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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man, in possession of good fortune and the Greatest Artistic Genius and Mind of All Time – ALL TIME – must be in want of a Kardashian. Now Miss Kardashian and Mr. West, after years of friendship, a brief courtship and a child, are embarked upon the voyage of matrimony.While initially Kim was worried about dating Kany…

Lou Reed, the father of alternative rock music who co-founded the hugely influential Velvet Underground, died Sunday at the age of 71. “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet,” Reed’s former Velvet Underground partner John Cale wrote on Twitter Sunday. “I’ve lost my ‘schoolyard buddy’ ”Reed died in Southampton of an ailment related to his recent li…

How is this for an unforgettable sight in Kleinhans Music Hall: a 6-foot-tall chicken, screaming yellow with an orange beak, strutting out on its big webbed feet to conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.It was Associate Conductor Matthew Kraemer, there to conduct Symphonic Spooktacular, Sunday’s kickoff for this year’s BPO Kids Series.The hall was full of kids in …

Actor Hugh Laurie framed his performance with self-deprecating humor at the Riviera Theatre on Saturday. Early in the set, he likened his forays into music to a dental hygienist moonlighting as an airplane pilot, as if to suggest that he was merely a tourist, more fanboy than genuine musical article.As it turned out, the former star of television’s “House” didn’t n…

The following is an edited transcript of a live online chat Friday with News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers.Q: Just watched the DVD on The Doors. How would you evaluate them and Jim Morrison?Miers: I’m a major, major, major Doors fan. I rate the band very highly. Morrison, though he died before showing us what he might’ve done over the long haul, is for me one of the trul…

If you were at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls on Friday night, in between the clacking of the slots and the calls of the blackjack dealers, you might have heard strains of alternative pop-rock a la 2008 drifting down the stairs that lead to the Event Center.The Fray was in town, and although the band didn’t stray far from its tried-and-true repertoire of hits…

Gordon Lightfoot, who turns 75 next month, brought a mix of his monster hits and some poignant, lesser-known tunes from his voluminous past to an adoring crowd Friday night at Kleinhans Music Hall.The rail-thin Lightfoot is now an elegant figure with a chiseled profile and straight, shoulder-length silver hair, far from the athletic curly-haired Canadian folkie who churned…

PopKaty Perry, “Prism” (Capitol). Katy Perry’s music is analogous to a summer blockbuster film, one whose liberal use of computer-generated imagery makes it clear that the movie in question was never conceived of as anything other than a summer blockbuster. Perry’s music reeks of focus groups, record company boardrooms, teams of experts concocting the perfect plan …

Doc Severinsen was born to perform. You can tell right away.“Welcome to our show!” he shouted Friday morning to the big crowd at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Coffee Concert.The flashy maestro first emerged sporting an orange-and-blue get-up that earned a roar of approval. After intermission, he strode out in a glittery hot-pink suit. Pink must be his color: As he…

Margo Timmins knows her ghosts.The Cowboy Junkies singer is clearly intimate with a bunch of them – the ghosts of Roy Orbison, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline. Maybe even the ghost of actor Dennis Hopper, or at least the character he played in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet,” the one who delivered the most deliciously creepy take on Orbison’s “In Dreams,” like, ever.Y…

One Tuesday night in the mid-to-late 1990s, musician Eric Crittenden walked into Nietzsche’s and saw Emile Latimer playing with his band, Abundance. Crittenden asked the man everyone called “Papa,” who had performed alongside such stars as Richie Havens and Nina Simone, if he could sit in.“And of course, he was totally welcoming and open, as he was with every music…

ST. LOUIS — The last season of TV’s “American Idol” was, by all accounts, a season of worsts.Season 12 saw the Fox show’s ratings plummet to all-time lows, on-air tension between new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, a winner without much sales appeal and the exit of Randy Jackson.Enter Harry Connick Jr.The New Orleans crooner joins the judging table for Seaso…

The album that started it all for the Cowboy Junkies remains, for many, the band’s towering achievement. “The Trinity Session,” released by the Canadian quartet of Margo Timmins, Michael Timmins, Peter Timmins and Alan Anton in 1988, is a recording of such strikingly majestic ambience that one received it initially as if in the midst of a wonderfully languid daydream…

It will be tough to top the shock factor of last year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, when Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson turned his acceptance speech into a surrealist/Dadaist bit of performance art, uttering the statement “blah blah blah” over and over again with varying inflections of voice and facial expressions. Whatever you think of Rush – and a…

RockHalestormReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP[Atlantic]3 starsContemporary heavy metal so often seems to have either lost touch with the genre’s roots, or simply failed to figure out exactly what those roots are. Part of what has made Halestorm such a delight has been the fact that, despite a tender median age, singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale and her cohorts have sought to honor …