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What is rock ’n’ roll, one may ask upon seeing the names Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and Peter Gabriel on this year’s list of finalists for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Do any of them truly rock, let alone roll? Or is their music more likely to be filed in the “popular” section of your imaginary record shop?That’s one reflexive thought that …

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Doc Severinsen was never one to tone down either his wardrobe or his words when he was the longtime bandleader on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.So when he was asked about a controversial tell-all book on Carson by Carson’s longtime attorney, Henry Bushkin, it should be no surprise that Severinsen didn’t hold back.“I know Henry Bushkin and I knew Johnny Carson,” Sev…

The Piano Guys, the YouTube sensation from Utah, packed UB’s Center For the Arts on Thursday night. It was a night of entertaining and crazy sensual overload, as well as a lot of laughs.For anyone who has followed these two on YouTube, they are practically family. My eyes grew wide as they walked out on stage. It was like seeing characters from a TV show come to life.The t…

THE GI’s OF COMEDY. 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State. 1300 Elmwood Ave. 878-3005. www.buffalostatepac.org. $20. (box office, 878-3005)RON HAWKINS. 8 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3. Desiderio’s Lancaster Ale House, 5827 Broadway, Lancaster. 683-7767. $20 (box office).MYTHBUSTERS. BEHIND THE MYTHS TOUR. 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 64…

Here’s a musical marriage made in heaven. Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin have both been crafting deeply moving music within the singer-songwriter genre for several decades now, in the process selling millions of albums and racking up Grammy awards and nominations by the armload. The two also happen to be longtime friends, a relationship bolstered by mutual respect …

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Born in Puerto Rico, Ricardo Morales is the principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Before that, he was principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. All his musical experiences will come into play this weekend when he joins the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Concerto. One of the last pieces Mozart wrote, this piece h…

If you are unfamiliar with the rich tradition of Americana and roots rock in our region, Flatbed might act as an able point of entry for you. The band – singer Joelle Labert, guitarist Derek Bassett, drummer Thom Davis, harp player Nathaniel Montague and bassist Michael Tinsmon – brings together influences from the last 100 years of American music in a manner that is someh…

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Since 2006, Dweezil Zappa has been celebrating the music of his late father, the esteemed composer, bandleader, guitarist, social critic and record maker Frank Zappa. Fronting Zappa Plays Zappa, Dweezil has been acting as missionary for Frank’s music, playing some 500 concerts around the world, winning a Grammy, and hopefully, introducing new generations of fans to this wo…

One of the sweetest stories in Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra history dates to last year, when Megan Prokes, the daughter of longtime BPO violinist Robert Prokes (and violist Patricia Prokes, who sometimes plays in the BPO), won the blind audition for an opening in the first violin section. Megan’s sister, Tea, who now performs full-time with the Toledo Symphony, had also …

The game had already been changed by this point, but a week ago, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and Jeff Beck teamed up for an appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” I watched, riveted, and I was reminded that Fallon’s show has revolutionized what we’ve come to accept as the standard for live music on late-night television.Beck and Wilson offered a hair-raising, sni…

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That was not Jack Donaghy of “30 Rock” talking to the Democratic candidate for New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, on MSNBC, nor was it the slimy businessman in “Blue Jasmine.” It wasn’t even the daffy salesman from those Capital One credit card ads. (“What’s in your wallet?”) Alec Baldwin stripped off all his comic personalities Friday for a new weekly talk show on MSNB…

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You’d be excused for thinking that Kansas City is the last place that might be a hotbed of hip-hop. But you’d also be wrong. It’s right there in the middle of the Midwest, in fact, that hyper-virtuosic rapper Tech N9ne oversees his empire, Strange Music. Though he is far from a household name, Tech N9ne has turned Strange Music into a multimillion dollar operation that inc…

PopPaul McCartneyNew[MPL/Concord]3½ stars (Out of 4)Paul McCartney is in uncharted waters. Again. It’s apparently not enough that McCartney helped create the blueprint by which, let’s face it, we routinely do (and always should) judge popular music. Now, McCartney is once again going where no other mainstream rock artist has gone. With the release of “New,” his 4,798th alb…

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It would be great if they had an app for that – the moment when your kids bear witness as the stars they’ve idolized from a very young age suddenly morph into sexually active young adults; that moment when the comparatively safe and innocent set of a Disney tween sitcom gives way to “selfies” shot in nightclubs, widely broadcast social media faux pas, and far too public me…

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Rock (or pop, or whatever you need to call it) is supposed to be a young person’s game, we’ve been told from time immemorial. In reality, however, rock is only a young person’s game for those who lack the vision and fortitude to see the form’s possibilities through to maturity. “Lightning Bolt,” Pearl Jam’s 10th studio album (out Tuesday), is an intensely passionate, imm…