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MOVIES: Opening Friday, "In Time" (PG-13); "Puss in Boots" (PG); "Anonymous" (PG-13); coming Nov. 4, "Tower Heist" (PG-13).

CONCERTS: ANR, 8 p.m. today, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. 855-3931.

Guitar Masters Tour with headliner Andy McKee, 8 p.m. today, Tralf, 622 Main St.

Victorian Halls with Another Night Story, Let's Go Retro, As Skies Burn and the Home Crowd, , 5 p.m. Friday, Xtreme Wheels, 356 Hertel Ave.

Brett Dennen, 7 p.m. Friday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

Chris Trapper with Kristin Cifelli, 8 p.m. Friday, Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.

Blitzen Trapper with the Smoke Fairies, 8 p.m. Saturday, Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St.

The Retrospective MazQuerade RocOpera with Vinzent Massi and the Revelation, 8 p.m. Saturday, Burchfield Penney Art Center Auditorium, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

George Winston, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave.

MT Eden with HXLY, Medison and DJ Bittle, 8 p.m. Sunday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

Panic! At The Disco with Foxy Shazam, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Town Ballroom, 681 Main St.

Colt Ford, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St., Niagara Falls.

POETRY: Tiff Holland, reading and signing, 8 p.m. Friday, Talking Leaves, 3158 Main St.

K. Silem Mohammad, reading, 8 p.m. Friday, Rust Belt Books, 202 Allen St.



If you find yourself regularly snoozing your way through multiple alarms in the morning, Clocky might be able to help. Clocky is an alarm clock with wheels that works hard to get you out of bed. If you hit the snooze button more than once when you wake up, Clocky will start beeping and roll away from you. It can handle drops from nightstands from up to three feet to get away. This forces you to chase it to stop its noise. By then, it's done its job of getting you up.

Clocky is $39 at and comes in a variety of colors almond, aqua, raspberry and cocoa. Getting Clocky in chrome costs $6 more. Nanda Home, maker of Clocky, has also come out with Tocky, which plays MP3s and personal wake-up messages as it rolls around your room, and Ticky, an analog clock version of Tocky. These newer models are both more expensive, however. Tocky costs $69 and Ticky costs $59.



Nothing sets a mood quite like music. Getting ready for a party? Play some high-energy tunes to get you pumped up. How about when you want to relax? Select songs with soothing melodies to mellow things out. Whatever you're feeling, there's a song for to match it.

However, there will be times your music library isn't broad enough to express your state of mind. Sometimes, you just want to hear something new. In those cases, you may want to consider the free music sharing service Playlistnow (

Playlistnow allows users to create and share music playlists based around mood or activities. For example, say you're preparing for an exam and would like to play some music while you read over your notes. You can search the Playlistnow website for "studying" and it will return playlists created by other users based on the same pursuit. It's a great way to discover new music and artists you might otherwise had never heard of.

Music on the site comes from YouTube. So if the song also has a video, Playlistnow will play that as well, in a small window in the lower left side of your browser window (you can expand it to full size if you'd like). Speaking of the site's interface, anyone who has used iTunes should be very comfortable navigating Playlistnow.

The only snag users may encounter is confusion about the search bar at the top right hand side of the Playlistnow interface. That search bar can only be used to find artists and songs. To find playlists, you have to click on the purple "Playlistnow" button on the top left side of the interface, which takes you to the front page of the site. You can search for playlists from there.

Signing up with Playlistnow -- using either your Facebook or Twitter accounts -- allows you to save playlists or songs you like to listen to later or share them with friends and followers.



"The reason why I love 'The Sing-Off' so much is because it was the first show I got sucked into as a viewer, because they were nice. I don't have a high tolerance for the nasty judging style. It's just not for me. I know a lot of people like it, but it makes me really uncomfortable. I don't think there's ever a reason to tell people to quit music. I think it's irresponsible to say that out loud to people. I don't think it's fair."

-- Musician Sara Bareilles, on her judging stint on "The Sing-Off," in the Huffington Post