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Pop Music Critic at The Buffalo News since 2002.

Darien Lake season pass holders will have access to free lawn tickets for three of this season's amphitheater concerts. A limited amount of general admission lawn passes for  Third Eye Blind on June 29, One Republic on July 25 and Goo Goo Dolls on Aug. 12 will be made available to customers with processed season passes on the day of each show, at the Live Nation Portal…

Bob Dylan once called him "the Shakespeare of rock 'n' roll." This is not exactly faint praise, coming from a Nobel laureate. But such a statement, made in reference to Chuck Berry, who died Saturday at 90, demands to be unpacked. I mean, Bruce Springsteen tweeted something similar later that day, calling Berry "rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest …

I'll admit it. When Derek Trucks abandoned his Derek Trucks Band to form the Tedeschi Trucks Band with his wife, Susan Tedeschi, in 2010, I felt a tinge of disappointment. Not because the new venture lacked musical muscle – it certainly proved otherwise right out of the gate, and since I was already a fan of Tedeschi's work, it wasn't hard to get on board. But the DTB…

The Buffalo area is about to be down to a single Record Theatre location. A week after the death of the company's founder, Leonard Silver, Transcontinent Record Sales has announced that it will close the store in the University Plaza on Main Street in Amherst on March 26. "What this really is about is consolidation, not closing," said Brandon Delmont, head buyer for …

For the generation of Buffalo musicians that includes me, working for Lenny Silver's Record Theatre was a rite of passage. If you were a struggling independent musician in the '90s, odds are you spent a good bit of the paycheck you earned at RT on CDs before you even made it out the door on payday. When you enter one of the two remaining Record Theatre stores today, …

Onto the stage of KeyBank Center bounded singer Adam Levine, looking like an abundantly inked cross between David Schwimmer’s Ross character from the sitcom “Friends” and some particularly obnoxious and self-confident personal trainer hell bent on getting you to turn your one-month free trial at his gym into a paid year’s worth of ill-advised servitude. He looke…

After a while, it just started to feel personal. Not a random natural coincidence, but the act of a deity with a particularly nasty attitude and a disdain for the arts, music, festivals, and all of the people who produce and patronize them. For the past nine years, Robby Takac's annual Music is Art Festival took place on the grounds of Delaware Park surrounding Marcy Ca…

For the first time in nine years, Robby Takac's annual Music is Art Festival won't be depending on the kindness of Mother Nature for its success. Music is Art will make its debut at the Buffalo RiverWorks Entertainment Complex on Sept. 9, the Goo Goo Dolls bassist announced at a news conference held at the venue Saturday afternoon. "We've had an amazing run in Delaware …

Two of Buffalo's longest-running success stories unite on April 2, when the Goo Goo Dolls team with the Annual Variety Kids Telethon in support of Women & Children's Hospital and a slew of other regional children's charities. This year's "Variety is WNY"-themed  Telethon will be broadcast live from the Seneca Niagara Events Center on WKBW-TV Channel 7, beginning at…

It's not as much of a story as the music industry would like you to believe. When Chance the Rapper won the "Best Rap Album" Grammy award for his "Coloring Book," much was made of the fact that this was the first time a Grammy had been given to a "streaming-only" album. The following week, Future hit the news for making Billboard Chart history. His self-titled album …

After a brief Twitter tease campaign initiated at the end of February, and the creation of a site dubbed imwaitingforit.com, Lorde has released a video for "Green Light," a slab of glittering dance-pop replete with the trendy gang chorus vocals common to EDM. Largely absent from the single is the nigh-on-gothic ambiance of the singer's 2013 debut, "Pure Heroine," in its pl…

You wanna find out who your real friends are? Next time you're having a big party and everyone's dancing or hanging out talking and listening to music, throw on some Tom Waits. Whoever among your guests doesn’t find an excuse to leave within 5 minutes is a real friend. Everyone else? Meh. Mere tourists! Few split the audience with such consistency as Waits. Those who …

Last week, Eddie Van Halen, one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of the instrument, donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a program that provides musical instruments to students in low-income school districts. "My whole life has been music," Van Halen told CNN. "I can’t imagine anything else. It…

Buffalo is a big music town. Buffalo is also a big drinking town. Naturally, we make a big deal out of  Mardi Gras around here, despite being some 1,300 miles north of New Orleans, the city of the event's birth, and not so coincidentally, the birthplace of American music. Paris and New Orleans are the cities most strongly associated with the pre-Lenten carnival, but wi…

Thundercat, aka Stephen Bruner, might not be a household name yet, but if you've paid any attention to a trio of the most game-changing albums released over the past few years – Kamasi Washington's "The Epic," Flying Lotus' "You're Dead!" and Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" – you've heard the bass maestro's magic. You can’t miss the man's influence on every…