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Psychedelic SoulVarious Artists, “Soul Goes Psychedelic” (Goldenlane). Like so many pivotal comminglings in the history of popular music, this one happened in the late ’60s, and carried through the first half of the ’70s, before being consumed by the insatiable cocaine-addled beast that was disco. Yes, dear reader, I refer to the marriage of soul music with the ex…

Funny thing about intimacy – it’s all warm and fuzzy until someone snaps and says they need space. Pop prince David Cassidy has good reason to be afraid of intimacy, having been the object of affection of millions of screaming teenyboppers across the globe since his starring role in the early 1970s hit sitcom “The Partridge Family.” But despite having sold out the …

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For the first truly beautiful evening of the series, the Thursday at Canalside crowd was treated to a truly transcendent display of pop songcraft. Steven Page, founder and former co-frontman of Barenaked Ladies, brought his solo band to the harbor and offered the assembled a tour through pop history that stopped in the land of the Beatles, doffed its cap to XTC, reminded u…

The new psychedelia came to Artpark on Wednesday. MGMT played a sold-out show at the Lewsiton venue, and an air of spacey euphoria prevailed. Interestingly, the night after classic rock band REO Speedwagon played Artpark, the youth took over the park. The majority of the crowd appeared to be 20 years of age or younger. MGMT, a duo comprised of Andrew VanWynGarden and Ben G…

Spiritualized. 8 p.m. July 14, with Guy Blakeslee. Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. www.waitingroombuffalo.com. $25 advance, $27 day of show (box office, www.Ticketfly.com).Jason Aldean. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17, with Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett. Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, 9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center. http://darienlake.com. Tickets are $59.75 reserved, $30 lawn and …

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Let there be no weeping and wailing at this precise moment because the great days of the Artpark Jazz Festival are long gone. Yes, it’s tragic and beyond lamentable that it’s true – and that, at the same time, a truly great jazz festival is just down the Thruway in Rochester this June – but there is huge jazz at Artpark this summer after all.Namely, the Jazz at Lin…

At 8 tonight, Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.) presents a program that goes a long way toward certifying that some of the most progressive musicians in modern jazz are living and working in the Buffalo area.What Would Mingus Do? is a rotating collective of prime musicians led by alto/tenor saxophonist Kelly Bucheger. The group plays original jazz compositions, all of the…

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RockWillie NileAmerican Ride[Loud & Proud]4 stars“It’s a ride, alright. One of the great guides to the mystery that is America.”So reads the quote from U2’s Bono that graces a sticker attached to the cover of Willie Nile’s just-released “American Ride.” Yup, the Buffalo-born and raised Nile has some pretty famous fans.“American Ride” captures the full-fro…

Following the publication of my review of the Joan Jett & the Blackhearts show at Artpark last week, I received an abundance of feedback. Most of it was positive. Some of it was far less so.The majority of the letters, comments and posts regarding my review were not particularly concerned with Jett & the Blackhearts. After all, the band delivered a strong, incredibly tight…

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Matching the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens in terms of beauty is no easy feat. Even before you enter the gardens themselves, you’re treated to the sight of the stately, white greenhouses and expansive front lawn, all with the great dome of the Our Lady of Victory Basilica towering in the distance. However, Sara Bareilles did just that at Wednesday’s Starry Ni…

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The 2013-14 season of BPO Rocks! promises to be a yearlong tribute to power voices of rock. The fun kicks off in September with the songs of Queen. The season ends next April with one of the great voices in rock, live and in person: Foreigner founder Lou Gramm.In between come a couple of shows back by popular demand: an ABBA tribute and a Beatles tribute. The songs of Amer…

LEWISTON – Rocking and crooning mightily since the ’70s, REO Speedwagon, led by vocalist and guitarist Kevin Cronin, shows no signs of road weariness. The band’s songs have long been a staple of booze-fueled karaoke nights, couples dances and hearty singalongs. Tuesday night, REO presented one power ballad after another to the delight of a huge Artpark crowd.The Artp…

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Heavy MetalBlack Sabbath, “Thirteen” (Vertigo/Universal). As the first studio album to feature a Black Sabbath fronted by singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s “Never Say Die,” the new “Thirteen” had an awful lot to live up to. Add the fact that original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward opted out of the reunion due to contractual disagreements – pronounced “money”…

NIAGARA FALLS – Go-Go’s drummer Gina Schock might have shocked Seneca Niagara Casino officials Saturday night.During a break in a fast-paced Events Center set by the 1980s all-women band, Schock elicited a lackluster response from the crowd when she asked if anyone was having success gambling.“Wow – does that tell you something?” she said.Perhaps Schock and bandm…

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The sheer variety of cowboy hats out there is astounding. There are hats with glitter, with rhinestones, with flashing LED lights and with feathers gracing their bands. There are pink hats, straw hats, Confederate flag hats and even some hats made out of beer boxes. All those and many more were on display in Buffalo Friday night as 25,000 country music fans from all over W…