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DARIEN – Most people come to the Vans Warped Tour ready to mosh. But are they ready to dance?That was the question when Warped Tour returned to Darien Lake on Saturday for another overcrowded and overwhelming day. For the most part, it seemed like just another year for the most consistently popular rock festival in the country.I say “for the most part,” though, becau…

The joyful moment happened more than a few times during Kevin Cain’s tenure as director of The Vault, and he remembers it fondly:Cain and a small crowd would be gathered in the plucky indie music and art venue he ran for almost three years, when Buffalo’s Retro Metro would emerge from its underground track blaring its earsplitting horn.It just so happened that the soun…

By Jeff MiersNews Pop Music CriticKid Rock presided over a party for the blue-collar working man and woman at Darien Lake on Friday evening.The whole gig felt like a massive backyard barbecue, with the evening’s entertainment doing his best to divert the attention of those in attendance away from the gritty realism of their paycheck-to-paycheck daily lives and toward a t…

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The Dave Matthews Band concert Wednesday at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center was a perfect convergence of a raucous national holiday, an upbeat touring band and an open-air concert venue. In other words, it was a summertime rock ’n’ roll triumph.Fronted by raspy-voiced, cherubic Dave Matthews (“In his skinny jeans!” exclaimed an audience member who’d driven fro…

RockSigur RosKveikur[XL]ΩΩΩIceland’s Sigur Ros has amassed a worldwide cult following based on some of the most hauntingly esoteric music to be released beneath the rock heading over the past decade-plus. The band’s songs are delivered via an imaginary, invented language that is based loosely on Icelandic dialects, and its songs come across more often than not as th…

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Since its creation in 1994, the Vans Warped Tour has proven to be one of the most consistently successful annual traveling festivals in all of rock.As much as Warped has acted as a showcase for up-and-coming bands and a home-away-from-home for aging, fully tenured punk-rock icons, it has also offered fans considerable bang for their considerably dwindling entertainment buc…

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Yes, Vancouver, B.C.’s Theory of A Deadman was the first band to sign to the indie imprint founded by Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. But you shouldn’t hold it against them. (Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all week.)The connection to Nickelback ends with the imprint deal, however, for Theory of A Deadman – guitarist/vocalist Tyler Connolly, bassist Dean Back and gu…

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When the hard and gritty blues make the jump from sweaty, dingy nightclubs to hockey arenas and major festival stages, questions of authenticity inevitably arise. Most of the time, these can be filed under the “sour grapes” heading, the uninvited input of the supposed gatekeepers of roots music. These are folks who believe that anything that becomes too popular can’t…

For the 22nd year, the town of Sherman will be given over to one of the most eagerly anticipated music festivals of the summer for the weekend following the Fourth of July.The Great Blue Heron Music Festival, running from Friday through Sunday, began life as a largely acoustic music celebration, evolved into the broader world of roots music and is today a festival that off…

Mikaela Davis. 8 p.m. July 25. Tralf, 622 Main St. 852-2860. www.tralfmusichall.com. $8 advance, $10 day of show (box office, Ticketmaster).John Mulaney. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3. Helium Comedy Club, 30 Mississippi St. 853-1211. www.heliumcomedy.com. $25 (www.seatengine.com/event/2737).Volto! 7 p.m. Aug. 6. Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. www.waitingroombuffalo.com. $…

The coolers are cooling. The lawn chairs are gathering. The saxophones are warming up. Duke Ellington is in the air. It can mean only one thing: The Buffalo-News sponsored Jazz at the Albright-Knox, 2013 edition, is about to begin.The first concert takes place Sunday and features singer Cindy Miller. Miller, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, has proven herself a p…

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A tactile art installation featuring work by Tonawanda painter Larry Allen opens Friday in Allentown’s Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.) during the neighborhood’s First Fridays Gallery Walk. Friday’s opening, which runs from 8 to 10 p.m., will feature music from local duo Dos Tipos, who will perform an evening of Puerto Rican and Cuban folk tunes called “Songs fro…

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Kid Rock has made a career out of rummaging through rock and pop’s back pages. He is a rather brilliant collage artist whose unabashed fandom of everyone from Bob Seger to Lynyrd Skynyrd to Run-DMC has provided him with the raw materials to craft major hits of his own.In addition to his craftsman’s eye for the reconfiguration of the raw materials of others, Rock has al…

We love lists. We love horse races, especially the ones without horses .Put a list or a race result – even the most tentative one – in our sightlines and our eyes light up. Never mind how meaningless they can be. Take the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. Please, as that immortal Borscht Belt tail gunner Henny Youngman used to say. Or the current weekend box offic…

The following are edited excerpts from an online chat Friday with News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers.Joe from DC: Are you as excited as I am to see the Flaming Lips and Tame Impala later this summer? Big fun in store. Who else is on your must-see list for the summer?Jeff Miers: That’s my top must-see of the summer!!! Looking forward to the Black Keys, Furthur, Americanaram…