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The indie-pop that emerged from Canada over the past decade bore all the markings of a homegrown movement – a sound and a style rooted in something organic and natural, an extension of musical happenings within a specific geographical area. Stars, like the band’s musical and social brethren, Broken Social Scene, arrived with a fully developed sound, one based on a marriage…

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There’s going to be a rumble! Celtic Thunder is on the way. The band, famous from public television, is on its Fall 2013 Mythology Tour.Mythology doesn’t begin to describe it. The six dapper gentlemen perform solo with the group, sing alone and in groups, and are accompanied by a host of instruments such as strings, guitars, percussion, whistles and pipes. Sometimes they s…

Sarah Brightman sang Wednesday in UB’s Center for the Arts, and you could say she was out of this world.Brightman is touring in support of her current project, “Dreamchaser.” It’s a beautiful name, and she lived up to it, commanding center stage in an endless array of sparkling costumes. In arresting light effects, huge planets revolved behind her, and giant snaps of red a…

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The birdsong is subsiding. The racket of the cicadas is fading. Even Buffalo’s signature summer sound, the pounding of boom cars, is dropping in volume every day.But that doesn’t mean we have to have a silent autumn.A new sound is rising to fill the vacuum. And it’s coming from Kleinhans Music Hall.This fall, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is at the center of an unusua…

The whole thing started primarily at Broadway Joe’s, an architecturally unimpressive bar on Main Street that still operates today.It was here, in the early ’90s, that our region’s jam-band scene was born. Broadway Joe’s presented an eclectic mix of bands most nights of the week, catering primarily to college students, college-aged music fans and musicians. Everyone seemed …

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Frank Sinatra he isn’t. But that’s OK. He’s only half trying to be. Michael Buble played in the mostly full First Niagara Center on Tuesday, and only the hardest of hearts could’ve reasonably left without a bit of spring in their step. Buble is, after all, one of the most charming men on the planet, to say nothing of the concert stage.He’s a “Great American Songbook” singe…

They are the champions!You have to love singer Brody Dolyniuk, and conductor and arranger Brent Havens, for carrying off a tribute to the British band Queen with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday night.“I don’t think they’ll pull it off,” my husband, Howard, said on the way to Kleinhans Music Hall.He had legitimate doubts. It was a tall order. Freddie Mercury …

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PopElvis Costello & the Roots, “Wise Up Ghost” (Blue Note). It’s been clear from the beginning that “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” was going to seriously shake up our preconceptions regarding how music might work on late-night TV. Simply employing the Roots as the show’s house band should have made everyone sit up and take notice. Add to that the consistent high quality le…

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This being Buffalo, inclement weather is not a deal breaker. The 11th annual Music Is Art Festival went off without a hitch on Saturday, save for those curveballs thrown by Mother Nature, who saw fit to make sure the rain fell all day on Delaware Park, soaking music lovers, art fanatics and the plain-old generally curious alike. It was a bit of a buzz-kill, yes. But the wh…

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This being Buffalo, inclement weather is not a deal breaker. The 11th annual Music Is Art Festival went off without a hitch on Saturday, save for those curveballs thrown by Mother Nature, who saw fit to make sure the rain fell all day on Delaware Park, soaking music lovers, art fanatics and the plain-old generally curious alike. It was a bit of a buzz-kill, yes. But the wh…

Bobby Lebel is the sort of musician that helps Buffalo retain its position as a mecca for music lovers. People in the loop know we have some of the finest musicians in the country right here in our humble little corner of the world, and we don’t care if the rest of the country knows this to be the case.Lebel is a virtuoso, to be sure, but like most of the fully tenured mus…

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It’s a busy weekend for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. “BPO Rocks” is the result of a unique collaboration between the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Windborne Music. The season rocks forward at 8 p.m. Saturday in Kleinhans Music Hall with the Music of Queen and rolls on into the spring, ending April 25 with Lou Gramm, known as the voice of Foreigner.Three of the…

Michael Bublé is often compared to Harry Connick Jr. That makes sense on the surface – both men are known for tackling timeless jazz and pop standards in refreshing and contemporary ways, both are good-looking, yada yada yada. Connick, however, is a jazz musician of the first order, as pianist, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. Bublé is, for the most part, none…

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So much Verdi, so little time! This year the world is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, but the Italian master wrote so much, and looms so large, that to a Verdi fan even a year can seem too short. Buffalo Opera Unlimited, led by Tim Kennedy, is celebrating the autumn of the Verdi year with two performances this weekend of Verdi’s music. Ari…