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Strange stories

Talk about your grassroots-level, college-rock success stories.

A decade back, the members of O.A.R. -- that's "Of a Revolution" to you, wise guy -- were students at Ohio State University, playing local gigs and hawking independent recordings out of the proverbial boot of their car.

Today, the band boasts a fervent fan base around the country and has turned its loose, jammy, pop-based rock into a hot commodity, based on the strength of albums like its recent "Stories of a Stranger," which yielded a pair of adult-contemporary radio hits during a time when doing so has become increasingly difficult.O.A.R. plays a rare area show when it arrives in the Buffalo Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Tickets, available through Ticketmaster outlets, are $26.50.

-- Jeff Miers

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