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Just days after delivering its latest local performance, Atlas Genius wasted no time in announcing its next Buffalo gig, set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) The Australian electro-pop act, led by the Jeffery brothers, is already a familiar name in the Western New York area after appearing in supporting roles at this summer's Edgefest: Part 3, o…

NIAGARA FALLS — Children dressed as demons. Grandmas studded in spikes. Macho men plastered in makeup. And a full-collared priest standing without any irony in general admission. This — and then some — is a Kiss concert. If you’ve never seen Kiss, as I hadn’t, you truly can’t prepare for it. I’ve seen a lot of theater, quite a bit of circus, some opera,…

The joint's a-jumping. We mean the Hotel Henry, in the historic National Landmark Richardson Olmsted Campus (444 Forest Ave.). The new venue is partnering with JazzBuffalo for a Wednesday night jazz series. The first performance is Aug. 23, and the concerts continue intermittently through the fall. Hotel Henry will provide a menu of drinks and light foods. The perfo…

Jazz Various Artists, "The Passion of Charlie Parker" (Impulse). This is some piece of work. Anyone who knows the ins and outs of  jazz recording would have every right to dread the result of this, produced by the prodigious Larry Klein. On this tribute to the epochal bebopper who died 62 years ago Klein put words to Parker songs and worked on the lyrics with Dav…

Rhythm and Blues Jimmy Reed, "The Complete VeeJay Singles" (Craft, three discs.) Here, almost certainly is something you didn't know: Jimmy Reed's "What You Want Me To Do" (also known as "You Got Me Running") became one of the most famous straight blues classics ever covered by Elvis Presley when, on Elvis' great 1968 TV special -- his finest hour on TV -- he and his…

Buffalo is important to the Arkells, and not just because of its quick distance from the band’s hometown of Hamilton, Ont. Buffalo is one of the first American cities to give the Canadian rockers a shot. When the Arkells play Artpark in Lewiston on Saturday, Aug. 19, as Part Three of Edgefest, it will be another in a line of Western New York shows the band has had …

Summer’s final Canalside Live concert happened on Thursday night with a double bill of Toronto talent: headlining USS and opening band Nikki’s Wives. Relentlessness was the night’s overarching theme as nonstop pelting raindrops – and driving dance beats, hit the crowd. Moments before USS took the stage, their modest black band banner was hoisted, inspiring ch…

Katy Perry broke a lot of hearts in Buffalo Thursday when she announced that her concert scheduled for Sept. 16 would be canceled. But it's not like those hearts haven't been broken before. The list of acts that had planned to stop in Western New York and either bailed for good or deferred for another day is long. Here are some of our greatest misses. Justin Timbe…

Going to see KISS at the Seneca Niagara Casino? Leave the spiked jewelry and extreme makeup to Gene Simmons and Co. if you want to get into the show or casino. Those are just two things to know if you're attending either the KISS concert or REO Speedwagon and Styx doubleheader, both being held outdoors this weekend at the Niagara Falls casino. Here's more of what you'll…

1) Arkells, Edgefest: Part 3, 5 p.m. Aug. 19 in Artpark (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Commentary: After Volbeat and 311, the closing act of three-pronged Edgefest is Canadian rockers Arkells, who sold out back-to-back shows in Town Ballroom last December. Frontman Max Kerman explained why he adores the Queen City in this 2015 int…

Katy Perry's Sept. 16 concert at KeyBank Center in Buffalo has been canceled due to "production delays," the venue announced Thursday morning. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase. In a written statement attributed to Perry, the singer said production delays prevented rehearsals from beginning until this week. A rescheduled date for the concert could …

Pop Music Now That's What I Call Tailgate Anthems (Universal/SONY). Wait just a minute here. This is a great idea for the beginning of football season, you have to admit---"18 Crowd Shakin' Sports Anthems." Unfortunately, it is so hung up on a pseudo-fair "one-to-a-customer" ground rule the disc doesn't begin to pay adequate tribute to one of the most hilarious ironi…

The rose-colored lenses seem fitting: A circa 1980s band. One with a fluctuating lineup that, until just recently, was devoid of a key member. The one that is emulated by curly-wig-wearing, black-top-hat-donning, sunglassed fans throughout the crowd. The band with vocals that scratch the high end of the heavy-rock range. When you are Guns N' Roses, you get something of …

Goth-folk act Timber Timbre has announced a performance at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.). The eccentric Canadian group has been tinkering with its dark, mysterious and decade-jumping sound since releasing its self-titled debut album in 2009. Timber Timbre shared its latest effort, the swelling, synth-heavy "Sincerely, Future Pollution," this past…

German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms wrote his famous Lullaby in 1868, and it was first performed in public a year later, with Clara Schumann on piano. Brahms wrote the beautiful song for a friend who was having her second child. He had once been in love with her, and he wove into the melody a tune that she used to sing to him. Since then, the song's legend has only…