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Holiday homecomings were the honors of the hour at Nietzsche’s on Saturday night, as a packed house was rocked out by bands returning from coast-to-coast in M.A.G.S. and Feverbox, with help from Rochester friends The Demos and a day-of addition in Smug. The four-band late bill began at 10:15 p.m. at the Allentown landmark, with Smug singer Craig Perno in a Santa hat th…

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Kleinhans Music Hall was a serene scene on Tuesday night with a snow-globe setting outside the beautiful building, and a pleasant performance inside of “The Best of Christmas” by Irish outfit Celtic Woman with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Influenced by Riverdance and following a familiar path, PBS-propelled Celtic Woman is four women, as the singular name eschews…

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Main Street is bright tonight, a little less bleaker than it used to be. The marquee outside Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, long ago left for dead and since brought back to brilliance, shines this weekend with a welcome home for the Goo Goo Dolls, who on Friday night played the first of three sold-out shows on a nationwide tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their quadru…

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There’s a genuinely glowing happiness at the heart of the pop music of Andy Grammer, who performed during the grand opening weekend of the Rec Room on Chippewa Street with a sold-out show Saturday night. Buffalo concertgoers should be happy to welcome this new music club owned by tireless veteran promoter Chris Ring of After Dark Presents, who has found partners for a l…

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The staying power of Steely Dan’s canon and fanbase was fully evident Tuesday night at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre, as the legendary band’s lone living founder Donald Fagen led his longtime 11-member band through a familiar run of hits amidst a full house, not even a year since its previous visit. Now beyond a year since the death of co-founding guitarist and songwriter Walt…

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Some people have the power to summon spirits from their immediate surroundings to the heavens, serving as a conduit to capture and fuse otherwise fleeting feelings of joy and pain in creating a communal experience. In the case of stirring soul singer Nikki Hicks, who on Friday night packed the Tralf as she does routinely, her initial inspiration to create not just a con…

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Amy Helm has the joy. The Woodstock native and daughter of The Band’s heartbeat Levon Helm returned to Buffalo Iron Works Saturday night before an adoring crowd that would have been bigger had she been able to take the stage before 10 p.m. Nevertheless, Helm and her backing quartet received a warm welcome for their a cappella opener of The New Birth’s “You Are What I’m …

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On the day Aretha Franklin died, Miranda Lambert summoned the Queen of Soul’s spirit at Darien Lake while making her own claim to fame as one of the greatest divas of our time. The small-town Texan-turned country superstar paid respects before combining with co-headliner Little Big Town for a dual-band diva salute Thursday night. After a short solo set from affable Albe…

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A perfect summer night and literally gorgeous sunset over a sold-out Artpark greeted the return of Canadian camp-pop band Barenaked Ladies on Tuesday night, whose subdued set was sparked by stellar support from Better Than Ezra and KT Tunstall. Tunstall’s one-woman orchestra was welcomed warmly, as the charming Scottish musician's raspy wail and loop pedal prowess was p…

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LEWISTON – At age 70 and widely known for the qualities that have earned her the nickname “Backwoods Barbie,” Dolly Parton often jokes that her heart is the only thing about her that’s real; for all that’s obviously unreal about the country music star and American icon, her performance before an adoring crowd of 6,000 Sunday night at Artpark made clear that her downhome ch…

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LEWISTON – At age 70 and widely known for the qualities that have earned her the nickname “Backwoods Barbie,” Dolly Parton often jokes that her heart is the only thing about her that’s real; for all that’s obviously unreal about the country music star and American icon, her performance before an adoring crowd of 6,000 Sunday night at Artpark made clear that her downhome ch…

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Sturgill Simpson is a searcher; not the kind who finds idols to worship, as so many see him to be on the mantel of modern country music, a pillar of purity standing tall against the temptation of pop appeal.While the Kentucky native is still searching for the country credo of “three chords and the truth,” he’s digging deeper than most to do so as he brilliantly displayed i…

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It’s been a banner summer for Canalside – with record crowds at the once-barren waterfront swath buoying the buzz about Buffalo’s rebirth, as a wide variety of free events continue to bring all corners of the community to bask in the bountiful Lake Erie breeze. Here in year five of this revival, the star of the stacked schedule is still the Thursday at Canalside concert s…

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Before an adoring sold-out crowd at the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts on Sunday night, Bonnie Raitt returned to further confirm her place among roots music royalty – or perhaps, based on her gracious demeanor and contagious smile, to just have a good time here for the first time in a decade.At age 65, Raitt seems to still have full force of the fire that firs…

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Though ominous skies might have reduced the audience size at the second installment of the Rockin’ on the River concert series, North Tonawanda’s Gratwick Riverside Park still welcomed a crowd of thousands Friday night for four spirited sets of music headlined by SOJA – the hottest reggae band in America. As SOJA discovered, most in the crowd seemed to be from Buffalo – a …