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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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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…

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These advance concert announcements are getting a little out of control. English heavy metal band Iron Maiden has booked a show for Aug. 13, 2019, in KeyBank Center, as part of its Legacy of the Beast 2019 Tour. Tickets, ranging from $39.50 to $125, go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at LiveNation.com, Tickets.com or by phone at (888) 223-6000. The Raven Age, buoyed by…

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There was a whirlwind of interest in five concert and event announcements over the last 10 days in Buffalo, and Friday, Nov. 9, is the date these tickets go on sale. Blake Shelton Who is he?: Country music superstar who is also a coach on "The Voice." Put on a memorable St. Patrick's Day show in then-First Niagara Center in 2016. Event date: Feb. 22, 2019, in KeyBank …

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1) Holiday Valley Wine & Beer Festival, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Holiday Valley Resort (6557 Holiday Valley Road, Ellicottville). Tickets are $65 and may be purchased here. Admission includes a $5 voucher for food. Commentary: For most people, Ellicottville is a destination, and in the gap between Fall Fest and the start of ski and snowboard season, you might th…

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While his son's liver cancer put further recording plans on hold, traditional pop star Michael Buble will press forward with his touring schedule, announcing a Buffalo stop on Feb. 27, 2019, at KeyBank Center. Tickets, ranging from $69.50 to $144, go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 and may be purchased at the KeyBank Center Box Office, at Tickets.com, or by calling (888) 223…

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There’s so much depth to both “Proper Dose,” the pop-punk-transcending album recently released by rock band The Story So Far, and the tour supporting it that lands Nov. 13 at the Town Ballroom. Joining the six-piece California-based band are three other equally notable acts within the pop-punk scene: Turnover, Citizen and Movements. Most impressively and intriguingly, …

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The Joy Formidable, 7 p.m. Nov. 8, Rec Room (79 W. Chippewa), $25-$55. Former buzz act the Joy Formidable will be posting up at downtown Buffalo's newest music venue. After a short batch of West coast dates opening for the Foo Fighters ended in September, the Welsh act returned to the road in a headlining role to support its fourth full-length record, the cathartic "…

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Intention. Music is about intention. It’s not just about the notes. It’s about what the singer is trying to do with those notes. The caged bird doesn’t sing because it wants to be famous. The caged bird sings because it longs to be free. “With Curtis, you get the impression that her innermost feelings are churning into melodies, harmonies and poems that build up unti…