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There was no Vivaldi on the program, but that didn't stop Viva Vivaldi from wrapping up its 39th season with vigor -- and variance. Over years of going to this festival, which features the Ars Nova Musicians led by Marylouise Nanna, I never remember a program made up entirely of Vicarious Visionaries (the term applied to composers other than Vivaldi). Not only was there…

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While the Strictly Hip's performance at Tralf Music Hall and both nights of Lowest of the Low in Town Ballroom are sold out, there's no reason to panic for the ticket-less looking to go out Wednesday. Buffalo wholeheartedly embraces the reputation of the night before Thanksgiving - believed to be the biggest party night of the year - and several other venues are hosting…

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Actor-singer David Cassidy has been hospitalized with organ failure in Florida and is in critical condition, according to news reports. Cassidy, 67, is  best known for his role in the 1970s TV series "The Patridge Family."  

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Rock 'n' roll has lost some of its swagger. Malcolm Young, who co-founded, led, and provided the philosophical and musical core of AC/DC, the internationally revered Australian hard rock act, has died at 64. Like so many lovers of rock 'n' roll, I have many AC/DC-related memories. One in particular stands out, however. On May 25, 1991, I walked into Buffalo Memori…

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Record Store Day began in 2007 as a way to support independent, community-based music retailers in a time when the collapsing music industry and the encroachment of corporate chain stores conspired to threaten their existence. How disturbingly ironic, then, that those very corporate stores are attempting to co-opt the Record Store Day idea and rob it of its central tenet. …

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Maximiano Valdes is back in town. And this time, the former Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra music director is here to stay. You can't be so bold as to say for good. There is no telling what these glamorous, globetrotting conductors will do. What we can say is that Valdes, who is guest conducting the BPO this weekend, turned around before the Friday morning concert and…

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Rick Rhodes laughed, shook his head, and placed the vinyl records he had been been shuffling through onto the counter. "It's millennials, mostly," he said, referring to the traffic coming through his store, Rick's Record Shack & Wifey's Closet, which opened three weeks ago, 10 minutes south of the city at 3348 Lakeshore Road in Hamburg. "I love that these younger…

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Following the 2015 death of their frontman and singer Scott Weiland, it seemed that Stone Temple Pilots was a goner. Weiland had a unique voice and, before drug addiction obliterated it, a riveting stage presence, of the sort that doesn't come along often. Though the surviving band members - guitarist Robert DeLeo, bassist Dean DeLeo and drummer Eric Kertz - were res…

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1) UB Distinguished Speaker Series: Jesse Williams, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena, North Campus. Tickets range from $18-$42 and may be purchased here. Commentary: This visit by the undergraduate student-choice speaker is a big deal, even if the character he plays on "Grey's Anatomy," Dr. Jackson Avery, cannot be trusted because he has two fir…

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On an evening last August, a lithe middle-age man with reddish-brown punk-rock hair climbed into an Uber. The driver looked at his rider with a glint of recognition. “Are you Ron Hawkins?” he asked. The rider affirmed it. He was, indeed, the Ron Hawkins, lead singer and co-founder of the seminal Canadian indie-punk band, Lowest of the Low. The band that started in …

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The Niagara Falls date of the Mariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas is You" tour is among those canceled by the singer because of illness.   “Lambs! Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, it seems I’ve received a present of my own; a lovely upper respiratory infection after last week’s flu. Bleak!” Carey wrote on Twitter shortly after 5 p.m. …

Viva Vivaldi, the Ars Nova Musicians' annual Baroque homage, is ending its 39th season with some serious off-roading -- a performance of Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto. The soloist is Nichols grad and Boston College student Alexander Aylward. Last year for Viva Vivaldi, Aylward played Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto and brought the house down. This year, he joins the …

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What a freakishly joyful noise conjured by Massachusetts-born power-pop/psychedelic outfit The Sun Parade. The band's latest, "Shuggy Mtn Breakdown," has been described as "heavy hippie grunge," which is hilarious, but a touch misleading – what we have here is trippy, garagey, pop-inflected rock 'n' roll of the first order. The band plays at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Mohawk Plac…

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Hollerado, 7 p.m. Nov. 16, the Leopard Lounge at Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $16 - $19. Since Waiting Room and its upstairs Studio closed earlier this fall, the Leopard Lounge, Town Ballroom's intimate front room, has seen quite the uptick in activity. If you have yet to check the space out, then maybe the latest visit from Hollerado would be a good enough excuse. …

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Long-time Buffalo favorite Sam Roberts Band is ready to end the year on a high note as it makes its latest local appearance at 7 p.m. Dec. 30 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The rootsy Canadian pop-rock outfit has played venues both large and small in town, from New World Records (RIP) to Canalside, since sharing its popular debut album "We Were Born in a Flame" wa…