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On-the-rise act Sunflower Bean will return to Buffalo at 7 p.m. May 6 in Mohawk Place (47 E Mohawk St.). Last seen opening for the Pixies in the UB Center for the Arts' Mainstage Theatre last fall, the NYC three-piece caught a nice buzz on the strength of sun-kissed balled "Easier Said," found on the band's 2016 debut "Human Ceremony." The psych-lite group will be ba…

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One advantage to booking a bill of two rather dissimilar bands is the chance to ensure a large crowd and broaden each of the bands' appeal. Emo-pop-punk band Fall Out Boy will join Cleveland rapper Machine Gun Kelly on a two-pronged bill at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 in KeyBank Center. Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 29, range from $30.50 to $70.50 and may be purchased at…

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Two rock bands that defined the MTV age will be here in May. Def Leppard and Journey are teaming up for a North American tour composed of both stadium and arena concerts, with a scheduled stop at 7:30 p.m. May 26 in KeyBank Center. The bands will alternate opening the shows. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off May 21 in Hartford. It will feature complete …

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1) T-Mobile Backyard Classic, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 20, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Ice at Canalside (Marine Drive). It's free to spectate, although registration is full. Commentary: Slide over to Canalside on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy small-sided hockey games featuring both kids and adults. Schedules for the 10th anniversary of the event - which is separate from…

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An Evening with Andrew Bird. 8 p.m. Feb. 24. UB Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst. 645-2787. ubcfa.org. Tickets are $29-$49 (box office, 877-987-6487, ticketfly.com). The Scintas. 8 p.m. March 3. Bear’s Den at Seneca Niagara Casino, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls. 278-4944. senecaniagaracasino.com. Tickets start at $45 and go on sale at noon Jan. 19 (8 Clans, Cl…

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It's a bright Thursday for Deadheads. Dead & Company, which features pop sensation John Mayer and three original members of the Grateful Dead, will play at 7 p.m. June 19 at the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 26, range from $45 for lawn seats to $149.50, and can be purchased at LiveNation.com, Tic…

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Born a Rebel - Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $8-$10. The music community lost another heavyweight late last year when long-time rocker Tom Petty died due to cardiac arrest. What followed was a flood of celebrations and remembrances of years of songs and musical memories that contributed to the sound…

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Artpark seems to be going for broke this summer concert season. Following the announcements of Jack White and Nathaniel Rateliff, the latest addition to the Lewiston venue's busy calendar will be a performance by the Decemberists on May 26 on the Artpark Mainstage (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). The hyper-literate folk group out of the Pacific Northwest will be on tour i…

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Artpark continues to make us long for summer with the announcement that Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats is scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. June 2 in the Artpark Amphitheater (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). Along with his rowdy backing band the Night Sweats, the soulful, Missouri-born musician broke through in 2015 with the the band's self-titled debut, a release…

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Built to Spill and Afghan Whigs' just announced co-headlining tour will include a stop at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). The influential Boise rock act Built to Spill has been no strangers to Buffalo over the years, playing a number of memorable shows at the Ballroom and down at the waterfront. The group's last record "Untethered Moon" was shared i…

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It's time to dig out your Birkenstocks. Dave Matthews Band returns for a concert at 8 p.m. June 27 in the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center). After taking a year off, the long-time road warriors will be returning to the stage with a string of dates in support of the group's untitled new album, set to be released sometime this summer.…

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One of the summer music season's must-see shows has been announced: Jack White will perform at 8 p.m. June 8 in Artpark's Mainstage Theatre (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). The former White Stripes member has seen his profile sky rocket since the band he fronted with his ex-wife, Meg White, split in 2011. In addition to playing in bands including the Raconteurs and the…

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Byron Stripling's got that swing, and he also has that zing. When he last guest-starred with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, almost three years ago, the trumpet ace had the big crowd in stitches. He was also consummately polished as he played and sang his way through jazz standards, filling them with grit and greatness. Stripling has a genuine love for the songs by …

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Scan through the annals of Buffalo-born bands and it’s hard to find one that’s generated more fervor, loyalty and fury than '90s hardcore heroes, Snapcase. Conceived in a West Seneca basement, galvanized by wild gigs inside now defunct clubs like Mercury and Showplace theaters, and popularized by seemingly omnipresent skateboard and window decals scooped inside Home of …