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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Don’t think that after 20 years of extolling the virtues of carousing and giving no quarter – from “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” through “Red Solo Cup” – country music superstar Toby Keith hasn’t thought about the time he’ll have to stop being a hell-raiser.“We think of that quite a bit,” Keith said in a phone call. “I learned from some of the guys that went a…

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Blues/Rock/Jam BandGov’t Mule, “Shout!” (Blue Note). The Mule can do no wrong, really. Fans of this Warren Haynes-led quartet’s searing blend of blues, rock, funk, soul, R&B, Southern rock and the jam-based mixture of all of the above will greet “Shout!,” the group’s first new collection in four years, rapturously. Built around Haynes’ virtuosic blues-based guitar playing …

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Bernadette Peters was back at Kleinhans Music Hall on Saturday night, her first time performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. The beautiful Broadway diva threw herself immediately into her performance.She sashayed out in a drop-dead sparkling lavender gown, with spaghetti straps and a slit up the front. The big crowd cheered, and Peters responded with…

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Those with summertime longings – specifically the season’s outdoor concert experiences – should keep the area’s newest concert venue, and the University at Buffalo Bulls football schedule, in mind. The university’s powers that be have made an easy pairing of lively concerts and home-game rowdiness. And both activities are known to involve tailgating, and traditional liquid…

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When moe. comes back to the city of its birth, things usually get a little crazy. A bit of civic pride enters the equation for the concertgoer – moe. belongs to us, in a sense, and the band has done an able job representing our town to the broader jam-band community for two decades now. So an air of giddy excitement normally follows, and Friday’s twin-set Town Ballroom app…

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Touring in support of the late spring release of his 14th studio album, “Unstoppable Momentum,” Joe Satriani swings by the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts in Amherst at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. For this tour, Satriani – a storied virtuoso and always a vibrant performer – has assembled an all-star ensemble comprising former Frank Zappa band member and storied multi-in…

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Buffalo’s music community has rallied behind pianist Claudia Hoca, who was injured in a car accident in August. She is reportedly making a good recovery, but is not yet back on her feet. The benefit will help defray her medical expenses. Hoca was well known as a staff pianist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, but her position was not full-time and she had no health …

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PopStingThe Last Ship[Interscope]∆∆The red flag went up as soon as advance publicity on Sting’s album revealed that “The Last Ship” would be a song cycle based on the man’s self-penned play of the same name, slated to open on Broadway in 2014. Ugh. Really? A play? That’s cool and all, but isn’t it enough for one of rock’s great songwriters to simply release an album of gre…

LEXINGTON, Ky. – It’s gotten to where an honest Zombie can’t catch a break.Look around. Zombies have been all over television. They have invaded cinema screens.So how can an ardent and completely authentic Zombie make his way in 2013? When you are British pop veteran Colin Blunstone, you simply follow the same professional instincts you have relied on for more than 50 year…

shanghai ballet. 8 p.m. Oct. 19. University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, Main Stage Theatre, North Campus, Amherst. 645-ARTS, www.ubcfa.org. $13.50-$31.50. (box office, www.tickets.com).hayden. 8 p.m. Nov. 9. Waiting Room, 334 Delaware Ave. www.waitingroombuffalo.com. $18 advance, $20 day of show. (Town Ballroom and After Dark box office, www.ticketfly.com).america’s go…

I’ve loved what Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.) has been doing for the local music scene since it opened several months back. The Allentown establishment found its niche right off the bat by presenting adventurous music that cuts across an eclectic range of styles in an inviting, intimate environment in keeping with the art house ideal.Pausa also has wisely focused on a…

The indie-pop that emerged from Canada over the past decade bore all the markings of a homegrown movement – a sound and a style rooted in something organic and natural, an extension of musical happenings within a specific geographical area. Stars, like the band’s musical and social brethren, Broken Social Scene, arrived with a fully developed sound, one based on a marriage…

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There’s going to be a rumble! Celtic Thunder is on the way. The band, famous from public television, is on its Fall 2013 Mythology Tour.Mythology doesn’t begin to describe it. The six dapper gentlemen perform solo with the group, sing alone and in groups, and are accompanied by a host of instruments such as strings, guitars, percussion, whistles and pipes. Sometimes they s…

Sarah Brightman sang Wednesday in UB’s Center for the Arts, and you could say she was out of this world.Brightman is touring in support of her current project, “Dreamchaser.” It’s a beautiful name, and she lived up to it, commanding center stage in an endless array of sparkling costumes. In arresting light effects, huge planets revolved behind her, and giant snaps of red a…

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The birdsong is subsiding. The racket of the cicadas is fading. Even Buffalo’s signature summer sound, the pounding of boom cars, is dropping in volume every day.But that doesn’t mean we have to have a silent autumn.A new sound is rising to fill the vacuum. And it’s coming from Kleinhans Music Hall.This fall, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is at the center of an unusua…