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After the success of its first cacophonously named Kerfuffle summer music festival in 2014, the radio team at Alternative Buffalo knew there was enough local interest to accommodate an annual winter holiday sister show, dubbed “The Kerfuffle Before Christmas.” But set around a Yuletide occasion that boasts 12 days, a single night of Fenders, drum machines and hook-l…

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The previously announced Dec. 9 show featuring alt-metal outfit Chevelle at the Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St. in Niagara Falls), will now act as the 103.3 FM the Edge Annual Toy Drive. "For every unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more … (concert attendees) will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win an after show meet-and-greet with Chevelle,  plus an autographed g…

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 After a protracted – and unfortunate – battle with the Zappa Family Trust over the right to perform beneath the moniker "Zappa Plays Zappa," the oldest of late composer Frank Zappa's two sons has opted to trade beneath his own name. Dweezil Zappa has announced that he will be launching a tour that will include an April 18 stop at University at Buffalo's Center for th…

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Christmas music can be a lot like snow. It has been known to start early. And you sometimes get deluged in it. No worries. Let it snow! We'll sort it out for you. Here is a curated selection of concerts -- in categories, all over the yuletide map. Choose what appeals to you. Better still, choose one from each category -- we dare you! Now there's a merry Christmas. Ch…

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Maybe rock really is dead: In the Rock genre, the Academy is good at offering nominations to dead people. And Dave Grohl. No Taylor? Denied!: Taylor Swift's "Reputation" missed the Sept. 30 cut-off date and so was not eligible for consideration this year. But don’t worry. It's more than likely that Swift will grab more trophies than her handlers can carry next year. …

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Multiple Grammy-winner and jazz guitarist supreme Bill Frisell returns to Buffalo to kick off the 2017-2018 season of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Art of Jazz series at 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Frisell brings with him a rising star on the New York City jazz scene, bassist Thomas Morgan. The duo recently released its first collaboration, "Small Town," on the ECM label. Tickets are…

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It was an unforgettable moment at an iconic event. The annual presentation of Handel's "Messiah" at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna has turned into a beautiful and moving tradition just after Thanksgiving in Western New York, a kind of symbolic yuletide gateway. The performance Sunday at the basilica – the majestic landmark opened in 1926 by Monsignor Nelso…

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Your legacy. If you're a musician who has been around for decades, what you'll leave behind in terms of influence becomes an increasingly paramount concern. You'd like to know that your work meant something to subsequent generations of listeners and musicians. And if it did, you'd like credit for it. Unfortunately, the music business is not necessarily your ally in this…

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Deadwolf, 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $5. After sharing a handful of one-off songs since surfacing in 2014, the psych-rock act Deadwolf is finally ready to share its full-length debut. Titled "Heavy Heart," the 14-track release was recorded by Deadwolf axmen Tyler Mendola and Cody Morse; Paul Besch over at Quiet Country Audio handled mixing duties…

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Kleinhans Music Hall, this weekend, is the home of the hits. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is performing three pieces everyone loves, each a masterpiece in its own right. The guest soloist is Arnaud Sussmann, an up-and-coming violinist born in Strasbourg, France. Sussmann was the winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant and is a member of the Chamber Music Societ…

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The visual comparisons between “Gris-Gris” architect Dr. John and Georgia-born Victor Wainwright are easy to make. They’re both Southern-steered piano players. They each have scraggily beards, wear cool hats, and could understandably be the inspiration for a Muppet (although only the former has that distinction). But it’s in the their performances—as musicians…

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Holy Angels Church, which has towered over Porter Avenue since 1875, was built to last. The church's organists are, too. Robert Chambers, Holy Angels' current organist, has been on the job for 70 years. In October, he announced his retirement, effective at the end of this year. But his fellow parishioners have been trying, with some success, to persuade him to rethin…

Jazz Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band, (Blue Note) A mildly disappointing sextet of fine musicians led by one of the indisputably great jazz drummers around these days, New Orleans' Brian Blade. The disc proves to be a far more effective showcase for lyrical composition than anyone might have expected from a drummer so often employed by others to swing the hou…

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Life can change in an instant. You blink your eyes, and the landscape has shifted. And you wonder if things will ever be the same. In 2013, Bruce Eaton had been producing the Art of Jazz Series at the Albright-Knox for 15 years. He had become successful in the venture by commingling his love for -- and knowledge of -- the art form with experience in concert promotion th…

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Jazz Gregory Porter, Nat "King" Cole and Me." (Blue Note) Vince Mendoza once arranged, conducted and produced one of the disc masterpieces of the past 30 years -- Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" in which one of the greatest songwriters folk rock will ever have decided to show the world what she could do almost exclusively (except for her most famous song) as an inte…