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Many love Neil Diamond. Few admit to it. Put a paper bag over your head, if need be, and head to Kleinhans Music Hall at 8 p.m. Nov. 11, where the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined by San Francisco-based Super Diamond, a leading, high-octane Neil Diamond tribute band. You'll hear all your surreptitious favorites: "Sweet Caroline," "Coming To America," "Cracklin…

A blues concert will be held Nov. 13 to benefit ONE8FIFTY, a Buffalo-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the cause of increasing organ donations in New York State. The Hayden Fogle Band and Mr. Conrad & Friends will be featured performers at the "Celebration of Life" blues event, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sportsmens Tavern, 326 Amherst St.. The g…

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Fame is fleeting and fickle, and the favor of taste-makers even more so. Ask British shoegaze progenitors Slowdive, whose first album in 20 years birthed a much-anticipated new tour. Critical darlings upon the release of its 1991 debut, the band found itself a victim of the alt-rock backlash that "If it doesn’t sound like Blur or Oasis, it's most certainly naff." The …

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Slowdive, 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.), $29 - $32. Seminal shoegaze act Slowdive is set to make a rare appearance in Buffalo as the group's comeback year continues to roll along. After reforming back in 2014, the Reading, UK act shared the new single "Star Roving," this past January, the band's first bit of new music in 22 years.  The track woul…

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Back in 1981, shortly after the breakup of the popular soft rock duo England Dan and John Ford Coley, an attractive woman walked up to Coley during a meet-and-greet event for music fans in Chico, California. Smiling and gripping Coley's hand, she told him how one of the duo's big hits, "Nights Are Forever," was a special song for her and her fiancee. "She told me, 'W…

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Dynamic, all-female collectives are not a new brand throughout the history of rock and pop music. The Go-Go’s. The Donnas. The Bangles, Sleater Kinney and Luscious Jackson. It’s ground that’s been expertly traversed—so why do we treat the emergence of any vibrant and instrumentally skilled femme-fueled act like a unicorn ride over a rainbow? The latest act up…

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A good house turned out Saturday to hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. And with good reason. With music by Chopin, Brahms and Richard Strauss, how could you lose? And on hand to play Chopin's Second Piano Concerto was Konrad Skolarski, from Warsaw, Poland. Everything was in place for a night of richness and romance. It all culminated in a wonderful performance …

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Janet Jackson doesn’t do nostalgia tours. Sure, the iconic artist’s more than 30 years of work transports many back to their youth, when they were dubbing cassette copies of “Control” on tape decks and watching the Jackson’s elaborate dance productions on MTV or “Friday Night Videos.” However, the word “nostalgic” would infer that Jackson’s best w…

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The Marquee above the entrance to the North Park Theatre told so much of the story. A Canadian flag hung adjacent, and the lyric excerpt "Courage, My Word" beneath the featured film's title, "The Tragically Hip in 'Long Time Running,' " drove the point home. On Friday, opening night of the documentary film's weeklong run at the North Park, fans were gathering to pay tri…

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The Oishei Children's Hospital can rest easy now. It has found its lullaby. On Nov. 2, the contest finals at City Honors School put to bed the search to find a new, local, performance of Brahms Lullaby to be played whenever a baby is born at the hospital. Playing the famous lullaby on such occasions is a longstanding hospital tradition. It turns out it's hard to beat…

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For me, it was like seeing Jimi Hendrix in the flesh. John McLaughlin, in my estimation, is the electric guitarist whose influence on several genres of music is nigh on as game-changing as was the walking watershed that was Hendrix. So I spent much of Wednesday's UB Center for the Arts show – the opening night of McLaughlin's "Meeting of the Spirits" joint tour with o…

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My relationship with the blues has often given me the blues. I'm aware that most popular music is rooted in the blues. I happily spent a good portion of my teenage years tracing the form's development backward, starting with Led Zeppelin, and ending up way down in the Mississippi Delta with Son House. But then came this canonization of the blues as "The Blues," a sort o…

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1) Janet Jackson, 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in KeyBank Center. Tickets range from $32.45 to $122.45 and may be purchased here. Commentary: It's a big deal that Janet Jackson is playing Buffalo, especially if you're like News contributor Ben Siegel, who had his 11-year-old heart set on seeing his beloved performer back in 1993, when she canceled her area show at the last minute due …

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"I would've loved to say thank you face to face to face with everybody. I wanted the shows to go on forever." You weren't alone in that desire, Gord Downie. All of Tragically Hip Nation shared that feeling. "Long Time Running," the emotional tour de force documentary on the Tragically Hip's 2016 summer tour from directors Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, is…

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Picture it: Buffalo. Dec. 9, 1993. I’m in sixth grade and on cloud nine. We’re rushing home from Hebrew school on a rainy Thursday night. The Janet World Tour with Tony! Toni! Toné! is just an hour away, and there’s plenty to do: drop off the carpool, rush home, down dinner, rush back out. The Aud awaits; two seats, red section. But at 6:35 p.m., the mood i…