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I've spent a long time trying to find out why the documentary film, "Long Time Running," about the late Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip, wasn't carried via CTV on Spectrum cable locally on Oct. 20. Naturally, it was available over the air to Western New Yorkers. But several readers and Hip fans who wanted to watch the film on Spectrum about the popular Canadian ba…

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Pianist Konrad Skolarski embraces rich, Romantic repertoire. His no-holds-barred approach won him high praise from one of Poland's great musicians, Kryzsztof Penderecki. "A great virtuoso of the piano," Penderecki reportedly said. Audiences and critics seem to agree. Skolarski, born in 1980 in Warsaw, Poland, grew up in a musical family and performed a Bach concerto …

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I was only quietly and guardedly psyched, at first. A few plays in, however, and I'd thrown my natural suspicion to the wind, and become a fan of Superet. The first tune I heard from the band – whose self-titled debut EP is out now and can be found  streaming at this very moment – is called "Loving the Animal," and it boasts the slightly distorted drums, grinding s…

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It's been more than 10 years since Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performed during the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show, an event made infamous when what was later called a "wardrobe malfunction" resulted in one of Jackson's breasts being briefly revealed, apparently causing half of America to spill its beer and choke on its chicken wings. The incident - and Jackso…

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Born in Buffalo in 1905, Harold Arlen never grows old. Celebrate his songs at 2 p.m. Nov. 5, when the Theatre of Youth (203 Allen St. in the historic Allendale Theater), plays host to an Arlen tribute featuring the Buffalo Jazz Collective. In an afternoon of singing, moving and learning, you'll enjoy "Over the Rainbow," "I've Got the World on a String," "Come Rain or Come …

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It's hard to imagine conductor Michael Tilson Thomas at retirement age. When he led the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, he was a boy wonder. Tilson Thomas announced Oct. 31 that, in June 2020, he would be stepping down as music director of the San Francisco Symphony. The 2019-2020 season will mark his 75th birthday. It will also mark his 25th year leading the San Franci…

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Platinum R&B/soul/hip-hop singer and songwriter Musiq Soulchild - Taalib Johnson to his mom - will headline an uber-hip urban music revival at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in Shea's Performing Arts Center. He'll be joined by English soul singer (and former member of neo-soul duo Floetry) Marsha Ambrosius and Missy Elliott protege Jazmine Sullivan. There's been a paucity of must-see c…

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The Oishei Children’s Hospital Lullaby Contest is about to be put to bed. Several months ago, the hospital put out a wake-up call to local musicians, inviting them to try their hand at performing the famous Lullaby of the German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms. The winning performer will win $1,500 in cash and the opportunity for an audio recording of their song to …

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Who is Ed Sheeran, and why is he selling so many albums and singles? On first glance, he looks harmless enough. His folksy, mildly soulful pop songs are well-structured and innocuous. He seems fairly pleasant, when interviewed on television. He's played Buffalo a few times, including as part of Kissmas Bash 2012, where he stood out for the simple reason that he was play…

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The Darcys, 7 p.m. Nov.2, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $10. Glossy Toronto duo the Darcys is set to headline a Canada-friendly evening at the downtown music hot spot. The pair's most recent album, the '80s soaked "Centerfold," is a collection of synth-heavy dance pop that finds the group drifting away from its early moody guitar sounds. The shades of new wave and…

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Last seen in Buffalo in April 2016, the Mountain Goats have announced a quick return to town at 7 p.m. April 20 in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). The veteran California-bred outfit, which features much revered singer-songwriter John Darinelle in addition to John Wurster of the cult-radio program "The Best Show" on drums, will be again on the road in suppo…

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Buffalo Choral Arts Society will be performing "A Salute to Our Armed a Forces" at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. The 110-voice choir directed by Marcia A. Giambrone will perform an array of patriotic songs and music that celebrate American spirit including "Star Spangled Banner," "God Bless America" and the "Ba…

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In the universe of rock 'n' roll, some people say it was the Big Bang. Here's the way Chris Morris tells the story in one of 2017's greatest reissues, "Here's Little Richard" (Specialty/Craft/Concord, two discs). It's early September, 1955. Little Richard and some of New Orleans' finest R&B virtuosos have been united at J&M studios in the Big Easy, a "small b…

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For me, flying is pure terror. A permanent near-vertigo resulting from a middle ear operation in my early teens makes it also incredibly painful. I do it only when I have to. And though I do find it exhilarating in some ways – I mean, you're 30,000 feet above Terra firma in an aluminum alloy tube that's being rifled through the air at 550 mph, and sure, it's a rush – I…

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Oh, man. That's what I kept saying, watching the Coffee Concert edition of Cirque de la Symphonie at Kleinhans Music Hall. A troupe of top-notch cirque performers -- Russian, by the look of their names -- are joining the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell for a glittering variety of crazy stunts. I thought it would be good…