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1) 103.3. The Edge's Halloween Bash, 6 p.m. Oct. 21 in The Cove (4701 Transit Road, Depew). Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Commentary: Hosted by Edge personalities Shredd and Ragan, the first big Halloween bash of the season rolls to Depew, where $2,000 will be doled out for the best costume - plus $500 for best Pennywise the Clown, the haunting Stephen Ki…

Alternative Buffalo 107.7 FM's popular music festival will have a much different look this year. After invading KeyBank Center last December, the Kerfuffle Before Christmas will move to Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.) for a three-day festival, beginning Nov. 30. Here are the three shows, for which doors open at 6:15 p.m. and shows commence at 7:10: • Thursda…

Kesha has come a long way since "Tik Tok" - both musically and personally. Her career roller coaster has swung from nearly giving up on music to crafting a potential album of the year. The singer-songwriter, whose Aug. 11 album "Rainbows" topped the Billboard 200, will headline Kiss 98.5 FM's Kissmas Bash on Dec. 9 in KeyBank Center. The openers include PRETTYMUCH, Why …

The death of Canadian Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip this week has led CTV – which is available to Western New York fans on affiliate CFTO in Toronto -- to announce that it has moved up the premiere date of "Long Time Running," the film about the band's final tour, to 8 p.m. Friday. The 95-minute film, which follows the Hip's 2016 Man Machine Poem tour and final co…

Elio Villafranca is a leading light of the current generation of Cuban jazz artists who are simultaneously paying heed to the rich history of jazz and the form's need to continue to grow, morph and evolve if it is to survive in a meaningful way for generations to come. A classical prodigy who also happens to be a jazz virtuoso, Villafranca has  also proven himself to be a…

No dress rehearsal. You think you're prepared for an eventuality, and yet when it arrives, your world is thrown off its axis, and it's like they moved the moon while you were looking the other way, and nothing makes sense. When the texts started arriving Wednesday, I was wishing I had turned my phone off. "Gord died last night" was the first one I saw, from Bruce …

The Tragically Hip tweeted out the sad news this morning that their frontman Gord Downie, 53, died Tuesday night with his children and family by his side. The Canadian rocker was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December. Here's a statement from The Tragically Hip's Twitter account: https://twitter.com/thehipdotcom/status/920628509369950208 In September,…

Like most young aspiring singers in 1992, Deborah Cox’s life was changed by “The Bodyguard.” The popular film was a success unto itself (though not a critical hit), but it was the soundtrack and lead single, “I Will Always Love You,” that turned it into a phenomenon. The album went on to become the fourth-highest selling album of all time. For Cox, the movie o…

Rapsody The 9th Wonder protégé has made one of the coolest hip-hop records of the year in the form of "Laila's Wisdom." Rapsody has been a guest artist of merit on projects by the likes of Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Big K.R.I.T. and Kendrick Lamar, but with the sheer breadth of soulful influences congealing on "Laila's Wisdom," the depth and intricacy of her lyrics …

Steely Dan always used ringers, in the non-pejorative sense. For co-founders Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, it was always about the song – not the singer, the music, not the player, though they always hired the best of the best to interpret the songs they wrote. Every great band leader, from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis to Frank Zappa, found the wisdom in this ap…

Nickel City Opera's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love," scheduled for Nov. 8 at Babeville and Nov. 9 at the Fredonia Opera House, has been postponed.  The company's production of Richard Wargo's comedy "The Music Shop," taking place in Springville Center For the Arts at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 and at Nichols School's Flickinger Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. N…

Buffalo's Harmonia Chamber Singers have two ambitious events planned. Led by Rev. Robert Duerr, guest conductor, the choir is reaching for the next level with music ranging from the medieval era to modern times. "The Road Home" takes place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and is described as "a requiem for those we love." The concert, without intermission, is designed to unfold sea…

Philadelphia-bred singer/songwriter Amos Lee has a style complementary with his genre’s ilk. Buffalo-area music fans present for his June 2015 Artpark performance with David Gray can attest to this. But with a catalog full of acoustic ballads and percussive testimonials, Lee’s work can stand on its own, and is ideally suited for the type of seated, intimate evening …

The Tins, 8 p.m. Oct. 20, Lockhouse Distillery & Bar (41 Columbia St.), $7 - $10. Since surfacing back in 2010, Buffalo indie trio the Tins has been tinkering with its ever-evolving sound over the course of five releases of hook-heavy pop music. The latest addition to the band's discography is the four-track "City Lies." The EP's pastoral and complete 180 of a fi…

In the 1960s and '70s, the musical avant-garde flourished in Buffalo, exemplified by the Creative Associates at the University at Buffalo. Its shock waves reached Kleinhans Music Hall, where the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's music director, Lukas Foss, embraced the experimentation. That old spirit lives on in the concert series called "A Musical Feast." Organizers de…