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1) Thawfest, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 7 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $39 in advance here, $59 for VIP, which includes entry an hour before everyone else, plus rare beers and a selection of finger foods. Commentary: An impressive list of breweries, wineries, distilleries and cideries will be represented in sprawling RiverWorks. Rochester's Iron Smok…

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After a solid reboot of Rockin' at the Knox in 2017, the Albright-Knox has stepped things up for 2018, with the announcement that Beck will headline the July 16 event on the grounds of the art museum. This year's show marks the first time Beck has played the region as a headliner in nearly two decades. He performed a much buzzed-about opening set for U2's "Joshua Tree" …

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Lake Street Dive, "I Can Change" Gorgeous. A blend of soulful pop, folk, elements of indie rock, and sublime singing. Chris Cogburn/Ingebrigt Haker Flaten/Bob Hoffnar/Henry Kaiser, "Las Montanas de Excesos" Some forward looking, exploratory instrumental rock music that borders on avant garde free-form, but boasts passages of striking beauty. Avoid if you don’t…

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Silent Disco Dance Party, 9 p.m. April 6 at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.), $25-$30. Between performances by buzzing indie acts (Wolf Alice, Superorganism) and returning new favorites (Upstate Rubdown), Friday night in Buffalo certainly has a fine mix of musical options, or a "good problem" as I prefer to call it. But for the sake of mixing things up, direct yours…

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Montreal post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor will make its local return at 8 p.m. Aug. 8 in Babeville's Asbury Hall (341 Dealware Ave.). After a seven-year hiatus, the orchestral genre heavyweights reformed back in 2010. Godspeed's most recent release was last year's return to form record "Luciferian Towers." The instrumental act's Buffalo date will be i…

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Cult indie duo Ween will perform at 7 p.m. July 28 in the Artpark Amphitheater (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston) as part of the venue's Coors Light Concerts at Artpark series. Since emerging in the early 1990s, the odd-ball pair of Gene and Deen Ween steadily released a string of genre-spanning records through the mid-2000s. After initially coming to an end in 2012, the lon…

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We live in the golden age of string quartets, with countless acclaimed ensembles crisscrossing the globe. Even amid this richness, though, the Danish String Quartet stands out. The musicians -- violinists Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen; violist Asbjørn Nørgaard; and cellist Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin -- have a reputation for trailblazing. The new music they seek…

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Jeff Beck is the latest name added to Artpark's ever-growing Tuesdays in the Park series. The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame musician will perform at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Artpark Amphitheater (450 S. Fourth St., Lewiston). Joining Beck will be Ann Wilson of the classic rock arena act Heart. Named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine, t…

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I've wanted to get into yoga for the past several years, but I just can’t deal with the pants. They look like something Richie Sambora would have worn, circa 1986. The hair-metal haberdashery conflicts with the Eastern philosophy at yoga's heart in a manner that I find off-putting.  Laziness and lack of motivation, of course, have nothing to do with it. Still, I've had …

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Violinist Tessa Lark, in 2014, won the prestigious Naumburg International Violin Award. But she stays in touch with her roots, which are Appalachian. Lark is from Kentucky, and she loves playing bluegrass. She plays frequently with fiddler Mark O'Connor, and is included in his CD "MOC4," released in 2014. Whatever she plays sounds beautiful: She has on loan the 1683 Stradi…

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Nietzsche's is the longest-serving original music-friendly venue in Buffalo, and the only club that has offered live music seven nights a week from its opening in 1984 to today. The club has been a major hub for the local music scene for decades, but here are a few things you might not know about the venerable Allentown institution. It wasn't love at first sight When…

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George Harrison's landmark 1970 triple-record "All Things Must Pass" is the selection for the first edition of Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour, which takes place 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 14 at the Sportsmen's Tavern. Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers and 97 Rock DJ Anita West will co-host the event, the first in a monthly series on select Mondays throughout the summer. …

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Buffalo's reputation as a bastion of Polish culture is well known. While it's easy enough to knock back a couple of Zywiecs in the ancient bar of the Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle and Library, or head to the festivities at the Central Terminal on Dyngus Day, some traces of Polish culture and influence are harder to detect. Though the city's Polish identity has in s…

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1) Dyngus Day at the Buffalo Central Terminal, 3 to 11 p.m. April 2 at 495 Paderewski Drive. Cost is $15 to attend - ticket details here - and it's a 21+ event. Commentary: Even as the Central Terminal continues slow progress toward restoration, the Art Deco venue attracts attention on Dyngus Day for a few reasons: its vast size is convenient for large crowds, it doesn'…

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AWOLNATION, Matt & Kim and Robert Delong are some of the familiar names headed to Alternative Buffalo’s day-long outdoor music event called Kerfuffle. The concert is set for 1:45 p.m. June 16 at Canalside and also includes musical acts Family of the Year, Mainland, Mansionair and Manchester Orchestra with more bands to be announced by Alt Buffalo, radio station 107.…