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Marillion was a band tailor-made for an adventurous fan base like Buffalo's. After all, this city was already enthralled with progressive rock by the time Marillion arrived in our record stores and on our more adventurous FM radio playlists in the early 1980s. Genesis, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Yes, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, Rush, Mahavishnu Orchestra – all of these b…

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First Ward, 9 p.m. Feb. 9, Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.), $7. Formally of indie act Son of the Sun and occasionally of alt-rock cover band Kurt & the Loders, Western New York stalwart Zak Ward will bring his most recent project, the hard-driving outfit First Ward, back to the Nietzsche's stage. The group's debut EP "Live at the Raven" dropped back in the fall of 2016.…

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Los Angeles-based heavy metal band Black Label Society has been on the move for 20 years, and released an album called "Grimmest Hits" on Jan. 18. See the fans who packed a sold-out Town Ballroom on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.

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If you've ever been there, you've felt it in your bones. The wrought iron balconies and verandas littered with ebullient day-drinkers, the music blasting from every third establishment's open doors, the French Quarter street musicians you happen upon randomly, and quickly realize are players of consummate skill, the brass bands gathered in Jackson Square, laying it down fo…

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Canadian power-pop stalwarts Sloan has announced the release of its 12th album – to be titled, appropriately enough, "12" – and dropped the first single from that album in the form of "The Day Will be Mine." The album will be released on April 6. With new music comes a new tour, and happily for the band's devout contingent of Buffalo Sloan-heads, that tour includes a st…

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Portugal. The Man, one of the better music stories of 2017, will continue to ride its new success into Lewiston this summer with a performance at 5 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Artpark Outdoor Amphitheater (450 S. 4th St., Lewiston). The Alaska-based experimental pop outfit has been paying its dues since sharing the debut album "Waiter: "You Vultures!" back in 2006. Last year,…

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An icon of American music and a man who has earned every wrinkle, line and crag on his face three times over, Steve Earle is returning to the area for a show at 7 p.m. April 8 at the Rapids Theatre  (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls) Earle is a triple threat – songwriter supreme, producer and bandleader. He brought country music back where it all began from the moment he ar…

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is welcoming a Finnish violinist for a concert full of foreign flair. The central piece of music is Sibelius' Violin Concerto, performed by Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä. Vähälä appeared with the BPO in June 2016, as part of a celebration of the music of Finland. On that occasion, she performed the American premiere of a concerto by J…

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Up-and-coming Sydney trio Middle Kids will make its Buffalo debut at 7 p.m. June 7 in Mohawk Place (47 E Mohawk St.). The alt-country tinged indie outfit shared its self-titled debut album at the beginning of 2017. Through the help of the record's weary breakthrough single "Edge of Town," the band has caught the eyes of taste-making outlets like NPR's World Cafe, earned…

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Chicago and REO Speedwagon's just-announced joint tour will include an area stop at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Darien Lake Amphitheater (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). Neither long-time act is a stranger to the venue. Chicago played the stage last year while on tour with the Doobie Brothers. As for REO Speedwagon, the '80s balladeers are returning to Darien two years after …

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The morning following Justin Timberlake's performance at Super Bowl LII, the "Man of the Woods" star announced a show at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in KeyBank Center. Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 19, range from $53.50 to $229 and will be available online at LiveNation.com, Tickets.com or by phone at 1-888-223-6000. Leading off with "Man of the Woods" single "Filt…

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On a tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its breakout album "In Loving Memory of...", the Big Wreck sold out Town Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. See who relished a rare visit by the Canadian-American group fronted by Ian Thornley.

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It's music's biggest 12-minute gig, every year. It can make or break a career. But this year's Super Bowl halftime show was always going to be more than a high-profile promotional spot for an already huge artist seeking a postgame sales bump. This is 2018. #MeToo, the Resistance, the Colin Kaepernick-led civil protests during the singing of the national anthem and th…

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Several days ago, Tony Bellissimo was part of a cast rehearsing in a New York City-area arena with Justin Timberlake. They were getting ready for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Minnesota, where Timberlake will perform the halftime show and Bellissimo will be one of his 30 backup dancers. During a break, Bellissimo and the guys around him got to talking. From the arena floor, th…