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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…

Yip Deceiver. 8 p.m. Oct. 9, with Love Scenes and Small Smalls. Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. www.babevillebuffalo.com. $10 advance, $12 day of show (box office, www.tickets.com).Damon Williams. 7 and 9 p.m. Oct. 11, with Kenny Howell and Cool Aide, part of Friday Night Laughs. Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. 852-2860. www.tralfmusichall.com. $15 (box office, w…

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Sarah Brightman rocketed into the spotlight in the early ’80s when she married Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote the part of Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera” just for her. She is often called classical crossover, but she is more crossover than classical. Though Brightman has sung opera arias here and there, her light, pure voice is better suited to Broadway and lush, o…

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There will be music, of course, and lots of it at the 11th annual Music is Art Festival on Saturday. But MiA has never been about only music, has it? So there will be dancers – belly dancers, Irish dancers and ballet, too. And DJs, so you can do your own dancing. Photographers and artists will display their work. And please bring the kids – there will be eight tents and a …

“You’re only as good as your team,” insists Robby Takac when asked how the MiA Festival, and the MiA organization itself, has weathered rough patches and endured for all these years.Here, Takac shines the spotlight on a few behind-the-scenes members of that team. He’s eager to point out that there are many more than the few highlighted here – “from board members to volunte…

PopMGMTMGMT[Columbia]∆∆∆½When MGMT played an outdoor show at Artpark this summer, the “glass half-empty” view of the proceedings might have suggested a psychedelic music stripped of its give-and-take relationship with the audience – a new trippy music for kids, but with the unfortunate aspect of a spectator sport replacing the give and take. Nonhaters might have taken the …

“You’re only as good as your team,” insists Robby Takac when asked how the MiA Festival, and the MiA organization itself, has weathered rough patches and endured for all these years.Here, Takac shines the spotlight on a few behind-the-scenes members of that team. He’s eager to point out that there are many more than the few highlighted here – “from board members to volunte…

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The moon looked full Wednesday night, and Kleinhans Music Hall was brimming with nervous energy.It was the gala opening of the season, and Yo-Yo Ma was in the house. The concert, conducted by Music Director JoAnn Falletta, packed the place to the rafters. From the start, there was a sense of suspense. And the evening delivered.There is something affecting about Yo-Yo Ma. E…

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If you ever wonder what Robby Takac did with his Goo Goo Dolls royalties, you needn’t look far for your answer. You can see the tangible results right here in Buffalo.There’s GCR Studios, in the building that once housed Trackmaster Studios, where a young Takac cut his teeth learning the language of studio recording well before he was part of a platinum rock band. GCR is a…

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If you ever wonder what Robby Takac did with his Goo Goo Dolls royalties, you needn’t look far for your answer. You can see the tangible results right here in Buffalo.There’s GCR Studios, in the building that once housed Trackmaster Studios, where a young Takac cut his teeth learning the language of studio recording well before he was part of a platinum rock band. GCR is a…

There’s a scene from an episode of the beloved TV sitcom “The Office” in which the petulant, irascible Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) is deeply bummed out about something or other, storms out of the workplace to the parking lot, hops in his car, rolls down the window and cranks R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts.”The Jim character runs to the car window in an attempt to talk Dwight …

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s first concert this fall, which takes place Wednesday at Kleinhans Music Hall, hints at an unusual season ahead.It’s rare to have a midweek opening gala. Adding to the novelty, the guest artist, superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma, is joining the BPO and Music Director JoAnn Falletta not for a tried-and-true crowd favorite, but a contemporary pie…

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FolkBob Dylan, “Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10” (Columbia/Legacy, two discs). It tells us an awful lot about Bob Dylan that his “Bootleg Series” releases are often much stronger, more cogent, and more coherent than the original albums he culled their raw materials from. The latest in the series, “Another Self Portrait (1969-1971),” is the 10t…