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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 Artpark co…

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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” – and the pressure …

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 bandmates made …

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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…

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Seeing Marilyn Manson in the daylight was certainly both strange and unexpected. Manson, after all, has earned his stripes as the king of goth by courting the darkness, both musically and visually. But at the Outer Harbor Concert site on Friday evening, Manson and his band of twisted outsiders took to the stage while the sun was still shining brightly over the water, and w…

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Thursday at Canalside is back!Well, OK, that technically happened last week. But if you were one of the few brave souls who weathered the cold and rain of the summer’s first show, you surely remember that it wasn’t the ideal start for the Canalside series.With Thursday’s early downpour, there was reason to worry that week two would be another dour affair. But when the musi…

LEWISTON – Warren Haynes is a busy man. Besides playing guitar in the Allman Brothers Band, the Warren Haynes Band, and with various symphony orchestras in a program of music dedicated to Jerry Garcia (his most recent project), Haynes is the driving force behind Gov’t Mule. This last named group has gone from being a side project to occupy him during those times when the A…

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RockQueens of the Stone AgeLike Clockwork[Matador]Four starsForget Robert Johnson for a moment. Josh Homme is the one who went down to the crossroads and traded his soul to the devil in return for an unflagging ability to craft albums that know no rival in their realm.How else can one explain Homme’s ability to conjure riffs that seem at once familiar and new, and then att…

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How did Alex Ebert transform from the ironic New Wave-informed frontman of the synth-infused Ima Robot into the barefooted hippie leading the peace-and-love brigade known as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros? Cynics suggest that it’s all a pose designed to erase the past and capitalize on the success of bands like the Polyphonic Spree by casting Ebert as some sort of mes…

Jetboy. 7 p.m. June 27, with Jim Crean’s HairNation, 2 Minutes to Maiden and Scotty Dunbar. The Icehouse, 512 Third St., Niagara Falls. 215-2000. www.icehouseniagara.com. $10.The Big Night Out Tour. 7 p.m. July 13, featuring Fuel, Hoobastank, Lit and Alien Ant Farm. Braun’s Concert Cove, 11891 Main St., Akron. 542-2425. www.braunsbar.com. $35 advance, $50 day of show (box …

It’s a marriage made ... well, somewhere a little bit south of heaven, let’s say.Alice Cooper pretty much single-handedly created shock-rock at the end of the 1960s and early ’70s. By taking a page from the Iggy Pop playbook, blending in a bit of a high camp/horror film hybrid, and assembling a set list of hard-rock songs with strong pop hooks, a garage rock underbelly and…

Each year, the WYRK Taste of Country festival does big business, bringing some of the idiom’s biggest stars together for a mini-festival. The Taste of Country gig always seems to be a sellout, and part of the reason for its success comes down to the diversity of the lineup. For a reasonable ticket price, fans can catch a whole lot of country in one spot, from up-and-coming…

They’ve been holed up in the recording studio outside of Fredonia with producer Dave Fridmann for many a month by now, but Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Godlwasser – known collectively as MGMT – will take a break to play some live shows this summer. One of these takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Artpark, as part of the Coors Light Wednesdays concert series. Whether …

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Doreen Rao is back on Buffalo’s music scene. The former director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, and a celebrated figure in the choral world, is now the music director of a new singing group, the Buffalo Master Chorale. John Fleischman is the associate conductor. Both Rao and Fleischman will be on hand at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Saturday, when the Master Chorale pres…