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RockWillie NileAmerican Ride[Loud & Proud]4 stars“It’s a ride, alright. One of the great guides to the mystery that is America.”So reads the quote from U2’s Bono that graces a sticker attached to the cover of Willie Nile’s just-released “American Ride.” Yup, the Buffalo-born and raised Nile has some pretty famous fans.“American Ride” captures the full-fro…

Following the publication of my review of the Joan Jett & the Blackhearts show at Artpark last week, I received an abundance of feedback. Most of it was positive. Some of it was far less so.The majority of the letters, comments and posts regarding my review were not particularly concerned with Jett & the Blackhearts. After all, the band delivered a strong, incredibly tight…

Matching the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens in terms of beauty is no easy feat. Even before you enter the gardens themselves, you’re treated to the sight of the stately, white greenhouses and expansive front lawn, all with the great dome of the Our Lady of Victory Basilica towering in the distance. However, Sara Bareilles did just that at Wednesday’s Starry Ni…

The 2013-14 season of BPO Rocks! promises to be a yearlong tribute to power voices of rock. The fun kicks off in September with the songs of Queen. The season ends next April with one of the great voices in rock, live and in person: Foreigner founder Lou Gramm.In between come a couple of shows back by popular demand: an ABBA tribute and a Beatles tribute. The songs of Amer…

LEWISTON – Rocking and crooning mightily since the ’70s, REO Speedwagon, led by vocalist and guitarist Kevin Cronin, shows no signs of road weariness. The band’s songs have long been a staple of booze-fueled karaoke nights, couples dances and hearty singalongs. Tuesday night, REO presented one power ballad after another to the delight of a huge Artpark crowd.The Artp…

Heavy MetalBlack Sabbath, “Thirteen” (Vertigo/Universal). As the first studio album to feature a Black Sabbath fronted by singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s “Never Say Die,” the new “Thirteen” had an awful lot to live up to. Add the fact that original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward opted out of the reunion due to contractual disagreements – pronounced “money”…

NIAGARA FALLS – Go-Go’s drummer Gina Schock might have shocked Seneca Niagara Casino officials Saturday night.During a break in a fast-paced Events Center set by the 1980s all-women band, Schock elicited a lackluster response from the crowd when she asked if anyone was having success gambling.“Wow – does that tell you something?” she said.Perhaps Schock and bandm…

The sheer variety of cowboy hats out there is astounding. There are hats with glitter, with rhinestones, with flashing LED lights and with feathers gracing their bands. There are pink hats, straw hats, Confederate flag hats and even some hats made out of beer boxes. All those and many more were on display in Buffalo Friday night as 25,000 country music fans from all over W…

Seeing Marilyn Manson in the daylight was certainly both strange and unexpected. Manson, after all, has earned his stripes as the king of goth by courting the darkness, both musically and visually. But at the Outer Harbor Concert site on Friday evening, Manson and his band of twisted outsiders took to the stage while the sun was still shining brightly over the water, and w…

Thursday at Canalside is back!Well, OK, that technically happened last week. But if you were one of the few brave souls who weathered the cold and rain of the summer’s first show, you surely remember that it wasn’t the ideal start for the Canalside series.With Thursday’s early downpour, there was reason to worry that week two would be another dour affair. But when th…

LEWISTON – Warren Haynes is a busy man. Besides playing guitar in the Allman Brothers Band, the Warren Haynes Band, and with various symphony orchestras in a program of music dedicated to Jerry Garcia (his most recent project), Haynes is the driving force behind Gov’t Mule. This last named group has gone from being a side project to occupy him during those times when t…

RockQueens of the Stone AgeLike Clockwork[Matador]Four starsForget Robert Johnson for a moment. Josh Homme is the one who went down to the crossroads and traded his soul to the devil in return for an unflagging ability to craft albums that know no rival in their realm.How else can one explain Homme’s ability to conjure riffs that seem at once familiar and new, and then a…

How did Alex Ebert transform from the ironic New Wave-informed frontman of the synth-infused Ima Robot into the barefooted hippie leading the peace-and-love brigade known as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros? Cynics suggest that it’s all a pose designed to erase the past and capitalize on the success of bands like the Polyphonic Spree by casting Ebert as some sort of m…

Jetboy. 7 p.m. June 27, with Jim Crean’s HairNation, 2 Minutes to Maiden and Scotty Dunbar. The Icehouse, 512 Third St., Niagara Falls. 215-2000. www.icehouseniagara.com. $10.The Big Night Out Tour. 7 p.m. July 13, featuring Fuel, Hoobastank, Lit and Alien Ant Farm. Braun’s Concert Cove, 11891 Main St., Akron. 542-2425. www.braunsbar.com. $35 advance, $50 day of show (…