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The NFL is reportedly considering having Maroon 5 perform for the coming Super Bowl halftime show. Just in case the prospect of watching another Super Bowl the Bills won’t be in isn’t depressing enough for you. The easiest course of action would be to simply skip the whole shebang. The entire affair is so over-the-top anyway. That’s probably part of its appeal for many …

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Remember John Stevens, the Amherst native who made it deep into “American Idol” when the show was a megahit on Fox? Stevens, who lives in Boston, finished sixth in the third season of the reality series. He will perform Frank Sinatra songs live at the Mercy Flight Beacon of Hope Gala on Sept. 29. The special theme of the night is “Celebrating Flight.” The keynote spe…

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Let’s face facts – for music lovers around here, the whistle blows in mid-May, and then it’s a breathless race to Labor Day, the winner defined as the fan who has collected the most concert ticket stubs when the dust finally clears. When this flurry of purposeful motion ends, you feel like you’ve fallen into a bit of a vacuum, and a mild depression sets in. I’m here to …

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Back in 1999, when boy band 98 Degrees and lead singer Nick Lachey were at their heart-throb height, a KISS 98.5 listener challenge among local high schools - with the reward of a free concert featuring Lachey's band - spurred the submission of 15 million index cards. (Kenmore West was the winner, in case you're into '90s Buffalo pop trivia). In the ensuing two decades,…

They're mad at Willie. But then these days everybody's mad at everybody so what else is new? What's riling up the current wavelet of anger at Willie Nelson is that later this month he'll be performing at a rally in Texas for Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke, who hopes to up the charm quotient of the U.S. Senate by unseating Ted Cruz. A sizable chunk of Willie's fan…

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It's only fitting that Knox Farm, an estate that shares a name with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, is the new home of Buffalo's two-day music and cultural festival, Borderland. The sprawling, 633-acre former estate of Buffalo's prominent Knox family, is best known for its strikingly-scenic public grounds and popular dog park. And now, for being the home of a two-day mus…

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Forty-five years into his life as a tongue-wagging, blood-spewing, rock star business mogul, Gene Simmons knows his fit. “I’ve worn these pair of pants every single day for a week,” he said, riding in the back seat of a dark SUV along the I-190, the Niagara River to his left. Simmons’ business partner Paul Janik, co-owner of the Johnnie Ryan soda company in Niagara F…

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McCartney’s latest is brimming with imagination, experimentation and a palpable sense of joy. Working with co-producer Greg Kurstin, and playing most of the instruments himself, Sir Paul digs deep and finds some real gold. Here are my five favorites from a stellar addition to the Macca canon. “Dominoes” McCartney on acoustic guitar, his still potent falsetto tracing …

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Wait … what?!? Paul McCartney is 76. He need not do a single thing to ensure his rightful place as one of the most significant architects of 20th century popular music and culture. He could sit around one of his several homes, admire his lovely wife, and count his vault-loads of money for the rest of his days, and we’d quite likely still be talking about him 100 years h…

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Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band will perform at KeyBank Center in Buffalo early next year as part of their final tour. The band's "The Travelin' Man" tour will come to the downtown arena for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan 17. Grand Funk Railroad will open the show. Tickets, which top out at $125, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at tickets.com, at the KeyBank C…

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The nostalgic fervor surrounding early 2000s hip-hop presses on with the newest Rapids Theatre booking: Chingy and the Ying Yang Twins will both feature in the Turnt Up Tour, stopping in Niagara Falls on Dec. 8. Tickets, which go on sale at noon Sept. 21, will cost $25 and may be purchased at the Rapids Theatre box office (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls), Ticketfly.com an…

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It’s true that “sorry” seems to be the hardest word, but “farewell” can’t be far behind. After 50 years as the star-studded, sequined troubadour du jour, Elton John is making the rounds of every city he’s conquered along the way, stopping to say "So long, and thanks for the memories" as only he can – with a nearly three-hour show stuffed to the gills with evergreen pop …

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Bully with JEFF the Brotherhood, 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.), $15. Grunge-torchbearers Bully will be paying a visit to Mohawk Place this weekend nearly three years to the date of its last local appearance. After breaking through in 2015 with its critically acclaimed debut album "Losing," the throwback group returned with its sophomore effort in 2…

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Freude! Joy! That's the emotion that rings out in the famous finale to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the culmination of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's season-opening gala on Saturday night. You could call the entire concert an ode to joy. For starters, there was great news on the money front. The BPO has joined a small and elite group of lucky orchestras who c…