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The late, legendary Buffalo artist, musician and iconoclast Mark Freeland loved Ani DiFranco. He used her work as a litmus test in our relationship. He viewed me warily until he’d run me through the ringer on DiFranco’s music. How much of it did I know? What did I think of her guitar playing? How many shows had I attended? Did I truly get it? I passed the exam. Freel…

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The Stolen. 6 p.m. June 8. Evening Star Concert Hall, 8810 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls. 940-5391. Tickets are $10 (box office, inticketing.com). Arkells with The Dirty Nil. 5 p.m. Aug. 2. Part of Canalside Live at Canalside. VIP tickets are $40 (eventbrite.com) and individual tickets are $10. Nas. 5 p.m. Aug. 30. Part of Canalside Live at Canalside. VIP ticket…

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Basement, 7 p.m. May 17, Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa), $20. Rising British rock act Basement will be performing at the Chip Strip hot stop this weekend. The Suffolk-born group is touring to support its 2018 breakthrough effort "Beside Myself." The new record continues to see the group distance itself from its gritty emo-punk roots, a shift that first started to take for…

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Five intriguing world premieres are on the menu for the May 18 edition of A Musical Feast at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The five composers – presented through the University at Buffalo's Creative Arts Initiative – will enjoy the good luck of having their works performed by the Hayley-Laufer Duo, known for its emphasis on bringing contemporary music to world audience…

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British rock icons. Hair metal virtuosos. Fashioners of the anticipatory synth riff, and enablers of the most famous double-Jaguar dance sequence in music video history. The David Coverdale-led Whitesnake has rode those accomplishments to endure through breaks and lineup changes over its more than 40 years of existence. Whitesnake is bringing its “Flesh & Blood” wor…

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It's tough to over-emphasize the importance of "local." Supporting Buffalo businesses, events and people is absolutely crucial to the city's economy, well-being and growth. Like every week, local events are at the root of this list, with a chance to support farmers and other producers, artists, actors and restaurateurs all detailed below. Giving back to the community n…

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Well, that was certainly a close call. The BPO was scheduled to perform Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concerto in modo galante” for cello and orchestra this weekend but there was a snag in the process getting to that point. Cellist Asier Polo’s flight from Spain to the United States was upended by an untimely bit of bureaucratic red tape vis-à-vis a visa. There’s a good possibi…

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I saw the Who with the Clash at Shea Stadium in 1982, on what was supposed to be the band’s farewell tour. (Sorry, mom and dad, I wasn’t really “sleeping over at Trevor’s house” that night. I hope the statute of limitations on this teenage infraction has expired!) I saw the band again at the Glens Falls Civic Center doing “Tommy” in full, on what also was said to be the ba…

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Arkells, openers for The Who on Thursday, announced a Canalside show from the KeyBank Center stage. Tickets for the Aug. 2 show, for which the Dirty Nil will open, went on sale at 10 a.m. May 10 through Eventbrite.com. VIP passes are $40, while general admission costs $10. At a later date, tickets may also be purchased at the area's 17 Consumer's Beverages locations and…

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Food trucks are virtually omnipresent in Buffalo, popping up in business parks, outside hotels, at the heart of neighborhoods and more. But one place where they're not typically found? Amusement parks. That changes on Saturday, when Fantasy Island hosts its own Food Truck Festival. The Grand Island entertainment site changed hands in 2016, despite major upgrades the yea…

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Chris Trapper with Lindsay Dodd. 8 p.m. May 10 at the 9th Ward @ Babeville. Tickets are $18 advance, $20 day of show at Babeville box office, Terrapin Station Buffalo, Rust Belt Bookstore, ticketfly.com and charge by phone at 877-987-6487. LANCO. 7 p.m. July 20, with Chase Bryant. Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca. 945-9300. senecaa…

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Before the joy of his Ninth, before the iconic da-da-da-dum of his Fifth, Beethoven wrote his Symphony No. 3. Though less famous than those later works, the powerful and intricate composition piece rewrote what 19th century Europe thought a symphony could be. Two hundred years later, it maintains its power and will be moving audiences at Kleinhans Music Hall in two perform…

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Last year, Buffalo saxophonist and Nietzsche’s talent buyer Ellen Pieroni launched Lavender Haze Collective, a business aimed at bolstering the area’s music scene, with an emphasis on jazz and jazz-based live music. Seeds for the company were planted when Pieroni first took over as booking agent for the venerable Allentown “live music 7 days a week” venue Nietzsche’s ne…

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Micah Schnabel, 7 p.m. May 10 at Matinee (698 Main St.), $10. Old-school Mohawk Place staple Micah Schnabel will post up in the Theatre District's best beer bar for an intimate performance. Lead singer of the Ohio alt-country act Two Cow Garage, the hard-working singer-songwriter will be back in Buffalo as he tours in support of his forthcoming new record "The Teenag…