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Nearly 450 million people have visited YouTube and clicked on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ video for the uber-fun novelty tune “Thrift Shop.” Yet only 5,000 of them showed up to support the duo on Saturday, when M&RL showed up in First Niagara Center for a show on their “The Heist” tour. Clearly, we are still working out the kinks when it comes to this whole “turning Internet…

Classical CrossoverOut of Africa and Around the World, performed by Denis Azabagic, guitar (Cedille Records). Every culture has stringed instruments that are cousin to the guitar: the balalaika, say, or the zither. This quirky, often sweet contemporary music approaches classical guitar from cultures not often associated with it. Vojislav Ivanovic is a Slavic composer, and …

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Rock...Ted Nugent, “Ultralive Ballisticrock – Deluxe Edition” (Frontiers Records, two discs plus DVD). No, Ted. You can’t do what you’re trying to do here. You can’t go from Motor City disorderly musical conduct to troglodyte Obama-bashing politics without turning into the brain-addled, quasi-seditious buffoon that former fans have long suspected all that onstage noise wou…

Buffalo needed a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. I think we all miss him.He became the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal pops conductor at a time when our town was still smarting from the loss of his predecessor, Doc Severinsen. Severinsen had left because of a management dispute, which was a pity – but then along came Hamlisch, picking things up and taking us in new …

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If there was a Mount Rushmore for folk singers, Pete Seeger’s face would undoubtedly be one of those etched in stone.In a remarkable career that reaches back to the 1940s, Seeger barnstormed the country with Woody Guthrie, was a member of the Weavers folk group, co-founded the influential folk magazine “Sing Out!” and wrote and popularized hundreds of folk standards.Seeger…

MINNEAPOLIS – Before saying goodbye in a trans-Atlantic phone conversation recently, Grant Hart suddenly asked, “What time is it back home?”Talking from the London offices of his new record label, Domino (home to the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand), the Twin Cities music vet rather ominously explained why he needed the time: “I’m expecting a phone call from a lawyer in…

When legions of snarling Rolling Stones fans first dropped the needle on 1971’s “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” it’s a safe bet that few listeners settled in amid Keith Richards’ opening guitar lick, turned to a buddy and said, “You know what this song could use? An oboe.” But, don’t tell that to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, whose BPO Rocks Series steered the orchestr…

Tonight marks the first national booking at the Buffalo Iron Works, (49 Illinois St.) and fulfills another of the new club’s initial claims – that national artists would be part of the mix.The first of these is a doozy, too – Canadian indie-rock trio Plants and Animals performs at 8 tonight. The band generated a buzz after its first Buffalo show, a 2010 concert at the Nint…

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Blake Shelton captured album of the year, Miranda Lambert won female vocalist of the year and Taylor Swift was honored with the Pinnacle award for her achievements, but it was George Strait who won the night’s top honor at the Country Music Awards – entertainer of the year.Strait, who is retiring from the road, nabbed his third trophy in the category but…

It was a night of music infused with the frolicking spontaneity of a jamboree, and the complex (oft dark) emotional twang of a western soundtrack. Jaunty Canadian pop quartet Barenaked Ladies, and their openers Whitehorse, played to an adoring crowd at Center for the Arts at University at Buffalo on Wednesday night.Drummer Tyler Stewart trotted out from the wings to the fr…

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Tuesday, as part of its 90th anniversary celebration, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society is welcoming Carol Wincenc and the New York Woodwind Quintet. Wincenc is an especially beloved figure here in Buffalo. Her father, Joseph Wincenc, was for a long time the concertmaster with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. And Carol Wincenc has made many appearances over the years, e…

It hardly boasts the same sort of generational confrontationalism that marked the arrival of punk rock into a bloated music scene in the late 1970s, but something about the first YouTube Music Awards ceremony seemed ... well, sort of punk rock.On the surface, at least, the ceremony – which was streamed live around the world from Pier 36 in New York City on Sunday evening –…

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Yvar Mikhashoff, who taught piano at UB from 1973 until his death in 1993, liked marathons. He once played a tango marathon that went on for hours. In this spirit, friends and colleagues of his, as well as former students, are joining on Saturday in a six-hour marathon of both his music and the music of other American composers. Among the pianists participating are Winston…

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It’s not easy, being a rock legend. Especially if you have to be more than one.Last month at Kleinhans Music Hall, Brody Dolyniuk took on the challenge of portraying Freddie Mercury in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s acclaimed tribute to Queen. And he’s far from finished. Dolyniuk is returning to Kleinhans on Friday, this time as Mick Jagger in the BPO’s toast to the …

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Marvin Hamlisch earned a special place in the heart of Western New York over the years he was the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal pops conductor, thanks to the concerts he conducted here before and after that appointment. His death in August 2012 was a shock and a sorrow, as people thought back to all the entertaining times we shared with him. On Saturday, the B…