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PopPaul McCartneyNew[MPL/Concord]3½ stars (Out of 4)Paul McCartney is in uncharted waters. Again. It’s apparently not enough that McCartney helped create the blueprint by which, let’s face it, we routinely do (and always should) judge popular music. Now, McCartney is once again going where no other mainstream rock artist has gone. With the release of “New,” his 4,798th alb…

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It would be great if they had an app for that – the moment when your kids bear witness as the stars they’ve idolized from a very young age suddenly morph into sexually active young adults; that moment when the comparatively safe and innocent set of a Disney tween sitcom gives way to “selfies” shot in nightclubs, widely broadcast social media faux pas, and far too public me…

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Rock (or pop, or whatever you need to call it) is supposed to be a young person’s game, we’ve been told from time immemorial. In reality, however, rock is only a young person’s game for those who lack the vision and fortitude to see the form’s possibilities through to maturity. “Lightning Bolt,” Pearl Jam’s 10th studio album (out Tuesday), is an intensely passionate, imm…

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It would be great if they had an app for that – the moment when your kids bear witness as the stars they’ve idolized from a very young age suddenly morph into sexually active young adults; that moment when the comparatively safe and innocent set of a Disney tween sitcom gives way to “selfies” shot in nightclubs, widely broadcast social media faux pas, and far too public me…

I want to defend Miley Cyrus. Honest.I’ve done it before in passing, but this time I want to do it in full.It’s important that I tell you I’ve even been encouraged to do so by my esteemed colleague Jeff Miers, whose savaging of the newest disc by our present-day twerker-in-chief in last Friday’s Gusto was both impassioned and uproariously entertaining.I’ve heard only two s…

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The late composer, guitarist and bandleader Frank Zappa was never one to get all soft and emotional in public. A hyper-intelligent man with a milewide sardonic streak and an unwillingness to suffer fools, Zappa was both uber-sophisticated composer and razor-tongued social critic. He could slay an interviewer with three words and a cold, hard stare.Yet one imagines that Zap…

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Where poetry, post-punk rock stylings and telegenic charisma collide, rock singer and guitarist Eddie Vedder may be found. If he’s off-stage, he’ll be, quite possibly, leading the charge for a charitable cause. If he’s on stage he’ll most likely be playing guitar, or swinging a mic stand, swigging from a bottle of red wine, and rollicking through an extended set of Pearl J…

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Rock (or pop, or whatever you need to call it) is supposed to be a young person’s game, we’ve been told from time immemorial. In reality, however, rock is only a young person’s game for those who lack the vision and fortitude to see the form’s possibilities through to maturity. “Lightning Bolt,” Pearl Jam’s 10th studio album (out Tuesday), is an intensely passionate, immac…

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Indie-rockDr. Dog, B-Room (Anti-). Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog has been filling the perceived void between the indie-rock and jam-band genres for the past several years, in the process matching a burgeoning reputation as a must-see live act to a prolific stream of album releases. Those recordings ably tread the high wire between scruffy indie-rock off-handedness and lush, ornat…

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Ginger Baker says he sees no distinction between the music he made as drummer in seminal rock bands Cream and Blind Faith in the 1960s and the African-jazz hybrid music he plays these days with his new band, Ginger Baker and His Jazz Confusion.“Um, you can’t put music in bags and boxes,” a reticent Baker says in a phone call from the United Kingdom. “I’ve …

Never underestimate a Swedish poncho.In case there weren’t enough incarnations of the ABBA brand, from stereo to stage to screen, a fleet of tribute robots can also cash in on the foolproof disco catalog with your local philharmonic orchestra. Who’s up for another round of Waterloo? Anyone?It’s OK. You needn’t be shamed for your ABBA love. It’s quite all right. The Swedish…

Stephen Manes, the longtime leader of UB’s music department, is back in town. Manes, who now lives in Los Angeles, is performing two challenging concerts.The first concert, part of Buffalo’s historic Friends of Vienna concert series, is Sunday and is in collaboration with the distinguished University at Buffalo cellist Jonathan Golove.The second concert Tuesday is a solo c…

For the past two years, Blue Shift has been gradually building a name for itself as one of the finer progressive-leaning independent bands in town. The group – singer Robb Hunt, keyboardist Jon Rizzo, drummer Dan Caruso, bassist Nick Brokaw and guitarist Sean Quigley – claims as its main influences the stylistically diverse likes of Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Tool, Gene…

Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band rolled into the Tralf Music Hall on Tuesday, and it was like hearing Garcia himself.The music has not died! And it drew a big crowd. Several generations filled the Tralf, all in hippie clothes. Seals’ group carries on the easygoing vibe of the Jerry Garcia Band, for which Seals was the keyboardist for years. It’s a modest group – two …

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PopMiley CyrusBangerz[RCA]No STARSWhy? Seriously. Why?Why do we care about Miley Cyrus? Why did her pathetic grotesque of a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony make her the most buzzed-about pop artist of the moment, increasing her social media profile by 112 percent, according to Forbes magazine? Why is Cyrus on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, captured…