. There's Gene Hackman, an Oscar-winning actor of considerable depth and vetera…

No more superstar scenes for Mark Farner. He saw enough of that in the early '70s with Grand Funk Railroad. These days he thinks small and keeps his sanity. He records for a little Michigan label called Front Line -- his second album for the label, "Wake Up," came out in November -- and he likes the idea that he can call up the company president in the middle of the n…

"YOU KNOW what this means, Dad?" Billy McEwen's 18-year-old son, Jamie, remarked a couple months ago when the elder McEwen was inducted into the Buffalo Area Music Awards Hall of Fame. "This means they want you to retire now.""I told him I don't care what they want me to do," the sandpaper-voiced singer related over a late-night cup of coffee in his apartment on Buffa…

Along with John Travolta in his white suit, the Village People were major icons of the disco craze in the late '70s. Six singers and dancers dressed as campy he-man stereotypes, they broke onto the charts in 1977 and 1978 with a series of chantlike hits, "Macho Man," "In the Navy" and "Y.M.C.A." The last that most American audiences saw of them was in their 1980 film …

IN CANADA, SHE has displaced Anne Murray as the sweetheart of country music, but country fans on this side of the border have been slow to warm up to k.d. lang.The problem is that country fans aren't used to women as willfully individualistic as lang, who makes her first area appearance on Thursday night at Shea's Buffalo Theater.After all, this is a woman who wears h…

START A NEW decade, and everybody starts wondering what the hot new musical trend of the '90s is going to be. Judging by the way previous trends have gotten started, it's probably something that's around already on the fringes of popular culture. Chances are it's something that seems entirely too weird right now.Judging by what keeps finding its way onto this reviewer…

It was a double success for hit urban contemporary singer Regina Belle and Ed Smith Productions in the reopening of Buffalo's downtown showcase nightclub, rechristened the Marquee at the Tralf.Belle, who currently tops the rhythm and blues charts with "Make It Like It Was," electrified the sellout crowd for the first show Friday night, drawing repeated standing ovatio…

TONIGHT'S SHOW in the Country Club/Skyroom, 2186 Seneca St., has the potential to be one of those club dates everybody wishes they had attended after the bands involved have gone on to bigger and better things.On tap are two Midwestern groups that are the apples of their respective record companies' eyes -- Enuff Z'Nuff from Chicago, a fairly outrageous quartet that f…

I missed Joanna Connor's first visit to Nietzsche's last year. But after hearing "Believe It!," her debut album on the Blind Pig label, I was a believer. This time she was not to be missed.On record, Connor redefines the notion of what a female slide guitarist can do, the model having been established nearly 20 years ago by Bonnie Raitt. Raitt's inspiration, however, …

NICK ANGELO and the Killing Floor is one of those bands that resists characterization. The latest person to run up against that is Bob Pilarski, a fan who has been trying to book the band into clubs."Bob comes up to us at a gig one night," Angelo related recently over beers in the family room of bassist Bob Liddell's home on Grand Island, "and says, 'I can't believe y…

AS THE YEAR when the superstars gave the little guys a break. Of the five dominant artists of the '80s -- Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Prince and U2 -- only two of them (Madonna and Prince) released albums during the past 12 months and, despite their hoopla, neither of them proved to be as dominant as they used to be.Commercially, this made room for ne…

THE MOOD was upbeat for Thursday's announcement of the reopening of the Tralfamadore Cafe in Theater Place.It had to be. There isn't any more downside for the place.If it doesn't succeed this time in its new incarnation as the Marquee at the Tralf, the 400-seat showcase nightclub will be turned into office space, local entertainment industry sources say.In terms of Bu…