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Like all great band leaders throughout the history of jazz, Pat Metheny has long been savvy enough to keep his ear to the ground, to remain open to new ideas, and to work with fresh blood. It’s a philosophy that has served the multiple Gold Album-awarded, 20-time Grammy winner incredibly well. For his new project – Pat Metheny Side Eye, which he has described as a new p…

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Some members of the busy cast of "Hamilton" are using a night off during their Buffalo stay to help others. The vocalists, accompanied by the band also from "Hamilton," will put on a holiday-themed benefit concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. All of the proceeds benefit Broadway Cares, an indus…

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As "Hamilton" arrives for its local debut, Buffalo News staffers Jeff Miers and Colin Dabkowski along with contributing writer Ben Siegel participated in a sparring match in an attempt to ascertain the true merits of this groundbreaking play’s radical use of music. Jeff Miers: I was suspicious of “Hamilton” before I heard the music. Hip-hop and musical theater make str…

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Mac Sabbath, 8 p.m. Nov. 16, Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.), $18. Heavy metal parody group Mac Sabbath will be bringing its "dinner rock revolution" back to the Theater District on a very busy Friday night in Buffalo. Comprising members Ronald Osbourne, Slayer MacCheeze, Grimalice and the Catburglar, the "drive-thru metal" founders have been delivering an extremely …

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Buffalo’s pop-punk scene turned out in droves—as they always do—to pack Town Ballroom for Tuesday’s sold-out powerhouse concert featuring The Story So Far, Turnover, Citizen and Movements. While four bands performed, it was a show with three acts. Each had a different energy; each elicited a different response from the crowd. Movements and Citizen took the stage f…

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Popular music has needed to reacquaint itself with the language of protest for a good while now. It’s in the music’s DNA, particularly in this country, where the field hollers of slaves, the blues, folk music, 1960s rock 'n' roll, '70s soul, and nearly every offshoot of these have been at their most incisive when they attempted to speak truth to power. But the last plac…

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Blues and rock musicians will appear Dec. 10 at the Sportsmens Tavern, 326 Amherst St., in a benefit for a local organization that encourages organ donations. Doug Yeomans and Sue Kincaid will be the featured performers at the 5:30 p.m. concert to benefit the ONE8FIFTY organization, based in Kenmore. The organization seeks to increase the number of registered organ dono…

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Arkells' just-announced "Rally Cry Tour" will include a two-night stand in Buffalo at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22 in the Town Ballroom (681 Main St.). Following in the foot steps of beloved Canadian bands like the Tragically Hip and Sam Roberts Band, the rousing Ontario alt-rock act is quickly becoming the the latest adopted sons of Buffalo, as the city and its music fans are…

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I guess it really was the best-ever year in rock music, though saying as much suggests that nothing great and game-changing has happened since, and that’s simply not the case. But 1968 – man, something serious was up. The idea of repackaging albums and re-releasing them in elaborate box sets to commemorate anniversaries might seem like the final insult, a last-ditch eff…

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The impetus for doing this “Gig of the Week” column is the opportunity to highlight a cool, unusual show – one that differs from the norm. Whether that means it involves an artist we rarely see in these parts, a show that finds a band performing music it rarely plays, or a venue that is intimate and off-the-beaten path for an artist given to playing bigger venues. The N…

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Joe Pug isn’t the first singer/songwriter to deal with Bob Dylan comparisons. It’s a convenient label to put on a contemplative guy with an acoustic guitar, sweet head of hair and narrative lyrics that enthrall listeners with their literary vividness and punctuating cadence. (See: Bruce Springsteen, “Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.”) But the Maryland native isn’t the n…

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These two performers are remarkably different, but it's possible - even likely - that both will sell out their just-announced Artpark shows next year. Brian Wilson - the founder of the Beach Boys - will bring his Pet Sounds Tour on June 15 to the Artpark Mainstage Theatre, while polka parody king Weird Al Yankovic's Strings Attached Tour will include an area stop at 5 p…

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Begin to tackle holiday shopping lists, celebrate anniversary parties with a ski-lodge themed bar and waterfront seafood bar-restaurant, and even warm up with the Big 4 basketball during this week's events in the Buffalo area. Stay tuned for The 10, which highlights the top events in the area for each weekend, when it's published Thursday morning. Shea's Shopping Soire…

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The boldface title in the BPO program said “Paganini’s Violin” and that was appropriate. Even though Antonin Dvorak’s oeuvre contributed two out of the three pieces on Friday night’s concert, his pair of works – the “Carnival Overture” and the Czech composer’s Symphony no. 6 - acted more as a framing device for Nicolo Paganini’s first violin concerto. At one point in…