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NEW YORK – Before midnight on New Year’s Eve at Barclays Center, in his first Brooklyn concert since he played in a Long Island garage band, Billy Joel sat at a Steinway grand between two guitarists. He wore a dark suit and tie, sang clearly and evenly, and spoke to the audience by announcing the name of a song, the album it came from, the year it was released. About a thi…

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Progressive PopJonathan Wilson, “Fanfare” (Downtown Records). It’s unfair to drop the responsibility for rekindling the late ’60s/early ’70s folk-rock-prog-pop explorations of the Laurel Canyon set on the doorstep of one single musician. But that’s exactly what has happened to singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Jonathan Wilson since the 2011 release of his de…

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Progressive PopJonathan Wilson, “Fanfare” (Downtown Records). It’s unfair to drop the responsibility for rekindling the late ’60s/early ’70s folk-rock-prog-pop explorations of the Laurel Canyon set on the doorstep of one single musician. But that’s exactly what has happened to singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Jonathan Wilson since the 2011 release of his de…

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The Goo Goo Dolls have officially sacked drummer Mike Malinin, according to statements issued by both parties. Malinin, who replaced original drummer George Tutuska 19 years ago, had been sitting out the current leg of the band’s tour due to a family matter. Lifehouse drummer Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr., had been filling in for Malinin.

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The Goo Goo Dolls have officially sacked drummer Mike Malinin, according to statements issued by both parties. Malinin, who replaced original drummer George Tutuska 19 years ago, had been sitting out the current leg of the band’s tour due to a family matter. Lifehouse drummer Rick Woolstenhulme, Jr., had been filling in for Malinin.

What ought the year 2014 to bring? Let’s make some wishes and dreams.1. I hope to continue to see interesting programming at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The new year starts out great guns Jan. 17 with what promises to be a fascinating performance of “Mozart and Salieri” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This one-act opera, written in 1897 and based on a poem by the Russi…

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ClassicalEkaterina SiurinaAmore e Morte[Opus Arte]3 stars (Out of four)I am emerging from the Wagner and Verdi year of 2013 very sick of Verdi. It’s not his fault. It’s that 95 percent of the celebrations revolved around Verdi. Not only does Wagner involve challenges and controversy, but Verdi wrote a million operas while Wagner wrote, what, 12? That’s why I laughed when W…

What ought the year 2014 to bring? Let’s make some wishes and dreams.1. I hope to continue to see interesting programming at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. The new year starts out great guns Jan. 17 with what promises to be a fascinating performance of “Mozart and Salieri” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This one-act opera, written in 1897 and based on a poem by the Russi…

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ClassicalEkaterina SiurinaAmore e Morte[Opus Arte]3 stars (Out of four)I am emerging from the Wagner and Verdi year of 2013 very sick of Verdi. It’s not his fault. It’s that 95 percent of the celebrations revolved around Verdi. Not only does Wagner involve challenges and controversy, but Verdi wrote a million operas while Wagner wrote, what, 12? That’s why I laughed when W…

Looking ahead to 2014, I’m feeling optimistic regarding the Buffalo music scene. Which makes me nervous.For so long, I, like so many who are active in the scene, have taken strange comfort in clinging to low expectations. Things have been rough around here for such a long time that it has become easy to operate with a “business as usual” world view. However, a simple look …

Pianist, singer and songwriter Anne Heaton has earned herself a considerable following – as well as abundant critical praise – by forging an unlikely alliance between several strains of music, favoring elements of pop, folk, gospel, soul and jazz. Her background – which found her studying the inner compositional workings of Debussy and jazz vocalization in equal measure – …

Christmas Day is past, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has come and gone. But Christmastide, according to ancient tradition, continues. Sunday, historic Fourteen Holy Helpers Church is holding a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Epiphany, the feast that marks the arrival in Bethlehem of the Three Kings. Hymns, carols and anthems will tell the story of Christ’s birth from…

A flourishing teen-pop industry thinks it knows what teenagers care about: crushes, breakups, clothes, parties, perhaps an occasional glimmer of rebellion or idealism. It dispenses songs that are calculated to suit that market. But in 2013, a songwriter who is an actual teenager emerged from the far side of the planet with something smarter and deeper: a class-conscious cr…

Pianist, singer and songwriter Anne Heaton has earned herself a considerable following – as well as abundant critical praise – by forging an unlikely alliance between several strains of music, favoring elements of pop, folk, gospel, soul and jazz. Her background – which found her studying the inner compositional workings of Debussy and jazz vocalization in equal measure – …

Christmas Day is past, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has come and gone. But Christmastide, according to ancient tradition, continues. Sunday, historic Fourteen Holy Helpers Church is holding a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Epiphany, the feast that marks the arrival in Bethlehem of the Three Kings. Hymns, carols and anthems will tell the story of Christ’s birth from…